Does That Really Exist? Top Quirky CBD Products
Anastasiia Myronenko is a Medical Physicist actively practicing in one of the leading cancer centers in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received her master’s degree in Medical Physics at Karazin Kharkiv National University and completed Biological Physics internship at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research, Germany. Anastasiia Myronenko specializes in radiation therapy and is a fellow of Ukrainian Association of Medical Physicists.
- First things first, what is CBD?
- The Scientific Theory of CBD
- Top Quirky CBD Products
- CBD Homeware
- CBD Active Lifestyle
- Will You Be Sticking To The Conventional?
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- As the consumer demand for more CBD product diversity grows, manufacturers are coming up with more unconventional ways to include CBD as part of our everyday lifestyles.
- CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a natural compound found in hemp plants and is currently legal in the UK as it is safe to consume and does not cause any psychoactive effects.
- CBD can be delivered to the body through many different methods, so you can choose the product and method that suits you best.- From CBD sausages to CBD mattresses, there are many quirky products out there which you may never know exist.
The world of CBD is evolving all the time, and with the potentials of CBD being understood by more and more people, the demand for product variety increases. There is still a place for conventional CBD products such as CBD oils, CBD vapes, and CBD lotions, but there is a buzz of excitement for the next new CBD creation.
Since CBD has found its place in the health and wellness sector, many of the mainstream brands want to jump on board and offer their customers a CBD range. Due to the overwhelming interest in CBD, the market is getting oversaturated, and competition is fierce. This has meant companies are having to think outside the box in order to find new ways to take their CBD products to the next level.
Some CBD companies have taken their product creativity to the next level and have launched some pretty unconventional product lines to satisfy the most demanding consumers and stand out from the crowd. So without further delay, let's explore the world of quicky CBD products.
First things first, what is CBD?
Even the wildest of CBD products have a wellness element to them, so understanding the basics of CBD is fundamental as a consumer. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a natural compound found in hemp plants. It accounts for almost 40% of the hemp plant extract but is only one of over a hundred known cannabinoids. Unlike its fellow cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD has no psychoactive effects.
The fact that CBD is extracted from hemp plants can cause some people alarm, but not to worry, hemp is not the same thing as marijuana. Cannabis, hemp, and marijuana often get confused and jumbled together as if they are the same thing. They are all terms for plants in the Cannabaceae family, but there are some significant differences between them.
CBD is produced by extracting the cannabinoid from the hemp plant. It is then diluting with a carrier oil, such as organic coconut oil or hemp seed oil. The finished extract can then be used as an active ingredient in the product of choice. The fact that hemp-extracted products can be enjoyed and benefited from in many different ways is one of the main reasons brands are attracted to CBD.
The Scientific Theory of CBD
Now we have a basic understanding of what the CBD cannabinoid is and how it is made, let's grasp the theory behind how CBD potentially interacts with our bodies. In the 1990s, scientists had a significant breakthrough when they discovered the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Researchers have acknowledged the endocannabinoid system as a homeostatic regulator, meaning it helps ensure the body's processes are functioning efficiently. The endocannabinoid system is a biological system that comprises three main elements:
- Endocannabinoids – These are molecules made by your body. They're similar to cannabinoids, but the body naturally produces them.
- Receptors – These receptors are located all over your body. Endocannabinoids bind to them to let the endocannabinoid system know it needs to take action.
- Enzymes – Enzymes are accountable for breaking down endocannabinoids once they have carried out their job and are no longer needed.
The endocannabinoid system is very complicated, and even the experts have not totally figured out how it works or all of its potential functions. Some of the research completed into the field have linked the endocannabinoid system to the following processes:
These functions all support homeostasis, which refers to the stability of your internal environment. For example, if you suffer from a bad back, it throws off your body's homeostasis and your endocannabinoid system kicks in to help your body restore to its ideal operation. But what has this got to do with CBD?
Well, it is the way CBD may interact with the endocannabinoid receptors. There are two known types of endocannabinoid receptors, cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2). There is a theory that CBD may interact with these receptors, which could help them do their job more effectively.
Part of the beauty of CBD is that it can be delivered to the body through many different methods so you can choose the one which suits you best. The main methods for using CBD include:
- Sublingual – This is done by placing CBD oil directly under the tongue and leaving it for 1-2 minutes before swallowing. Using the sublingual method allows the CBD to quickly enter the bloodstream due to the capillaries in the tongue's mucous membranes. Any remaining components of the CBD oil can then be swallowed and digested via the stomach.
- Topical – Applying CBD topically allows cannabinoids to enter the system via the skin. This method does take longer to enter the system than a sublingual form, but it does have the advantage of the CBD being applied directly to the area needing attention.
- Edible - Oral intake of CBD activates the digestive system and gets metabolised in the liver before finally entering the bloodstream. Using this method does result in a lower bioavailability and prolonged digestion process. However, the CBD, which does enter the system, will stay there for longer, so any resulting effects are more retentive.
- Inhalable – The fastest way to get CBD into the system is by inhaling it through vape pens and vaporisers. Vaping enables CBD to be absorbed through the lungs, and any potential effects can be felt almost immediately. However, research into vaping is still ongoing, and the prolonged adverse effects are unknown.
Knowing all available ways of using CBD gives you the freedom to try out all the different methods and discover the most suitable and effective ones for you. So without further ado, we introduce some of the most quirky CBD products on the market.
Top Quirky CBD Products
For such a novel industry, CBD products have undergone a radical transformation. At first, CBD oils and tinctures were the industry standard, and then capsules and topicals have become strong forerunners.
These days, the methods of using CBD products appear to be endless. As the CBD sector continues to expand, more unique and interesting hemp-based items are being released into the market, satisfying the most discerning customer.
Will you be surprised by CBD? Let's dive into the creative side of product development and shed some light on the top unusual CBD you may not have known even existed.
CBD Food and Drink
Price: $39.99 (500mg), $89.99 (1500mg)
Perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of CBD edibles, but you can now buy dried Papaya with CBD. This could be a healthier alternative to CBD sweets if you have a craving for the sweet stuff.
Little is said on the product description for this product by the manufacturer. However, it does come with a third party lab report which at least signifies it is safe for consumption. The ingredients listed on this product include dried papaya, calcium, citric acid, sugar cane, cannabidiol, to name a few. It also states that the CBD is processed in a facility that also processes foods containing wheat, so the product is best avoided if you have any issues with gluten.
Price: £26.95 (190g x 6)
This surprising CBD edible is handmade in Cornwall. It contains not just the goodness of 13mg of CBD but also raw hemp seeds, cold-pressed hemp seed oil, garlic, cumin, plus many more delicious ingredients. Themptation's CBD hummus is vegan, nut-free, gluten-free and full of plant-based protein.
For those of you who will struggle to eat six pots of hummus during the 10-day shelf life, there is the added bonus of being suitable for freezing. This delicious hummus can be bought online, so why not give this modern take on a middle eastern classic a try.
Approximate Price: €50.00 per kilo, €4.50 per sausage
If you are a fan of a sausage sandwich, this may be the CBD product for you. There is a slight hitch, though, as it looks like you would need to take a trip to Marseille in France if you want to tuck into these CBD sausages. They were dreamed up by a young butcher called Luca Morand during a summer BBQ with some friends.
These sausages fly off the shelves at his butcher shop as they have become very popular with the local inter-generational customer base. Please let us know if you ever find yourself walking by Burcherie LM (140 Rue d'Endoume, 13007 Marseille, France). We're as intrigued by these CBD sausages as you are.
Approx Price: £25.00 50ml bottle
If you enjoy a glass of wine and the natural aromas of hemp, CBD wine may be the drink for you! CannaWine is the first Spanish wine that is obtained from cannabinoids-enriched hemp. It is extracted from young red grapes from the Costa Brava, 50% Garnache and 50% Cariñana. This wine is characterised by intense red colour, sweet and sugary flavour, with a hint of red and black fruits.
Unlike many red wines you have come across, this bottle is intended to be drunk chilled. When sipped, you will find a subtle cannabis sativa L. aroma. Although you will get the potential benefits of CBD, this wine has a 14.5% alcohol content, so best to enjoy in moderation.
Price: £18.49 (500ml x 12)
CBD water is made by infusing natural spring water with CBD droplets. Love Hemp CBD Water has 2mg of CBD in each of their 500ml bottles. They describe this drink as instantly refreshing and contains exact CBD concentration with zero THC.
The online reviews of CBD water are pretty mixed, but most are positive. Fans of CBD water have compared the taste to coconut or birch water. There is a theory that CBD water has a high bioavailability rate as our bodies are made of 60% water, so it is potentially easier for the CBD in the water to absorb. There is a lot more research needed to back up this theory, though.
CBD Beauty and Personal Care Products
Price: Approx £1.24 per CBD tampon
It could be seen as quirky but also kind of makes a bit of sense. Daye points out that using a CBD infused tampon delivers it directly to where you may need it most. There is a theory that CBD may be able to assist with relieving menstrual cramps and these tampons are infused with 100mg of potent full-spectrum CBD, so it could be what's needed to keep cramps at bay.
These feminine hygiene products are marketed as pesticide and GMO-free, made of ethically sourced and organic cotton fibres, which is a bonus for the environment. Each tampon is packed with a protective sleeve to ensure it does not shed unwanted fibres and made in pharmaceutical-grade cleanrooms. They even go as far as sanitising them with proprietary gamma-ray technology to reduce the risk of infections such as TSS.
Price: £9.00 50ml dispenser
Advertised as natural sensitive toothpaste, Hemplix uses CBD isolate to potentially help support oral health. It may also be a fantastic way to get your daily dose of CBD oil, as many people choose to take it first thing in the morning and just before bed.
This toothpaste also has been tested by a third party, so you have that added assurance that it is safe to put in your mouth. If you are looking for a natural solution for toothpaste that may also have the potential to help calm sensitive teeth, it could be worth adding this to your dental hygiene routine.
Price: £24.00 for 20 picks
If using CBD as part of your dental care appeals to you, why not give CBD toothpicks a try. Pinnacle Hemp has created a range of CBD toothpicks that have been infused with 200mg of high-quality full-spectrum hemp extract. They are a quick, discreet, and practical way to consume your daily dose of CBD.
To use these CBD toothpicks, place one in your mouth and suck for 5 to 15 minutes twice a day. If you want to get the full effects, use both sides of the CBD toothpick. After you no longer taste the flavour or hemp extract, throw the toothpick away. Each toothpick contains 10mg of full-spectrum CBD.
Price: £34.93 (30ml)
Foria has created ‘Awaken Arousal Oil with CBD’ to help women and people with vulvas get in the mood. It is also supposed to benefit overall health and wellness while providing natural, euphoric pleasure with or without a partner.
Awaken has been formulated with essential oils, botanical extracts, and broad-spectrum CBD. This product does not contain any additives, preservatives or THC compounds. You can get around 30 plus uses from each 30ml bottle, so a little goes a long way. It is also oral friendly and safe to ingest so you can get as creative as you like. Enjoy!
Most of us have come across CBD creams and CBD balms for our faces, but now you can treat yourself to a CBD Night Face Mask. OTO aims for this CBD skincare product to smooth wrinkles, provide extreme skin hydration, and replace dull-looking skin with a healthy glow. This CBD face mask is designed with 800mg of premium, organic CBD isolate and is suitable for all skin types.
Along with the potential benefits of CBD, this face mask also contains rich botanical oils, which have anti-inflammatory and calming properties and may reduce swelling and puffiness. This is a powerful natural skincare product many of us could benefit from.
Price: $15.00 30ml tin
This CBD beard balm is not just about grooming and shaping facial hair. It focuses on the health of the skin under the beard. Many men struggle with itchy, red, irritated skin beneath their beard, so this could be just the product for them.
The signature blend of premium and all-natural oils in this CBD product includes 25 mg of CBD, argan oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, and beeswax. This carefully chosen blend of ingredients provides deep nourishment and accurate beard sculpting.
Price: £39.00 per candle
Creams, lotions, balms … These are all ways most of us have heard of as ways to get a daily dose of CBD into your skincare. Well, now you may be able to enjoy it through a relaxing candle. Nay has combined its CBD candle with three soothing scents: lavender, jasmine, and sandalwood. Once lit, you can apply the melted wax directly to the skin and use it for massage therapy.
CBD candles can be great for relaxing and unwinding. Nay CBD Moonlight candles are organic, vegan, forest friendly, lab tested and contain no THC. It is also suitable for all skin types. Whether you have acne-prone or super sensitive skin, CBD candles can be incorporated into your wellness practice.
Price: $1,099 twin bed, $1,129 twin XL, $1,199 full, $1,299 queen, $1,499 king/california king
Yes, you read it right. You can now get a CBD mattress. It is coated with microcapsules which contain 48 mgs of CBD isolate. The fabric used to craft the bed contains around 12g of CBD isolate per square meter. When you get into bed, the theory is that the friction causes the microcapsules to burst, spreading the isolate throughout the fabric of the mattress.
The reviews of this mattress are glowing, so perhaps CBD mattresses are the future. A good night sleep can do wonders for overall health. You will need to be 18 or over to purchase this CBD mattress.
Price: £119.99 per pillow
This is a very fancy pillow indeed! It is a gel memory foam pillow that contains millions of microcapsules that are filled with high-quality CBD. The pillow supposedly releases CBD microdoses whilst you are resting to provide a restful nights sleep. These microdoses mean that until conventional methods such as ingestible or vaped CBD products which can wear off after three hours, it releases steady micro-doses all night.
There is still ongoing research into the potentials of CBD supporting sleep. If the natural hemp extract doesn’t help you get a good night's sleep, the high-quality gel memory foam will bring a bit of luxury to your bed. You can also customise the pillow to suit your individual preference, whether that be a firm, soft or flat pillow.
Price: $295 (50x60 in)
Whether it’s a cold winter evening or a cool breeze on a summer evening, snuggling up with a comfy blanket is a great way to end the day. This perfect evening can be made even more relaxing with a cosy CBD blanked from Curfew. The Dream Blanket is enriched with patented, micro-encapsulated beads that supply CDB.
This blanket is luxurious and comes in grey. It is also practical as it can be machine-washed, which is a bonus if you enjoy a snack as you relax under your blankets. The CBD used is third-party lab tested, which gives you peace of mind that it is safe for you to snuggle up against.
CBD Active Lifestyle
Many active people incorporate CBD into their exercise routine following some positive reports by professional athletes. Acabada has taken this one step further by creating CBD activewear. They have designed many different items but the one which caught our interest is the CBD jumpsuit.
This outfit is a full-length compression jumpsuit containing 18 grams of CBD. By wearing CBD activewear there is the potential to enjoy the potential CBD benefits throughout the entirety of your workout. The reviews on the product are very positive so if you are struggling with exercise, it may give you that extra boost.
Price: £11.99 (6-pack), £21.99 (12-pack), £37.99 (24-pack)
If you are into your fitness wellness products, it will come as no surprise that CBD is making waves in the professional training scene. Many pro athletes are turning to CBD products to help support them with pre, during, and post working out sessions. While many people opt for water during their intense physical activity, sometimes you just need a little something extra.
The CBD-infused sports drink by Endo Sport is formulated with 10mg of CBD for optimal hydration. The theory is the CBD sports drink replaces lost electrolytes through intense physical activity. The product is GMO, gluten and caffeine-free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians for high quality and safety.
Price: £39.99 500g bag
You can now get your daily dose of protein powder with some CBD in there. This delicious protein powder can come in handy when you need refuelling after a run, ride, tough workout, or even everyday life, especially if you don’t consume enough protein in your diet. It comes in tasty chocolate and vanilla flavours.
In this 500g zip-lock bag, each 25g serving contains 25mg of THC-free broad spectrum CBD. This product is made from all-natural organic ingredients, including whey protein concentrate, natural flavourings and premium quality broad spectrum CBD. It is a delicious sports recovery supplement designed for everyday use.
CBD Pet Products
Price: $29.95 for 425g
As if CBD peanut butter is not quirky enough, it is now possible to get a jar of the nutty stuff for our fluffy friends. Peanut butter is a well-known trick for hiding dog medication, so it makes sense to have this product on hand for those deworming emergencies. Some dog owners also find peanut butter is a great way to distract their pet when trying to clip their nails.
It has been found that dogs also have an endocannabinoid system, which means they may also benefit from CBD to support their overall health. Honest Paws Calm Butter contains 160mg of organic full-spectrum hemp oil, dry roasted peanuts, salt, and dextrose.
Price: $29.99 250mg CBD, $49.99 500mg CBD, $69.99 1000mg CBD, $99.00 2000mg CBD (all 30ml bottles)
This bacon flavoured CBD treat comes in a range of CBD strengths but all of them are in 30ml bottles. The CBD pet tincture also comes in four CBD strengths: 250mg for small breeds, 500mg for medium breeds, 1000mg for larger breeds, and a 2000mg extra strength for the larger breeds that need a bit of a boost.
The 250mg CBD strength is suitable for both cats and dogs, but the others are best suited to our canine friends. This product is made of broad spectrum CBD, contains only organic and non-GMO ingredients, and is even human-grade so you can give it a try if a vegan bacon flavoured CBD tincture tickles your fancy.
Price: $39.99 150mg pot
Dog skin can be just as sensitive as our own. You can now take care of your pet’s nose, paws, and elbows with a unique skin salve that nourishes with the help of full-spectrum CBD. This topical product is made from premium quality CBD, blended with smooth coconut oil, hemp seed oil, arnica essential oil, vanilla extract, and beeswax. These ingredients are safe if a dog licks them and smells great.
It is particularly important to look after your dog’s skin during the winter months as the cold can dry out their skin and cause cracking. If you spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer months, this product can also be used on sunburn if your dog accidentally has too much sun exposure.
Will You Be Sticking To The Conventional?
The CBD market is becoming more popular than ever as we learn about how malleable this active ingredient is. There is a growing demand for product diversity. CBD manufacturers are getting creative and doing their best to stand out from the crowd. It has become even more challenging for the smaller CBD brands to keep their place as the hemp extract experts, with the larger mainstream companies now taking an interest in CBD.
It is worth keeping an eye on what some of the less known CBD brands are creating. Many of these companies take great pride in the high-quality ingredients used and may be better value for money than a substandard product produced by a popular highstreet name.
The world of unique CBD products is still developing, and consumers are slowly getting used to the idea of CBD appearing in more than capsules and droppers. There are still so many things to explore about CBD, and companies continue to develop new ideas and produce new, exciting products they believe customers want or need.
So, will you stick to your favourite traditional CBD product and method, or will you give one of the above a try? Whatever you decide, you won't ever be stuck for options if you do want to switch it up a bit.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do the quirky CBD products work as well as the traditional ones?
There is no reason why not. A high-quality CBD product has the potential to support overall wellness, whatever the form. What will come into play is the biodiversity of the product, as to how you take CBD (e.g. sublingually, topically, orally) will affect how the CBD interacts with your body.
Why are some unconventional CBD products unavailable in the UK?
This is a bit of a complex one and comes down to a mixture of EU regulations that the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) abide by. CBD foods are currently not permitted to be sold in the UK as no CBD products have yet to complete the pre-market safety assessment. You may need to visit places like Canada and the US to sample some of the more quirky CBD food items.
Can I make my own quirky CBD products?
Yes and No. There is a bit of science behind the quirky CBD products, as some ingredients may not mix well. Take CBD water, for example. You can't just put CBD oil in a glass of water and expect it to be like the one you ordered from Love Hemp. Oil and water do not mix, so there are additional steps that need to take place to be able to add CBD into your drink. Fat is a necessary ingredient to incorporate CBD into most creations, so if you want to make a fancy homemade CBD salad dressing using olive oil, go for it!
Do non-conventional CBD products also need third party lab testing?
To be on the safe side, it is always a good idea to only purchase CBD products that have undergone lab testing. This will help ensure that the product is safe to use and that it is legal and contains the stated CBD content. So whether you are buying a standard CBD oil in a dropper bottle or CBD lube to use on your most intimate parts, check that it is safe to use.
How much THC is allowed in CBD products?
It does not matter how weird or wonderful the product may be; the maximum legal amount of THC permitted in any CBD product in the UK is 0.2%. Another way the legal quantity is measured is a CBD product, no matter the size, must not contain any more than 1 mg of THC.