This retailer review is going to be a little different to the usual and is partially inspired by my recent look at both the Cannadips and V&YOU CBD pouches.
CBDvibes were kind enough to send me some sample products for me to try - so look out for some upcoming reviews -
CBD is something I’ve had an interest in for a while now - and it’s certainly a hot topic and rapidly growing market. I’ve also been personally interested in the product, so I thought I’d reach out to one of the retailers that stock Cannadips CBD pouches - CBDvibes - to ask a few questions and write up a review of the website. I also wanted to check out a retailer that stocked a wider range of products - and CBDvibes offers CBD in a large range of products from edibles and drinks through to CBD oils and even skin cream. They also stock ‘isolate’ ‘full spectrum’ and ‘broad-spectrum’ CBD products - which we’ll look at in closer detail later on in the article.
Their full range of product categories -
- CBD pouches
- Skincare products
- CBD capsules
- CBD oils
- CBD gym supplements
It’s worth first noting the website (and their Instagram account) have a simple but striking design - with colourful and well-shot product imagery.
When you’re shopping for CBD products the reality is you’re probably going to be more focused on the range and pricing - but for me - a well-presented website and consistent brand image certainly increase my confidence.
CBDvibes also have a great blog explaining more about CBD and how it can help with a range of issues. All of this adds to the shopping experience - especially when it’s a product you may come to buy regularly.
Before I go into more detail about the site - as mentioned previously I reached out to CBDvibes to ask them a few basic questions about their company, products and CBD in general -
Can you tell me a little about CBDvibes, the brand story and what makes you unique?
CBDvibes was created to help educate the community of the potential benefits of CBD, clearing up any myths and offering a safe place to order all the trusted, safe and third party tested brands under one roof. Many other sites offer CBD products that are either low quality or do not have high enough concentrations for you to feel their effects. We only supply the top CBD brands that meet all U.K requirements. We are always on the lookout for new stock and we try to offer a large section from oils, edibles, vapes, gym supplements and more! Helping everyone to be able to get at a dosage of that natural goodness in their daily routine.
In your words - what are some main benefits that CBD products can offer and who could benefit from this?
For those of us dealing with anxiety, depression, sleepless nights and more CBD may hold the key to less worrying, better sleep and overall improved quality of life.
Here are some of its therapeutic effects:
- Promote healthy sleep* Reduce anxiety and trigger the release of serotonin, which improves mood* Ease stress* Lessen chronic pain in conditions like multiple sclerosis and arthritis* Treat epilepsy and seizures* Help with stopping drugs and smoking
CBD products are NOT medicines and can not diagnose, treat or cure diseases.
CBD has been highlighted as one of the most beneficial aspects of the cannabis plant - can you explain the difference between CBD ‘isolate’ and ‘broad-spectrum’ products (and expand on what ‘broad-spectrum’ means)?
CBD oil can be classified into one of three groups.
- Full-spectrum * Broad-spectrum * CBD isolate
Full-spectrum CBD is made from an extract of the whole hemp plant. research shows that full spectrum is more effective on the body compared to broad-spectrum and CBD isolate. It may contain traces of THC.
THC is Cannabinoid which gets you “high” but the legal amount contained in CBD sold in the UK is 0.2% or below which won’t get you “high”
Full-spectrum products contain 0.2% or less THC whereas broad-spectrum will contain 0% THC so if you don’t want any THC in your diet make sure to get a broad spectrum.
Some people may want to try CBD but are not sure on THC. That’s where CBD isolate comes in since it’s the purest form of CBD. Though CBD isolate won’t provide any benefits from the entourage effect, some research suggests that taking CBD alone may still be beneficial.
So what are some of the most popular CBD products you sell on the site and why do you think this is?
The most popular CBD products we sell are edibles and CBD oils.
Everyone has a sweet tooth now and again so why not satisfy that sweet tooth and gain the benefits of CBD at the same time.
CBD oils are popular as they get absorbed fast and can be taken whenever wherever. Oils can be incorporated into your daily routine easily by mixing it with your morning coffee, gym supplements and more! We have even got 7 CBD oil infused cocktail recipes to bring the party vibes home during the lockdown on the CBDvibes website.
With such a broad range of products - where do you suggest first time users start?
It is recommended adults take 10-15mg active cannabinoids, once a day to start with. It can take a couple of days to get going so only hangs your dosage every 2 to 3 days. Gradually increase by 5 to 10MG until you start feeling the effects.
We would recommend CBD oils around 250-500mg for beginners.
Remember you can’t overdose on CBD.
What is your outlook for the future of CBD products in the market?
There’s a huge world of CBD products out there, and even if you’re not a newbie at CBD, you’ll still be surprised at how many options there are.
If you look at what’s available in today’s market, CBD is already an entire industry in itself. CBD skincare creams, supplements, snack bars, and essential oil rubs have already been developed by countless brands on top of classic CBD isolate
CBD oil has been used all over the world for centuries as a pain reliever and treatment for insomnia, among others, but its therapeutic properties are only being confirmed now by science. So with more research getting done the market will only grow more!
So CBDvibes clearly know their stuff - and they certainly enlightened me on some details around the different types of CBD products available in terms of ‘isolate’, ‘broad-spectrum’ and ‘full spectrum’.
So now to turn back to the website review -
The Q&A above covers lots of the key details around CBD itself - so in this section I'm just going to focus on the website experience itself - and checkout the range of products on offer.
The CBDvibes website is bright and colourful - with the products sold broken down by the categories listing at the beginning of this article. This makes it relatively easy to find the type of product you're interested in - but you can only really sort by price - whereas an option to filter by strength for example would be nice.
The homepage of the site features the store's bestsellers - as well as the blog and some customer reviews.
Chances are you're going to be browsing by category to find your ideal product - and below is a look at the product page from the site -
This features all the key features of the product such as strength and type of CBD included in the product - as well as a well written summary of the product to include relevant details about the product.
What's great about CBDvibes in the huge range of 400 plus product they sell from a range of retailers - covering pretty much all the CBD marketplace - this combined with an informed sales team - and useful information readily available makes it an ideal store to return to.
The checkout process it nice and easily - and will be familiar to anyone that's shopped on a Shopify store before - and makes it easy to place your order - paying by either PayPal or credit / debit card. Best of all - shipping is free!
In summary - the CBDvibes website is a sleek, clean design site which is relatively easy to navigate. I'd have loved a feature to filter by product attributes such as strength and price - but it's easy enough to find the products you are looking for by category and sorting this list appropriately.
In terms of shipping - it is great news there - as it looks like it's free postage for all items!
Now in conducting this review - I've checked out a range of other retailers (including some I use personally) - and the standout feature of CBDvibes is definitely the extensive range of well priced products. It's going to be a great place to shop if you're going to purchase CBD products regularly- and want to try out a wide range of options.
So given this is my first CBD only retail review - I'm going to refrain from posting my tradition retailer score - but will come back and update this should I come to review any other CBD only retailers.
What I will say from my own experience, the vast range of products and knowledge team - it's a retailer I'd be happy to recommend.