For the testing of the CBD oil’s by Encasa Botanics, I have been sent two separate bottles, the 10ml and 15ml bottle, so I will try my best to explain the details of both and how I found them. Both tinctures were the premium full spectrum oil, however they also offer other options on their site, of which I’ll cover below.
How Much CBD Do You Get?
Both bottles contained 5% CBD, however a percentage doesn’t mean much until you know the measurements. One bottle is 10ml, meaning it contained 500mg of CBD, while the other being 15ml means it contained 750mg of CBD in the tincture.
You can find the certificate of analysis on the product page, produced by Phytovista Laboratories, who are some of the most well known third party labs in the UK for batch testing CBD products and producing the certificates of analysis that you will see on various CBD oils.
The lab report highlights a slightly higher figure than 500mg of CBD and CBDA combined, which is always an added bonus. Being full spectrum, we’re hoping to see lots of other cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes, all working together in unison in what is known as the entourage effect. You can also find a surprisingly high amount of CBC, or cannabichromene as it is properly know, along with some CBG and CBDV.
THC levels have to be under 0.2%, of which they’re around 0.158%, so under the legal limit in the UK, but also enough that it can still offer some form of benefit (ah we can all dream of the days when THC is legalised and those numbers will be much higher).
When it comes to reviewing CBD oil’s, there are a few factors I look at. I try to consider what the lab reports say. I test how it tastes and the feeling afterwards. I research all about the product, how it is farmed, I check to ensure it is 100% organic. But the biggest factor is whether it works for me.
Our experiences when using CBD are subjective, you need to think about what it is you’re tackling and your reason for taking CBD in the first place. For myself, the biggest factor is helping me to sleep at night. A secondary factor is to ease any anxiety, as I have to do a lot of public talking, I’m on the phone to journalists every day, I have to pitch to potential marketing clients and I occasionally talk on the radio, therefore anything that can help keep the stress levels down is always a winner.
I have reviewed over 50 CBD oil’s to date and I can comfortably say this was one of the best! I was out like a lightswitch each time I used it, while even if I woke up in the night within the first 4 hours, I would fall straight back to sleep afterwards, something I often struggle with.
I had a couple of important calls and I experimented with taking the CBD oil beforehand. One time worked better than the other. The first time I took it 20 minutes before the call and the other time was 40 minutes before the call and the 40 minutes certainly worked better, perhaps illustrating the time it does take for CBD oil to properly work with our system (or maybe I just had a massive meal on the first time).
Why Is It Labelled Premium?
Encasa Botanics has three different options when looking at CBD oil, they offer the broad spectrum, full spectrum and premium full spectrum. The general rules are the same between the full spectrum and premium, in that they both provide 5% CBD in the same size tinctures, however the real difference is actually very interesting.
The premium full spectrum CBD oil is supplied by farmers in Switzerland who are not growing and supplying on a huge scale yet and are aiming for exceptional quality. They are extracting just from the flowers and bud, not using any trim, leaves or stems. On the other hand, the standard full spectrum CBD oil is supplied by a bigger company. They’re still an amazing quality of oil and plant, however they are extracted more commercially from more of a commercial strain and the terpenes don’t taste and smell as good as the premium oil. And I can testify, the taste really was nicer, I was very impressed.
What Is The White Widow Hemp Flower?
You may notice that Encasa Botanics state on their product page that the CBD oil is extracted from A grade white widow flowers, however I know not everyone will understand this sentence, so I wanted to go into a little more detail.
This strain of hemp was created in the early 90’s, however it has gone on to become one of the most popular, due to the generally high levels of CBD. The seeds used were said to be a cross of Kerala Indian and Manga Rosa Brazilian. The scent has often been described as slightly fruity, with spicy undertones.
Where Can I Buy This From?
You can purchase the Encasa Botanics premium full spectrum CBD oil from their website, with the 10ml bottle costing £29.99 and the 15ml bottle costing £43.99, making a slight financial benefit from the economies of scale.