Top 3 CBD Products that Actually Work

CBD–short for cannabidiol–is a primary compound found in the hemp plant. Unlike THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana known for producing that plant’s effects, CBD does not get you “high”, and where marijuana has been legalized in Pennsylvania (and 33 other states) for medical use, CBD and the hemp plant it has been derived from are now federally legal as of December 2018, nationwide. Additionally, even some states which have not approved medical marijuana have recognized the differences between CBD and THC, and five additional states have specifically legalized CBD oils. We mention all of this simply because it is important to distinguish the now legal-in-Pennsylvania CBD, and its benefits, effects and side-effects, from marijuana. You do not require a medical marijuana license to purchase CBD in Pennsylvania.

To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.

Cannabidiol on its own can provide many, if not all, of the full medical benefits that have lead so many states to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. While there is still more to learn about the benefits of CBD, research indicates that CBD may be helpful for those suffering from epilepsy, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, acne, depression, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, nausea, anxiety, ADHD, heart disease, substance abuse and withdrawal, Alzheimer’s and certain types of pain (such as neuropathic, chronic and cancer-related.)[1][2]

According to the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”[3]

That said, CBD is still a largely unregulated product, and with so many options popping up on store shelves across Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the nation in general, choosing the right form of CBD can often be a difficult prospect. As with any medication, consulting with your doctor first is always recommended. Here at Nutrifarmacy, our own Dr. Hoeper is available to provide you with insights, from simple suggestions to a full evaluation.

#3. Lazarus Naturals Relaxation Formula

This highly potent Lazarus Naturals Relaxation Formula creates a tranquil effect, calming and relaxing the body that can both help slow anxiety during the day and help with sleep come nightfall.

These capsules have undergone 3rd-party studies proving them to contain absolutely no THC, heavy metals, pesticides, residual solvents or terpenes.[4] They’re also vegan, contain no GMOs and consistently score high marks among reviewers for their ability to reduce anxiety, stress and insomnia. Reviewers also tend to rank this Relaxation Formula high for increasing appetite and headache management.

These CBD capsules are made from isolated CBD, meaning the hemp plant’s oils, waxes and chlorophylls have been removed, leaving a pure, crystalline powder that is 99% cannabidiol.

As a company, Lazarus Naturals are also 100% employee-owned and focus on a smaller line of top of the line products rather than simply trying to produce as many varieties as possible. Customers consistently give this Relaxation Formula five stars for its calming effects, with an average rating of 4.5.

#2. Lazarus Naturals CBD Tincture

Another isolated CBD product, tinctures are typically administered beneath the tongue, where they tend to take effect more quickly than capsules. This is known as sublingual consumption (as it’s applied to the sublingual gland underneath your tongue) and basically means that the tincture is absorbed directly into your bloodstream.

All of this basically equates to tinctures providing you with more of the actual CBD getting into your system. Where capsules need to go through your metabolic and digestive systems, tinctures get right down to business.

Studies show that oral consumption–for example, with capsules–result in your body getting somewhere between 4% – 20% of the actual CBD consumed, whereas sublingual consumption–such as with this CBD tincture–result in 12% – 35% bioavailability (aka, the amount your body actually absorbs.)[5]

This specific tincture blend is a high-potency variety, renowned by customers for its incredible anti-anxiety and anti-stress properties, as well as headache management, and to a slightly lesser degree its benefits with insomnia and appetite. Customers give it a 4.75 star rating on average.

#1. Lazarus Naturals CBD Capsules

Unlike the products listed above, these capsules are made from full spectrum hemp extract. While still conforming to government standards of less than .3% THC, they are derived from the whole hemp plant as opposed to the isolate CBD forms of the capsules and tinctures above. For those who subscribe to the “whole foods” ethos, the concept with full spectrum is similar: by deriving the CBD from the whole plant and the associated cannabinoids and terpenes present therein, the CBD is given all of the right ingredients to promote the most beneficial effects.

Carefully formulated and extracted in house by Lazarus Naturals, the final result is a product of the highest quality and effect. The hemp is farm-grown, and each capsule is handcrafted to ensure its caliber. Not to mention they’re vegan and non-GMO.

Customers consistently praise these high-potency capsules specifically for their calming effects, comparing their effectiveness to that of tinctures (though the full effects may take up to 2 hours). While they help with anxiety, relaxation and insomnia, there is no sluggish feeling–in fact many customers report feeling more energized and less hampered by pain after regular use.

Lazarus Naturals CBD Capsules consistently get enough 5 star reviews that the average rating is a full 5 stars, making this the best CBD product on the market today as judged by the people who actually use it.

Other CBD Options

While our top three picks for CBD capsules and tinctures above should be sufficient for those seeking the benefits of cannabidiol in general, we offer other solutions as well.

Our Maggie’s Balm CBD is a topical solution you apply directly to the skin and can help with joint pain and deep tissue pain relief.

Have a pet who needs a little help? Our Calming CBD Pet Tincture helps pets with their own anxiety, calming their nerves, relieving arthritis pain and increasing appetite.

We recognize that this new wide world of CBD products can be difficult to fully comprehend with all of the literature out there, which is precisely why we invite you to come into our office in Pittsburgh’s North Hills (2506 Wildwood Rd, Wildwood, PA 15091 to be specific) or feel free to contact Dr. Hoeper directly with questions before buying our CBD products online.


Summaries of findings by various recognized scientific organizations have been included in this article. We encourage you to read the full reports, linked below, to understand where science currently stands on CBD’s benefits, side effects, and potentially reduced side effects compared to other drugs used to treat various diseases and ailments presented in this article.

[1] US National Library of Medicine. An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies
[2] Harvard Medical School. Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t
[3] World Health Organizaton. CANNABIDIOL (CBD) Pre-Review Report Agenda Item 5.2
[4] Medicine Creek Analytics. Certificate of Analysis Document Removed
[5] US National Library of Medicine. Single-dose kinetics of deuterium-labelled cannabidiol in man after smoking and intravenous administration.

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