CBD Gum Review: Which Brand is Best?

Over the years, CBD has grown in popularity and become increasingly easier to get hold of due to the various health benefits of medical marijuana. The most popular way of ingesting CBD is through dropping CBD oil into the mouth orally, however now there are a range of different methods available that have taken the CBD world by storm, including CBD chewing gum which offers a convenient and discreet way of taking a dose of CBD – whether it be whilst shopping or in the office.

As a result, we have tested a range of CBD gum to explore which is the best CBD gum brand in terms of:

How much they cost per pack/gum

The ingredients used

How environmentally-friendly the brand is 

Read on to read our full CBD gum review of six of the main CBD gum brands available in the UK.

A comparison of 6 CBD chewing gums:​

Canabiotics CBD gum review  

CBD Gum Review - CanabioticsCanabiotics CBD gum contains 10 pieces of chewing gum, which have all been carefully infused with full-spectrum CBD oil and Spearmint/Peppermint flavouring, to offer a simple and discreet way of taking CBD whilst on the go. It is worth noting that Canabiotics are the only brand to have different flavour choices. 

This brand of CBD chewing gum is not only sugar, plastic and aspartame-free, it is also made from 100% natural ingredients – this means that the gum is suitable for vegans. The gum also contains 100% xylitol, which is a sweetener, to add a sweet taste to the chewing gum without damaging your teeth like other sweeteners and sugar would do.

Canabiotics have not only ensured their CBD gum is good for the body, they have also considered the environment too. Each piece of CBD gum is created using a plant-base gum which is biodegradable – not plastic like other gum types – and is packaged in materials that are 100% recyclable.

 

                                                       5mg       7.5mg     10mg      15mg

Price per pack:                          £5.99      £9.99      £12.99    £18.99

Price per gum (Approx.):        £0.60      £0.99       £1.29      £1.89

 

Endoca CBD gum review  

CBD Gum Review - EndocaEach pack of Endoca CBD chewing gum contains 10 gums and is made using 15mg of CBD. It is flavoured with peppermint, mimicking a classic chewing gum and offering a discreet way of taking CBD.

Endoca’s flavouring is made from wild plant essential oils, which is good for cannabinoids because CBD has similarities to essential oils – for instance, essential oils are often used for aromatherapy, which offers calming benefits.

As well as using essential oils that will boost benefits of CBD, Endoca also uses all-natural ingredients from the rainforest, which help to give the CBD gum a gum-like texture. Furthermore, just like Canabiotics, Endoca is plastic, aspartame and sugar free, and contains 100% xylitol, which ensures they are much more environmentally friendly and better for your teeth and body too.

 

Price per pack: £12

Price per gum: £1.20

Wellness Gum CBD review

CBD Gum Review - Wellness Gum ExtraWellness Gum (formerly CanChew+) offers a mint CBD gum made from 10mg of phytocannabinoids and 50mg of CBD, which ensures you are going to reap the benefits. They recommend having 2 gums a day to experience the best results, which requires a new pack every 15 days. This may be costly when each pack of 30 costs almost $70, making it one of the most expensive on the market.

Wellness Gum is branded as a “healthy” gum option, as they claim to be non-GMO and vegan, with no artificial sweeteners. However, it doesn’t contain 100% xylitol which is major turn-off for many CBD gum users. It also has a plastic gum base, which means it is hard to dispose of and decompose. Despite this, the ingredients allow for quick absorption and maintained bioavailability to deliver the best results.

 

Price per pack: $69.99 / £54.37

Price per gum: $2.33 / £1.81

Bhang Gum CBD gum review  

CBD Gum Review - Bhang GumBhang Gum is a zero-calorie, sugar-free, mint-flavoured CBD gum which has been sweetened using stevia and xylitol. The gum is blended with mango and lemongrass extract, to allow each user to reap the benefits of CBD in a small, discreet treat.

However, unlike other brands, Bhang Gum is not plastic-free, biodegradable, natural or vegan, which makes it problematic for the environment.

This CBD gum brand is priced higher than most, setting you back $10 per 4-pack, equating to $2.50 per gum. This simply due to the CBD content being much higher than other CBD gum brands, at an impressive 25mg – the higher the CBD content, the higher the percentage of CBD will be absorbed by the body.

 

Price per pack: $10 / £7.76

Price per gum: $2.50 / £1.94

Kingdom of Green CBD gum review  

CBD Gum Review - Kingdom of GreenMeet Kingdom of Green, the most affordable brand of all. Their 12-pack of CBD-infused gum costs just $4.99, which means that each piece of gum is approximately priced at around 41 cents. Despite this, their CBD gum is made from 1.5mg of CBD per gum (18mg per packet).

Due to its budget price, the CBD gum is fairly basic and doesn’t have any typical mint flavourings. It is not natural, plastic-free, aspartame free, vegan or biodegradable like other brands; the only thing is that it is sugar free – great for your teeth and body.

 

Price per pack: $4.99 / £3.87

Price per gum: Approximately $0.41 / £0.32

Blockhead CBD gum review  

CBD Gum Review - BlockheadBlockhead isn’t new to the world of gum – they have previously produced other popular gums such as vitamin gum and energy gum. Their brand-new peppermint flavoured CBD gum ensures their gum is chewed discreetly, despite featuring 3mg of CBD per gum. Not to mention it is reasonably priced too, as a standard pack of 7 is priced at £4.99 – equating to approximately 71p per gum – making them highly affordable for any CBD lover. 

Their CBD gum is sugar-free, aspartame free and contains zero calories, which is highly appealing. The gum is made under the premise of being non-GMO and vegan, however the gum is created using many chemical ingredients, which could be a turn-off to many health-conscious users.

It’s also not very eco-friendly in comparison to other CBD gum brands, such as Canabiotics who offer biodegradable gum, and Canabiotics and Endoca who have plastic-free gum bases.

 

Price per pack: £4.99

Price per gum: Approximately £0.71

 

Which CBD gum is best? 

CBD Gum Review Overview

Of all CBD gum brands, we believe that Canabiotics is the best CBD gum on the market as it contains full spectrum CBD, uses natural ingredients and is great value for money. Following closely behind is Endoca CBD gum, which also uses natural ingredients and is highly affordable for those wishing to try this new method of taking CBD.

 

 

Ecotourism in the United Kingdom

Ecotourism can help in the complex process of repairing the ‘lungs’ of the earth. Image courtesy of Mynatour

 

The term ecotourism, coined in 1962 by Canadian environmentalist Robert Hunter (1941-2005), refers to a tourism model that is sustainable on nature. As the world grappled with the threat of climate change over the past couple of decades, the ethical concept of ecotourism has caught fire and emerged as one of the fastest growing sectors of the travel industry.

According to estimates, global ecotourism generated approximately $800 million and $1 billion annually. Cognizant of this fact, the United Kingdom has long been developing ecotourism as part of its broader tourism strategy. If you’re looking at some green vacation ideas for your next domestic holiday, here are a few ecotourism ideas to get you started.  

♦ Scottish Beaver Trial, Knapdale, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

The almost 500 years’ absence of wild beaver population in Scotland is expected to end with the Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale Forest. Tourists will be able to view efforts at reintroducing beavers into the local ecosystem. The project, headed by non-profit Tree For Life, is a crucial one – and not only from an ecotourism perspective. Beavers are considered a ‘keystone species’, which means they play a critical role in a healthy forest ecosystem. The simple act of felling trees actually allows sunlight to reach other plants on the forest floor; it would also improve the area’s natural irrigation and enhance the quality of water in natural catchment areas.

A similar plan to reintroduce the extinct lynx population in North Devon’s woodland areas is also being pursued by Lynx UK Trust and several other advocacy groups.

The Knapdale Forest is the site of the Scottish Beaver Trial. Image courtesy of Caol Scotnish

♦ The Old Rectory, Boscastle, Cornwall, England

For an authentic countryside bed and breakfast experience, look no further than The Old Rectory. A Goldstar recipient of the Green Tourism Business Scheme Awards, The Old Rectory offers luxurious accommodations and amenities, as well as coastal walks and countryside sceneries while maintaining an environmentally-sustainable management practice.

♦ The Burren, County Clare, Northern Ireland

The tireless work of BurrenBeo Trust and BurrenLife Farming for Conservation Group over the years has resulted in a community that goes out of its way to create more sustainable farming practices in this generational farming county.  Even HRH Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, took the time to visit Burren in 2014.

There are numerous other attractive ecotourism locations around the country, so be sure to check with relevant advocacy groups such as Green Dragon, Green Tourism Business Scheme, GreenTraveller and The New Forest to obtain up-to-date suggestions and recommendations.

 

The new age of astrology

Astrology has become a buzzword, one that seems to be applied to every situation as of late. Trouble at work? Mercury is in retrograde. Love life in tatters? That’s so very Scorpio of you. But what does it all mean? Astrology seems to have suddenly become trendy, with the word constantly trending on Twitter, due to the rise of meme culture and the idea of ‘Astrology is fake but…’ poking fun at people’s personality traits. Astrology has always been a way of understanding the confusing thing we call life, but what exactly is astrology?
 


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The basics:
Essentially, astrology is the study of the stars and planets, analyzing their relationship and the ways in which their placement impacts what happens on earth in the future. Sounds confusing right? The easiest way to think about astrology is that it is less about telling the future and more about offering a way in which people can understand themselves. It does not claim to be a science, it just gives meaning to the placement of the sun, moon and surrounding planets.

 

The sky is spilt into 12 sections which all represent the 12 archetypes of the zodiac. Your zodiac sign is determined by which section of the sky the sun was the moment you were born, although it may characterise your personality to a certain degree, we all embody aspects of the other signs – and this is dependent on where the other planets were when you were born. But how did the art of astrology come about? 

 

A brief history of astrology:
Astrology was first traced back to 3rd millennium BC as an ancient way of knowledge. For centuries people have looked at the sky for guidance, with the maxim “As above, so below” supporting the central idea of astrology – that there is a connection between people and the universe. Before the rise of Christianity, it was used to understand life and its many mysteries, with Egyptians particularly making it their niche. Between the 3rd and 2nd century BC, Egyptian philosophy with merged with Babylonian to produce the horoscopic astrology we know today. The concept was considered a scholarly tradition up until the 17th century when the scientific world view was first introduced, which disputed the core of astrology. However, it remained a fairly popular concept due to its use in newspaper columns, offering people hope after despair, destruction and war.

 


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Is it nonsense?
Until very recently astrology was just a monthly column used to fill the backs of magazines, until the Millennial takeover, which seems to have given astrology relevance for now. Horoscopes have always been tailor made to their audiences, with the publication knowing who their reader is and molding the description accordingly. So why do we still seem to find horoscopes relevant to our own experiences? The Daily Hunch – a personalized horoscope service – suggests that “[While] physics isn’t happy with the idea that planets are meddling in our love affairs and confirmation bias keeps us from being dissuaded when horoscopes miss the mark”.

 

 

However, studies have shown that if you write a generic personality description and tell someone that it applies to them – they are more likely to perceive it as accurate. The term the “Barnum Effect” explains that people are more likely to believe a personality description if they are told it has been personally tailored to them, even if it is brief, generic and could apply to anyone reading it. With personalisation becoming an increasing consumer trend, astrology appears to be even more relevant. The concept of personalisation of astrology can be applied to anything, such as the perfect gift for your zodiac sign, or perfumes you should be wearing according to your personality.

 


The Millennial effect:
With reports of astrological acceptance rising among millennials, why is this generation the ones driving this sudden rise of interest?  Well firstly you don’t have to believe in astrology to be interested. Horoscopes feed our desire for answers and curiosity about ourselves and how we fit into this world. The astrology of today is as fast-paced as the internet, you can now access daily horoscopes as opposed to the monthly predictions of the past.
As human beings we seek comfort in times of stress and answers for things we do not understand. Therefore, it is no surprise that Millennials seem to behind the astrological boom, seeing as they have been reported to be the most stressed generation. Mysticism offers an alternative to the harsh realties of life and appears to be sparking humor and joy across social media through meme culture. Whether astrology offers any truth appears not to matter and shows no signs of going away any time soon.
 

Three extinction-level events that could destroy earth tomorrow

Supernovas is an extinction level event which could end the world in a blink of an eye. This is a colour composite image taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of a supernova remnant in the Crab Nebula. The explosion was observed and recorded by Chinese and Japanese astronomers in 1054. Image courtesy of the European Southern Observatory.

 

The idea that all life on the planet can suddenly end tomorrow might sound preposterous to most – and rightly so. After all, we’re not living in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s not like the mad titan Thanos is real and could disintegrate all life simply by putting on the Infinity Gauntlet and snapping his fingers.

However, would it surprise you to learn that statistically, an average person is five times as likely to die from an extinction-level event (ELE) compared to a car crash? In addition, would it shock you to hear that more than two dozen ELEs have occurred on earth during the past few billion years? Some of the causes include a supernova of a star from the Scorpius-Centaurus cluster about two million years ago (Pliocene–Pleistocene extinction), a gamma-ray burst from deep space approximately 443.8 million years ago (Ordovician mass extinction) and the depletion of oxygen in oceans about 542 million years ago (End-Ediacaran extinction).

To be fair, these occurrences were spread across extraordinarily long periods of stability and calm. For perspective, modern humans have only been existence for about 200,000 years, which is just a fraction of earth’s 4.5 billion years of existence.

And yet, you might be curious by now about the types of ELEs that might impact your plans this weekend.

1. Crashing asteroids

Asteroids are no stranger to us, since they crash quite regularly into the earth. The majority of asteroids though burn themselves in the atmosphere, while the few that land on the ground typically end up in museums and universities. Every once in a long while though, asteroids of monstrous sizes do fall on earth, and they will inevitably result in massive planetary upheavals.

The last significant asteroid to smash into the planet was the Chicxulub Impactor about 66 million years ago, an event which scientists termed the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction. With an estimated diameter of up to 53 miles, the asteroid had the stored energy equivalent of up to 900 billion atomic bombs used to decimate Hiroshima during World War II. The impact resulted in massive explosions, hundred-metre tsunamis, raging fires (even rocks melted), and cyclones. The resulting dust and smoke rose into the upper atmosphere and eventually blocked sunlight from coming through.

The Chicxulub Impactor crash effectively led to the extinction of dinosaurs, as well as three quarters of all animal and plant life on earth. The site of the impact, the Chicxulub crater, is buried underneath the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. 

Despite what we’ve been led to believe in movies, humans currently have no effective countermeasures or collision avoidance strategies against any large asteroids approaching earth, even if we had years of notice.

 

A shaded relief image generated by Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data shows the 300 kilometres-wide Chixulub Crater in Mexico. Image courtesy of NASA
A shaded relief image generated by Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data shows the 300 kilometres-wide Chixulub Crater in Mexico. Image courtesy of NASA</a></em></span>

2. Volcanism

The land which we walk, run, and live on are actually relatively thin layers of solidified landmass called crusts, which technically floats above an inner liquid core. We are introduced to the inner core occasionally when volcanoes erupt and spew hot magma. These eruptions are typically caused by plate tectonic motions, which have sculpted the surface of the world as we now know.

The plate tectonic motions are caused by a variety of factors, such as thermal convection currents, gravitational changes involving molten minerals, chemicals and gasses, and fluctuations of the sun’s magnetic field.

Once in a while though, these factors combine to produce massive movements which trigger explosive eruptions of lava, gas and even water. Aside from the obvious devastation caused by fiery magmas and inflammable gas, volcanism will set up a chain of earthquakes and flood basalts.

If that’s not bad enough, depending on the spread of the event, the ash and gas discharged during the eruptions will block sunlight and cause a volcanic winter. Heat on the surface of the planet will drop to below freezing levels, oxygen will be depleted as plants are no longer able to perform photosynthesis, and the world will be in perpetual near-darkness for a period of time. As energy runs out, so will the majority of living creatures.

Volcanism played a notable role in the Permian-Triassic extinction event which caused the extinction of up to 96% of all marine species and up to 70% of terrestrial species.

 

Global map illustrating known tectonic plate boundaries and volcanic fault lines which would be most vulnerable from volcanism. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Global map illustrating known tectonic plate boundaries and volcanic fault lines which would be most vulnerable from volcanism. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

3. Climate change

As noted above, the Permian-Triassic extinction event 252 million years ago nearly decimated all lifeforms on earth, making it one of the deadliest ELEs in history. There were several factors which contributed to the ELE, dubbed ominously as the Great Dying. Cumulatively, however, these factors caused dramatic climate changes which eventually culminated with a 10◦ Celsius (20◦ Fahrenheit) rise in ocean surface temperatures in the tropical region.

A ten degrees spike isn’t so bad, right? Britons regularly experienced higher temperature jumps during the summer months. Are the climate change deniers right then, in that, global warming is a hoax despite an almost universal consensus from the global scientific community?

No, climate change deniers and the fossil fuel companies which fund them are still very wrong, on all counts.

A permanent 10-degree increase on a scale that large is cataclysmic. Heck, projections show that a ‘mere’ 6◦ Celsius increase could end life as we know it – cities will be drowned with water from the melting ice caps, marine life will face an immediate extinction, extended heat waves will create deserts in population centres and agricultural land, forests will be engulfed in firestorms, and the air we breathe will be heavily polluted with methane from the ocean floor.

 

Forest fires, like the pictured 2013 Alder Fire on the southern end of Yellowstone National Park, will become more frequent in future as temperatures soar higher due to global warming. Image courtesy of NPS Climate Change Response
NPS Climate Change Response

 

During the Permian-Triassic extinction, the domino effect from global warming was less sophisticated, but equally deadly. The increased temperature sped up the metabolism rate of marine animals, which increased their oxygen requirement. However, the warmer waters held a lower amount of oxygen. Consequently, marine life began to suffocate and die off. On land, the temperature increase caused flooding, heatwave and wildfires, while volcanism accelerated the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Not only did these changes spark a chain reaction, but they also propagated and worsened existing climate instabilities.

Make no mistake – climate change is an ELE, and humans are in midst of going extinct. We are already witnessing radical changes in weather patterns, water supply, temperature and much more. One of these changes could very well affect you tomorrow.

For instance, the August 2003 European heatwave directly caused the deaths of 2043 people in the United Kingdom. Scientists predict that this kind of deadly heatwaves would be a common occurrence by the 2040s, and temperatures could skyrocket to of 48◦ Celsius (118◦ Fahrenheit). But such is the nature of climate, that a single unstable element will trigger other failures in the ecosystem. Heatwaves will lead to droughts, disrupted water cycle, the emergence of diseases, invasion of non-native animal species and much more.

 

The Online Marketplace Comparison Guide 2018

The Financial Times revealed households devoted more of their budgets to clothing, food and online purchases at the end of 2017 than the year before, according to figures on consumer spending. Figures from Statista, which presents statistics and studies from more than 22,500 sources, proclaim Britons spent £149 billion online in 2017 – up from £133 billion in 2016. Internet spending doesn’t seem to be slowing either, as the same stats reveal, in 2017, online retail sales were up 12.1% on average year-on-year (YoY.) 

These facts and figures prove selling on an online marketplace can be highly lucrative. But, it’s difficult to know where to begin, in terms of buying and selling. Which online marketplace fits your needs? Which can you trust? Which would you be confident to recommend? 

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Join the army of Santa’s in the 2017 Santa Run

If you are looking for Santa Clause this winter, you will find him in Victoria Park and other London locations, on the 3rd of December. In fact, you will find 4,000 jolly Santa’s who are looking to run (or walk) a 5k or 10K route to keep fit while raising funds for different charities. This yearly event gets people into the holiday spirit and brings them together with the aim of helping those in real need this festive season. There is no better time of the year to think about those not so fortunate and make an effort however small or large to put a smile on their faces. 
 

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The Dilemma of Heathrow’s Third Runway

The airport expansion and the dilemma of Heathrow's third runway has been going on ever since the Roskill Commission was set up in 1968 to look into a potential third airport for London. 48 years on, following years and years of indecision, the current government has finally made a decision. They have boldly approved a third runway at Heathrow Airport. A decision which was likely influenced by Sir Howard Davies, who along with other members of the Airports Commission in 2015, collectively agreed that the best solution was to add a third runway to the north-west of Heathrow’s current pair. 

Whilst the Government has finally set its stance on its preferred option, next year there will be a statutory public consultation followed by a final decision being put to MP’s. 

 

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