Cannanda’s products are an exciting alternative, or addition, to CBD oils and products. The brand harnesses the power of terpenes, the compounds in cannabis which make every strain different and give the plant its unique aroma.
We caught up with them a few weeks ago to learn more about the power of terpenes, the inspiration behind the brand and the science that backs up the products. Since the interview, some of Cannanda’s unique products have been in the hands of our review team. As ever, the reviews are from genuine consumers who have tested the products for a few weeks before sharing their honest feedback with us.
CB2 Wellness Blend & High Achievers Focus Blend
I’m a regular CBD user, male and in my mid-30s. I work long hours in finance and my job can be quite stressful. Cannabinoids are a big help in managing my lifestyle.
The products came with a leaflet of information about the brand and how the products interacted with my body, which I appreciated. The oils are designed to be either inhaled, or consumed like CBD. Both products have a very strong but not unpleasant smell, so I opted for the inhalation method for my trial. I did intend to try consumption, but the strong smell has so far put me off doing so.
First I tried the Wellness Blend for a week. Wellness is a hard feeling to quantify in my opinion, but with it being December and lots of colleagues having colds, flu and of course coronavirus, it seemed like a good time for a test. The smell of this blend is very pleasant, orangy to start then fading into pine. I would rub a few drops in my hands and then cup them around my nose and take deep breaths. While it is hard to quantify what impact this had on my wellness and health, I genuinely enjoyed the ritual of taking a break to stop, relax and take a few deep breaths with the oil, which I would class as benefiting my wellness.
Second up for testing was the Focus Blend. This oil smells equally nice, if not nicer than the Wellness Blend, it is a little more floral than the Wellness Blend, and doesn’t have the earthy tones. I utilised the oil in the same way as the Wellness Blend, putting a few drops into my palm, taking a few long, deep breaths and then continuing with my work. The results from this were surprising, which may be because I hadn’t felt a noticeable difference with the Wellness Blend, but I did notice a considerable increase in my focus with this blend. I was able to concentrate on deep work much more easily and found that completing difficult tasks was done faster.
I did notice a considerable increase in my focus with this blend. I was able to concentrate on deep work much more easily
I’m genuinely very impressed with these products, I’ve survived December without illness, and I don’t know if the Wellness Blend is responsible for that, but I can certainly quantify the relationship between my work and the Focus Blend. I will also add that the oils last a long time, I’m still using them into January, and I’ll be using them in the future.
Our olfactory system is without a doubt one of the most powerful routes to improved well-being, so it’s always a delight to see terpenes utilised in aromatherapy, particularly when blended specifically to activate the endocannabinoid system! I tried the Wellness Blend first, a cursory sniff of this product isn’t enough to do much, but using it in a steamer or diffuser did offer me a gentle wash of calm. It wasn’t quite enough to reduce my high levels of stress and anxiety, although it does make a pleasant addition to my favourite CBD products.
Next I tried the Focus Blend. I wish I could say this helped with focus, as boy did I need it this week! But unfortunately, it didn’t seem to have much of an effect on me. That being said, this blend does have a lovely, refreshing scent which is lovely to use in an office diffuser or for direct inhalation. And as a welcome side effect during the age of Omicron, it helped combat my stuffy nose too!
If CBD products already have their own terpene or essential oil blend, these additional blends may seem like overkill. However, if your favourite CBD oil is an isolate, or broad-spectrum with minimal terpenes present, adding this to the mix could potentially take it to the next level, thanks to the entourage effect.
CB2 Hemp Seed Oil
I have suffered from knee pain after an injury sustained in my early 20s, which was a long time ago now. Thanks to COVID I’ve really fallen by the wayside when it comes to being active and so my knee has begun to stiffen up. The usual pain killers and anti inflammatories didn’t really seem to be helping but I didn’t want to go onto stronger meds so I started taking CBD oil which really helped.
Sadly with the colder weather the pain and mobility started to get worse, so I was looking forward to trying the hemp oil as would apparently give my CBD a helping hand.
The oil is smooth and tastes fine but you need to take more than CBD. At first I didn’t notice much of a difference but after a couple of weeks my mobility issues seemed to really clear up. I often wake up at 4-5am but I also noticed this stopped happening which was a nice added benefit. The bottle is very generous compared to CBD oils and I expect it will last me a while.
This salve is fast-absorbing with speedy effects on easing minor aches, the compact and discrete tin makes it a handy one to keep in your pocket to tackle swollen joints and typed-out fingers. The terpenes and peppermint essential oil ingredients in the product are quite potent and therefore can be a bit too strong for areas such as the lips, and sensitive skin which I found out the hard way!