Smell (Irrelevant to effects)
The smell, when you open the bottle, is just like watermelon candy—think watermelon Jolly Ranchers. It’s sweet and very fruity, but not overwhelming. As long as you don’t have anything against watermelon flavoring (one of our testers can’t stand it!), you’ll get along just fine with this oil.
Taste (Irrelevant to effects)
All the flavor elements of watermelon are there, minus the sweetness; it’s very true to the taste of watermelon, but with the sugar sucked out of it. The flavor is very assertive—there’s no mistaking it’s watermelon. We kind of like this flavor, as it’s nice to see a departure from the traditional peppermint (and it’s a well-executed flavor). We should note that they might give you a case of watermelon burps for about 30 minutes or so afterward, but drinking a glass of water or juice after taking them took care of that issue for us.
The Hemp Bombs CBD Oil flows easily and isn’t overly viscous at all; it mixes easily with food (we like it in smoothies made with frozen melon and berries, but just about anything that could taste good with watermelon would work). There’s a light amber cast to it, and it’s clear. It doesn’t leave much of a residual flavor in your mouth, so you won’t be left with a weird film or have to taste it for hours after your dose.
Effects (Onset, Duration, Intensity)
We felt the effects within an hour, with onset times as soon as 30 minutes for some of us (generally when taken without food). We felt the effects for about 8 hours after dosing, though this varied a bit. For some of us, a single dose was enough, but some of us doubled or even tripled our dose (for the 300mg bottle, one dropper contains 10 mg CBD) for all-day relief. Relief can be felt at lower doses, but there is nothing wrong with taking a higher dose in order to feel better. We found that the effects of a single dose were mild, but grew more intense with further dosing.
We felt relaxed after taking this oil, and noticed a pronounced improvement in mood. We also felt physically better, and less prone to stress—things that normally send us spiraling were easier to deal with and navigate through. We felt relief from anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and inflammation. We also noticed the oil helped with menstrual pain and cramping, as well as symptoms of PMS.
Best used for
This product is best for people looking for a simple way to incorporate CBD into their daily routine. It can be added to food and drinks or taken directly, either in a spoon or straight from the dropper. The oil can be used to alleviate symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as epilepsy, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, and cancer, and patients with a wide variety of illnesses may benefit from a CBD regimen. As an oral CBD product, it’s best used as a preventive rather than a treatment for acute flare-ups of symptoms.