CBME Relieve CBD Apricot Pieces Review
Oils, balms, capsules, bath bombs, gummies, patches and now fruit. Yes, that's right! CBD infused fruit, which according to CBME, is the only personalised CBD coated dried fruit. And I don't doubt it; for all the products and research I've done on CBD over the last few years I have never, ever come across a dried fruit CBD product.
What's even more exciting is that CBME not only offer this innovative product but there's also a range available too. I was kindly gifted their Relieve variety, which is dried apricot pieces but there is also Uplift (dried pineapple) and Relax (dried papaya). The Relieve range, as the name suggests, is focused on supporting you post workout and/or with any aches, pains or joint problems. Each packet contains 30 pieces of dried apricot, which each piece being coated with 50mg of broad spectrum distillate which is fortified with CBG too.
As previously explored in my other reviews, CBG is the precursor to CBD and is obtained via harvesting hemp plants early on in their growth (CBD Village, 2021). CBG has been shown to be able to reduce inflammation, in particular inflammation caused by irritable bowel syndrome and other bowel conditions (Borrelli et al. 2018) as well as having the ability to calm the nervous system (Gugliandolo et al. 2018) and provide pain relief. So all in all, CBG is a great thing for those of us with chronic pain and/or inflammatory diseases or conditions (here's looking at you endometriosis and sciatica) as it can help reduce both.
In addition to this, CBME's Relieve pieces are also infused with turmeric and black pepper, both of which are also known for their anti-inflammatory properties (Hewlings & Kalman, 2017), (Butt et al. 2013) as well as the anti-inflammatory terpenes beta-caryophyllene and myrcene. Basically, these apricot pieces are a powerhouse against pain and that's exactly the sort of thing I need in my life.
With each piece containing 50mg, I only had one of these a day as I found that was more than enough for my needs. Sometimes I ate it on it's own and it tasted delicious; the pepper gives it a slight heat and whilst there is a slight tang of hemp, it compliments the sweetness of the apricot itself. Other times I had it chopped up with my morning bowl of cereal or porridge with a variety of other dried fruits and nuts and that was equally as delicious. The apricots themselves are juicy and hefty in size and easy to snack on at any point of the day. For the most part I either had one of these in the morning or immediately after doing a workout.
As the product is tailored towards aches and pains, etc. that's what I focused on when trialling these. Did I notice a reduction in my pain? Absolutely, especially after long days at work when I would usually need to curl up with a hot water bottle and/or pain killers just to see me through the rest of the day. These pieces reduced the severity of my sciatic pain to the point where flare ups were non-existent and I also found that on the days when I could manage a work out, I was significantly less achey the following days after and actually felt I could push myself a little bit harder as a result.
Whilst these apricot pieces are on the pricier side, considering each piece contains a whopping 50mg of CBD, you are getting a high percentage of product. Plus, if 50mg per piece is potentially too high of an amount per day for you, you could easily split these in half which is what I did on some days with no issue. If you're a lover of dried fruit, are not a fan of oils/capsules, want a CBD product you can easily integrate into your routine or want to try something different, I would definitely recommend giving these a go. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was impressed!
CBME Relieve CBD Apricot Pieces are £63 for a pouch of 30 and a 5 piece tester pouch is available for £15.
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