If it seems like people are putting CBD oil in everything these days, you’re right. And you can add one more item to the list: Yield’s new line of candles is infused with the stuff—150 milligrams per 3.5-inch-tall candle, to be exact.
Short for Cannabidiol—which, yes, is found in marijuana, but on its own, will not get you high—CBD has been snowballing in popularity over the past few years. It’s been touted as a way to reduce seizures, treat chronic pain, and relieve insomnia and anxiety, making it seem like a miracle oil for all that ails you. While studies support some of those claims (namely, seizures), more research is needed overall. Still, that hasn’t stopped people’s interest in dabbling with it, with searches skyrocketing since August 2016, particularly in Indiana, Vermont, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. To meet that need, plenty of companies have started experimenting with ways to use the oil in their products.
Candles make perfect sense: They’re often used to set a relaxing mood, so why not infuse them with something linked to reducing anxiety, with the hopes of furthering that effect? (In the promising-but-needs-more-research category, a 2017 study found that people who smelled CBD-infused essential oils experienced decreased blood pressure and said they felt calmer and more energized. The study only featured five people though, so don’t consider it gospel.)
Yield makes no claims that its candles will relieve your pain or help you sleep better at night, though they are designed to promote “clean, balanced living.” Each one’s made with sustainably sourced ingredients, featuring coconut wax and cotton wicks, and comes in soothing scents, like eucalyptus, ambrosia, and palo santo.
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Given all the hype, we asked two editors to try the candles for themselves for a few weeks. Both reported feeling more relaxed after lighting them, though admittedly, they also acknowledged that could be due to the ritual of lighting a candle and taking a moment for themselves. Our verdict: With so much research TBD on CBD, choose a candle based on its aesthetics and scent. If it has CBD oil and that seems to help you relax more, great. Don’t expect it to, though.
Oh, and about that scent: Yield’s CBD candles don’t give off even a whiff of hemp (in fact, a third editor took one home, not realizing it was CBD-infused at all). All of the scents were pretty mellow—more earthy than fruity or floral—and editors liked that the double-walled glass jar could be washed and used as a drinking glass long after the candle’s 40- to 45-hour burn time.
All four lines within the CBD Collection are part of a collaboration between Yield and The Black Dahlia, an organization devoted to preserving the historic Sowden House—rumored site of the Black Dahlia murder in Los Angeles. You can order one directly through SowdenHouse.com.
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