If you’re on Instagram and you’re interested in weed and/or wellness, you’ve definitely seen Not Pot ads. Built around the fun, vibrantly colored packaging, a reasonable yet boutique price point, and a playful tone, the ads scream “CBD for millennials” and I couldn’t help but gravitate toward them like a moth to a flame.
Needless to say, I was excited to try Not Pot’s CBD Glow Oil, Original Gummies, and Pet CBD Oil and thrilled to find the products (at first glance) seemed as high-quality as the ads promised. But when the gummies proved to be wholly ineffective despite being outrageously delicious, my hopes dampened a little.
The effectiveness of the Glow Oil and Pet Oil helped me overcome the disappointment of the gummies somewhat, but not enough for me to recommend this brand to everyone for everything. Depending on which product you choose, Not Pot can be delightfully useful or a ridiculously expensive treat.
The cannabinoid content of these products seems too good to be true and for some of the products, it is too good to be true. While the gummies had zero effect no matter how many I ate (and I ate a small handful because they were so tasty), the pet oil had a noticeably calming, pain-relieving effect on my grumpy old Chihuahua mutt. The facial oil, despite not having any of the added essential oils that make facial oils feel like a luxury experience, proved to be effective and likely palatable for most skin types for this very reason. All of the products I tested were in the $30–$50 range, which is reasonable compared to other concentrated products. While the oils were effective and justified their price tags, the gummies were not and effectively felt like wildly overpriced gourmet candy. If I could combine the superior flavor and texture of these gummies with the effectiveness of other products, they would easily be my new favorite CBD edible. Luckily, the oils might keep a place on my medicine cabinet shelf because they are functional, effective, and beautiful to look at.
Of all the products I tested, Not Pot’s Pet CBD Oil was the most effective. The base of wild Alaskan salmon oil was irresistible for my dog and just a few drops helped him mellow out. With 1000mg per 30ml bottle and packaging that easily surpasses every other pet CBD oil on the market, the $35 price tag is well worth it.
Not Pot Original CBD Gummies
I really wanted to be able to recommend these gummies since the packaging is adorable, they’re easy to purchase online, the strawberry flavor is the best I’ve ever tasted, and the texture is unmatched.
Unfortunately, they failed to provide even the slightest mental or physical shift after I ate four 20mg gummies—a dose that’s guaranteed to alter my perception if the potency results are accurate. And given it was easy to find the most recent lab test for these gummies online to prove the potency, the ineffectiveness perplexed me. At first, I thought maybe the few gummies I tried were duds, so I tried another few—then another few and another few. Each time, I ate 100mg of broad-spectrum CBD or more and every time I felt absolutely nothing hours later.
These gummies are so delicious, they might be worth buying for the flavor alone if the price tag hovered around $20 or less. But for $30 per bottle, they need to offer a true CBD experience to be worth the price. Compared to Martha Stewart’s CBD gummies—which are similarly boutique in flavor, texture, potency, and branding—Not Pot’s gummies feel like a scam. Which is too bad because they truly have everything going for them except for the one thing that matters: effectiveness.
Not Pot’s Pet CBD Oil was my favorite of the products I tried because it was just as effective as other pet CBD products but one thousand times more visually appealing.
Most pet CBD products hit you over the head with pet-oriented branding, but Not Pot’s oil is designed for the pet owners. I practically squealed with delight when I pulled the neon orange bottle out of the box because it looks like something I’d want to display instead of tucking it in the junk drawer to be forgotten.
Still, I was skeptical of the high potency knowing that the product for human consumption was a letdown. So, I gave my oversized, anxiety-ridden Chihuahua-cattledog mutt 10 or so drops of oil and waited to see what would happen. Because the base oil was salmon oil—his favorite—he happily licked up every drop. A couple hours later, he was napping and mostly relaxing even though we had a friend stop by and leaf blowers going outside—two of his major triggers. A little CBD oil isn’t going to wipe away all of his anxieties, lower back pain, and neuroses, but it did manage to take the edge off. Between the results and the stellar packaging design, Not Pot’s Pet CBD Oil is definitely one I’m going to keep in the rotation.
I’ve tried lots of topical face oils in my day—some CBD-infused and others not. What I always look for is a pleasant texture that feels luxurious but not overly scented and packaging that reminds me to actually apply a few drops every night.
Not Pot’s Glow Oil may not have any luxurious scents or essential oils to enhance our nighttime rituals, but it has everything else. The paired-down, hemp oil formulation that makes it smell a little lackluster is also the reason it’ll probably do well on every skin type under the sun. Compared to other face oils with dozens of essential oils, the Glow Oil ingredient list is so minimal I can’t imagine it irritating even the most sensitive cheeks.
For context, I applied this oil on top of my moisturizer every night before bed for about a month. Having had oily skin my whole life, I was wary of trying face oils at first but dove in headfirst once I realize they could moisturize and balance out my skin without encouraging excessive oil production. This oil proved to be worthy of year-round staple status just because it had a mild, innocuous scent, effective moisturizing properties, and enough CBD to adequately soothe my skin after a long day in the sun. The neon green bottle is gorgeous enough to display, the price tag is on par or below comparable oils, and it’s easy to purchase online. If you like face oils, there’s absolutely no reason not to try it. And you can always add a few drops of rose hip seed oil to your bottle if you want the full spa experience.