The breakout feel-good ingredient of 2018 is CBD. And unlike previous years’ contenders—remember turmeric, goji berries, and acai?—cannabidiol can be found in a vast array of products that are elegant enough for holiday gift giving, from chocolates to bath salts.

Before you order any CBD gifts for friends or family, though, you’ll want to know a few things about the year’s hottest wellness product. A plentiful compound in marijuana and hemp plants, CBD won’t get you stoned. Leave that to tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, for short.

But CBD shows promise in lifting your mood, relieving anxiety, sharpening focus, improving sleep, relieving sore muscles, even giving you clearer skin. This smorgasbord of benefits is possible, experts say, because CBD interacts with cell receptors that are found all over the body.

The omnipresence of these neural messengers—on the surface of your skin, in your gut, in the recesses of your brain—is also why CBD can work through a variety of delivery methods, from balms to vape pens.

Finally, laws around shipping CBD are murky and ever evolving. The bottom line at the moment is that CBD derived from hemp, not weed, is, let’s say, legalish to ship across state lines, enough so that the CBD hemp products below are available in all 50 states. 

The best CBD gifts to eat 

Calivolve, a California-based line of CBD-infused dark chocolate truffles, was launched in 2017 by best friends and weed enthusiasts Lilly Cabral and My Thai. The truffles come in three flavors—mint, matcha, and cherry.

When it comes to ingesting CBD, bear in mind that it has what’s called “biphasic” properties. That means that at varying dosages CBD has entirely different effects. In general, lower doses are energizing while higher doses are sedating. 

A Calivolve box contains four truffles, with 20 milligrams of CBD in each. The confections are scored so you can begin with a 10-milligram serving, following the mantra of “start low and go slow.” ($30 at

For great stocking stuffers, check out the Edibles CBD Chocolate from Poplar. Raw, organic, and vegan, each single-bite chocolate contains 5 milligrams of CBD, less than 1 gram of sugar, and 50 calories.