How I discovered the power of CBD

By Gemma Colao, founder of OTO

I first encountered CBD whilst living out in California. Working as a designer in the fast-paced and stress inducing fashion industry, the long days, late nights and crazy deadlines started to take their toll. Anxiety was becoming the norm and as such my sleep started to suffer. So much for that laid-back Cali lifestyle!

It was a friend who first suggested I try CBD to help with anxiety and sleep. I’ve never really been into cannabis having found it doesn’t really agree with me, so I was hesitant at first. However, after researching it and hearing from other friends and colleagues about how it had helped them, I decided to give it a go.

Within just a few days of trying CBD I felt my anxiety levels improve. The dread I felt on my morning commute disappeared, deadlines became more manageable and I was able to focus more at work and ultimately, feel more present, I actually started to love my work again, My passion for fashion was reignited and it was down to the therapeutic effects of CBD.

At the same time, my husband, James, set up one of California’s first legal cannabis dispensaries, so CBD was part of our professional lives as well as our personal.

In 2016, we had our first child, Leo, and decided to move back to the UK to be closer to family (aka the free babysitters). Upon our return I was really excited to see that CBD was now available in the UK too. However, I was disappointed by the products on offer. Not only did most of the contain really low levels of CBD that would be ineffective, I also found dropping the oil tinctures under my tongue to be an unpleasant experience. On top of that, a lot of products were confusing and difficult to navigate, basing dosage on countless variables such as a person’s weight, diet, metabolism and environment. I was buying CBD to help with stress...not cause it!

Recognising a gap in the market for high strength, enjoyable CBD products, we created OTO. Together with a group of friends that includes world leading scientists, entrepreneurs and anthropologists, we set out to create the world’s finest CBD experiences.

We have now created a unique range of effective products that enhance daily rituals to help you find your space. Each oil is designed to complement the natural rhythm of your day with three pillars: focus, amplify and balance.

Through our unique curation and creation process (OTOSYNTHESIS), we source the highest quality essential oils, scents and flavours from around the world, blending them with pure CBD.

Each product comes with the OTO Strength guarantee, ensuring the optimum levels of CBD to enhance your natural wellbeing and reduce anxiety.

To discover the power of CBD and OTO’s range of optimum strength products click here.