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Dr. Courtney’s raw cannabis juice

Doctor William L. Courtney has a solid medical education. After obtaining the Doctorate in Medicine at the Wayne State University (USA) and doing his internship at the Psychiatry Medical Center of California, he obtained his post doctorate on legal medicine. Dr. Courtney is currently member of the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, the International Assotiation of Cannabis as Medicine, and the Society of Clinical Cannabis. Furthermore, he has also teached Continuing Medical Education courses in clinical cannabis .

Dr Courtney has become the foremost specialist on cannabis juice

The favourite research field of this american doctor is the daily use of marijuana, with a 250-500mg intake of phytocannabinoids in the form of non-psychoactive acid, which the doctor considers to be essential nutrients. During the last years, Dr. Courtney has shown his investigtions to many other doctors; during his speech Cannabis Therapeutics in Rhode Island – April, 2010 – at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry of Bonn – June, 2010 – at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – November, 2010 – or in his speech at the International Cannabinoid Research Society in Chicago – July, 2011.

Dr. Courtney is also vice-president of the Association Luxembourgeoise des Méthodes Préventives, that use his recipies for making raw marijuana juice. He also works with those cannabis dispensaries that want to offer cannabis juices to all their therapeutical users with serious diseases. He has also started several medical research laboratories in California

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Kristen Peskuski, first patient healed with raw cannabis juice

Dr. Courtney’s most interesting story is about his wife Kristen Peskuski. Kristen suffered from S ystem ic L upus E r ythematosu s for many years, an autoimmune disorder that damages the connective tissues of several organs. When her health status greatly improved after consuming raw marijuana juice every day, they were confident that they had found a viable treatment for certain chronic diseases. Kristen used to take about 40 medicines every day, while today she only takes them occasionaly, for some specific symptoms.

Although her gynecologist was sceptical at the beginning – even hostile of the idea of using cannabis as medicine – he subsequently stated: “It is a miracle, a story that deserves being told”. After a medical evaluation, the gynecologist carefully studied Kristen’s expedient to verify her previous health state. On the basis of her medical history, he caimed that Kristen “was about to die. and any medicine eminence could help her, could neither know what was happening nor how to proceed. That’s why they contacted Dr. Courtney, who saved her life.” Courtney initially prescribed her dry marijuana capsules, and then he gave her raw cannabis juice.

Kristen Peskuski was Dr. Courtney’s patient before becoming his wife

Doctors had told Kristen that she could never have a baby, however, she gave birth to a healthy girl without any medical intervention or treatment for pain. Nowadays, Kristen and her daughter are healthy, strong and radiant. Kristen Peskuski truly believes that cannabis saved her life; she tells that “when I take marijuana juice, I feel more focused, more alert. I breathe better. I have neither heartburn nor gastric disorders, I don’t feel muscle weakness or pelvic and back pains. Now that I feel good, my aim is to help other people with the same problem than mine, so they have all the information on raw cannabis juice.”

Dr. Courtney shares his wife’s passion for helping other people with marijuana and states: “I’m happy to know that my patients don’t need medicines anymore, which caused them ulcers, stomach hemorrhages or liver injuries – that pain and anti-inflammatory medicines usually cause. We believe that spreading this information is worth fighting for. Why deprive someone of reducing the risks of a tumor, a heart attack or diabetes?”

Doctor Courtney continues: “Go and visit Amber; at age 2, she was diagnosed with an end-stage brain tumor. With the classic treatment, she had a 10% chance to survive. After surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, tumors were still developing; the doctors recommended Amber’s parents to take her home and wait for what’s inevitable. A month later, Amber’s parents started to notice a change. Tumors were decreasing in size and number; the family had started to make juice with raw cannabis leafs, giving the child a few mililiters every day.

The fact that such an important institution like the National Cancer Institute has recently recognized the anti-tumor properties of cannabinoids shows that the situation is progressing at the highest level. But this issue has a dark side: if marijuana is finally and officially recognized as a benefitial plant, companies like Monsanto will soon create and distribute cannabis seeds genetically modified to be sterile and Roundup Ready.”

Composition and therapeutic properties of the raw marijuana juice

In natural form, marijuana is a super-nutrient, rich in essential nutrients capable of preventing and healing many diseases, since we can not sintetize these essential nutrients: essential fatty acids, essential aminoacids, fibers, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, carotenoids, terpenes. without forgetting the renowned phytocannabinoid acids.

Marijuana is a concentrate of essential nutrients and cannabinoids in acid, non-psychoactive form.

Humans have an endogenous cannabinoid system that controls many cell functions. 525 different molecules have been identified in the cannabis plant. Some of them act as modulators, facilitating the regulation of the cell physiology of the endeogenous cannabinoid system. The main component found in raw cannabis plants is THCA, which – along with other phytocannabinoids – interact with the immune system. Recently harvested marijuana plants also contain cannabinoids in acid form: THCA, CBDA, CBGA. which are non-psychoative.

Patients become euphoric with THC doses between 10 and 20mg, while they can take complete doses – 200/1000mg – of other non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Many patients don’t tolerate THC due to its psychoactivity, which interferes with their daily activities, even when it does improve several symptoms. When cannabis is ripe or heated, cannabinoids decarboxilate, what reduces the tolerable dose from 2000 to 10mg. The result is the loss of the anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-proliferative – anti-cancerous – properties of cannabinoids.

Marihuana can be consumed in multiple ways, like capsules, powder or raw juice

THCA is a potent agonist of TRPA1 receptor, and antagonist of TRPM8 receptor (Source: JPET),what could explain its analgesic action, taking a prominent role in the treatment of prostate cancer. THCA has also antiemetic properties (Source: NCBI) and protects dopamine neurons from degeneration, what could be a great help for Parkinson treatments (Source: NCBI).

CBDA has the same properties than THCA in both TRPA1 and TRPM8 receptors, but it is also agonist of TRPV1 receptor and inhibitory of COX-2 (ciclooxigenase-2), an enzyme complex that has a very important role in inflammations. CBDA also has the potential of fighting against the mutation of tumoral cells (Source: NCBI), which are highly invasive in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells (Source: NCBI). CBDA has also influence on 5-HT1A serotonin receptors, what could partially explain its anti-nausea properties (Source: NCBI).

Acid cannabinoids CBDA and CBGA are known for being strong antagonists of GPR55 pro-inflammatory receptor (Source: JBC). Thus, cannabinoid acids have anti-inflammatory properties 2 to 4 times more efficient than cannabinoids in neutral form, which have been studied for the last 30 years.

We can still highlight another interesting property of acid cannabinoids: the acid carboxylic group is hydrophile, what means that these acid cannabinoids are partially soluble in water compared to decarboxylated cannabinoids – THC, CBD. – which are not.

To enjoy the benefits of cannabis we can include a Raw Marijuana Juice at each meal

The N° 6 630 507 United States patent states that some cannabinoids have useful therapeutic effects, which are not activated by cannabinoid receptors and, consequently, don’t have psychoactive effects. Furthermore, this absence of psychoactivity allows very high doses without non-desired side effects.

Dr. Courtney claims that these cannabinoids help the regulatory system of our body to be more efficient. In summary, they are nutrients that help to better regulate the performance of our 210 types of body cells. We are not talking here about their use as a medicine, but simply as essential nutrients.

The best way to spread this message is to have good information and to know what one is talking about. One of the first reactions when speaking of using marijuana is identifying it with its psychoactive effects. Marijuana in natural form is not psychoactive, sice THC is in acid form, THCA. This THCA can be decarboxylated to psychoactive THC over time – drying, ripening, storing – and/or because it is heated – combustion, vaporization,cooking.

By combining different extractions we can use a large number of cannabinoids

Doctor Courtney continues: “If you heat the plant, you get decarboxylated THCA – THC – and you will have psychoactive effects with only 10mg of THC. If it is not heated, you can take from 500 to 600mg of THCA, use it as essential nutrient and enjoy the antioxidant and neuroprotective properties that these high doses offer you.

This spectacular increase of the dose – from 10mg of psychoactive THC to 500-600mg of non-psychoactive THCA, CBDA, CBGA – explains the main difference between traditional medicinal cannabis and this new alternative daily use of cannabinoids. However, other substances of the plant, such as aromatic molecules , may affect mood or energy levels.

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Marijuana is an incredibly complex plant, whose synergic components are still not totally catalogued and studied. Meanwhile, it is up to every consumer to identify the most suitable strain to improve his/her health.”

The proportion of cannabinoids varies from one cannabis plant to another; however, we still don’t have studies or analysis about which parts of the plant contain more or less specific cannabinoids. For this reason, it seems that the most recommendable way to consume it is using the entire plant, leafs and flowers.

There are currently on the market different strains rich in CBD . The ideal CBD dose per person is 5-20mg per Kg of body weight. For a person weighing 70kg, 7gr of 5% CBD marijuana are needed for a dose of 5mg of CBD per Kg of body weight, while 35gr of 1% CBD marijuana will be needed to consume the same amount of this therapeutic cannabinoid.

Doctor William Courtney legally extracts CBD in Europe from hemp

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a potent antioxidant for lipids, more efficient than vitamin E. That is why it is so useful for preventing diseases caused by alcohol and radiations, as well as CNS – Central Nervous System – diseases (myelopathy, encephalopathy), since CBD is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and so acting as antioxidant on brain neurones. CBD also has antiepilectic, antiproliferative and antidystonia properties.

Decarboxylation of CBDA to CBD needs a slightly higher temperature than decarboxylation of THCA to THC. Therefore, if you want to transform the CBDA of a plant to CBD, you will also have to transform THCA to THC.

The average THC dose for those who don’t have problems with its psychoactivity is from 10 to 20mg. If we make a juice of a 10gr ripe marijuana bud with a 1:1 THC/CBD ratio (5%) we will get up to 500mg of THCA and 500mg of CBDA. If this juice is accidentally heated, a 500mg THC dose will we achieved, that is to say, approximatelly 50 times the needed dose to feel high!

Raw marijuana juice preparation and conservation tips

Consuming marijuana in natural form is the only way to enjoy all the benefits of the plant. Extracting its juice is the best way to use cannabis as nutrient , but it is also possible to chew and swallow recently harvested – fresh – marijuana buds and leafs. Using a juice extractor is highly recommended when processing a large amount of leafs, while a blender will be perfect for shredding buds. Using a blender for the buds instead of a juice extractor reduces the loss of cannabinoids, since these are attached to the juice extractor filter.

Diluting cannabis juice with different fruits is recommended to lessen its strong vegetable taste

Recently harvested marijuana can be stored in airtight bags in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Once the juice is extracted, it can be stored either with ice in the fridge up to 3 days, or in the freezer for several months.

Before extracting their juice, it is recommended to clean the leafs and soak them in cold water for 5 minutes. Check that all leafs are perfectly clean before soaking them, even if they were grown orcanically. If our plants received any kind of phytosanitary treatment (insecticides, fungicides, acaricides. ) they are not suitable for making cannabis juice.

We can use male cannabis leafs to make a delicious raw marijuana juice mixed with fruits

Buds have higher concentration of cannabinoids than leafs, and therefore are an excellent method of consumption if one has sufficient supplies. Both leafs and buds are extremely benefitial, but combining them is ideal. Marijuana buds must have their trichomes of withe/milky colour, there should not be anyone amber. You can use plant’s leafs either in their growing or flowering stage.

Male plants – from regular seeds – hermaphrodite plants or even all the trimming can be used to make raw marijuana juice. The main difficulty to supply ourselves with raw cannabis juice during all the year is, obviously, having enough green matter for the whole year. It would be perfect germinating one marijuana seed every day so, over time, we can harvest one plant every day.

A juice extractor allows us to easily extract marijuana juice from its leafs

To ensure that his patients consume 250-500mg of acid phytocannabinoids every day, Dr Courtney recommends taking care with plants grown too close to indoor bulbs or other possible heat sources. Sometimes, when plants are too close from HPS bulbs , the heat produced by the lighting system can decarboxylate THCA to THC. This could also happen in outdoor plants when they reach their flowering peak and the climate is too hot, although it is not usual.

If you want to process an entire plant, or a large amount of green matter, you should allow to cool your juice extractor from time to time. If your extractor is too hot, it may produce decarboxylation of cannabinoids during the extraction, what will make the juice to be psychoactive; a cup of hot marijuana juice is equal to several tens of joints.

We can freeze our marijuana juice and make ice cubes with it

Doctor William Courtney recommends consuming oil from hemp seeds every day, salads with sprouted cannabis seeds and 120-240ml of raw marijuana juice, divided into 5 doses (500mg of CBD cannabidiol). Doctor Courtney states that “it is great because we use non-psychoactive cannabinoids, but that actually saturate the body, facilitating its regulation”. According to him, this diet reduces the risks of cancer, heart attacks (66%) and insulin-dependent diabetes (58%).

The taste of raw marijuana juice is strong and “green”, so it is recommended to mix it with other fruit juices or foods: lemon juice, yogurt, oil from hemp seeds , fresh fruits and vegetables, garlic, turmeric and other spices, which will be the perfect supplement for cannabis juice. Dr. Courtney claims: “I started to make marijuana juice with carrots. I took 4 every morning, and 4 more every afternoon, but after taking carrot juice for several months my skin was starting to turn orange. That is why I now use broccoli and beet“.

Usually, patients start taking 1-3mg of fresh grinded buds to ensure that there are neither allergic reactions nor psychoactivity. Once accustomed to this dose, it can be progressively increased from 10 to 15gr of fresh, raw cannabis buds every day. As a supplement, consume about 30gr of fresh leafs every day, even more if you have sufficient plant production .

Step by step, american cannabis dispensaries are starting to offer their patients raw marijuana juice

The juice will be more efficient if we divide it in several intakes, since our body eliminates it very fast, aproximately 50 minutes after its assimilation by the intestinal tract. If we have 300ml of raw cannabis juice, we will make 5 intakes of 60ml during the day, every 3-4 hours. Keep the juice with ice and shake it before using it, so the fatty acids are evenly distributed in the watery part of the juice.

Doctor Courtney warns those patients with kidneys and gall bladder problems that cannabis juice in natural form poses some risks. Marijuana juice is not recommended for hypercalciuria or hyperoxaluria. Finally, doctor Courtney points out that patients consuming medicines whose efficiency could be decreased by grapefruit or pomegranate juice should inform their doctor before starting a diet with marijuana juice; the same happens if patients use anticoagulants (like Coumadín). Most leafs from plants contain large proportions of vitamin K, which can impede the liver to metabolize these medicines.

Mixed with carrots or fruits, raw marijuana juice is an excellent choice for our health, and non-psychoative

According to Dr. Courtney, some effects of the raw cannabis juice may appear 3 days after the first intake, while others can take a few weeks. We must consume raw marijuana juice from 4 to 8 weeks before noticing its benefitial properties, since phytocannabinoids are slowly accumulated in fatty tissues, just like liphophilic vitamins (A, D, E, K).

Mariellen Jurkovitch, director of the Humbolt Patient Resource Center, notices a great improvement in the patient’s health. She states that smoking marijuana lessened the pain of several patients and improved their life quality, but that she could not actually observe a true improvement in their health; raw marijuana, in its natural form, changed her point of view. She claims that while making the juice and cleaning the extractor means a lot of work, “people that do it love it, because they can see results“.

Best anti-snoring solutions that actually work

f you’ve ever shared a bed with someone who snores, you’ll have experienced a certain kind of hell.

While they sleep – not soundly, as such – you’re left to lay there wondering what jury would convict if they too were subjected the god-awful din emanating from your bedfellow.

Snoring is the worst, for everyone involved. The perpetrator wakes to find a sleep-deprived partner, frazzled and short-tempered from lack of decent shuteye; the victim knows they can’t help it, what with them being unconscious and all, but is full of resentment anyway.

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What causes snoring?

According to the NHS, snoring occurs when “your tongue, mouth, throat or airways in your nose vibrate as you breathe. It happens because these parts of your body relax and narrow when you’re asleep.”

Being overweight, smoking and drinking are also all major culprits that could lead to snoring, so it’s worth cutting back where you can. Sleeping on your back also increases the chances of making a noise like a baby elephant snoozing all night.

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Are there medical reasons behind snoring?

An underlying condition like sleep apnoea (when your airways become temporarily blocked) could also be the cause, so it’s worth seeing a specialist to determine if you have it.

In extreme cases you could resort to surgery as a snore solution, but be warned: it’s not widely available on the NHS, it isn’t always successful, and there’s no guarantee it will work long-term.

How can you stop someone from snoring?

Dr Karina Patel, from The London Sleep Centre, explains, “Snoring is multifaceted – it can be nasal or oral. If it’s nasal, we can use a nasal spray such as Xlear (we recommend it as a first step to 70 per cent of our patients as it opens up the airways – we know if it will work within 10 minutes). We also use nasal strips or cones to help open up the nose.”

Sleeping on the side helps ease sounds of snoring as the airways open up a little more. Time to employ Ross Gellar’s infamous Hug ‘n’ Roll technique.

Divorce is among the more extreme anti-snoring devices, but there are plenty of gadgets to try before you apply for a decree absolute. We’ve rounded up some of the soundest options to help you have a silent night.

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Beurer Snore mask SL 60

Being disturbed out of deep REM sleep can help pause snoring, as any frustrated partner will attest. Instead of ‘accidentally’ kicking them or waking yourself up by shifting them onto their side, this smart sleep mask will do the (light) disturbing for you. It will differentiate between general nocturnal noises and your snoring and help stop the nose by using vibration to open up the airways. It will even monitor and record the snorer’s night-time rumblings for fascinating data (like the number of snores per hour) to read while you’re brushing your teeth.

The battery-operated tech is machine washable so you’ll have no trouble keeping it fresh. Best used with the free “Beurer SleepQuiet” app. It’s expensive, but if it works for you – it’ll be priceless.

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Xlear natural nasal spray

Dust and allergies can irritate the sinuses and lead to snoring in some people. Xlear is a saline-based nasal spray, which can be used in each nostril at night to help clear the airways before bedtime.

One of the ingredients is Xylitol which has been proven to have antibacterial properties – just the ticket when you’re fighting off allergies or viruses. It’s drug free and safe to use every day; no wonder it’s such a hit across the Atlantic.

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Silentnight Luxury Quilted Anti-Snore Pillow

When it comes to snoring, it’s not so much the perpetrator, but more the person laying beside them who suffers: research by Silentnight and the University of Leeds revealed that 40 per cent of Brits can’t sleep because of their partner’s snoring. That’s why the sleep expert has devised this anti-snore pillow, made to give the gift of decent shut-eye – for everyone.

Tested by the British Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Association (who discovered that the design reduced snoring frequency and volume by approximately 50 per cent), the pillow boasts an ergonomic foam layer to aid the airways and help breathing with DuPont fibres making up the rest of the filling.

What’s more, it’s hypoallergenic and so there’s nothing in the construction to trigger allergies. A soft quilted cover keeps everything feeling and looking dreamy.

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Kally Sleep The Anti-Snore pillow

Found to lower snoring frequency and volume by approximately 60 per cent by the British Sleep Apnoea Association, Kally Sleep’s anti-snoring pillow uses an s-shaped layer of foam in the core to support the head and neck in a way that encourages better breathing. It’s a medium level of firmness and the fibres used in its creation are anti-allergy to help ward off bacteria. One for side and back sleepers.

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Mute nasal dilator

Mute focuses on the nasal passage as the primary suspect in the war on snoring. No prescription required, this soft design sits inside the nose, helping to keep passages open, air flowing – and mouth-breathing (ergo: snoring) a thing of the past.

The u-shaped gadget is made from soft, bendy plastic which you won’t feel at all when inserted correctly. Although they are adjustable (to a point), there are three sizes to choose from, small, medium and large. If you’re not sure which fit is for you, the trial pack gives you all three to road test before you find your Goldilocks favourite.

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EarHub Premium Soft Foam Earplugs

If you only need an occasional noise cutting solution – say for birthdays or the odd weekend when your noisy partner’s had one too many – ear plugs can be the answer. Perfect for when your snorer may forget or won’t bother with nostril dilators and sprays.

Safeguard your precious sleep with EarHub’s silicone ear plugs which can cut 33 decibels of background noise to nothing. As they’re made from plastic, they can be cleaned and reused. Once you’re done with them, they can be recycled through a TerraCycle® Zero Waste Box.

£4.99 for 10 pairs.

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BOSE Sleepbuds II White

The personal electrics company has a high tech alternative to the humble earplug. Working in conjunction with the Bose Sleep App, select relaxing, noise-masking sounds to help you nod off. Don’t worry about them slipping out at night – the tiny buds are fitted with super grippy (but comfy) silicone to keep things in place. Battery life last 10 hours and the carry case can make three full charges, so helpful if you need these while on an overnight visit.

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Best teething toys for babies to soothe sore gums

hen your baby’s first teeth start to appear, you’re almost certainly going to know about it. From drool and dribble to chewing on everything in sight, fractious crying or being generally ‘out of sorts’; teething can be a challenging time for babies and parents alike.

A baby’s gums can feel tender and sore as their teeth start to break through the surface and as such, a good quality teether can provide some much-needed relief and distraction. With a huge range of teether toys on the market, however, how do you know which one to choose?

How do I know my baby is teething?

One of the first signs that your baby is teething is when their behaviour starts to change. Toothache can be really painful for your baby, particularly as the tooth starts to breaks through the surface of the gum. They may be off their food, cry more than normal or seem particularly restless and irritable. You may also notice physical signs of teething such as red cheeks, an increased amount of dribble, red swollen gums and a desire to chew on everything in sight.

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How to choose the best teething toy for your baby

There are lots of teething toys and teethers available, so when choosing which is the right one for your baby, you’ll first want to check the suitability for their age. Some are suitable from birth, whilst others are aimed at age 2 months and above. Some teethers are more suitable for when your baby has more advanced fine motor skills and when their back teeth or molars start to develop.

When selecting the right teething toy for your baby, you may also want to consider how easy they are to hold, the materials used and how easy they are to clean.

From soft silicone to natural rubber, teething rings to teething toys and bibs, here’s the ES Best round up of the best teethers you can buy for your baby today.

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Sophie la girafe Original Baby Teething Toy

Ask any parent to recommend a teething toy for babies and chances are, Sophie will be the first name you hear back in response. With a reputation spanning over 60 years, Sophie la girafe comes highly recommended by both parents and carers, gaining over 9000 five star reviews on Amazon alone.

Made entirely from natural rubber with a muted colour palette, not only does Sophie la girafe look adorable, but she also becomes the ideal friend for your baby to chew on from around 3 months of age.

Easy to grip onto, even for small hands, Sophie has plenty of areas that provide welcome teething relief – from her rounded ears to her curved face and long, finger-like legs.

She can also help stimulate all of your baby’s senses, with contrasting dark and light spots, a natural rubber scent and a super cute squeak when her tummy is pressed.

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Matchstick Monkey

If you’ve ever tried to apply teething gel to a grumpy baby, you will know just how difficult it can be. A teether that comes with an ingenious solution to a common problem, Matchstick Monkey has clever textured bumps on the back of the head to help parents easily apply teething gel and massage those hard to reach gums.

Made from soft and lightweight, BPA-free silicone, this cute and engaging character is suitable for babies aged 3 months and above. Available in a wide range of colours, Matchstick Monkey has a unique ergonomic shape with two easy to grip ‘arms’ that help your baby navigate more easily from hand to mouth.

Safe to clean in both the dishwasher and steriliser, it can also be popped in the fridge for some additional cooling relief and hooked onto the straps of a car seat or pushchair to prevent it being accidentally dropped or discarded.

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Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew Bib

Another common teething challenge is the sheer amount of dribble a teething baby can produce, which can not only soak through babygrows and vests but also cause skin irritation, leaving your baby’s chest feeling red, sticky and sore.

Ideal for babies 2 months and above, the Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew is an award-winning dribble bib and teether combined, made from a soft, triple absorbancy jersey cotton with silicone teether attached.

Available in a wide range of colours and fully reversible designs, the Neckerchew is a practical yet stylish addition to your baby’s wardrobe that protects their chest from dribble, whilst simultaneously soothing their sore gums.

The easily accessible triangle silicone teether is easy to hold and a more hygienic choice of teether, removing the need to continually wash dirty teething toys your baby has dropped on the floor.

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Cheeky Chompers Handychew

Another option from the Cheeky Chompers brand is the Handychew, an innovative toy, teether and rattle in one. Suitable from birth, the Handychew offers not only a soothing textured teether for sore and painful gums but entertainment and sensory stimulation too – with a range of soft and tactile textures and sounds for your baby to explore.

Available as characters Darcie the Elephant or Bertie the Lion, the Handychew is a friendly source of comfort for your baby, with a loop for your dummy should you wish to use one.

It also features an attachable strap to loop around your baby’s wrist, pushchair or car seat straps, providing a practical on-the-go teething aid that is far less likely to get dropped.

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Mizzie the Kangaroo – Baby Teething Toy

A bright, bold and colourful teething toy that is certain to catch and hold your baby’s attention, Mizzie the Kangaroo is Australia’s top-selling teething toy which is now proving to be just as popular here in the UK.

Made from 100 per cent natural rubber, it’s an easy to grab, larger-sized teething toy, which comes with lots of chewable areas across her entire body, ears and feet, helping to soothe your baby’s sensitive gums and provide some much-needed distraction. Developed to stimulate across your baby’s five senses, Mizzie is not only soft to the touch and unique in scent but ‘laughs’ when she’s squeezed with an audible squeak.

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Infantino Lil’ Nibble Pea Pod Teether

Small but perfectly formed, if you’re looking for a teething toy that is easy to pop into your changing bag without taking up valuable space, then the Infantino Lil’Nibble is an obvious choice.

A soft and compact, BPA-free teether, the Infantino Lil’ Nibble represents a cute row of peas in the pod and comes with two easy to grip handles, making it super simple for your baby to hold and use.

With textured bumps across the base and back, the teething toy can also be used to easily apply teething gels without fuss and wiped down and cleaned as required in an instant.

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Nuby Ice Bite Keys Soothing Teether

Babies love getting their hands on things that they shouldn’t, including your house keys, so why not give them a set of their own whilst helping those new teeth break through the surface?

This brightly coloured, budget-friendly teething toy from Nuby represents a traditional set of keys on a key ring, featuring an easy to hold, rounded teething ring with three large textured gel-filled keys attached.

Unlike some water-filled teethers which can return to room temperature fairly quickly after cooling, these Nuby Ice Bites Keys are filled with a unique PureIce gel that stays cooler for longer, providing calming relief as your baby nibbles and chews against the ridges upon the surface.

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Oli & Carol Brucy The Broccoli Teether

If you prefer a more natural-looking teether and are prepared to pay a little extra for the benefit, why not check out the sustainable and eco-friendly range of fruit and vegetable teethers from Oli & Carol?

Watching your baby contentedly gnaw on the florets of the super-realistic Brucy the Brocolli is sure to raise a smile from passersby!

Suitable from birth, this textured teething toy can be easily grabbed and chewed for immediate teething relief and is ideal for sensory and bath time play too. Made entirely from one piece of natural rubber with no holes or valves, the Oli & Carol teething range can also be fully submerged in water without needing to worry about bacteria.

There is a wide range of fruit and veg options available in the range too so you can help build your baby’s familiarity with food – making them far more open to eating their greens when you start the weaning journey.

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Lilliputiens Louise Teething Rattle

At times, teething can leave your baby feeling sensitive and upset, so the comfort and reassurance of a familiar character teething toy could be worth its weight in gold.

New to the UK, this Lilliputiens Teething Rattle offers a soft and tactile unicorn character with a range of textures for your baby to explore. As well as a bell rattle, ribbon mane and crinkle paper sounds, this teething toy comes with a traditional style textured ring teether attached.

Whilst the character does move around freely on the ring, Louise offers some welcome sensory stimulation for babies aged 3 months and above.

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Munchkin Twisty Teether Figure 8 Teething Toy

For older babies aged 6 months plus whose molars are causing unwelcome discomfort, this innovative fidget-style teething toy from Munchkin offers both entertainment and pain relief in one.

With five, multi-textured surfaces and subtle shake and rattle sounds, this brightly coloured figure of 8 teething toy can be chewed, twisted and rotated as they play, offering some great sensory distraction from their aching gums.

Ideal for curious minds, it can also help enhance and develop your baby’s fine motor skills as they learn about cause and effect.

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Verdict

Whilst there are some great teething toys to choose from, when it comes to crowning our winner of the best teething toy for babies, Sophie la girafe is the obvious choice.

Whilst not the cheapest teether on our list, Sophie is engaging and appealing to babies, offering sensory stimulation across all five, whilst soothing sore and painful gums. She is robust and hardwearing, withstanding even the most committed of chewing. The teething toy is also easy for small hands to grip and has a subtle and muted colour palette which is a real positive for parents too.

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