Giving your favorite gummy bears and sour worms a “naturaceutical” twist, CBD gummies are healthy, delicious, and a discreet way of consuming CBD. You can now indulge in all the flavor of gummies without feeling guilty about the sugar piling up because CBD gummies are natural, safe, and actually good for your health!
According to experts, CBD products, although not legal everywhere across the US and other countries except a few, are just what we need to fight off modern problems. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we’re sure you know what CBD is and what its benefits are. If you don’t well, you’re missing out on what might just be the best natural thing to happen to us in this past decade.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol and is the most prevalent compound in the Cannabis plant after THC. Although found in all Cannabis strains, CBD for CBD products is mainly extracted through Hemp which is rich in the compound and low in THC. CBD itself is a non-psychoactive compound and does not produce any psychedelic effects on its users because the “high” that users experience after smoking a joint is attributed to only THC in the plant.
What are Isolate, Broad-Spectrum, and Full-Spectrum CBD:
Simply put, they are three versions of the same compound.
Isolate CBD contains absolutely no other compound other than CBD, however broad-spectrum CBD contains other beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids (except THC) in addition to CBD, that are believed to “enhance” the power of CBD through the “entourage effect”.
The entourage effect literally means other compounds acting synergistically with Cannabidiol (CBD) to amplify its strength and effects. Full Spectrum CBD though, contains all other cannabinoids found in Cannabis in addition to CBD, including THC.
So Why Should You Care?
We’d like to give you a one-line answer to the question above, but we can’t.
Not because we don’t have a logical or valid reason, but because we cannot single out just one reason as the best answer to this question.
Let us begin our list of TOP 10 reasons why you should be educating yourself about (or investing in) CBD research and product development.
- All-natural compound that promotes general wellness in human beings. Promotes appetite, acts as a mood booster, and regulates sleep patterns.
- Has been used as the main ingredient in an anti-seizure medicine for epileptic patients. The medicine, FDA approved, is currently being sold by prescription all over US.
- Is currently being studied as a possible cure for Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, Huntington’s Disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other mental disorders.
- Is anti-inflammatory and so acts as a pain killer for joint pains, muscular pains and post-workout muscle soreness, chronic pains (such as chemotherapy pains, post-surgery pains, etc).
- Can be consumed in a variety of ways as it is available in the form of edibles (CBD gummies, cookies, capsules), IVs, CBD infused drinks and food, patches, skincare products, coffee flavors, vapes, CBD oil, skincare products, etc.
- Has no known serious side effects.
- Is a natural cure for pets suffering from anxiety, muscle, and joint pain or depression.
- Is non-psychoactive and therefore does not have the potential for dependency.
- Promotes better skin and helps in the repair of cells.
- Boosts immunity.
These are just the highlights.
Taking CBD may have a far-reaching impact on your health in the long term. There are a lot of specific uses for CBD for individuals of every age, physique and gender.
Whether you consume them for their great taste or their therapeutic properties, CBD gummies are available in gummy bear variants, gummy worm variants, gummy dinosaur, fruit shapes, or general geometric shapes in all colors to appeal to you visually and all the while provide you with the infinite benefits of CBD. They are also available in a plethora of flavors so you’re never bored.
Many companies offer these sweet treats with Vitamins B-12 and D-3 additives and you can choose between vegan or gelatin-based gummies, whichever you prefer best. There are also many purpose-made gummies that you can take for specific purposes, for e.g CBD gummies for better sleep, CBD gummies for depression/anxiety, CBD gummies for pain, etc.
What to look for when buying CBD gummies?
CBD gummies have become a popular way of consuming CBD and this gives rise to the concern of how to check the legitimacy of a CBD brand. The purchase decision must come after careful analysis and rigorous research about CBD and CBD products’ manufacturers.
Keeping in view the considerable growth in the CBD/Hemp Industry in the USA after hemp was declassified as a controlled substance in the Farm Bill Act 2018; many CBD companies have joined the manufacturing club. Some legitimate, some, not so much.
Therefore it is imperative that you put time and effort into your own research before investing in CBD gummies or any other CBD product for that matter, to avoid fake, counterfeit, and potentially harmful products being sold in the market. We’ll make the job easier for you by giving you a few pointers to keep in mind whenever you step out of your home to buy CBD gummies for yourself.
Since the FDA in the United States has not approved any over-the-counter CBD product, the first thing to look out for when buying CBD gummies or any other CBD product is if they are third party tested.
Many big CBD companies who have developed their brand image as trustworthy only extract CBD through safe methods from their own produce of high-quality Hemp. They then get their products tested by unbiased, unrelated labs to gauge the quality of their products. So our first point would be that High-quality CBD gummies are always sourced from excellent quality hemp, are third-party lab tested, and ISO certified.
The next step is to look out for is the percentage of THC in your CBD product.
Bear in mind, only CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC are approved by the FDA as legal products. Any CBD product containing more than 0.3% THC might land you in trouble since it is still illegal in some states.
(Currently, cannabis is completely legal in 10 states in the USA). Some have legalized it for medicinal purposes therefore our second advice would be to look for broad-spectrum and isolate CBD and check for THC local laws in your area.
Most CBD gummy manufacturers produce them in different doses and flavors. While identifying the right flavor as per your personal preference might be relatively easy, determining the right dosage is something that requires a professional’s opinion, especially if you have some pre-existing medical conditions or are currently on some medicines (Read on further to learn how CBD reacts with some medicines).
Consulting an expert who is aware of your medical history may help to identify the right dosage for you.
The dosage also depends on what purpose you’re using it for, but more on that later. As a general rule, we would suggest you starting out with the lowest mg per gummy variant available in the market if you’re a newbie. There are 5-10 mg per gummy brands as well as 30-50 mg per gummy brands in the marketplace, so start with the product with the lowest CBD, observe the effects, and then you may increase the dosage.
How much mg per CBD gummy should you consume?
Read on further if you’re worried about how many CBD gummies should I eat.
It is important that you fully read the previous paragraph to understand the importance of buying from a well-reputed brand. These pointers are not only important to remember and follow for hygiene and quality purposes but also for safety and health purposes.
Since the concept of isolate CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD is not fully understood, it is very risky to purchase from manufacturers that have no previous knowledge of the compound, it’s harvesting and potency. You won’t even know what you’re consuming. With good quality brands, you can at least be sure that the information on their package is true and their products have been third-party tested.
How much CBD you should consume really depends on the purpose you’re using it for, your medical history, your body’s unique anatomy and your body weight.
If you’re a healthy adult with no previous medical history, you should consume 2-3 10 mg CBD gummies per day (assuming your weight is between 150-200 pounds).
Coming towards the purpose for which you’re taking the gummies, a recreational user should stick to the average dosage (20-30 mg per day), but patients who are consuming it for pain relief purposes could go for a higher dosage (after consulting it with their physician of course). Similarly, patients with depression or anxiety may feel that a 30 mg dose is not as effective as the 45 milligrams on a daily basis and so they may choose to consume more.
A CBD overdose is not fatal, thank God, which is why it is now being marketed and sold so commonly, however, there is a lack of research on how CBD produces the effects that users claim it does and so we would recommend that you take CBD within the safe limits and avail its benefits rather than overdosing on it. Also, be careful to not consume any other vitamin supplements if you’re using CBD gummies infused with vitamins so that you do not overdose on them either.
What medications does CBD react with?
Taking CBD gummies, oil or any other CBD concentrates if you’re on already on antidepressants and antipsychotics, might not be a good option for you. According to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, taking CBD with benzodiazepines is not recommended. Some macrolide antibiotics are also to be avoided. Take erythromycin and clarithromycin for instance; they don’t interact well with CBD, thus are not recommended to use with CBD. Heart medications are also not recommended as they may lead to unwanted side effects.
Note: Only take Cannabidiol (CBD) after consulting a certified professional if you are on any of the above-mentioned medications.
How long does CBD stay in your system?
On average, CBD stays in your body for up to 3-4 days depending on how much you’ve consumed. If you regularly use CBD Oil or other CBD concentrates, it may take a while before CBD completely washes out of your system. Many CBD gummies and other edibles usually begin exhibiting their effects within minutes of consumption (time depends on the method of consumption) and can last anywhere between 2-6 hours.
If you’re still wondering how many CBD gummies should I eat to get CBD flushed out of your system within days, you should probably consider the potency of the product you’re consuming.
Are CBD gummies better than CBD Oil?
Are CBD gummies better than CBD oil, well, that is something that solely depends on what your personal preference is.
With reference to bioavailability, the oil hits your bloodstream faster and maximum CBD is absorbed in the body unlike with the edibles where a portion of CBD is lost somewhere in the entire digestion process.
If you are someone who is just starting out on CBD, the gummies might be the best option for you, since consuming CBD gummies are easier than consuming CBD Oil.
The dosage for gummies is easier to keep a check on and they are not as strong as CBD oil, which gives you time to familiarise yourself with the compound.
Now if you’re wondering how many CBD gummies should I eat, you might want to get into some details about the CBD gummies, which are mentioned above.
Do CBD gummies have any side effects?
While CBD is non-psychoactive, neither will it get you high nor can you overdose on CBD. For CBD to work its magic, it needs to bind itself to the CB receptors in the endocannabinoid system which is found in some parts of the human brain. Luckily it is absent from parts of the brain that control key functions like breathing and heartbeat.
As for the side effects, some research indicates it may induce feelings of sedation and drowsiness for some people.
Consult your doctor to find out if you are allergic to Cannabis and Cannabis products. Since research is still limited, the side effects associated with Cannabidiol are still fairly unknown, but for now, there are no serious concerns. It may take a while before conclusive evidence in the form of clinical history becomes common across the globe and we are able to learn more about its mechanism and side effects.
If you take CBD and don’t feel the effects even after consuming a higher quantity, it is an indication of a fake or poor product, or the CBD per milligram ratio may not be correct.
Note: Make sure the CBD gummy you have in your hand is from a trusted and reputable brand. There are countless CBD concentrates on the shelves and you need to choose between them wisely to avoid any unnecessary side effects.
What are vegan-friendly CBD gummies?
Many CBD concentrates on the market are being marketed as Vegan Friendly. That generally means that there are no animal or animal byproducts in the product that you’re holding.
Generally it also means that the product is gluten-free, corn-syrup free, gelatin-free and is also free of GMOs and artificial flavours but these claims are made by non-vegan gummy manufacturers too. Make sure you take your time to assess these ingredients in addition to the CBD per gummy reading on the packaging of your product.
Conclusion: Are CBD gummies really worth the hype?
Eat, Sleep, CBD, repeat? Is that something you’re being pushed towards?
CBD has taken the whole world by storm and it is quite evident why.
With a range of benefits and medicinal benefits, it has gathered a solid fanbase who admires the many varieties of CBD products available on the market.
Please note that most companies make it pretty clear that much CBD research is inconclusive and so their CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any disease, although users themselves have reported positive changes in their mental and physical health after regular dosages.
Whether or not they are worth the hype is your decision and your decision only, so try them out for yourself and let us know what you think!