Infused edible treats in a convenient candy chew, CBD gummies are a popular way to dose our favorite hemp cannabinoid. CBD Gummies come in a variety of strengths and flavors to explore. Try various brands and dosages to discover what works best for you
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Full Spectrum Gummies
Containing all the cannabinoids present in the hemp plant, including THC, full spectrum gummies are your best choice if you would like to experience the entourage effect. The entourage effect is the idea that all the cannabinoids and other phytochemicals, such as terpenes and flavonoids, work together to create a synergistic effect more powerful than if taken individually. Other cannabinoids you may find in a full spectrum CBD gummy include THCA, CBC, CBN, and CBG just to name a few. There are over 113 cannabinoids that have been discovered thus far, and they would all be welcome in your full spectrum CBD gummy.
CBD isolate is just that, isolated CBD. An Isolate gummy’s only cannabinoid is CBD, which has both pluses and minuses to note. First, the good news. If drug tests are a concern, CBD isolate is the option for you. Most drug tests are looking for THC, which should be absent from a CBD isolate gummy. Check the Certificate of Analysis repot, or COA, to ensure THC is non-detectable in your gummy of choice. The downside is that you miss out on the infamous entourage effect achieved when all the cannabinoids are present.
Many foods with a gummy texture contain gelatin, including CBD gummies. Gelatin is made from animal collagen derived mostly from cows and pigs. This would make many CBD gummies undesirable to anyone following a vegan diet. However, vegan gummies are a popular commodity for CBD consumers, even for those who follow a more traditional diet. A vegan CBD gummy option can also be appealing to those who are simply reducing their intake of animal protein.
Gluten Free Gummies
For CBD consumers with gluten sensitivity, a gluten free gummy is an ideal choice. Gluten sensitivity affects many people with various disorders including Celiac disease. As a result, malabsorption of vital nutrients and damage to the small intestine lining can occur over time due to an immune reaction to eating gluten. Gluten free gummies are a thoughtful option for those with Celiac disease and other gluten sensitivity disorders.
Most Affordable Gummies
There are CBD gummies available for most every budget. A 20 count of 10 mg CBD gummies may be less expensive than a 20 count of 25 mg CBD gummies. The number of gummies, potency, and purity may all play a role in CBD gummy price and affordability. Most gummy products average around $25 - $45 depending on all factors considered.
Most Potent Gummies
If potency is what you are looking for, be sure to check the dosage and type of CBD used to infuse the gummy. Note both the milligrams (mg) of CBD per gummy and the total mg dosage in the entire gummy package. Look for higher mg dosages for the most potent gummy. Full spectrum may be considered more potent than isolate as well. Look for expiration dates to make sure your product is fresh. CBD does degrade over time. Fresh products that have been stored in dark color bottles, hence the popular amber bottle, and away from excess air, heat, and light will have the greatest potency. Consider a gummy made with CBD extracted with the carbon dioxide method as this can help to stabilize the CBD which extends the shelf life of the gummy.
CBD chewy treats are becoming a consumer favorite, and for good reason. Gummies are a convenient and fun way enjoy a CBD edible at your leisure. A controlled dose is a significant benefit of taking CBD in gummy form. Each gummy is equally dosed, taking the guess work out of how much you should take. Not to mention gummies travel easy and are more discrete than taking an oil or puffing a vape cartridge. The question should be, why not gummies.
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Yes, kind of.
CBD is legal on a federal level in the United States if it is derived from the hemp plant and contains no more than 0.3% THC. However, some states, including Idaho, have laws restricting the use of CBD. Marijuana derived CBD is illegal on the federal level but is legal under some state laws. CBD laws vary greatly from country to country, so be sure to research the applicable laws in your area.
CBD is found to be generally safe. There have been no deaths attributed to ingestion of the cannabis plant, including CBD. The FDA has approved one CBD based drug called Epidiolex used for epileptic seizure reduction. The FDA reports that CBD can cause liver injury and interact with other medications. There have been no reports of liver injury in humans who have taken CBD even at high doses. Side effects of taking CBD may include drowsiness, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and change in mood. There is more research needed around the safety and efficacy of CBD. Consult your health care provider before taking CBD to ensure it is right for you.
Does CBD help with stress?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA
) states CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals including rats. Other studies
show that participants with social anxiety disorder (SAD) experienced overall reduction in anxiety levels after taking CBD. CBD is also known to help with PTSD
symptoms including replaying negative memories and enduring nightmares.
Does CBD help with anxiety?
Yes. CBD inhibits an enzyme called Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase, or FAAH
, which is responsible for breaking down an endocannabinoid called Anandamide. Ananda- is Sanskrit for joy or bliss and helps with elevated mood. People with anxiety may have lower levels
of anandamide. Introducing CBD can help decrease the reuptake of anandamide and cause it to hang around longer which could decrease anxiety symptoms. CBD is also thought to stimulate serotonin
receptors. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in mental health. Having insufficient serotonin can also contribute to anxiety. CBD may be a viable option for those suffering with anxiety disorders.
Does CBD help with sleep disorders?
Researchers have discovered that our endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating circadian rhythms. CBD is also known to reduce pain and anxiety, both of which can have a negative impact on sleep quality. This study
found a significant decrease in insomnia symptoms for participants taking CBD and other cannabinoids. While more research is needed, CBD use as a possible sleep aid looks promising.
pain have the most research and very promising results. The Arthritis Foundation
states CBD appears fairly safe and might help certain types of pain. They conducted a survey of 2600 people and found that 79% are currently using CBD, have used it in the past, or are considering using it to help manage their arthritis pain. Research also shows that CBD inhibits inflammatory molecules in the body that contribute to pain.
No. CBD is nonintoxicating and does not produce a high, unlike its intoxicating sister cannabinoid THC. While full spectrum CBD does contain THC, it must have less than 0.3%, which is too low of an amount to produce a high, usually. Some higher potency CBD products can have as much as 2mg of THC which can be enough to cause a euphoric effect. Contrary to popular belief, CBD is psychoactive, because it does have an effect on the mind, including the ability to reduce anxiety. CBD is psychoactive but non intoxicating.
Can I use CBD if I am pregnant/nursing?
Always speak to your physician about taking any substance, including CBD, while pregnant or nursing. There are no studies that show the effects of CBD on a developing baby. Like with any other medication, your doctor will determine if the benefits of using CBD outweigh the risks of not using
CBD while pregnant or nursing. The FDA recommends against the use of CBD during pregnancy and breastfeeding due to a lack of comprehensive research on CBD’s effects on the developing baby.
Can children take CBD gummies?
CBD cannot be recommended for use in minors other than the FDA approved drug Epidiolex for seizure treatment. That being said, many parents are giving their children CBD to help with focus, hyperactivity, and sleep. There is a lack of research on the effects of CBD on a developing brain creating many unknowns around the safety of CBD for use in children. Consult your child’s pediatrician for guidance on giving your child CBD gummies.
Are CBD gummies appropriate for seniors?
The biggest concern with CBD gummy use in seniors is the potential interaction with other medications. Similar to all age groups, there is insufficient clinical data that shows the effects of CBD on the senior population with long term use. However, Baby Boomers are the fastest growing segment of the population to use CBD for a variety of uses including pain control, sleep, anxiety, and libido support.
How many CBD gummies should I eat?
The golden rule for CBD and all other cannabis products is ‘start low and go high’. This means start at a low dose of CBD and see how you feel before increasing the dose. This rule is ideal because CBD can affect everyone in a different way. Some may need more, and others less. Considering this, start with one CBD gummy, evaluate the result, then adjust the number or potency of your gummies as needed.
I’ve never tried CBD gummies. What can I expect?
Because CBD has a very individualized effect, your experience may vary from that of others, even when taking the same CBD gummies. In general, you may expect to experience decreased pain, better sleep, less anxiety, and improved mood. Do not expect to feel high or intoxicated, as CBD is non intoxicating. With any cannabis product, including CBD, it is important to start low and go slow, meaning start with a low dose and increase it slowly until you find the relief you are looking for. Potential side effects of CBD include appetite changes, dizziness, drowsiness, diarrhea, and possible CBD-drug interactions.
How long do the effects of CBD Gummies last?
Depending on dosage, the duration of CBD gummy effects can vary. Because it must go through the digestive process to become active, a CBD gummy may take up to two hours to begin having an effect. Once the effects are noticeable, they typically last for 2-6 hours, but may last as long as 12 hours.
What are the benefits of CBD gummies?
Gummies are a convenient and fun way to enjoy a CBD edible at your leisure. A controlled dose is a significant benefit of taking CBD in gummy form. Each gummy is equally dosed, taking the guess work out of how much you should take. Not to mention gummies travel easy and can be more discreet than taking an oil or puffing a vape cartridge.
How long will CBD gummies stay in my body?
Due to their fat-soluble nature, cannabinoids may stay in the body up to 30 days while being stored in your fat cells. However, we generally see CBD leave the body system within 2-5 days. The length of time CBD stays in your system depends on a number of factors, including the route of administration, how much you took, and your body’s ability to metabolize it. CBD builds up in your body over time, so the more regular you use it, the more CBD there will be in your system. Other factors that influence how long CBD stays in system include your body mass index, metabolism, and water content. Eating a gummy on an empty stomach will cause it to get metabolized and eliminated faster than if you take it with food or on a full stomach.
Does the body absorb gummies differently than CBD oil?
Yes. CBD oils are typically taken sublingually and are absorbed into the blood stream via the vessels found under the tongue. CBD gummies are eaten and therefore must go through the digestive process to be absorbed. Because of this, eating a gummy may take longer for the effects to be felt, but the effects could also last longer.