CBD edibles are a great way to start your CBD journey. They are tasty, convenient, and they allow easy dosing and provide a subtle way of taking CBD. CBD edibles can take the form of gummies, hard candies, and chocolate, among many others; and they are available in a wide range of delightful flavors. But before you start stocking up on these yummy CBD treats, make sure you’re buying the good quality products.
Here are 20 questions you should ask when buying CBD edibles.
1 What are CBD edibles?
These are usually sweet treats mixed with CBD, or cannabidiol. But CBD edibles can also be any food or drink mixed with CBD. Keep in mind, however, that cooking with CBD requires proper knowledge of the ingredient; directly adding CBD oil or tincture to food usually works, depending on the type of food.
2 How is CBD different from THC?
CBD and THC are both cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and both deliver similar and even complementary health effects. The main difference between the two is that CBD does not cause psychoactive effects, or the high associated with THC when using weed. CBD is also present in marijuana, but in much smaller amounts than THC. Hemp, a cousin of marijuana, is the best source for CBD as it occurs in higher amounts in this plant.
3 Do CBD edibles have THC?
CBD edibles made using marijuana will have equal or higher amounts of THC and will cause a high. Full-spectrum CBD derived from hemp will also contain trace amounts of THC, but no more than 0.3% — this amount is not enough to cause a high.
Aside from THC, full-spectrum CBD or whole-plant CBD also contains more than 120 cannabinoids and the terpenes present in hemp. If you want to avoid THC altogether, look for broad-spectrum CBD; it will still deliver most of the combined potential benefits of the cannabis plant with all its components present except for THC. Edibles that use CBD isolate only contain CBD and no other hemp compounds.
4 Will CBD edibles get me high?
As long as the CBD is derived from hemp and contains no more than 0.3% THC, the CBD edibles will not cause a high or any altered behaviors or state of mind.
5 Will I taste the CBD/hemp?
Unflavored CBD edibles will still have the earthy/grassy taste of hemp. Lightly flavored ones may only mask some of the hemp flavor in varying degrees, depending on the added flavor — such as vanilla or fruits. Strong flavors, like chocolate, coffee, and peanut butter often do a good job of hiding the taste of cannabis.
The potency of a recipe also affects the taste of the edible; the higher the amount of CBD in the edibles, the stronger the CBD taste.
6 How many CBD edibles should I take?
There is no one-size-fits-all dose; and guidelines on proper dosing with CBD have yet to be established. The appropriate dose is usually determined by the person’s weight and the symptoms they want to address; each individual’s level of tolerance for CBD will also affect how much they need in order to get their desired results.
A physician will be the most qualified to determine the appropriate dosage, but good CBD products also include dosage recommendations. For beginners, it’s always best to start with the minimum recommended dose. See how your body responds over the next few days or so while consistently taking the same dose. Gradually adjust the dose until you experience the effects you’re looking for.
7 How much CBD is in each edible?
The product should indicate on the label the total amount of CBD contained in the whole bottle/package, and the amount of CBD per edible/serving size; the amount is measured in milligrams. CBD edibles are usually available in 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg, and up to 30 mg per edible.
8 What are the other ingredients present?
Most CBD edibles contain natural or artificial flavourings. Many products also add vitamins and other healthful ingredients to provide additional benefits or enhance the effects of CBD. Take note that sweet CBD edibles contain varying amounts of sugar; some may also contain other artificial ingredients, such as preservatives.
9 Is the CBD infused or just coated?
CBD-infused edibles use CBD in the actual mixture, whereas CBD-coated edibles are only coated on the outside. Make sure the product is really CBD-infused so that you’ll get the correct dose. But keep in mind that the overall quality of the product will also determine how precise the dose is.
10 How do CBD edibles work?
As the CBD takes the digestive route, the edibles are first broken down in the stomach and then undergo further metabolism in the liver. From the liver, the CBD is released into the bloodstream, which carries it to the brain where it does its work.
CBD science is still in its infancy, but most experts theorize that CBD produces its known effects by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is a complex signaling system responsible for many of the body’s responses, such as pain, inflammation, mood, appetite, and hormonal response.
11 How fast do CBD edibles work?
It may take anywhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours before you feel the effects of CBD. The onset of effects takes longer compared to sublingual intake of CBD oil — wherein drops are directly placed under the tongue for faster absorption into the bloodstream — because edibles take the longer route before being absorbed into the bloodstream. Sucking on CBD hard candy or chocolate may facilitate faster absorption.
The bioavailability of CBD will also determine how fast it works. Bioavailability refers to how much of the CBD is actually absorbed into the bloodstream, which is influenced by the amount of CBD present and the form in which it is taken. For example, CBD edibles are not as potent as CBD oil or tincture and the presence of other ingredients may also affect the bioavailability of CBD.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the faster the onset of effects, the faster the effects also wear off. So while it takes longer for CBD edibles to work, the effects can last up to 8 hours depending on the dose.
12 Are there side effects?
CBD is well tolerated by most individuals. But some studies have reported temporary side effects, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, fatigue, drowsiness, loss of appetite, and changes in weight. Take note that CBD studies often use high-potency CBD extract. CBD edibles often only contain mild concentrations of CBD, and the CBD amount and strength are further reduced after digestion.
Side effects may also be experienced by beginners who take too much CBD from right away, instead of starting low and slow.
13 What effects should I expect?
The effects are different for each person, and also depend on the symptoms that one wants to address. In general, CBD edibles may produce a calming effect; the calming properties of CBD may help ease anxiety and stress, and even help promote sleep. With the right dose, CBD edibles may also provide some relief from mild pain or inflammation.
Different individuals have different tolerance levels for CBD; this means some may experience their desired effects even with mild doses, even when the condition. At the same time, keep in mind that moderate to severe conditions may require more potent CBD forms, such as CBD oil, tincture, or capsules.
14 What are the known benefits of CBD edibles?
Because CBD edibles only contain low doses of CBD, they’re most suitable for helping manage moderate anxiety, stress, depression, sleeping difficulties, or pain. And because they take longer to work and, therefore, have long-lasting effects, they may prove more beneficial in addressing chronic forms of the aforementioned conditions.
15 Is there a risk of dependence or addiction?
Available evidence reveals that CBD is non-addictive. Long-term use often leads to tolerance, so that a higher dose is required to get the same effects, but dependence on CBD may not pose a serious risk to health given that side effects are often minimal, temporary, and uncommon — typically only occurring in individuals with a low tolerance to the compound.
16 Is there a risk of overdose?
According to the World Health Organization, extremely high doses of CBD may lead to extreme drowsiness, nausea, lethargy, diarrhea, and upset stomach, but not death. The WHO reports that CBD is relatively safe, and that there is no risk of overdose even at high doses.
17 Is it possible to consume too many edibles?
Remember that a lot of CBD edibles, especially the flavored ones, contain a lot of sugar. Because they are tasty, you might find yourself popping more than what you need into your mouth — or basically consuming it as a snack or treat. The temptation is often stronger when it’s CBD chocolate.
As mentioned above, consuming a higher dose of CBD than what you need or what your body can tolerate can lead to some mild side effects. And consuming high amounts of sugar is associated with its own set of side effects.
18 Are the other ingredients natural?
If you don’t mind the earthy or grassy taste of CBD, then you can stick with unflavored edibles that only contain the basic ingredients. Unflavored CBD gummies, for example, may only contain gelatin, water, and CBD.
Flavored edibles may contain natural or artificial flavorings and sweeteners. Some CBD edibles are further fortified with multivitamins and other nutrients to provide additional benefits or to enhance the effects of CBD. A good example are CBD edibles formulated with melatonin to specifically help address sleeping problems. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for regulating sleeping patterns, among others.
Some CBD edibles are formulated with only vegan ingredients. Always check the ingredients list on the package, as this will also give you an idea of the quality of the product. As much as possible, stick to CBD edibles that only contain natural ingredients.
19 Where was the hemp sourced?
While the FDA does not strictly regulate the manufacture and sale of CBD products, it does regulate the growing of hemp. So another way of ensuring product quality is to choose CBD edibles that use organic hemp grown in the US. If the product has the USDA’s certified organic seal, even better. But even if the seal is not present, the product may still be genuinely organic; you can verify this by checking its certificate of analysis.
When you choose organic CBD edibles, you can be sure that there won’t be any harmful chemicals and contaminants in them.
20 Does the product have a certificate of analysis?
A responsible and trustworthy company will have their products tested for quality by a third-party lab, which will provide them with a certificate of analysis (COA). The COA will show the exact amount of CBD in the product — so you can verify the amount indicated on the label. You will also be able to check if there is THC and if it’s only 0.3% or less. The COA will reveal the exact contents of the CBD edibles, including any harmful chemicals and contaminants, if present.
The COA should be easily accessible to customers, whether on the company website or at the CBD store.
If you’re new to CBD, CBD edibles may be the most suitable choice for you. They offer many advantages for beginners, and can prove to be an effective way to gradually introduce CBD into your body and lifestyle.
Trying CBD for the first time often means experimenting to find the correct dosage and even the most appropriate product. The fixed dosages of CBD edibles, their mild potency, and ease of intake can make the trial-and-error period easier to manage. But the wide variety of options available can also be confusing, so you should know the important questions to ask so you can choose good quality products.