CBD gummies seem like the perfect solution to get your regular CBD and sugar “fix.” The choices online can be overwhelming and confusing, so we have compiled everything you need to know about CBD gummies in a single, neat format for easy consumption.
CBD Gummy Bears
CBD gummy bears may be the most popular type of CBD edibles, and the most convenient and enjoyable way to take CBD. Of course, CBD gummies are not just available as “bears”; they are sold in various shapes, as well as in different yummy flavors. Some gummies are enhanced with other ingredients, such as vitamins, for additional benefits. You may also choose from full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate gummies (these will be discussed further below).
CBD gummies may be infused or coated. CBD-infused gummies are the better choice, as the CBD extract is actually mixed into the gummies so that they deliver a measured and more potent dose. CBD coated or dusted gummies deliver an inconsistent and weaker dose, as there is often substantial CBD loss when the CBD is only applied on the outside of the gummy instead of being completely mixed in. Make sure that the product is actually infused and not just coated.
When buying CBD gummies, it’s also best to choose a product that uses organic and US-grown hemp. Additionally, check the product’s certificate of analysis to verify that it contains zero or no more than 0.3% THC.
CBD Gummy Dosage
CBD gummy dosage may be more consistent and precise — given that you’re buying a good-quality product — as each chewable contains a fixed CBD amount. Most CBD gummy formulations come in 10 mg, 15mg, and 25mg of CBD per gummy.
The number of gummies you should take will depend on the effect you want to have and your weight. The product should provide dosage recommendations on its label; for first-timers, it’s highly recommended that they start with the minimum recommended dosage for their weight.
For example, if you weigh 130lbs or lower and you’re only looking for a mild effect, you can start with one 10mg CBD gummy per day. Continue this daily dosage for several days or up to a week; observe how your body responds and keep an eye out for any adverse reactions. Take note that early evidence has shown that CBD, especially in low doses, is well-tolerated by most humans — but every person reacts differently to CBD.
You can increase your daily dosage to two 10mg CBD gummies if you don’t get the desired effect from the minimum dose. Again, consistently take this new dose for up to a week to see how your body responds. Continue making gradual increases to the dosage until you experience the effect you’re looking for.
So far, studies have revealed that there’s no risk of overdosing on CBD, but you still should not go beyond the maximum recommended dosage for your weight.
Another thing to keep in mind is that most CBD gummies contain a lot of sugar. CBD gummies are not meant to be consumed as a treat or a snack, despite their yummy flavorings, and you should carefully consider the sugar content of a product as part of your overall daily sugar intake.
If you’re a first-timer, and especially if you wish to address a chronic or serious condition or if you’re taking other medications, you should consult your doctor before taking CBD gummies.
CBD Gummy Benefits
Conclusive scientific data which support the potential health benefits of CBD are still lacking; however, early findings from both human and animal studies show a lot of promise.
Because the CBD in gummies is not as potent and as readily available for absorption as CBD oil, CBD gummies may be a suitable choice to produce mild effects or as an alternative therapy for mild conditions. As an edible, CBD gummies must still undergo digestion in the stomach, where some of the CBD may be broken down by acids; this means that your blood will most likely absorb less CBD than what is contained in the gummy. Additionally, taking the digestive route means that the release of CBD into the bloodstream and, therefore, the onset of effects take longer.
The potential health effects of CBD gummies include:
- Helping promote calmness and relaxation
- Helping ease mild anxiety
- Helping provide relief from mild aches and pains
- Helping promote good quality sleep
- Helping soothe acne and other mild skin conditions
Proper dosing is important to get the desired effects. If CBD gummies are not producing the results you’re looking for, you may consider trying other CBD products that deliver stronger CBD concentrations.
CBD Gummy Ingredients
CBD gummies are a popular choice among other CBD edibles because the basic recipe can be easily modified to create different flavors and enhanced with complementary ingredients that provide additional benefits. For example, a CBD gummy formulated to help manage sleeping problems may also include melatonin — a naturally occurring hormone that regulates sleep patterns. Multivitamins are another common addition to CBD gummies.
The basic ingredients of CBD gummies are gelatin, water, and CBD extract. Most commercially made CBD gummies contain artificial sweeteners and/or flavorings, as well. Take note that artificial flavorings, by themselves, also contain artificial ingredients, such as preservatives.
When it comes to the CBD extract, here are the most important things you should know.
Also called whole-plant CBD, full-spectrum CBD gummies contain CBD plus all other phytocannabinoids present in hemp — more than 120 in total, and including THC — and terpenes. All of these compounds work together to provide the “entourage effect,” or their combined health effects. Keep in mind that the THC in hemp and full-spectrum CBD is no more than 0.3%; this amount is not enough to cause a high.
Broad-spectrum CBD also contains all the other beneficial compounds present in hemp, except for THC. Even if the trace amounts of THC in hemp is not enough to cause psychoactive effects, some people would still rather completely avoid it.
CBD isolate gummies only contain CBD.
To ensure that your CBD gummies do not contain any THC or no more than 0.3% THC, verify if the CBD extract used was derived from hemp. US-grown hemp is required by the FDA to contain no more than 0.3% THC.
Because guidelines regarding the manufacture of CBD products have yet to be established by the FDA, consumers must be more discerning when buying them. A sure-fire way to ensure that the CBD gummies do not contain any harmful chemicals from pesticides or other contaminants, opt for organic CBD gummies. Some products bear the USDA’s certified organic seal; even if a company is not able to procure the seal, their products may still be organic and you can verify this by finding out where they source their hemp.