CBD gummies are something of an enigma in the cannabis community. While the sticky icky can be found in many forms, it's not every day that you stumble upon a gummy infused with the cannabidiol (CBD).
There are plenty of benefits of CBD and plenty of reasons to try CBD gummies. It's essential to be familiar with how they work and differ from other forms of CBD consumption. That's why we put together this guide on all things CBD gummies!
What Is CBD?
CBD is a significant component of hemp oil. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the hundreds of compounds in a cannabis plant. Though it's a substantial component of most strains, hemp-derived CBD doesn't contain any THC—the compound responsible for marijuana's mind-altering effects.
As such, it can be used without getting you high. And since it's non-psychoactive, you can use as much or as little as you like; no smoking or vaping is required. The only downside?
You may wait up to an hour before feeling anything. The good news:
Once you do feel something, relief comes quickly and lasts for hours. Suppose your pain or anxiety eases up within 20 minutes. In that case, chances are you won't need another dose until at least several hours later—and if not, then probably not until tomorrow morning either. In other words, don't worry about overdoing it.
What Are CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies are treats that contain cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD products come from industrial hemp plants and have less than 0.3% THC.
The CBD is extracted from hemp and then infused into gummy candy or other food items like chewing gum, chocolate, and cakes. One of the easiest ways to consume cannabidiol is by eating it. That also makes it easy for children and pets to eat them.
There are many different types of CBD gummies that you can buy. There are a variety of fruit flavors, such as strawberry and watermelon, in addition to soft gummy bears. Each type has its specific purpose, so you should know what you're looking for when choosing which one to try.
How Much Do They Cost?
The price of CBD products can vary depending on their source material as well as their concentration level. On average, a 30-day supply of CBD gummies will cost you between $20 and $50 per bottle.
This is affordable for those who want to try a new way to manage pain or other symptoms without breaking the bank.
How Are They Made?
Some cannabis-infused foods use cannabis extracts that are added directly to products. On the other hand, gummies are made from a combination of water and full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD hemp oil, which is then flavored with natural ingredients and sugar.
Broad-spectrum oils contain cannabinoids other than THC—like cannabidiol (CBD), CBG, and CBC—and are non-psychoactive. As for how they're made:
The oil is combined with a base, like an apple juice or strawberry puree, and poured into candy molds to set. These gummy candies typically have around 15 milligrams of CBD per piece; an average joint contains about 300 milligrams of THC.
What Do They Taste Like?
This depends on what you mix them with, but generally speaking, most CBD gummies are fruity in flavor. Depending on what you add to them, they can also be minty or earthy.
Some companies combine their CBD oil with coconut oil instead of fruit juices and flavors. These will generally be less sweet than their counterparts but just as tasty.
How Long Does It Take to Kick In?
For some people, CBD gummies work almost instantly. Others may feel a slight relaxation within 30 minutes, while it may take several hours before any effects are felt.
Are There Any Potential Side Effects?
Side effects vary based on your tolerance level. Still, most people experience little to no adverse side effects when taking these edibles. If you're new to consuming cannabis edibles, start with a tiny serving and wait at least four hours before eating more.
Are There Different Types?
Yes! There are many different brands out there making all sorts of shapes and sizes for adults and kids alike. Some gummy products contain THC, while others are strictly CBD-based.
How Long Do They Last?
Depending on your consumption, they can last anywhere from two to six hours or longer. Some users report feeling relaxed for several days after just a single dose.
How Should I Store Them?
Keeping them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources is best. Keep an eye out for signs of spoilage—like discoloration or an unpleasant smell—and throw them away if you notice anything unusual.
Benefits of CBD Gummies
CBD gummies offer a more discreet way to consume CBD and don't produce any intoxication effects. A gummy bear made with CBD could be your new favorite after-dinner treat!
It has been shown to help relieve pain, anxiety, depression, nausea, inflammation, seizures, and other conditions. It is not clear exactly how cannabidiol works within our bodies. However, it is thought to work by increasing endocannabinoids (the chemicals that bind to cannabinoid receptors) in our bodies.
As mentioned above, cannabidiol does not have psychoactive properties as THC does. Therefore, you will not feel high or intoxicated from consuming CBD.