CBD’s (Cannabidiol) increasing popularity in recent years has made it one of the most in-demand products across the globe. CBD gummies in particular are one of the most popular CBD products as they are easily accessible, easy to dose, and discreet way of taking CBD for pain relief, depression, and anxiety. Plus, they taste just like your regular gummy candies.
Due to this phenomenon, people wonder whether CBD gummies are an effective way to get the health benefits of CBD. If you’re curious to learn about these gummies, we’ve made this guide to help you understand and know if they are worth the hype.
How are CBD Gummies made?
To make CBD-infused gummies, manufacturers isolate CBD, which is a non-intoxicating and natural compound from the cannabis plant. To get CBD, technicians detach oil hemp resin from the plant material. There are several ways to extract CBD oil from the plant, but the most popular method is CO2 extraction. This extraction method is seen as the gold standard in the cannabis industry and produces a purer product. Once the CBD has been extracted from industrial hemp in the form of resin or oil, it’s refined further to isolate it and remove impurities. The CBD isolate is then ready to infuse into gummies.
Making CBD gummies is like making jell-O just like regular gummies. You will only need three primary ingredients which are sugar or glucose syrup, thickener such as gelatin or fruit pectin, and flavourings of your choice. To make CBD gummies, all these ingredients are mixed with the CBD isolate, heated, and then poured into moulds. Natural colourings, preservatives, and other ingredients are also added for perfect gummy consistency.
CBD gummies can be vegan, depending on whether they contain animal products in the form of gelatin made of animal collagen. If you have any dietary restrictions, make sure to read the ingredients list before purchasing CBD gummies.
Do CBD Gummies Have THC?
Products derived from the hemp plant including CBD-infused gummies typically have minimal amounts of the psychoactive compound THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is one of the active ingredients from the cannabis plant that gives you a high feeling which makes it illegal in most places. However, manufacturers of CBD offer a range of gummies of different strengths and varying amounts of THC.
CBD products that contain 0.3% THC are legal on a federal level. For CBD products to be legal in the UK, all hemp products containing CBD must only have less not more than 0.2% THC or less than 1mg of THC per product.
Are CBD Gummies As Good As CBD Oil?
Yes, CBD gummies are as good as CBD oil but they are used differently.
CBD oils are typically taken by putting a few drops of the oil under the tongue for 60 seconds before swallowing. This allows the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other hemp compounds to enter your bloodstream through the mucous membranes of your mouth. The effects of cannabidiol oil will take effect within 15 to 20 minutes, they will typically last for 2 to 6 hours only.
For CBD gummies, since they are ingested and would need to pass through the digestive tract before entering the bloodstream, the onset effects will take roughly 30 to 45 minutes. However, the effects of CBD gummies can last for about 4 to 6 hours.
How Many CBD Gummies Should I Eat?
There is no correct dosage of CBD and every one of us can react differently to CBD so you need to take your time to experiment and find what works for you best. The number of CBD gummies you should take also depends on several individual factors like your body weight, individual body chemistry, CBD form, CBD type, and CBD concentration. If you want to know more about the factors that affect CBD dosing, click here.
The majority of people who take CBD use 10mg to 70mg of CBD oil 1-3 times daily, but products like CBD gummies usually come in a range of potencies and most contain 5mg of CBD, while others have 25mg. In most cases, people take CBD as needed or at specific times of the day such as morning and evening.
The best way to figure out the ideal dosage per gummy for yourself is to start at the lowest possible dosage and increase gradually until you feel the desired effects. CBD Shopy offers Zenbears CBD Gummies (600mg), which is one of our most popular gummy products. These gummy bears are bursting with fruity flavours that mask the earthy taste of hemp. A jar contains 600mg of CBD per 30 gummy bears which means that each gummy bear contains 20mg of CBD, a good amount to start with.
Note that CBD may cause side effects and may interact with the medications you’re taking. Check with your healthcare professional before adding a cannabidiol product to your wellness routine.
Are Hemp and CBD Gummies the same?
CBD gummies are not the same as hemp gummies. Hemp gummies don’t contain CBD. Instead, they contain hemp seed oil. Although both hemp seed and CBD oils are derived from the same cannabis plant, CBD oil comes from the flowers, leaves, and stems, while hemp seed oil uses extract from the seeds of the cannabis plant.
Additionally, CBD gummies are pricier and may help with a wide range of health conditions like anxiety and chronic pain relief. Hemp gummies, while nutritious, don’t produce the same effects as CBD gummies. They are also less expensive and it can be tough to find products that are high quality.
Can I make CBD Gummies at home?
Yes. It’s very easy to make your own CBD gummies at home as you will only need a few ingredients including natural ingredients, food colourings, natural flavours such as fruit juice, sugar, gelatin or fruit pectin (for vegans), and CBD oil CBD tincture.
While making CBD gummies at home can be a fun and relaxing activity, it is difficult to get the right dosage of CBD when you make them at home as your measurements won’t be very accurate and may not provide the effects that you desire. If you want to start on CBD gummies, CBD Shopy offers CBD gummies that are organic, vegan-friendly, and have undergone third-party lab testing, to ensure that they don’t contain heavy metals and are safe and high-quality. You can check out our CBD gummy bear products here.