If you are familiar with the world of cannabidiol (CBD), you have probably heard a lot about one product in particular: CBD edibles. If you have never tried an edible, you have likely wondered why everyone cares so much about them. It’s about time that you learned about CBD edibles, so let’s talk about them together.
CBD? What is that?
If you are interested in CBD edibles, you should probably have at least an idea of what exactly CBD is, so let’s talk about it.
CBD is part of a group of chemical compounds that are found in hemp, marijuana, and other cannabis plants. These chemical compounds are called cannabinoids. CBD certainly is one of the best-known cannabinoids, but there is one that you like heard of long before you heard of CBD. It is called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
The reason for THC’s fame is based primarily on its effect on its users. THC is psychoactive. That means that it creates an inebriating high. THC is the reason that marijuana is considered a schedule one drug. It is widespread for people to think that because THC is psychoactive, so are all other cannabinoids. However, this is not the case. THC is the main psychoactive cannabinoid, most of the others don’t have an effect like that. CBD especially does not cause any sort of high or inebriation.
Even though hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants, there are some significant differences between them. The main difference is based in what concentration of specific cannabinoids are in each plant. Marijuana has high levels of THC and varying degrees of CBD. This is why marijuana is usually considered a cannabis plant that will cause inebriation. Hemp has little to no THC and a lot of CBD. Another difference between them is based on legality. Hemp was officially legalized in the United States in 2018 by the Farm Bill. Marijuana is still federally illegal throughout the states, though some states have legalized it on one level or another. It is for these reasons that most CBD manufacturers use hemp to make their products rather than marijuana.
What makes CBD edibles so great?
CBD is a pretty versatile extract, so it is easily made into many different products. However, the one that is the most popular has to be edibles. But why do people love it so much? What is so great about them? Let’s explore some of the reasons.
To make sure that our bases are covered, let’s go over what CBD edibles are. You can probably guess that a CBD edible is any food or drink that has been made with CBD. These are pretty easily accessible at many stores, pharmacies, and cafes. If you want, you could make your own, that way you don’t have to buy pre-made food.
One of the main reasons that edibles are so popular is taste. Hemp tends to have a distinct, earthy flavor. Some CBD products still have this taste. For some, this is not a problem, as they enjoy or do not mind the taste. However, for others, it can make a CBD product nearly unbearable. CBD edibles are made to taste like whatever food they are made to be, masking that hemp flavor.
Another reason why people love CBD edibles is based on control. Most edibles are made with the same amount of CBD in every serving. That way you always know exactly how much CBD you’re getting. Other CBD products can be a little bit harder to control. For example, drops are a great way to get CBD directly, but it is easy to accidentally get one drop too many with the dropper. The control that edibles can provide you with may also give you some peace of mind.
A third reason why edibles are so popular is that there are many choices. You can find CBD edibles in just about any food or drink you could want. There are CBD pastas and bread. Others make CBD sodas and sparkling water. Then, of course, there are the CBD candies, like gummies or chocolates. Pretty much anyone can find a CBD version of their favorite food. If not, you can add it yourself.
While all of these are great reasons to love CBD edibles, nothing is perfect. Out of all the CBD products out there, edibles take the longest to start working. This means that you do need to be prepared to wait at least half an hour to see if the CBD is working. However, edibles also are believed to have the longest-lasting effect, so there is a little bit of trade off with this downside.
What other CBD options are out there?
Some people need their CBD to start working faster. Others would rather have their CBD provide a localized effect. There are a lot of reasons people may prefer other products. Luckily, there are several other options. Let’s talk about some of them.
Topicals are any product that you use on your skin instead of consuming. These are what you will want to look for if you prefer a localized effect rather than an overall effect. This is because the CBD in the topicals usually do not enter the bloodstream like they do with oral CBD products. The CBD in topicals absorb through the pores, working from there.
Tablets & capsules
Some people prefer to get their supplements in the form of pills. If you’re one of those people, there are options for you. There are plenty of CBD products that are more pill like, namely sublingual tablets and soft gel capsules. Sublingual tablets are the faster option out of the two. You place the tablet in your mouth and allow it to dissolve. The skin in your mouth is thin, which allows the CBD to absorb into the system faster. The soft gel capsules are the most pill-like out of the two, as they are just capsules that you swallow whole. Because these pills need to digest, they will take a little while to start working.
Oils & tinctures
If you are looking for a more straightforward CBD product, then oils and tinctures are the options. CBD oils are made by mixing CBD extract with a carrier oil. You have a few choices in how you take these. One we mentioned briefly above. This method is making it into an edible by using it in your cooking. This is similar to an edible; the only difference is that you have more control over how much CBD oil is put into food or drink. As a result, you do need to wait for the drink or food to digest before the CBD can start working. Another option is by placing some drops directly into your mouth. Like tablets, this is a fast way to get your CBD serving as the cannabinoid absorbs through the thin skin in your mouth.
When you put all of the reasons in the above sections together, it is not surprising that people love CBD edibles. They are comfortable and delicious to take and still give you all the benefits of CBD. If you’re not sure where to start with CBD, why not starting with edibles? It could be a great introduction to the world of CBD.