Everyone has a kind of gummy candy that they like best. Many prefer the classic, others like sour. Some of us like them all. Some people even seek out gummies that offer more than just a delicious taste. People who want their gummies to work for them may want to look for cannabidiol (CBD) gummies. But there is so much to know about CBD and its related information that it can make even gummies seem daunting.
It’s okay if diving into CBD gummies feels kind of intimidating. We get it. That’s why we’ve made this guide to CBD gummies. It starts with the basics and heads into the more complex side of CBD.
The basics of CBD
CBD is a chemical compound found in cannabis (a family of plants that includes hemp and marijuana). There are over 113 compounds like CBD, they are known as cannabinoids. The most famous cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but CBD’s fame has grown in the last few years.
In fact, the rise in popularity has led to a lot of research being done on the benefits of CBD. This research is preliminary, but it’s exciting. Many of these studies, if not most, has suggested that CBD may be able to help people with several different problems. Some research is showing that CBD may be able to help those struggling with anxiety or depression. Other research has looked into CBD’s effect on things likeinflammation andacne.
How are CBD and THC different?
Because they are both cannabinoids, CBD and THC often get grouped together. However, it is important to know that they are very different compounds. The biggest difference is that CBD won’t get you high, but THC will.
THC is considered to be psychoactive. Which means that it creates the high so commonly associated with cannabis. CBD doesn’t have this effect in anyway. The closest thing that people feel to a change in their cognitive state while using CBD is that they tend to have a greater sense of calm.
Another difference between them is that CBD is legal across most of the United States. But THC is still federally legal. In 2018, the United States legislature officially declassified industrial hemp as a schedule one controlled substance and legalized industrial hemp and products made from hemp. Hemp is defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. It is also rich in CBD. What this means is that any hemp product, like CBD, that contains less than 0.3% THC is federally legal in the United States. THC is legal is some states, some recreationally and others only medically, it is still federally illegal.
Why take CBD in gummy form?
CBD products are a dime a dozen with several different options on how to take them. So, why should anyone take gummies over anything else? There are a few reasons why you may want your CBD to be gummy form. It could be for the ease of control. It may even just be because of flavor.
CBD gummies are nice if you are worried about taking too much CBD. The gummies will have the same amount of CBD in each individual gummy, making it so you know exactly how much you are taking. While an extra drop or two of a CBD tincture is not likely to be a problem, it can still be frustrating because CBD products tend to be expensive, and you don’t want to waste it.
Then there is flavor. Most CBD products contain terpenes which have other health benefits. Terpenes are the compounds that cause hemp and other cannabis plants to have that distinctive cannabis flavor. There are many people who are not the biggest fans of that taste. That means that gummies may be their best choice. Gummies pretty much always have some kind of flavoring. This can make taking CBD more palatable if you do not like that cannabis flavor.
How much to take
Just like with everything else in life, everyone will experience CBD differently. For some, it will take very little for the CBD to take hold. Other require a lot more. If you’ve taken CBD before, you likely know how much you need to take. It is still good to bear in mind that gummies may take a little while longer to start working than an oil or a tincture might. If you know how much CBD you need, you just need to take the gummy equivalent and wait for it to digest.
If you are new to CBD, you are going to want to start with small doses. It’s hard to know how much CBD is right for you without trying it. Stick to one gummy, or even half of one. Again, you should wait a little while for the CBD to take effect. If the initial amount you took is not enough, you can take a bit more.
What about side effects?
Most people will want to start their servings of CBD small to avoid side effects. These side effects are not serious, but they are not pleasant either. They tend to be things like dizziness or nausea. These are normally experienced by those who take large quantities of CBD over short periods of time. Most who experience the side effects report that they go away after reducing how much they take.
If you are new to CBD, you should talk to your doctor before you start using any product, including gummies. There are some medications that may not work the way they should when mixed with CBD. So, talking with your doctor should help keep that from happening.
You should keep the gummies out of reach of small children and all animals. With CBD gummies it is especially easy for kids and adults alike to confuse them with normal candy. As mentioned before, there are no serious side effects from CBD, but it is still not something you would want to take too much of.
Now that you’re ready to take on the world of CBD gummies, there are a lot of options out there. Most CBD manufactures offer some sort of CBD gummy.