CBD edibles are a favorite way to enjoy the benefits of this potent cannabinoid. These popular CBD products are easy to consume and carry. They are now available throughout the United States thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill’s passage, which legalized the hemp plant at a Federal level (so long as it has under 0.3% THC content). With so many options out there and an endless supply of other cannabidiol concoctions at your disposal, it can be hard to sift through it all and make an informed choice on the best CBD option. Let’s dive in and take a look at the wild world of everything involving CBD edibles here.
What are CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles are basically any product you can eat containing cannabidiol, one of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. CBD edibles are often made by cooking CBD oil into any sort of edible product. These CBD products can take pretty much any culinary shape you can imagine, but the most common forms available for purchase are CBD gummies and CBD chocolates. There are plenty of other options out there, and widespread accessibility has led to many companies getting creative with what types of products they have to offer.
A high-quality CBD edible will focus on all-natural ingredients that are free of additives like artificial sweeteners and corn syrup. A good product will also be free of pesticides and other harmful additives that are used during the growth of hemp plants that the CBD is derived from. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does regulate some aspects of CBD edible labeling and production, but the choice of purchasing a high-quality option is left up to the consumer. That said, not all CBD gummies are created equal, and you should research what’s in a product if you want to have non-GMO ingredients or a gluten-free option.
What’s the Difference Between THC Edibles and CBD Gummies
Both THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabinol) are potent compounds called cannabinoids that are found within the cannabis plant. These are the two major phytocannabinoids that are known to science and the public, even though there are a growing number of lesser cannabinoids being discovered and researched. The endocannabinoid system in the human body can harness the power of these phytocannabinoids and that results in the benefits provided by CBD and THC.
THC edibles have a higher concentration of this cannabinoid and can have a strong psychoactive effect upon consumption. CBD gummies, and any type of CBD edible, will have high concentrations of CBD and are generally non-psychoactive, so long as no THC is present. If you want to make sure that the CBD edible you are getting has only CBD, you will want to look for CBD isolate. CBD isolate is the isolated version of CBD without any other cannabinoids. If you choose a CBD product that isn’t isolate, chances are it will be full-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant and will contain other compounds in low doses, such as THC, terpenes, and antioxidants.
Even though a full-spectrum product or broad-spectrum CBD product may contain trace amounts of other compounds, this doesn’t mean that you will feel any psychoactive effects upon consumption. Part of the reason that the CBD industry has been growing so quickly in the United States is because the Farm Bill legalized the hemp plant as long as there is under 0.3% THC content. Hemp extracts are another commonly used term that describes CBD products and industrial hemp production has increased tremendously thanks to this bill.
There is a definite relation between THC and CBD edibles and they can actually work together to provide a variety of benefits that support wellness. This is known as the entourage effect and is becoming better understood as research continues into the ways both cannabinoids work together in the body. But generally, THC and CBD edibles are kept somewhat separate so you can predict their side-effects and benefits before you buy.
The Benefits of CBD Edibles
The benefits of CBD edibles will be basically the same as any other CBD product. CBD oil, tinctures, and topicals are all different methods of consuming cannabidiol and all allow you to harness this plant-based medicine. The power of any CBD product, whether you eat gummy bears, vape CBD oil, or smoke the flowers of the cannabis plant are made possible through the cannabinoids’ interaction within the endocannabinoid system.
Some of the most well-known benefits of CBD include the following:
CBD can help with pain relief and has been shown to be able to help with some types of chronic pain. CBD can inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pain responses, which are two types of chronic pain that some people really struggle with. These same anti-inflammatory benefits can help with more mild forms of pain from sore muscles to arthritis.
Helps with Anxiety
CBD edibles and other products are able to help people suffering from anxiety as well. The receptors that CBD interacts with inside of the body, specifically the cannabinoid type 1 receptor (CB1R) can help regulate fear and anxiety. Research has shown that this enables CBD to help treat anxiety disorders such as PTSD, OCD, and SAD, among others.
Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
CBD products can also help treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. This is somewhat related to how it can help with anxiety, as that condition can lead to trouble sleeping. Some CBD products are now being developed using special formulations that help encourage sleep through the use of terpenes and other beneficial compounds. It can have a similar benefit for anyone suffering from poor sleep as seen in other all-natural treatments like melatonin and l-theanine.
CBD Edibles are Healthier than Other Products
Smoking or vaping any substance can be bad for your health. Even though smoking a small amount of cannabis or hemp may benefit you, it can be detrimental to your health in the long run if you vape or smoke large amounts of it. CBD edibles are much healthier for you in this regard as they won’t give you the negative health impacts of smoking. This is good for anyone who has a sensitive respiratory system or who wants a more wellness-focused method of enjoying CBD.
It’s important to note that you should seek proper medical advice before attempting any treatment if you have any serious medical condition. Even though CBD has few side-effects and can be used as part of a health and wellness routine, expert medical advice is essential for treating any larger issue.
How do CBD Edibles Work?
Anything that you eat is eventually absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive system. This is true with all CBD gummies, CBD chocolates, and any other edible product that has CBD oil within it. CBD edibles will take longer to kick in than other products because the digestive system can work slowly and differently for each individual. The serving size that you take also has a lot to do with the effects that you will actually feel from CBD edibles. A low dose of under 10MG of CBD may not produce much of an effect, or a slight one. Larger doses in the 50-100mg of CBD range are more common for medicinal benefits such as pain relief or anxiety.
CBD edibles are a great way to enjoy the many benefits of this potent and complex cannabinoid. Whether you are suffering from chronic pain, are having difficulty sleeping, have a major medical condition, or just want to relax a little bit, CBD edibles are an easy option to find some much-needed relief. CBD edibles are also fairly easy to access these days because of hemp now being legal at a Federal level in the US. If you have never tried CBD edibles before, they are well worth checking out and just might become your preferred method of reaping the many benefits the cannabis plant has to offer.