What are CBD gummies, and why have they become so popular over the last year, or so? There are a ton of reasons behind the quick rise of CBD gummies in the CBD industry, but one of the main reasons for this rise is that people simply want to take CBD in an easy, and tasty, way.
That said, there are some things everyone should know before buying CBD gummies, or any other CBD products.
This article will address exactly what CBD gummies are, and why you should start using them if you haven’t already.
First of All, What is Cannabidiol (CBD) ?
Cannabidiol, or simply CBD, is one of several different cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant species.
Now, before you go thinking that cannabis and marijuana are the same thing, it’s not that straight forward. You see, the cannabis family encompasses both industrial hemp, and marijuana. Both of these plants make up the overall species known as cannabis.
Thanks for the farm bill of 2018, industrial hemp is now completely legal within the United States as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. THC is another cannabinoid that is notorious for getting people high.
The only difference between the hemp plant and marijuana, is hemp plants have almost no THC, while marijuana has a ton.
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This is why hemp is legal, and marijuana remains a controlled substance in many parts of the United States.
This low THC content is why hemp derived CBD gummies are completely non-intoxicating. They cannot, and will not, get you high.
Does CBD Get You High?
Remember, there is almost no THC in the hemp plant by US law. For this reason, hemp gummies (also known as CBD gummies, or hemp CBD gummies) cannot get you high. It’s simply not possible.
Many people believe that all cannabis is intoxicating. Well, now you know that both the hemp plant and marijuana make up the cannabis species, so that’s not necessarily true. The only way cannabis is intoxicating is if you are referring to the marijuana variant of cannabis.
It’s also important to note that CBD oil doesn’t have any severe side effects, and is not addictive.
What Are CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies are essentially candy gummies infused with CBD oil. Depending on their flavor, they usually come in different shapes and sizes, and tend to be sour or sweet.
Think of them as an edible CBD candy. The best CBD gummies will normally come in a form that contain anywhere from 15-60 mg of CBD per gummy. They can contain broad spectrum CBD, full spectrum CBD, and even CBD isolate (for those who are into CBD isolate).
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CBD companies make things like CBD gummy bears by first producing a gummy that can come in any shape imaginable, then adding CBD oil to the batch of gummies. Artificial sweeteners or artificial flavors are normally used to make them taste better, since hemp extract can sometimes have a hay-like taste to it.
When purchasing CBD gummies , make sure you try to find a product that has as many natural and organic ingredients as possible. Sure, we want our gummies to taste great, but we also don’t want to sacrifice our health by ingesting weird chemicals.
Apple cider vinegar, green apple, cane sugar, and natural fruit are all very healthy ways of getting the perfect flavoring in a gummy bear.
CBD edibles are quite easy to make with all organic ingredients, so it’s definitely possible.
Why Do CBD Gummies Work So Well?
If you’re wondering how exactly they work, the answer is pretty simple: consuming CBD can elicit certain responses from what’s called the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
The ECS is made up of a bunch of CB1 and CB2 receptors which are present all over the body. While they are located all throughout our bodies, many are found in our immune system. Check out this chart so you can get a better idea of where they all are:
Hemp derived CBD products can trigger the ECS to do several different things like reduce swelling, lower anxiety, or offer anti inflammatory properties. It all depends on the cannabinoid that is consumed. There are over 124 different known cannabinoids, and we are slowly learning that all of them just may offer slightly different effects when consumed.
You can ingest a CBD product orally, use it topically, or smoke it too. New Phase Blends stays away from smoking or vaping CBD, mainly due to the negative side effects from vaping and smoking.
That said, CBD gummies are a great oral CBD product, and things like CBD creams can interact with CB receptors after being absorbed through the skin.
The results are all similar, regardless of the method that pure CBD is taken.
Think of it this way: humans are literally made to be able to process cannabinoids. This is why items like full spectrum CBD gummies work so well on us.
How Did CBD Gummies Gain Popularity?
Ingesting CBD is shown to offer several different responses, like pain relief, anxiety relief, and anti-inflammatory effects – to name a few.
These effects just happen to be what a lot of Americans struggle with on a day-to-day basis.
We’ve known about the medicinal benefits of marijuana for quite some time now. The problem with medical marijuana is not everyone enjoys being high. While consuming marijuana has very similar benefits, you will definitely get high after using it.
This is where CBD infused gummies come in. Taking CBD gummies can give a lot of the same benefits that taking marijuana gives, but without the high. Imagine being able to reap some of the health benefits of marijuana without getting high.
This is now possible, and it’s one of the major reasons that things like broad spectrum CBD gummies are so popular. CBD benefits seem to be something that a lot of people look for now days. There is one thing to keep in mind, though.
The problem with edibles is that they can take a while to take effect. Most people report feeling effects of organic hemp extract after about 30 minutes to one hour after they eat the CBD gummies. Some people don’t care about this length of time to feel the benefits of CBD, while others do.
Faster Acting CBD Products
Before you purchase CBD products, keep this next bit of information in mind.
When you ingest CBD, it first needs to be digested before getting into your blood stream. This is known as the first pass effect.
Basically, nutrients consuming by eating or swallowing need to go through parts of the digestive tract like the stomach, and small intestine. The small intestine is responsible for delivering about 80% of the nutrients you eat into your blood streams. Since the CBD gummies are hemp based CBD products that need to be eaten, this all applies.
CBD consumers looking for faster acting products normally will take something like CBD oil tinctures (also known as CBD drops). Even the top CBD gummies will not be able to work as fast as the tinctures do.
The tinctures come with a measurable, 1mL dropper that are used to draw out the oil from the tincture with. Then, the drops are squeezed under the tongue where the sublingual vein can distribute the CBD into the bloodstream without having to be digested first.
Effects from using tinctures found on the CBD market can be felt in as little as 5 – 10 minutes.
So What’s the Best Way to Take CBD?
There is no right answer here. Whatever works best for you is the best way. Find a method that you’re most comfortable with and stick with it.
If there is anything we can recommend, it would be starting small (if you’ve never taken CBD before) and then working your way up. Trying too much at once could lead to feeling nauseous, or even headaches.
CBD Gummies Legal Status
Is CBD legal?
Yes, CBD gummies are legal as long as they come from hemp. We spoke about this earlier, but the Farm Bill of 2018 is responsible for making CBD legal, in addition to other compounds within hemp.
Other CBD gummies can come in the form of marijuana derived CBD products, which are a a controlled substance. You cannot easily buy these types of gummies.
If you are able to simply walk into a store and easily buy CBD products, this is likely hemp derived. Products made from marijuana require a driver’s license, have security guards everywhere, and only take cash as a form of payment.
How Much Should I Take?
It depends on what effects you want to get out of CBD, and how often you plan to use it. Everyone has their own tolerances for CBD dosages, so don’t just listen to us – find the right amount for yourself.
Start with the lowest serving possible to feel the effects. For most New Phase Blends customers, either one sleep gummy, or one pure CBD gummy is all they need. Some people can get away with taking half of a CBD gummy, too.
You can also watch this video on how many CBD gummies you should take. It’s filled with great information on dosing CBD infused gummies properly. Just remember, how much CBD you need is dependent on your own body.
Just remember, when it comes to CBD edibles, everyone is different. Do whatever works best for you. Just don’t overdo it. The best tasting CBD gummies can sometimes be tempting to keep taking because of their taste.
While taste does help, we don’t consume CBD for taste – we use it for the benefits.
Do They Cause Side Effects?
While the side effects of CBD are normally isolated to people taking too much, they can still occur under rare circumstances. The side effects are typically:
- upset stomach
If you are experiencing any of these, contact your healthcare provider and see if they have any insight for you. Chances are, you are taking too much CBD.
CBD gummies are an incredible way to supplement with CBD. Whether it’s CBD gummy bears, or CBD squares, I would highly recommend you at least try some of these CBD edibles.
New Phase Blends hosts some of the most pure CBD products on the market. The hemp grown for our CBD gummies is organic. This is because organic grown hemp is not only safer, but offers a more rich cannabinoid content. The result is a better product.
We also offer a money back guarantee. If you aren’t completely satisfied, please, return the products you purchased within 30 days. You’ll get all your money back. Relief is around that corner, and that’s what we want you to have.