As you have no doubt seen by now, CBD is everywhere these days. Ever since it’s legalization with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the product has exploded in popularity, with 1 in 7 Americans trying it. Those numbers are virtually guaranteed to rise in the next few years.
One of the things that makes CBD so popular is its versatility. It is available in a variety of formats, including vaping juices, tinctures, balms and edibles. Those edibles – and particularly CBD gummies – have proven to be one of the most popular ways in which CBD is consumed.
This is an area that should be looked at further. What are CBD gummies? How many should you take? What should you look out for? We’ll answer all of these questions and more.
CBD gummies are exactly what they sound like: CBD that has been placed in an edible, colorful, sugary form. Consuming these gummies allows users to get the CBD that they are trying to eat into their bodies as a pleasant and tasty snack treat.
CBD gummies, just like any other CBD product, work by impacting the functioning of your body’s Endocannabinoid System. Everyone has an Endocannabinoid System. The parts of your Endocannabinoid System includes cannabinoid receptors that are found throughout your body, naturally produced cannabinoids and enzymes which break down the cannabinoids.
Under normal circumstances, your body will produce cannabinoids. Those cannabinoids will then bind with cannabinoid receptors. This, in turn, will have a variety of impacts on your body, affecting levels of pain, stress, appetite, mood and more. When the reaction is completed, enzymes will break down the cannabinoids.
The CBD found in gummies does not bind directly with your cannabinoid receptors. Instead, it alters the bond itself, making it strong and last longer. This, in turn, impacts numerous sensations noted above.
Unfortunately, this is a difficult question to answer.
Every body is different, and research on CBD dosages is currently lacking, forcing people to rely on anecdotal information. Currently, there is not much research available that discusses appropriate CBD dosages. There is good news, however: Research has shown that even relatively high dosages of CBD are well-tolerated in humans and that overdosing on CBD is not possible. As such, it does not appear that you have to worry about consuming too much CBD.
The amount of CBD you have to consume before feeling its impacts depends on a variety of factors. These include your metabolism, experience with cannabis products, whether or not you have a full stomach, height and weight and the potency of the CBD you are consuming.
At SUPA Naturals, our gummies come in 10mg dosages. Your best bet is to start by taking 1-2 gummies and monitoring the impact that the CBD consumption has on your body. If you find that there is no impact, increase the dosage and make a judgment from there.
There are two things to keep in mind in particular when it comes to gummies. First is the obvious: They are sugary snacks. If you have specific dietary concerns about consuming sugar, such as diabetes, these snacks should be avoided. Fortunately, the gummies are relatively small, and while they do contain sugar, they do not contain them in large amounts of them.
Second: If you have any food allergies, make sure to read the label and Certificate of Analysis. This will tell you exactly what is in the gummies you are about to eat and ensure that you don’t consume anything you are allergic too. Keep in mind that gummies do have ingredients that can give some individuals allergic reactions.
First, be aware that there are side effects associated with CBD consumption. While these are generally rare and tolerable, you should keep these concerns in mind. Common side effects include dry mouth, upset stomach, and dizziness. Most people do not experience these side effects at any debilitating level, but it is something you need to be aware of, just in case you suffer from these problems.
Second, remember that there are two different types of CBD: Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum. The two are identical, with one key difference: Full Spectrum CBD contains THC, while Broad Spectrum does not. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the cannabinoid in marijuana that results in intoxication.
To be clear: If CBD is produced legally, it will absolutely not result in any sort of intoxication. Many argue for the effectiveness of the Entourage Effect, which is the idea that CBD is most effective if it contains all of its naturally occurring components, including THC. Indeed, at Supa Naturals, our gummies are Full Spectrum, meaning they do come with THC. However, be aware: Though rare, Full Spectrum CBD can cause positive drug tests.
Third, make sure to check with your doctor before using CBD. CBD is generally a safe product, but there are concerns that it can impact liver function or interact poorly with other medications. For these reasons, it is always safer to speak with a medical professional before trying the product – just like you would any other supplement.
Last: Make sure you only purchase CBD Gummies that come with a Certificate of Analysis. Unfortunately, there are many dishonest CBD sellers on the market today. As a result of virtually non-existent federal regulations on CBD, many CBD vendors market products that are poorly or inaccurately labeled. Furthermore, a 2017 study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, found that 70% of the CBD samples they tested were inaccurately labeled for a variety of ingredients–including THC.
A Certificate of Analysis alleviates this problem. It is a test, conducted by a third-party vendor, that examines the ingredients of a CBD batch. The Certificate itself should be made publicly viewable by anyone purchasing CBD. Only purchase a CBD product that comes with such a Certificate, as this is the only way you can confirm the ingredients of a CBD product. At Supa Naturals, all of our products come with Certificates of Analysis.
CBD Gummies can be a great way of consuming CBD. They are tasty, easy to find and affordable. They aren’t right for everyone, and there are a few things you should do before consuming CBD gummies. However, the good news is that they are a great way of getting your CBD.