It’s no wonder that CBD edibles are quickly becoming the most popular way to take CBD: they’re convenient, easy to take and offer a wide variety of physical and mental health benefits.
The rapidly growing CBD market contains countless competing products, and the edibles sub-market is no exception – it contains a dizzying array of different types of edibles with different concentrations of CBD and different CBD/THC ratios. In this article, we’ll explore some of the different options and will hopefully help you to decide which edible is right for you!
2 Types of CBD Edibles Based on Their CBD/THC Content
There are two main types of CBD edibles, based on the chemical composition of the oil they are infused with – pure CBD, also referred to as CBD dominant edibles and balanced CBD/THC edibles. You probably already know what those refer to – the CBD dominant edibles offer no psychoactive effects and are all about the anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, and other benefits of CBD. Those types of edibles typically contain less than 0.3% THC.
Balanced edibles, on the other hand, can contain various concentrations of THC and various THC:CBD ratios. Those types of edibles are not necessarily designed to get you high. In fact, CBD has been shown to balance out the effects of THC. CBD/THC balanced edibles are taken for their therapeutic effects – some people find that the combination of THC and CBD offers them more pain-relief and more overall benefits. This effect is highly person-dependent.
CBD-dominant edibles are the most common and this is the category which most CBD edibles fall into unless it’s specifically stated otherwise. CBD edibles that contain significant amounts of THC may be harder to find and are only available in states where cannabis has been legalized for medical and/or recreational use. This is because most people looking for CBD edibles are not looking for mental effects and because products containing more than 0.3% THC have additional state-dependent legal issues associated with them.
The Most Common Types of CBD Edibles To Choose From
Let’s take a look at the main categories of CBD edibles. Each category contains many sub-categories and options to choose from. There are no significant differences between the CBD ‘delivery efficiency’ of the different types of CBD edibles, so choosing one is mainly a matter of preference, taste, and availability.
This is probably the most popular option. Gummies come in different shapes, including spheres, cubes, or gummy bears. They taste great and have a long shelf-life, thanks to their gelatinous structure, which protects the CBD from the atmospheric oxygen.
CBD Hard Candies
Hard candies are another popular option. They obviously take longer to ‘consume’, because they aren’t necessarily chewable. This category contains many subcategories, including mints and many other flavors. Choosing between gummies and hard candies can be tricky because they are both very similar.
CBD Baked Goods, Pastries, & Bars
Baked goods are the most traditional type of edible and have been used for THC delivery for decades. They are also a very popular DIY option because things such as hard candies and gummies are more difficult to produce. You can easily incorporate one of the many different types of CBD concentrate in your baking recipes. Sports bars are also gaining popularity – they are a nice way to add the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD to your post-workout caloric intake.
This is pretty self-explanatory. If you love chocolate and you want to take CBD, CBD chocolate will be a great option for you! The CBD dose is usually based on each square of the chocolate – a typical chocolate bar may contain around 250mg of CBD, with 10mg in each square.
This is another category with countless sub-categories and options to choose from such as CBD lattes or tea, to plain bottled water infused with microscopic CBD spheres. CBD-infused alcoholic beverages are also popular and may nicely add to the relaxing effect of alcohol.
CBD oil capsules are not usually classified as edibles, but they are close enough to be included in this list. They are simple gel capsules that once ingested, dissolve in the stomach and release their CBD oil content, just like many other supplements. Capsules are probably the easiest and fastest way to take CBD and don’t require teeth brushing afterward, which makes them great for taking before bed. There’s obviously no taste, which can be both an advantage and a disadvantage, depending on what you’re looking for.