If you’re reading this, you probably already know what CBD gummies are. The name is pretty descriptive – they are sweet gummies, in which a certain, controlled dose of CBD oil is infused.
Gummies are a relatively new thing and are just one of the many methods of taking CBD oil which has flooded the market in the past few years.
Just like every method of taking cannabidiol, gummies have both advantages and disadvantages and there are a few important factors to consider, which we’ll be exploring in this article.
Let’s get into it!
The Ingredients of CBD Gummies
Cbd Oil, Either As a Cbd Isolate or As a Full-spectrum Extract
Gummies can contain either CBD oil isolate or a full-spectrum cannabis extract, which is infused in their gelatinous structure.
CBD isolate is a very purified form of cannabidiol and it doesn’t even have the typical ‘weedy’ smell – in fact, it’s odorless. Full-spectrum extracts, on the other hand, contain all the oily chemical constituents of the hemp flower.
Whether CBD isolate or full-spectrum oil is better is a controversial topic – some studies conclude that the effects of pure CBD oil isolate don’t increase past a certain dose, which is not the case with the full-spectrum extract.
The full-spectrum extract contains some THC. Their THC content is almost always below 0.3%, which enables them to be legal even in territories where marijuana hasn’t yet been legalized.
The tiny THC content of the full-spectrum oil, combined with the countless other oily constituents that come from the flower, work together to achieve what is known as the ‘entourage effect’, or the increased overall therapeutic effect of full-spectrum oil, compared to CBD isolate.
That effect hasn’t yet been defined accurately, nor fully accepted medically, but there is enough scientific and anecdotal evidence to strongly support it.
CBD gummies always have an accurately measured dose of cannabidiol. Low strength gummies are often in the 5-10mg range, while stronger ones can contain 50mg or more.
The other ingredients are not that interesting and are non-active. However, if you have known allergies, it’s a good idea to read the label and make sure the gummies don’t contain anything you may be allergic to.
The ingredients that make up the actual gummy are either gelatin – an animal-derived gelatinous material, unsuitable for vegans, or agar, which is seaweed-derived and perfect for vegans.
Many manufacturers find it easiest to create all their gummies fully vegan, instead of creating vegan and non-vegan versions, so almost all gummies on the market today are seaweed-based.
There are sugar-containing and sugarless CBD gummies. Because sugar can promote cavities, sugarless gummies can be perfect for taking before bed when you’re too lazy to brush your teeth afterward.
And obviously, there’s the low-calorie aspect. However, sugar-containing gummies usually taste best, especially the ones sweetened with agave syrup.
Ingredients For The Potential Endless Therapeutic Effects
When it comes to additional therapeutic ingredients, the possibilities are endless. Melatonin-containing gummies, designed to help you sleep are a popular choice.
They should only be taken before bed, as melatonin has a quick and time-limited effect.
Ginger and turmeric gummies are also popular – both of those ingredients offer additional anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits.
What are CBD Gummies Typically Used For
Gummies are obviously the most pleasant way of taking CBD oil, but they are also practical – you can take them anywhere, anytime. This makes them perfect for pain relief. But they are used by millions to deal with anxiety, sleep issues, and much more.
They are one of the quickest ways to administer CBD oil and are often even more convenient than CBD drops.
CBD gummies are obviously just a delivery method for CBD, so with high-quality gummies, you’ll get all the effects and benefits of regular CBD oil.
As with other CBD products, the effects of the gummies aren’t necessarily instant – you may have to take them for a few days in order for the CBD to build up in your system and start exerting its positive effects.
Advantages of CBD Gummies
Obviously, the biggest advantage of CBD gummies is their practicality and taste – they can be taken anywhere, anytime, without leaving a bitter taste in your mouth like many CBD liquid drops.
They’re also fun and are easy to carry around. The fact that the CBD is infused in the gummy, makes it protected from the atmosphere and as a consequence, their shelf-life can be very long.
Most gummies also contain vitamin E, which serves as an antioxidant, further extending their shelf life.
Disadvantages of CBD Gummies
The pleasant taste of CBD gummies can also be a surprising counter-intuitive disadvantage – it can make it difficult to stop yourself from taking more gummies than you should.
Although higher dosages of CBD aren’t necessarily harmful, this habit can quickly lead to spending a lot of money on gummies.
People with a sweet-tooth, who have the habit of devouring all the sweets they have at home in a single binge-eating session, may want to think twice about choosing gummies as their primary method of taking CBD.
In that case, regular CBD oil, which is usually bitter and not very tasty, maybe a better option for you.
The Oral Bio-Availability of Cbd
The oral bioavailability of CBD can range between 5-20%, typically around 15%. This is a major disadvantage of all CBD edibles.
Vaping can offer availability of about 50% – up to 10 times more than the gummies.
The sublingual absorption of CBD is a bit higher (20-30%) and some of the CBD in the gummies will be absorbed through the mucous membranes in your mouth as you chew, so it’s hard to predict the exact percentage figure accurately.