Over the past decade, the market for CBD derived goods has significantly increased. In fact, even just ten years ago, the notion of an ordinary person having access to various hemp-derived products once seemed outrageous. Fast forward to the status quo, and consumers currently have a tremendous array of different products to choose from.
Because the legal market for CBD consumer goods is relatively new, it is natural for people to have a variety of different questions. One of the most common products that people hope to learn more about is CBD Gummies. These gummies, though often in fun shapes in colors, are certainly quite different than the kinds of candies you enjoyed as a child.
In order to dispel common rumors and help answer some of the most common questions in the industry, this article will briefly examine the nature of CBD gummies. By understanding the uses, details, and purposes of such a product, you can be a much more informed consumer.
What are cannabinoids? What is CBD?
The industrial hemp plant, which is believed to originally be from Asia, is something that has been actively cultivated by human beings for thousands of years. At first, hemp was primarily harvested for its incredible usefulness as a fiber. These plants were originally used for the purpose of making ropes, cloths, and other valuable materials.
Eventually, it was discovered that the hemp plant also interacts with the human body in ways that few other (if any) plants have been discovered to do. As time has gone on, isolating the active components of the plant has become significantly easier. While some people are very interested in the more psychoactive components, others are more interested in its broader wellness purposes.
Within the hemp plant, there exist at least 113 naturally occurring cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are the component of the plant that are able to directly interact with the human body. Currently, the two most widely sought after cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC is the cannabinoid that is the most psychoactive and is usually what causes its users to feel “high.”
CBD (cannabidiol), on the other hand, is preferred by many individuals because it lacks the same psychoactive intensity that is felt with THC while still providing benefits. The way that CBD is usually experienced will be specific to each individual. However, many people have reported positive results using CBD for a variety of different purposes. Some claim that CBD can help with pain, nausea, insomnia, and numerous other conditions without being overly psychoactive.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
There is a significant amount of terminology in the hemp and marijuana industries that are often used ambiguously or incorrectly. Naturally, it can be very easy for someone who is not familiar with this terminology to get confused.
Both hemp and marijuana are terms that are used to describe different varieties of the same plant family. Genetically, hemp and marijuana have the same origins, but functionally, they are quite different. Marijuana is typically used as a phrase referring to the plant that is grown and harvested to be heavy in THC. Hemp, though it is also derived from the same plants as marijuana, refers to a product that has distinctively less THC.
Hemp can be used for a variety of different purposes. In fact, every day, hemp is used for paper, cloth, rope, and even animal feed. Hemp can also be used for consumption purposes as well. Because hemp has relatively low levels of THC, it is exceptionally useful for products that focus on the other 112 available cannabinoids instead. If a product is a CBD edible or other variety of CBD extracts, then it very likely was produced using a hemp plant.
Do CBD gummies cause you to feel “high”?
One of the most common questions about CBD gummies is whether or not they will cause users to feel “high.” Though the phrase “feeling high” is almost always used in a colloquial—rather than a scientific—sense, the answer to this question is generally no.
The cannabinoid that causes consumers of the marijuana plant species to feel high is almost exclusively THC. THC is distinctively psychoactive, while CBD—the dominant cannabinoid in most CBD gummies—is generally considered to be not psychoactive at all. As time has gone on, the process of isolating CBD and excluding THC has significantly improved. Though there are certainly some gummies currently available that highlight both CBD and THC, when the gummies are advertised as CBD only, then you can anticipate a non-psychoactive experience.
What are the different kinds of CBD extracts that are currently available?
Currently, there are multiple different methods that can be used to concentrate CBD. The most relevant variables between these methods include the amount of THC that remains, the cannabinoid composition, cost, and creation process.
- Fractional Distillation is a process that is used to separate different cannabinoids—such as CBD—into distinct “fractions.” Because these chemical compounds have distinctively different boiling points, a liquefied mixture can be easily segregated by gradually increasing heat.
- Full Spectrum CBD Extracts are a specific type of extracts that seek to create a sort of “entourage effect.” Though these extracts usually do not focus on THC, they do focus on providing other cannabinoids in addition to CBD. Mixing multiple cannabinoids such as CBD, CBC, CBN, and many others can help create a sort of synergy that is greater than these components on their own.
- CBD Isolates are different from Full Spectrum Extracts in the sense that they attempt to exclude all cannabinoids other than CBD. These are often the extracts that are most highly sought after by individuals concerned with purity. Because the CBD is almost entirely isolated, these extracts are ideal for specific wellness uses.
- 100% THC Free is similar to some of the other extracts, except there is a specific emphasis placed on making sure all THC is entirely removed. Though the other extracts have relatively low levels of THC to begin with, these extracts include an extra step in the purification process. Consequently, they are often among the most expensive.
By taking the time to research and compare the different types of CBD extracts that are currently available, finding the CBD gummies that are best for you should be significantly easier.
How are CBD edibles made? What do CBD gummies contain?
CBD gummies are made using a process that is quite similar to making ordinary gummies. Essentially, gelatin is heated and mixed with a variety of other ingredients. An ordinary gummy mixture would likely consist of gelatin, sugar, and various types of flavoring. CBD gummy mixtures will usually have each of these ingredients (unless you buy sugar free) in addition to a liquefied CBD extract. CBD Gummies are typically offered in organic, gluten free and vegan varieties. Once the CBD extract has been sufficiently liquefied and heated, it will then become an active component of the mixture.
Why should I choose CBD gummies?
There are many different reasons that someone might want to consider consuming CBD gummies. When compared to smokable, dabbable, or vapable alternatives, edible CDB products make it significantly easier to know exactly how much CBD you are consuming. If you are someone who consumes CBD for personal wellness purposes, then being able to easily measure doses can be incredibly valuable. Generally speaking, gummies offer an easy method of consumption that is also easy to take with you. Unsurprisingly, the market for CBD gummies has significantly increased over the past few years.
Things to Consider when Shopping for CBD Edibles
There are many different things that you should consider before purchasing CBD edibles.
- What purpose are you consuming these for? Are you using them for specific wellness needs?
- What type of CBD extract do you want your edibles to be derived from? Does it matter if there are trace amount of THC in them?
It is also very important to remember that though they do not consist of the same psycho-activity as THC edibles, CBD edibles still need to be consumed carefully. These edibles can often take a deceptively long amount of time to be fully activated in your system. If it is your first time consuming, you should begin by eating a small amount, waiting an hour or two, and then seeing how you feel.
Overall, the reasons that the CBD edible market has been growing is quite clear. CBD edibles are an innovative product that can help you easily consume CBD extracts in their many different forms. If you are able to do your research beforehand, a quality CBD edible product may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.