Have you been wondering what it would be like to try CBD infused gummies? Are you unsure of the best product to try? Worried you won’t eat enough, or worse, that you’ll eat too much? Concerned about how you’ll feel after eating gummies? Don’t worry – you’re not the first person who’s been curious about it, and afraid of the unknown.
In this guide, we’ll share with you everything you need to know about getting started with CBD gummies as part of your daily routine.
What Are CBD Gummies?
Also known as CBD gummy bears, these offer a fun and delicious way to get the health benefits of CBD. CBD is one cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It interacts with an internal system in our body is known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining internal balance and harmony throughout our bodies. It’s made of receptors and cannabinoids such a CBD bind with the receptors to create a chemical reaction.
CBD gummies provide a pre-measured serving of CBD and are easy to use. CBD can help you get a better night’s rest, ease anxiety, relieve stress, and more.
What To Expect
Because many gummies contain no THC, you won’t get high. When you ingest CBD, most people report that they feel happier and more relaxed. You won’t get “couch-lock” with these. (Not that there is anything wrong with relaxing on the couch in front of a movie, or reading a good book, of course.)
If you have used other CBD products such as oil, you may find that it takes a bit longer for the effects to kick in with edibles. This is because they enter your system through digestion rather than inhalation or sublingually. That said, because it takes longer to take effect, the effect also lasts longer so you don’t need to use gummies as often as you would need to use a vape for instance.
Everybody is different and everyone will react differently the first time they try CBD gummies. The first time you use gummies, it is crucial to follow the instructions recommended on the package. If you feel like the effects weren’t strong enough for you, then you can increase the dosage slowly. If they were too strong, decrease the dosage.
Though the gummies taste so good it’s often tempting to eat a handful, or perhaps even the whole package, it’s not a good idea. These aren’t like a candy bar or a bag of chips.
And because studies have shown that more CBD doesn’t always mean better results, you’re really just wasting your money if you take more than you need to. For example, a small-scale Brazilian study on public-speaking related anxiety showed that while a 300 mg dose was more effective than a 150 mg dose, a 600 mg dose offered no more relief than the 300 mg dose.
As you experiment with dosing, take notes about how much CBD you’re taking, and whether your symptoms are getting better. This way, you know how long it has been since you’ve made an adjustment to your dose and have notes to share with your doctor.
Choosing the Dose for You
One of the best things about gummies is that it’s easy to eat one or two and even cut a gummy in half if you find that one gummy is too much. If you cut one 10mg gummy worm in half, you’ll get a 5 mg dose. Bear in mind, many companies offer gummies in different strengths, so it’s important to pay attention to each individual product. If you switch from one brand to another, you may find that there is more (or less) CBD in the total worm, so you have to adjust accordingly.
Start with a gummy worm and go from there. The amount of CBD you should take depends on many factors, including your body weight, your body chemistry, the condition you’re treating, and the concentration of CBD in each gummy (or pill, or drop.)
Choosing a High-Quality Product
It’s possible to find CBD gummies made with broad-spectrum CBD, or isolate. Many choose CBD isolate for our gummies because it makes the best, most clean-tasting edible as possible. And it contains absolutely zero THC.
However, it’s also possible to find CBD gummies that are made with broad-spectrum CBD oil so you can get the terpenes and other compounds. Many companies offer broad-spectrum CBD oil, but due to the way it influences the taste of the final gummy product, opted not to use it when formulating our gummies – which are meant to mimic sour candy.
Talking with Your Doctor
Before you start using CBD or stop taking any medication, it’s crucial to speak with your doctor or another health-care professional. CBD has very few side effects, but if you’re switching from a pharmaceutical medication to CBD gummies, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor first. CBD though natural, has the potential to interact with a number of drugs affecting how much of it is in your body.
That doesn’t mean you have to avoid taking CBD, it just means you need to speak with your doctor first to discuss a dosage adjustment on the prescription medications to avoid causing problems. It may also mean adjusting the timing of CBD doses and your medication doses to ensure the CBD metabolizing and binding with receptors doesn’t disrupt the prescription metabolizing in the body.
Many people who use CBD opt to use CBD gummies simply because they don’t have to worry about the earthy taste associated with many CBD oils. Not only this, but it is much more discreet to pop a few gummies than it is to drop oil the tongue – and the gummies travel well, where there is always the risk of spilling the oil bottle while you’re out.