In case ‘the news’ hasn’t reached you already, we are in the middle of a major CBD boom. And the proof is in the CBD-infused pudding – yes, we made that up just now, if it isn’t a thing already.
Both recreational and medical CBD users have far too many consumption choices these days, and that’s great. From sublingual tinctures to balms, oils, vapes, drinks and edibles – the non-psychoactive compound is the most versatile cannabis product currently sold on the legal market.
Never heard of CBD? A Quick Primer
CBD (Cannabidiol) is nothing new in the therapeutic and medical world – in fact, its use as a healer and edible dates back to almost 2,000 years in Ancient China. Throughout history, it has been used not only in refreshing teas but also to heal a variety of common ailments such as stress, anxiety and specific skin conditions including acne.
Unlike the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis, THC, CBD is non-psychoactive in nature, meaning that consuming it alone in any form whatsoever ever will not result in a ‘high’. This characteristic makes it a very appealing and viable option for those who want to focus on improved health and overall wellness without turning to prescription pharmaceutical drugs or other conventional ways of consuming cannabis where they may, in fact, get high.
In order to have CBD in a supplement or product such as an edible, it must first be extracted from the industrial hemp plant, a form of cannabis. The hemp plant contains a variety of chemical compounds, CBD and THC being just two of them. In addition to these compounds, a range of minerals, plant proteins and terpenes can also be found.
If you’re worried about feeling euphoric or ‘out of it’ as a result of consuming CBD edibles, don’t be. The legally allowed THC limit in all CBD consumables, not just edibles, is 0.3% or less. This amount is negligible and does nothing to make users feel high because at least 2% or more is needed to experience even mild euphoria.
So what are CBD Edibles?
An ‘edible’ by definition is something you can safely eat. Traditionally, however, this word has been tied to anything you’re consuming which has cannabis in it. Because when the majority of people hear or use edible in a sentence, they are referring to common ‘cannabis consumables’ like hash/pot brownies or even space cakes.
But there’s a slight confusion here – CBD edibles are not the same has pot brownies or space cakes.
First off, CBD does not have any intoxicating effects, as stated earlier. Both pot brownies and space cakes contain a fair amount of THC – some, in fact, contain fairly high amounts of THC depending on the kind of strain used, and can cause feeling of moderate to severe euphoria. Some hosts even warn their guests that if they’ve never had a pot brownie, then they had better take a small chunk to assess the effects first, before downing the whole thing.
CBD is very safe to consume, widely legal and completely non-intoxicating. CBD edibles today exist in many types, allowing consumers to easily buy them online or at a brick-and-mortar dispensary.
Why Edibles over other ways of consuming CBD?
CBD’s vast popularity in the last few years in particular has soared out of control and, as a result, it’s available in many forms today. The most recent trend is CBD edibles – but why should you choose these over other more conventional forms of CBD such as powders, tinctures, oils or balms?
Well, for starters, CBD edibles can be had very discretely no matter where you are. You could be popping a few CBD gummies and nobody would ever know it. And, they’re very, very delicious which no CBD consumer would refute. On the other hand, powders, tinctures and sublingual forms of CBD can have a bit of a nasty taste, which often requires them to be mixed with a food or drink.
Another reason why so many cannabis users opt for edibles is because they are available in a convenient, easy-to-use form, making for not only easy consumption but also a range of health benefits without none of the euphoric effects.
CBD edibles break down in the liver which means it takes them a little longer to interact with your system – which also means the effects will last longer.
Furthermore, there’s no ‘rocket science’ involved as such when it comes to consuming a CBD edible. Simply read the label to understand how much CBD you need at a given time, put it in your mouth, start chewing and leave the rest up to your digestive system, just like any other food you would consume.
How long will it typically take to experience the Effects of a CBD Edible?
CBD edibles are notably different from, say, CBD oils, in the way they interact with the system. For those used to taking CBD in an oil or tincture form, it may take a while to get used to CBD edibles.
Therefore, the underlying distinction between how edibles and tinctures, for example, work is the amount of time it takes to feel the effects. With tinctures, you may start to experience the effects in as little as 10-15 minutes. With an edible, it could take anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours to kick in, depending on how quickly your ECS – endocannabinoid system – interacts with it.
The ECS has receptors in your pancreas, liver, brain, spine, lungs, spleen and more. It plays a role in a variety of bodily functions – but one of the most critical ones is homeostasis which is responsible for maintaining the body’s systems’ equilibrium in order to promote a sense of wellbeing and generally good health.
Some individuals have vital organs that are in really good shape while others’ perform less optimally. Therefore, the time it takes for a CBD edible to absorb in the body can vary from person to person. Other factors that influence the absorption time include activity level, weight and height, and also the kind of food and drink you have consumed that day.
Since we’re on the subject of CBD edible absorption, you need not worry about consuming too many CBD edibles – perhaps in a bid to see faster effects or longer-lasting effects. You can’t really overdose on CBD. However, with that said, we would strongly recommend not exceeding the recommended one-time dose, even if you feel that the effects are coming on slowly.
Choosing between Isolate and Full-spectrum Edibles
Just like CBD tinctures and oils, you can choose whether to buy isolate or full-spectrum CBD edibles.
If you don’t know what this means, an isolate contains CBD only whereas a full-spectrum edible contains the entire extract from the hemp plant – so essentially, all the chemical compounds for the full ‘entourage effect’.
Which type should you choose? That pretty much depends on your own personal preferences and reasons for consuming CBD. For example, those who undergo frequent drug tests or don’t want to risk losing their job as a result of marijuana compounds discovered in a blood or urine sample – should go for a CBD isolate edible.
Even though hemp-based, full-spectrum CBD edibles do contain small amounts of THC, they are not enough to cause a high – but still enough to potentially fail a drug test.
However, full-spectrum CBD edibles are believed to be more beneficial. The inclusion of many different cannabinoids and terpenes means a more positive impact on the body via the ECS.
Common Types of CBD Edibles
These are exactly what they sound like – delicious CBD-infused gummy candies. You’ll typically find these in bear-shaped gummies, fruits, rings or even those in the shape of a marijuana leaf.
A wide assortment of flavours are available and the dose depends on your own tolerance levels or personal needs. These are the best option if there are a variety of people in your family, young and old, who may need to use CBD for their own reasons.
Sugar-free CBD gummies
More brands are now stocking sugar-free variations of gummies. These contain alternative sweeteners, including stevia which is a natural sweetener. If you’re extra weight conscious or generally trying to come down to a certain weight, then these occasional ‘cheat treats’ might be just what you need.
CBD Dried fruit
If you want to go with an even healthier alternative, then try some CBD-infused dried fruit. These are becoming increasingly popular, particularly among those who are diet conscious and like to workout regularly.
CBD Protein bars
With CBD-infused water and energy drinks becoming a popular choice among gym-goers, protein bars have also gained massive popularity among gym rats and gym lovers alike. Check the label though, because hemp seeds means more nutritional benefits.
Final Thoughts on CBD Edibles
If you think about it, CBD-infused edibles are a really great way to supplement your daily CBD dose. They are easy to consume, discreet and come in a variety of shapes and flavours to suit your preferences.