Ever since the Flintstones vitamins came out in the 1960s, gummies have occupied a strange border zone between health food and candy. Before long, adults who grew up on them decided that they wanted to keep the habit, so they became a standard form of delivery for nutritional supplements.
And so, as CBD edibles started flooding the market in the last few years, CBD gummies inevitably came along. Lots of companies make them, but cbdMD aims to empower consumers with as much information as possible about our products.
In this guide, we answer your most common hemp gummies questions. Read on to learn what CBD gummies are, how CBD gummies are made, and important information to know when buying and using them.
What Are CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies are sweet, chewy candies infused with cannabidiol, or CBD.
CBD is an extract of the hemp plant, a non-intoxicating breed of cannabis. It’s one of a multitude of cannabinoids, naturally occurring compounds in cannabis that interact with the human nervous system, often with beneficial effects.
Some CBD gummies use CBD isolate for infusion, while others use “full spectrum” CBD, which includes a variety of other cannabinoids and nutrients that can also have beneficial effects.
The disadvantage of full spectrum, though, is that this often means picking up THC, the cannabinoid that gets people high. Even hemp, which by law has no more than 0.3 percent THC by weight, may include enough to make a user fail a drug test.
Therefore, cbdMD uses pure CBD extract in our gummies, with no other components of the hemp plant.
Are CBD Gummies the Same as Hemp Gummies?
It depends on the brand, but probably. The different language usually isn’t due to different ingredients but to CBD’s complicated legal status.
The 2018 Farm Bill made CBD legal at the federal level, so long as it’s from hemp and not marijuana. However, the Food and Drug Administration has expressed its displeasure with CBD edibles, due to restrictions on mixing drugs with food.
Several state and local governments have defied this by passing laws to the contrary, or by merely declining to enforce the FDA’s rule since the FDA has no police force of its own.
But so long as the situation remains murky, many retailers won’t carry ingestible products explicitly labeled “CBD.” Calling CBD-infused gummies “hemp gummies” is still accurate since they are made partly from hemp, but opens them to retail venues that might shrink from the “CBD” label.
How Are CBD Gummies Made?
Once the extraction process is complete, CBD is a crystal that can dissolve in an edible medium. While different companies add their CBD in different ways, cbdMD adds its pure CBD isolate while the ingredients melt in bulk.
What are those ingredients?
Pectin is the ingredient that gives gummies their distinct texture. Pectin occurs naturally in the cell walls of fruits, and in the traditional process of cooking fruit mash with sugar water, it leads to the gelling process that creates jams and jellies. In modern times, it becomes isolated to create even stiffer products, like jellybeans and gummies.
The rest of the recipe consists of sweeteners, oils, and flavoring, which vary by the manufacturer. cbdMD’s gummies include organic tapioca syrup, cane sugar, fruit juice, and sunflower oil. Currently, each gummy bottle has a mix of natural and artificial flavors: orange, strawberry, mixed berry, and tropical.
For extra zing, there’s citric acid and malic acid, which naturally give the tang to lemons and sour apples, respectively.
Once the CBD goes into the melt, the resulting gelatinous brew is extruded, cut into cubes or other shapes, and coated. The smooth coating on our gummies is wax drawn from the leaves of the Brazilian carnauba palm.
Buying CBD Gummies
When you’re buying CBD gummies, you want to follow the same guidelines we offer on what to look for when buying CBD oil.
- Look for CBD that’s made from hemp rather than marijuana, preferably grown in the USA. It’s the American government that set the 0.3 percent THC limit, as well as standards for farming and processing, so you know what you’re getting.
- Make sure that they’re THC-free. A good vendor will post the results of a third-party lab’s test of their products, which will show levels of CBD, THC, and other relevant substances.
- Steer clear of providers making claims about CBD having curative powers for pain, anxiety, or other medical conditions. There’s some exciting research on these subjects that may yet bear fruit, but no one can (or is legally allowed to) make definitive statements.
- A note about our packaging: The number of milligrams listed on the bottle covers the entire bottle, so to find out how much there is in each gummy, you divide by 30. Therefore, in the 300 mg bottle, there is 10 mg per gummy, and in the 750 mg, there is 25 mg per gummy.
Using CBD Gummies
CBD gummies are certainly a tastier way to get your CBD than capsules or tinctures and give you a sugar bump to boot. They can also be more graceful to consume in public than either of those, which look more like you’re taking medicine, or vapes, which can annoy your neighbors.
For that reason, many people enjoy taking them along to work, on trips, or anywhere outside the house. Popping a gummy or two before a stressful event can help you keep your cool.
Keep in mind, though, that when you eat your CBD, it takes longer to work its way into your bloodstream than if you used a tincture, patch, or vape. If you want it to hit at a specific time, give yourself at least an hour to absorb it fully.
If you’re just beginning to use CBD, start slow, no matter how delicious they are. We recommend taking a couple of gummies a day for a few weeks to gauge how your body’s reacting to it fully. You can always add more if you need to.
Gummies can also be a great supplement to other CBD products like a twice-daily capsule or a nightly dropper of CBD PM, our CBD oil tincture with melatonin. You can use it for an extra boost if you feel a greater need that day for CBD’s natural benefits.
Have You Tried CBD Edibles?
CBD gummies can be a discreet and delicious way to get your CBD intake. As always, consult your doctor before using hemp gummies or any CBD product.
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