Whether you’re new to the world of CBD or looking for a different way to get your daily serving, CBD gummies are a great option. With benefits like convenience, discretion and tastiness, it’s no wonder that they’re quickly gaining in popularity.
If you’re a bit confused about CBD gummies or wondering how many you should take and how often, you’re not alone. Some questions come up quite often. To help lessen the confusion, we’ve put together this little guide to help you out. By the end, you’ll be a CBD gummy expert.
Let’s Get to Know CBD
Cannabidiol is a naturally produced compound found in and extracted from hemp plants. It is part of a larger group known as cannabinoids. Unlike its more famous sibling, CBD is non-psychoactive and will not produce any kind of high or euphoria.
However, according to one large group study, CBD has been known to promote better sleep cycles and reduce anxiety. Other studies have explored CBD’s antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, which have researchers excited about its therapeutic potential for treating diseases.
More research is needed in these areas to confirm initial findings. Still, we realize now that this interaction is all made possible thanks to a complex cell-signaling system contained in the bodies of all living things known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is partially composed of special receptors called CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are present throughout your body. CB1 receptors appear to be most concentrated in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are connected to immune cells.
When you introduce CBD into your system, it interacts with these receptors to produce favorable effects. There are various ways of doing this, and one popular method is to ingest it.
And this is where CBD gummies come into the picture.
What Are CBD Gummies?
Also referred to as CBD chews, these are edible candies that contain CBD oil. They are available in a variety of flavors, colors and concentrations of CBD.
They offer a delicious, discreet and easy way for people like yourself to ingest their daily dose of CBD no matter where you are. The convenience and portability of gummies mean you can eat one after a tough gym session to help with muscle recovery, in the afternoon at work on an incredibly stressful day or in the evening after dinner when you want to wind down and relax.
CBD gummies are also incredibly easy to travel with since they are not a liquid like CBD oil or CBD tinctures. And, yes, it is legal to travel within the U.S. with CBD products! However, the legality of CBD and other hemp products varies by country, so best to keep it domestic and shop as needed on the other end, if that’s even possible.
Will There Be Anything Else in My CBD Gummies?
When it comes to CBD extract, there are a variety of ways in which it is made.
When CBD is extracted from hemp plants, it brings along with it a variety of other cannabinoids and terpenes, which you may or may not want in your end product.
Various filtering methods can remove some or all of these other compounds.
Full spectrum CBD products will have had minimal processing. Therefore, they will potentially contain various cannabinoids and terpenes, depending on what strain of hemp plants were used. This will include THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that many folks smoke and ingest to get high. Though CBD products can only legally contain up to 0.3% THC, and this isn’t enough to affect most individuals, this small amount of THC may cause you to fail a drug test, so keep that in mind.
Broad spectrum CBD products will take out the THC but leave in all the other cannabinoids and terpenes that were extracted.
The most filtered and pure of the CBD extracts is CBD isolate. This is nothing but CBD. No THC, no other cannabinoids, nothing. It’s a favorite among those who like to keep it simple.
In all cases, you can verify the amount of CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes present in your CBD products by ensuring the company you’re buying from makes use of third-party testing. This means they have sent their product to an outside laboratory to be analyzed. These reports are finalized and issued as a certificate of analysis (COA), with one completed for each batch of products made. Reputable companies will provide links to these on their sites and sometimes as QR codes on the products themselves.
If you live in a state where recreational marijuana has been legalized, you should pay close attention to the product you’re buying if THC is a worry for you.
Edibles are very popular for folks looking to indulge in the psychoactive effects of THC. As a result, there are occasionally edibles offered with varying ratios of CBD to THC in them. Some are even one-to-one, meaning equal amounts of CBD to THC. But again, if you read COAs carefully, you’ll quickly see this and avoid any issues.
Understanding CBD Gummy Dosage
Some CBD products are a little complicated when it comes to an understanding of how much CBD is in them. For example, when it comes to tinctures and topicals, you’ll need to do some calculations to figure out the concentration of CBD per milliliter or a fluid ounce of product.
Fortunately, when it comes to CBD gummies, things aren’t quite so complicated.
Part of the ease of choosing CBD gummies is that they come pre-measured for you. Then, a predetermined amount of CBD oil is infused into the gummy itself in the manufacturing process. And each gummy in a particular container will have that amount.
For example, a product like SPIRO CBD Gummies will have 25 mg of CBD isolate in each gummy and 30 total in the container. But other products may have as little as 10 mg of CBD per gummy or as much as 50 mg in some cases.
It’s always crucial to carefully read the label or description of the product you’re buying. And even then, double-check it when you get it home before taking your first one. This way, you’re sure how much you’re taking.
Determining Your Gummy Dose
When it comes to getting your daily CBD through gummies, you really have to consider the CBD content of each one. As we just mentioned, gummies often contain anywhere from 10 mg to 50 mg of CBD per unit.
In this way, it’s not really a matter of how many gummies you should have, but what’s the target amount of CBD you’re after?
So how much CBD is a good amount for you?
As we’ve mentioned before, when starting out with CBD products and figuring out the perfect personal dose, it’s best to start low and go slow. This can be as little as 10 or 20 mg. Then, stay there for a week, monitoring how you feel and gradually increase your serving size if the benefits you’re seeking haven’t materialized yet.
Some folks work their way up to 100 mg of CBD per day, but again, this is a gradual process.
Many individual factors will come into play and affect how much CBD you should get in a day. They include age, metabolism, body weight, body fat percentage, personal chemistry and even why you’re taking CBD. We’ll touch on that last one a little more when we discuss the best time of day to eat your CBD gummies.
Splitting or Cutting Gummies
One of the few inconveniences of using gummies to get your daily serving of CBD is that they are pre-measured and hard to customize. Some people try to get around this by cutting their gummies into halves or quarters, but this is no guarantee that you’re reducing your CBD intake by that amount.
Because of how gummies are made, it’s generally not recommended to split them to customize your CBD dose.
While we know there is a specific amount of CBD in the gummy as a whole, we can’t be sure that the CBD is evenly distributed throughout all parts of the gummy. For example, if you split one in half, you could find yourself with a 70 percent to 30 percent ratio of CBD from one piece to the other.
You’re better off sticking to whole gummies so you can ensure you’re getting the amount you want and need.
Switching From CBD Tinctures to Gummies
Many folks start out with CBD tinctures when they first add CBD products to their daily routine. Tinctures are great, but if, for personal reasons, you find that gummies better suit your lifestyle, then, by all means, make the switch.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when doing this.
First, the way the CBD enters your system will be changing. Most people take CBD tinctures sublingually. That means letting their daily serving of CBD oil rest under their tongue for quick and efficient absorption into their system. When you switch to gummies, you’ll be ingesting your CBD instead. This means it will take a bit longer to take effect as it needs to work its way through your digestive system.
That leads us to our second point. Sometimes, people need to adjust their dose up or down when switching to gummies because ingestion produces varied effects.
Suppose you were previously taking 50 mg of CBD via a tincture. In that case, you could easily opt for a couple of 25 mg CBD gummies instead. Just keep track of how it’s working for you and make changes if necessary. You may find that none are needed!
Using CBD Gummies and CBD Tinctures Together
Any time you ingest CBD or take it sublingually, you’re introducing more of it into your system.
If you’re using more than one CBD product in this way, you need to keep track of the total amount you’re taking in a day.
For example, if you’re eating a 25 mg CBD gummy after the gym every morning to help alleviate joint pain and then taking 50 mg of CBD via your favorite tincture before bed to help you sleep, your total intake for the day will be 75 mg.
Generally, consistency is recommended when it comes to CBD. That means if you skip a morning gym session, you may still want to eat that gummy.
But again, each person is different and results will vary. Listen to your body!
Timing Is Everything
People generally time when they take their CBD around the reasons why they’re taking it. The time it takes CBD to work can vary depending on various factors. Still, the time of day most folks work with is either morning, afternoon or evening.
Those who take their CBD in the morning are ones who generally feel it gives them a bit of a calm boost and sets them up for a relaxed day. If this is you, chewing a couple of gummies on the way to work may be ideal.
Others appreciate the stress-relieving effects of CBD and find that it works well during their workday. In these situations, eating a gummy or two after an incredibly stressful morning or afternoon at work may just be what’s needed.
Lastly, those calming effects may best be enjoyed in the evening to unwind or half an hour or so before bed to help improve sleep hygiene. CBD gummies are a simple sweet treat after dinnertime. But just remember to eat them before you brush your teeth! If taking CBD for sleep, you should aim for 30 to 60 minutes before lights out.
And, of course, there’s always the option to split up your CBD to be used throughout the day.
Whatever your reasons for turning to CBD, you’re not alone. One in seven Americans says they’ve now tried CBD products. The top reasons cited were pain relief, lessening anxiety and dealing with sleep issues and insomnia.
CBD gummies are a great, simple way to incorporate CBD into your life and bring you all the benefits that other products will. Consider ordering yourself a jar so you can enjoy the benefits of CBD anywhere, anytime!
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