Medically reviewed by Carmen Fookes, BPharm. Last updated on Sep 20, 2020.
However, research into the effectiveness of CBD oil only tested pure CBD oil, not gummies. Even for pure CBD oil, there are very few well-conducted trials backing up its apparent health benefits, although research is expected to ramp up now that laws distinguish between hemp and marijuana.
Cannabis is a plant, and there are two main types; Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. While marijuana can be derived from both types, hemp is only derived from the Cannabis Sativa family.
The main active ingredient in hemp is CBD, and CBD does not have any psychoactive properties. Instead, CBD has been credited with relieving anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and pain, although “credited” does not mean proven.
CBD gummies have no psychoactive properties, so they will not give you a high.
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It does sound kinda like a scam, but solid scientific studies show that CBD can latch onto cells in your gut and immune system, relieving anxiety, pain, and inflammation, says Joseph Maroon, MD, a clinical professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. But that’s the pure stuff—there’s no legit research on the effectiveness of CBD in gummy form. In other words: They maybe work (at least, they did for our editors—see our own reviews below!).
Figuring out whether you’ll need 2 or 10 to calm the hell down is (you guessed it) also a mystery, says Jeffrey Bost, a clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Start with one gummy per day. Nada? Try two. Still nada? Slowly up your dose until you get some results. It’s pretty tough to OD on CBD, says Bost. The worst side effects of very high doses are drowsiness and mood changes. (And pls note that the long-term effects are still TBD.)
How many do I have to eat?
Last year, “CBD gummies” was the third most-Googled food in the entire U.S. So yeah, you’ve likely heard of these little nuggets that contain cannabidiol (aka CBD), the part of weed that chills you out but not the part that inspires you to down a party-size bag of Doritos. Maybe you’ve even heard reviews—from stoner and non-stoner friends alike—about how the non-hallucinogenic bites are ideal for erasing Big Stress Energy or helping you wind down before bed. And you’ve probably still got questions. Great, ’cause we’ve got answers.
If you live in a state where all types of devil’s lettuce is legal, you can buy CBD gummies almost anywhere—even at some gas stations. For everyone else, there’s the interwebs. Amazon sells them and can ship to your door for about $40 (yeah, chillin’ ain’t cheap).
The Right Fats Matter
So if CBD edibles don’t give you the best bang for your buck, what does? The answer is broad-spectrum CBD oil, tonic, or tincture, like Wellness Tonic with CBD , that’s intended to be swished in the mouth before you swallow it.
When taken this way, the CBD heads straight to your bloodstream, bypassing the digestive process altogether. Swish for a minute or so before you swallow, and enjoy rapid results.
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But THC and CBD are digested differently. Both compounds break down when processed by the liver, and we end up excreting most of what we consumed. Half the THC that remains in the body after being eaten, however, has been converted by liver enzymes into a highly potent variant called 11-OH-THC. That metabolic process explains why pot brownies have a famous tendency to glue people to the sofa for hours.
How did CBD get into that can of energy drink, anyway? We’ve already talked about the benefits of broad- or full-spectrum CBD vs CBD isolate , but in a nutshell, whole-plant hemp extract works substantially better than CBD alone.
It’s important to note that for the best results with CBD for overall wellness, you need to consume it regularly so it can build up in your system — and a daily soda habit probably isn’t what you’re aiming for.
This is because CBD is easily absorbed through mucous membranes, including those in the lips, cheeks and tongue (and other places ).