WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CBD EDIBLE GUMMIES
Who doesn’t like gummies? Fruity flavours and a good chew were certainly a favourite treat as a kid, and now we have an excuse as adults!
When it comes to cannabidiol CBD oil, there’s a few different ways to take it - from oral drops to topical cream, gummies to vape liquids and cbd capsules - and some methods may work better to address particular problems: a topical cream might be the most appropriate, and fastest way of getting CBD to an achy, painful joint.
Whatever problem you are using CBD oil to address, one method may top the others for you. Are CBD gummies the right one for you?
WHAT ARE CBD GUMMIES?
CBD Gummies are chewy sweets (like gummy vitamins) containing the goodness from the cannabis sativa plant and are a convenient way to take CBD. But the type of CBD added determines exactly what is inside. There are 3 types of CBD oil that are used to make CBD products: CBD isolate, broad spectrum CBD, and full spectrum CBD oil. This tells you what made it from the hemp plant into the product.
Full spectrum CBD includes all the cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes that work together to produce an ‘entourage effect’ - this is the action of flavonoids and terpenes, alongside other cannabinoids, increasing the effectiveness of CBD. CBD derived from the cannabis sativa plant has been found to be more bio-available compared to hemp seed oil, hemp derived cbd or hemp derived cbd products.
Tetrahydrocannabinol THC, the psychoactive compound that gives the mind altering effects associated with smoking marijuana, is present in full spectrum CBD oil. The levels of THC should be very low as CBD is harvested from cannabis plants with less than 0.3% THC: these are classified as hemp plants.
Broad spectrum CBD contains all the same stuff as full spectrum CBD, but with the THC removed. This means the ‘entourage effect’ is still at play because the high concentrations of cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes are present - but there is no risk of getting THC in your system. This may be particularly useful for athletes using CBD to aid in recovery, but are subjected to drug tests.
CBD Isolate contains just the single cannabinoid, Cannabidiol. This may not be as effective as the other forms of CBD oil due to the lack of other cannabinoids and other compounds in the hemp plant, which means no ‘entourage effect’.
WHAT ARE CBD GUMMIES MADE OF?
CBD gummies are made just like normal gummies! There are standard gelatine varieties, as well as vegan options, so whichever your preference, you should be able to find what you need. Most CBD gummies come in assorted packets of varying flavours too, with different brands using different balances of natural and artificial flavourings.
With a little searching, you should be able to find the perfect combination of your desired ingredients, with the right type and amount of CBD for your needs.
HOW MANY CBD GUMMIES SHOULD YOU TAKE A DAY?
Most people report they achieve their desired effect by taking 2 to 3 CBD Gummies a day. CBD dosage does depend on what you are trying to achieve. From improving sleep or to ease symptoms of inflammation or relieving anxiety, CBD products with an active ingredient derived from the cannabis plant and containing cannabidiol extracts are fast acting and build up over time.
Take CBD morning, noon and night for a greater relief of conditions like Fibromyalgia or Arthritis and other chronic inflammatory conditions.
ARE CBD GUMMIES SAFE TO TAKE?
The FDA approves CBD oil for use in dietary supplements in February 2021, but it was legal in some states as early as 2014 due to the differences at federal levels and state laws. As far as medications are concerned, there is only one FDA approved treatment that contains CBD called ‘Epidiolex’, and this is for treating severe forms of epilepsy.
Epidiolex is administered at 2.5mg per kilo of bodyweight twice per day, but users may increase this dosage over time. This means a 60kg person would use a 150mg dose of CBD twice a day. This total dose of 300mg CBD per day is expected to be well tolerated as it is a starting dose.
SMOKO's CBD gummies contain 25mg CBD each, and it is recommended to dose two to three times a day. But depending on your weight will also dictate how many cbd gummies you should take. We would recommend a maximum dose from CBD gummies of 75mg per day - 1/4 of the minimum dose of Epidiolex.
According to the WHO, CBD ‘exhibits no potential side effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential’ which means that you can’t get addicted to CBD, and is unlikely to be abused as a recreational drug. It is good to know that the WHO states that CBD is generally well tolerated and has a good safety profile, and that the reported adverse effects could be due to other drug interactions.
Some CBD users have experienced side effects, and these include drowsiness, dry mouth, changes in appetite, nausea, and diarrhoea. There is also a possibility of negatively impacting the liver, and other possible drug interactions, so if you are taking any medications or have a liver issue, make sure to consult a doctor before starting a CBD regimen to avoid any side effects.
There is also some evidence that CBD oil may negatively impact sperm production in men, and could cause the death of an unborn child in pregnant women.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CBD GUMMIES
CBD Gummies are a tasty way of getting the benefits of CBD, but many people who use CBD report many other health benefits too.
CBD May Provide Pain Relief
CBD slows the breakdown of an endocannabinoid - cannabinoid like compounds within the human body - called ‘anandamide’. Anandamide was the first endocannabinoid to be discovered, and it was nicknamed the ‘bliss chemical’ - CBD blocks pain signalling by binding to CB1 receptors. Adding additional CBD to your daily routine can help to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and ease muscle pain.
CBD Helps With Anxiety and Depression
Low levels of serotonin are a culprit linked to anxiety and depression, but CBD acts on a receptor that serotonin also binds to, the 5-HT1a receptor. It is suspected that by doing this, CBD triggers the antidepressant and anxiolytic (anti anxiety) effect.
Many people who use CBD oils or CBD Gummies are finding great relief from feeling of despair, relieving anxiety and easing depression. The potential well being benefits when you ingest CBD should gradually increase the feeling of calm in most people's lives.
CBD Gummies Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Inflammation is part of our immune response, but chronic inflammation can lead to damage being done to our cells. CBD appears to regulate cells responsible for inflammation, which results in a reduced amount of inflammatory cells being sent to the site where the damage is occurring.
This is important for sufferers of diseases such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. CBD may aid in reducing inflammation from arthritis and fibromyalgia which improves mobility and reduces pain, leading to a better quality of life.
Many people who suffer from inflammatory conditions should see a gradual increase in pain relief using nonprescription cbd products with a range of cannabinoids included in the active ingredient list.
CBD Can Help With Sleep Disorders
The apparent ability for CBD to reduce chronic pain, inflammation and reduce anxiety lends itself as a treatment for sleep disorders. There is also clinical studies that explore how CB1 receptors to play a role in our sleep-wake cycle, and dose-dependent results have shown an ability for CBD to improve sleep and wakefulness without the side effects of other drugs. Many studies have found that CBD can ease the symptoms of insomnia as well!
So if you are looking for a natural way of getting a better night's sleep, scientific evidence is leaning towards the daily intake of cannabis derived CBD products.
CBD May Help Reduce Acne
Sebaceous glands in our skin produce the natural oils that protect our skin - the sebum. Acne is when these glands produce too much sebum and, combined with dead skin cells, ends up blocking a hair follicle. The action of CBD reduced lipogenesis (forming of fatty acids from non fat sources) which alongside the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, and regulation of neurotransmitters, indicates that CBD may have use as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne.
CBD Treatment for Epileptic Seizures
Epidiolex is the FDA approved treatment with CBD as the active ingredient for severe forms of epilepsy. An evidence review into the effectiveness of CBD as an anti seizure medication found that 1 in 8 sufferers of epilepsy would have a 50% or higher reduction in the number of seizures, and about 1 in 150 would experience an end to their seizures!
There is growing scientific evidence that is showing that many people with Lennox Gastaut syndrome are also seeing benefits when they take higher concentrations of CBD. This is more research to be done into CBD and Lennox Gastaut syndrome, but any improvement in the quality of their lives would be welcome.
HOW DO YOU BUY CBD GUMMIES
As CBD is available as a health food supplement, you will be able to find CBD gummies in many health food shops. CBD can be prepared for vape liquids, so vape shops are another place you may find CBD gummies for sale. There are also online vendors specialising in CBD products, and they are likely to have the whole range of CBD products available.
Do remember to check the customer reviews to see how people are getting on with the products, and check out what information is available on the brand’s website. If it is available, on the website or by request, a certificate of analysis shows you the lab analysed content of their CBD product, so it should match up with the CBD content on the label.
SMOKO has a range of CBD Oral drops and CBD Gummies that are made with organically grown, GMO free, broad spectrum CBD extract.
WHAT ARE CBD GUMMIES AND WHAT ARE THEIR HEALTH BENEFITS? CONCLUSION
At SMOKO, our CBD Gummies are made here in the UK with CBD extracted using a cryogenic extraction process, from cannabis sativa L plants responsibly grown in Oregon, USA, making them more bio-available compared to other hemp derived CBD products.
There is a growing body of evidence for the benefits of CBD, and ingesting your CBD in a tasty little treat is a great way to get it! Just remember not to go overboard and that you should only be taking up to three per day.
Taking CBD may lead to an improved quality of life, so if you think CBD could help you, have a word with your doctor (just to be on the safe side) before joining the 1.3 million Britons that use CBD today!
Check out SMOKO CBD if you are ready to add CBD Gummies or CBD oral drops into your daily routine!
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