As CBD has risen in popularity, a whole range of CBD containing products have appeared on the market-including CBD gummies. CBD gummies are an easily portable, discreet and tasty way of taking CBD. However, like all new products, there is some confusion surrounding CBD gummies-how many should I take? What’s in them, exactly? Will they get me high? This short guide aims to answer all these questions and clear up the confusion surrounding this sweet and tasty form of CBD.
What are CBD gummies?
Kam CBD gummies from The CBD Farmacy. Credit: Aodhfionn
Quite simply, CBD gummies are chewable sweets infused with CBD (cannabidiol). CBD gummies can contain just CBD (CBD isolate) or they can be full spectrum or broad spectrum gummies. Full spectrum gummies will contain everything found in the hemp plant. CBD is just one of many cannabinoids, and full spectrum products contain all of them: terpenes, other cannabinoids, flavonoids and fatty acids. This allows you to take advantage of something called the entourage effect, which we cover in our CBD info section on our site here and will definitely be blogging more about in the future!
Broad spectrum gummies are like full spectrum gummies but with no THC. Full spectrum gummies will contain legal amounts of THC, but for people wanting to give gummies to their children or worried about drug testing, broad spectrum gummies are an excellent alternative. Our Kam gummies are broad spectrum and THC free.
Who can benefit from CBD gummies, and why would I choose CBD gummies over other forms of CBD?
CBD has a whole range of uses, and now that CBD has piqued the public’s interest more and more benefits are being researched and discovered every day. However, there are some people who might benefit from taking CBD in gummy form more than others.
People with sensory processing issues may find gummies to be the most palatable form of CBD. Chewing is a common behaviour in children with developmental differences, and CBD gummies can be an easy way of getting these children to take CBD, harnessing a behaviour they already use for comfort and self-soothing.
Gummies are also useful for people who want to ensure they’re getting a precise dose of CBD. Like capsules, each gummy contains a fixed amount of CBD, ensuring you’re getting exactly the same amount of CBD per gummy. Droppers and sprays in bottles of CBD oil will give a similar dose per drop/spray, but it isn’t possible to make each dose 100% consistent.
There are many ways to take CBD, and your preferred method will depend on what you’re using it for and whether you prefer to vape, swallow, eat or rub your CBD into your skin. There are several reasons why people may prefer to take CBD in gummy form.
As we will discuss in a future blog post, some people just don’t like the taste of CBD. Oils and tinctures are one of the most popular ways of taking CBD, but that flavour can be off-putting for some people (personally, we can’t get enough of that earthy taste, but some people just don’t like it!). You can mask the taste of CBD oil by mixing it into drinks and foods, or you can buy CBD in the form of edibles such as chocolate, coffee or burgers. Yes, burgers.
These methods are all great ways of getting CBD, but with one drawback-simply swallowing your CBD is one of the least bioavailable ways of taking it. Bioavailability means the amount of a compound that enters the circulation when introduced into the body that is able to have an active effect. Unfortunately, swallowing CBD has one of the lowest bioavailabilities out of all of the methods of taking CBD.
Taking CBD orally has a bioavailability of 13-19%, whereas taking it sublingually or oromucosally-holding it in your mouth and allowing it to be absorbed through the mucus membranes there-has a bioavailability of 35%. This is why most sources, us included, recommend holding CBD oil under your tongue for 60-90 seconds to boost bioavailability.
CBD gummies differ from other edibles in that they force you to chew them. Chewing them keeps them in your mouth longer, allowing you to benefit from the boost in bioavailability from absorbing them through your mouth. You can expect CBD gummies to have a higher bioavailability than CBD capsules, which are simply swallowed.
Will CBD gummies get me high?
This is a common question for all CBD products, not just gummies. However, as gummies fall into the category of edible cannabis products, this can cause some confusion. The legality of cannabis products varies between jurisdictions, and indeed there are medicated gummies that will get you ‘high’. These gummies are from the US, Netherlands or other places where THC is legal, and will clearly be labelled as THC-containing products.
CBD gummies from The CBD Farmacy, or from any vendor in a jurisdiction where THC is illegal, will not get you high. The amount of permissible THC varies between jurisdictions-here in the UK it’s 0.2%-but this is a trace amount, which will have zero psychoactive effects. Our Kam gummies contain 0% THC.
How many gummies should I eat?
This is a tough question to answer, as everyone will respond differently to CBD and there’s no such thing as a ‘correct’ dose. ‘How much CBD should I take?’ Is probably the most frequently asked question we get here at The CBD Farmacy, and we will definitely be writing a blog about it soon. In the meantime, we touch on dosage in our CBD info section of our website, and this article is a good way of calculating a starting dose.
Your starting dose will have a lot to do with your bodyweight, as you will be calculating on the basis of mg per pound. From there, you can calculate how many gummies to eat per dose based on how many mg of CBD each gummy contains. For instance, someone weighing 130 pounds may want to start out with a single 10mg gummy, but a larger 200 pound person may want to start off with two.
Starting low and working your way up to your is the best way to find your dosage-low and slow is the key! We recommend not to take more than 200mg of CBD within a 24 hour period. You would have to munch your way through 20 of our 10mg Kam gummies to ingest that much CBD, so go easy on them if you have a sweet tooth!
How long will it take until I feel any effects?
The effects of CBD are subtle, and as CBD is not psychoactive you will not feel any telltale ‘high’ to let you know that the CBD is working. You can expect CBD taken in gummy form to begin to take effect after 30-90 minutes, and the effects to last for about 4 hours.
Our broad spectrum, THC-free KAM CBD gummies are the perfect way to try CBD gummies. You can pick up yours here.