Treat Yourself: A Guide to CBD Gummies & Other Edibles

by PP Health Admin / Aug 24, 2021

We all enjoy a treat now and again (and hey, we deserve it), but what would you say if we offered you a treat that was packed full of botanical potential straight from the hemp plant? ‘Tell me more’, we hear you cry! Well, this is what our article is all about – we are diving into the delicious world of edible CBD. If you're a CBD newbie, this article is written with you in mind. Here, we will be taking things back to basics and reviewing the different types of edibles that you can consume, with a particular focus on CBD gummies. After all, this is one of the most fun and creative ways to add CBD to your routine. So, try and stop your stomach from rumbling as we investigate CBD edibles in more detail.

What is CBD?

When it comes to the world of CBD, the two most commonly asked questions are 'what is CBD' and 'what is CBD oil'. Let us answer both of these for you now! CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it's one of the main cannabinoids (cannabis compounds) found in the hemp plant. There are over one hundred other compounds in the plant, and some have been better investigated than others. Another key cannabinoid that you may be aware of is tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC. This compound is the main psychoactive cannabinoid from hemp, and therefore any product that's legally permitted to be sold in the UK can only contain trace amounts of THC (0.2% or less). These requirements ensure that regulation-compliant full-spectrum CBD products won't alter the state of mind of the user.

CBD belongs to the collection of cannabinoids that is not psychoactive or psychotropic. CBD needs to be extracted from the leaves, stems, and flowers of hemp plants to create a CBD oil product. The cannabinoid is then diluted with a carrier oil - popular choices include hemp seed oil or olive oil.

The Different Types of CBD

Before we can even get into the different types of CBD edibles available today, we need to cover the different types of CBD! There are three main types (or 'spectrums') of CBD on the market, and you must have a basic knowledge of them before you make a purchase.

Take a look at the different CBD types below:

  • Full-spectrum: Full-spectrum CBD refers to a product featuring all of the natural compounds contained in the hemp plant. This chemistry means that the natural cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and vitamins all remain intact. The THC cannabinoid will also be present to some degree. There's no need to panic, though, as all products need to comply with 0.2% THC limits to be legally sold in the UK. As a result, you can confidently purchase any of our full-spectrum CBD oils! These infused oils are an amazing opportunity for users to explore the potential benefits of the “entourage effect”. This theory suggests that hemp compounds may work in synergy - allowing users to enjoy hemp products more naturally.

  • Broad-spectrum: Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum in the sense that it contains all of the naturally occurring compounds found in hemp. However, this type of CBD is unlikely to contain THC. This means that users can still potentially benefit from the entourage effect while avoiding THC molecules.

  • Isolate: CBD isolate is CBD in its ‘pure’, raw form. It is over 99% cannabidiol. CBD isolate is extracted from the hemp plant. All of the other compounds (such as cannabinoids, flavonoids, and vitamins) are removed as the plant extract is distilled and processed. This type of CBD is often a favourite among new users who may feel nervous about trying their first CBD product. Some people prefer to begin with this type of CBD, as there will not even be trace amounts of the THC cannabinoid present. After they feel comfortable, this could lead them up to branching out into the other CBD types. If you're considering CBD isolate, it's important to know that you will not be able to explore the possibilities of the entourage effect with this type of CBD extract.

What are CBD Edibles?

Put simply, CBD edibles are edible forms of CBD. This category encompasses a vast array of products, from hot drinks down to protein bars. The market is packed full of trendy snacks and yummy treats that have been infused with CBD. One of the most commonly asked questions about edibles is: 'how long does it take for CBD edibles to kick in’?

This is an important question to address, as the method of CBD consumption you choose may impact the amount of time you may need to allow for any potential effects to emerge. Here, CBD-infused foods and drinks might be best kept for occasions when you’re not in a hurry. This observation is because the CBD needs to travel through the liver and digestive system before it eventually has a chance of being absorbed into the bloodstream. This process may potentially take between thirty minutes and two hours. However, any possible CBD effects that you might notice could last for up to ten hours, which is purportedly longer than most other CBD options.

Also, there are some additional factors at play when it comes to the possibilities of CBD absorption. For example, individual factors like your height, weight, body fat percentage, and metabolism may affect the timeline, as can the amount of CBD you consume.

Types of CBD Edibles

CBD gummies arranged with CBD protein snacks and infused oil on a table

We would be here for days if we listed all of the CBD edible products that you can buy! For people who enjoy a speedy start to their day, CBD smoothies are a great choice. These drinks are full of vitamins and minerals from the fruit and any of the potential wellbeing properties that CBD might bring. A CBD infused coffee may also help you to kick-start your morning routine!

CBD protein bars are a favourite among those who lead active lifestyles, as CBD may possibly impact some signs of inflammation. Furthermore, the added protein in these bars might help to increase muscle mass and how satiated you feel. Finally, our favourite – CBD gummies! These are wonderful, sweet treats that have been infused with CBD oil. Name a more fun way of supplementing CBD into your routine. You can’t, can you?

The Benefits of the Edible Method

With so many other options for consuming CBD, why choose edibles? After all, you could choose infused oils, tinctures, vape pens, topicals, and so many more developments. It turns out that many reasons motivate people to favour CBD edibles as their preferred consumption method. We will use CBD gummies as the focus here, as many of the potential benefits will also apply to other edibles.

Easy to Dose

The majority of edibles are super easy to dose, particularly gummies! After all, the packing will outline the exact amount of CBD present in each individual gummy. For example, a CBD gummy could contain 5mg, 10mg, or 20mg of CBD (and so on). This format allows you to easily figure out your precise dosage. A trial and error approach is a good idea, and so is starting with a lower dosage, especially if you are new to CBD. It's extremely easy to add or remove a gummy from your routine if you haven't managed to get the hang of CBD dosing on the first try.

What’s more, you could even consider making your own CBD-infused gummies! This way, you are in the driver’s seat in terms of what you are putting into your body, and you can even add some extra ingredients. This sense of control also applies to making edibles like cookies, cakes, smoothies, and tea, as you can create your own recipe! Simply purchase one of our full-spectrum oils and place the number of drops that you require into your creations.

Simple to Use

Let's face it; things don't get much simpler than sitting down to eat or drink! This familiar habit eliminates any potential stress that you might otherwise experience while attempting to use tinctures or vape CBD for the first time. This method is ideal for CBD newbies as they can begin supplementing CBD into their lifestyle in a way that they are already accustomed to. Since eating and drinking is something we all do every day, some people find a sense of comfort in the process of consuming CBD via edibles.

Any Potential Effects May Be Long-lasting

As we previously mentioned, the potential effects of CBD edibles may be extremely long-lasting. These possibilities make gummies ideal for people who desire to prolong the experience of consuming CBD over a sustained period of time. For example, people dealing with chronic pain symptoms may appreciate the potential longevity of the edible method.

The Taste

While some people appreciate the natural 'tangy' taste of hemp, others would prefer to mask it. Edibles are the perfect option, as they will mask the taste and make the process of consuming CBD a more delicious and palatable experience.

On-the-Go Consumption

This is one of the main benefits of consuming edible supplements: you can take them with you pretty much anywhere (in compliance with any relevant laws, of course)! This compact style means that you can take your edibles to work, to the gym, or even out on a walk. These portable perks are even easier when it comes to CBD gummies. These cannabidiol-infused treats are so small that you can seal them in a bag, and you'll be good to go! This convenience also means that you won't be attracting any unwanted attention when you consume CBD. This is in direct comparison to vaping, oils, tinctures, and even topicals. As you can imagine, these methods can attract questions from strangers about what you are doing. While some people may be open to talk about their CBD consumption, others (for example, those with social anxiety) may be intimidated and put off. The brilliant thing about gummies is that they look just like any other jelly sweets on the market – therefore, you should attract no inquisitive looks or questions.

Potential Benefits of CBD

Now it’s time to answer the all-important question: ‘why take CBD’? With many other natural supplements on the market, what makes CBD stand out from the crowd? It turns out, plenty! Below are some of the main reasons why people choose to supplement CBD into their lives.

Sleep Issues

A man in a bright room sleeping peacefully in bed

Sleeping problems can plague people for a range of reasons. This could be due to stress, illness, pain, anxiety - you name it! Poor sleep over a short period of time is unlikely to pose any long-term issues. However, chronically poor sleep can lead to the body not functioning properly, and it may even open you up to a range of health risks. The most common (and serious) ones include diabetes, strokes, and obesity. Therefore, people need to ensure that they get between seven and nine hours of restful sleep per night within a broader healthy lifestyle.

Doctors can prescribe sleeping pills, but the potential disadvantages of these are well documented. These pills may possibly contribute to memory and concentration problems, feeling drowsy during the day, and even an increased risk of falls in the elderly. What's more, this is not necessarily a long-term solution to the issue. These inconveniences prompt some people to seek out more natural supplements that might just help them sleep, leading them to CBD!

There have been many studies into the potential benefits of CBD for sleep. For example, research from 2014 suggests that CBD may positively influence the sleep cycle in some cases. This small study included four participants who had Parkinson’s disease - although this detail isn’t particularly relevant to the study. They were all experiencing REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD), and their symptoms caused them to call and scream in their sleep and act out their nightmares and dreams. The study indicated that CBD consumption might have potentially helped the participants to manage the extent and frequency of some of their symptoms. Furthermore, there were no negative side effects to report in the context of this study.

Leading on from this, a review published in 2017 concurred with this study and suggested that CBD may show potential promise for broader symptoms of disordered sleep. The review also noted that CBD might possibly be worth considering concerning some signs of excessive daytime sleepiness. As further research emerges, we may well find that scientists discover more about how relevant cannabidiol might be for sufferers of insomnia who are struggling to stay awake following a sleepless night.

CBD and Mood Symptoms

Life can be extremely challenging and cause people to feel depressed, anxious, and stressed at times. A persistent low mood (which may in some cases lead to a clinical depression diagnosis from a licenced professional) can be categorised as feeling tired, experiencing a lack of appetite, and feeling unhappy and hopeless. When it comes to depression, the condition can be treated via medication or counselling, or sometimes a combination of the two. However, these treatment methods are not always effective.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed medications for those battling with symptoms of depression, and they can, unfortunately, bring a range of negative side effects. These discomforts may include feeling sick, anxious and shaky, as well as experiencing signs of insomnia and a lowered sex drive. Supplementing with CBD may potentially help you to influence your mood-related symptoms naturally. Research from 2014 suggested that CBD might just impact some of the serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is vital for maintaining a range of functions in the body, particularly a person’s mental wellbeing and feelings of happiness. On this theme, one review published in 2018 examined a range of animal studies. The authors suggested that cannabidiol may offer some potential antidepressant and anti-stress effects in animal models. More human trials and studies are important to further this research, as we currently do not have enough evidence to make any conclusions about how CBD may work.

CBD and Memory

This is an often-overlooked area of CBD research, but some key studies and reviews indicate that CBD consumption may potentially influence memory. Memory is vital to our overall wellbeing, as it influences many of our everyday tasks. There are many neurodegenerative diseases that are linked to memory issues, such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Although the research is fairly limited, there have been a few key studies dedicated to this theme.

For example, one study published in 2016 indicated that cannabinoids (including CBD) might hold the potential to influence the natural recovery processes in the brain, along with possibly impacting the connections between brain cells. This study has since been acclaimed by other laboratories. Similarly, one study published in 2020 suggested that one single dose of CBD oil may potentially affect the natural blood flow directed towards the part of the brain that's connected to memory. Hopefully, we will have access to more studies related to CBD and dementia disorders in the years ahead. Although further research is vital, the future looks exciting for CBD - especially in terms of how it may affect memory.

Final Thoughts

And that ends our guide to CBD edibles! The CBD cannabinoid is gaining popularity and momentum in the world of wellness, and it's easy to see why people are curious. It's now easier than ever to supplement the cannabinoid into your routine, and ready-made edibles arguably remain the easiest method of all. CBD gummies are a straightforward choice for many, as you can determine the precise amount of CBD per gummy and take control of your routine. As always, we recommend beginning with a low dose of whatever edible you choose that best aligns with your preferences and needs. And remember, you can always purchase one of our full-spectrum oils and create your own edibles, even gummies! This means that you will not only experience the delicious taste of the gummies, but you may also benefit from the potential advantages of the entourage effect.