What are CBD Gummies? A Beginner’s Guide
CBD is popular for its wide-ranging therapeutic benefits and well-tolerated nature. The rise in CBD use has resulted in various forms of CBD able to be taken, including CBD gummies.
Here’s the lowdown on CBD gummies and how you can take them to improve your health and well-being.
What are CBD Gummies?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis contains over 100 different cannabinoids, all with varying effects on the body. Commonly used cannabinoids include CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), alongside lesser-known ones like CBG and CBN.
CBD can be consumed through various delivery methods, including oils and tinctures, capsules, vapes, and gummies. CBD gummies are tasty candies that contain CBD oil. Due to the wide range of CBD gummies available on the market, they can come in various sizes and flavors with different amounts of CBD present. The therapeutic effectiveness of CBD gummies can, therefore, vary.
CBD gummies have exploded in popularity due to their convenience and discrete nature. Unlike other CBD forms, a CBD gummy can be taken quickly and on the go. Many people like to bring CBD gummies in their bag to school, work, or anywhere else where they might need it.
How do CBD Gummies Work?
The CBD cannabinoid can interact with receptors in the body to produce various effects. The body contains a cell signaling system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), responsible for controlling many body processes (1). Cannabinoids like CBD can interact with ECS and serotonin receptors within the body to create therapeutic effects for overall well-being (2).
Due to this, CBD use has exploded in popularity as more people begin to seek natural alternatives to traditional medication in easing and assisting with a range of health conditions.
Unlike the THC cannabinoid that is also found in cannabis, taking CBD won’t get you “high” or produce psychoactive effects (3). Instead, CBD is mainly used to ease or assist with many health conditions that span physical and mental health.
Benefits of CBD
The popularity of CBD can be partly attributed to its ability to ease the symptoms of many common health conditions. CBD’s effects are wide-ranging, meaning individuals can use CBD products to mitigate a range of symptoms at one time.
CBD is commonly used to ease the symptoms of chronic pain. When there are high inflammation levels, swelling can push against sensitive nerve endings, which send pain signals to the brain. CBD changes how the brain perceives pain throughout the body and also decreases inflammation levels (4).
CBD can also elevate mood and decrease feelings of anxiety. The interaction with CBD and ECS receptors in the brain and the nervous system promotes relaxation without any adverse side effects seen in traditional medication (5). CBD can also interact with serotonin receptors to improve serotonin (the happy hormone!) uptake and expression (6).
CBD works to help treat insomnia and other sleep-related conditions. As mentioned earlier, CBD can interact with the ECS and receptors in the brain to promote anti-anxiety effects, slow a racing heartbeat, and even slightly decrease blood pressure (7). All of this can reduce stress, calm you down, and encourage a good night’s sleep.
CBD gummies are classified as a CBD edible, meaning they will be absorbed and work slightly differently than vaping or consuming CBD sublingually (under the tongue). Edibles have to be processed through the digestive system before you can feel the effects (8).
Before taking CBD gummies, talk to your doctor. They will determine whether CBD is the best choice and how much you will need to take. Generally speaking, CBD gummies can be eaten whenever you want. A good way of figuring out your ideal CBD dosage is by trial and error.
CBD gummies also differ in their CBD concentration, so the amount you should take will depend on your health condition and the therapeutic effects wanted. As a general rule, start slow when first taking CBD; then increase over time if needed. Five to 10 mg is a great amount to begin with, so check how many mg of CBD is in your gummies before ingesting.
CBD is generally well-tolerated and will not come with adverse side effects for most of the population. However, minimal side effects can occur, especially if taking CBD for the first time (9). These include:
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in bowel movements
- Fatigue and drowsiness
- Changes in mood
If you’re worried about any of these side effects, or if side effects persist, talk to a health professional. You may need to lower your dosage or change your pattern of ingestion. CBD can also interact with other medications (10), so ask a health professional if you think this may affect you.
The Bottom Line
CBD gummies are a fun, easy, and effective way of taking CBD. CBD gummies promote a variety of therapeutic effects by their interaction with the ECS.
The correct dosage for your needs will be dependent on many factors, so trial-and-error is recommended alongside a trip to the doctor.
**Standard Disclaimer: CBD is not FDA-approved. We make no such claims that using our products will guarantee relief. Moreover, research regarding CBD is still ongoing and in the early stages.**
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1) making high-quality products
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