CBD gummies are one of the most popular ways to consume CBD, and to benefit from its effects. And there are good reasons for this popularity — CBD gummies are tasty, deliver a long-lasting experience, and are definitely more fun than swallowing a capsule.
But there’s a lot more to the humble CBD gummy than just picking a fun flavour and chewing away. While CBD gummies provide a precise and predictable amount of ingredients, it’s important to know what the concentration of CBD is per gummy, and what other ingredients these gummies may have in them.
Also, there are so many CBD gummies on the market that it’s hard to know what to choose and what makes one gummy different from another, outside of taste, shape, and colour.
In this guide to CBD gummies, we’ll look at how gummies work, as well as some of the most popular types of CBD gummies people look forward to adding to their daily routine.
How CBD Gummies Work
We’ll start with a super-quick rundown of what CBD is and how it works, because knowing this is important to understanding how CBD gummies work with your body.
Understanding CBD Gummies: How Does CBD Work?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a kind of molecular compound, called a cannabinoid, found in the cannabis plant. There are a multitude of different cannabinoids in cannabis in addition to CBD, including CBG, CBC, CBN, and, of course, THC. It’s important to distinguish, when talking about CBD products, such as gummies, that we are talking about CBD derived from the type of cannabis plant called hemp. The hemp plant (unlike marijuana) contains almost no THC (less than 0.3%).
Unlike THC, other cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, and so forth) don’t get you high. Instead, they work on their own and in concert with each other to impart a host of other benefits. How?
CBD and other cannabinoids interact with our bodies through the endocannabinoid system. This system is closely integrated with our central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, and systems that regulate sleep, mood, digestion, immune response, and more. Receptors in the endocannabinoid system interact with the cannabinoids we ingest, and pass along benefits to the system they’re integrated with.
Understanding CBD Gummies: CBD and the Entourage Effect
When multiple cannabinoids (including CBD) are ingested together, they actually work in harmony to achieve what’s known as the Entourage Effect, which is a synergistic effect where each element enhances both the overall effect and the individual effects of other elements. That is to say, when you take CBD with another cannabinoid, like CBG, each one works harder than if you had taken them separately. In short, when you take multiple cannabinoids together, you get more out of your CBD.
Two other common compounds that are abundant in cannabis also work in tandem with cannabinoids. They’re called terpenes and flavonoids. Terpenes are the compounds that give plants their scent, and flavonoids are compounds that give plants their colour. Each of these compounds carries a cornucopia of healthful benefits on its own, and even more so when combined for synergy.
Understanding CBD Gummies: CBD Edibles
Believe it or not, the way you consume CBD has a lot of impact on your overall CBD experience. For instance, inhaling CBD by vaping is the quickest way to feel results, but the effects don’t last as long as they do from a CBD tincture, although a tincture requires a little longer to take effect.
CBD edibles, like gummies, are slower to take effect. Why? Because CBD gummies have to be processed by your digestive system and metabolised by your body before they kick in. This can take anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours, depending on your body size, metabolism and tolerance.
This may seem like a bummer at first, but the upside is that the effects of a CBD edible, such as CBD gummies, can last as long as six to eight hours.
When people think of CBD edibles, they traditionally think of homemade treats, like brownies or biscuits. In the past, this was a bit of a wild card, because it was difficult to know precisely how much of whatever cannabinoid you were enjoying was in one brownie.
That’s where CBD gummies are so convenient — they’re formulated with a specific amount of CBD per serving.
How to Find the Best CBD Gummies in the UK
CBD products pop up everywhere these days, from neighbourhood stores to the petrol station checkout counter. What should you look for in a CBD gummy? Or put another way, how can you find the best CBD gummies?
Quality of CBD
A quality product always begins with quality ingredients, and this is absolutely true for CBD gummies and any CBD products.
Hemp is known as a phytoremediator. That means it’s incredibly good at removing toxins, like heavy metals, pesticides, and chemicals, from the soil it grows in, restoring that soil to health. Those chemicals are then stored in the plant itself.
That’s why you want to make sure the CBD you use comes from all-natural, pesticide-free, non-GMO farms. You also want to make sure the CBD in your gummy product was extracted from the hemp plant using CO2 extraction. The CO2 extraction method doesn’t leave behind potentially harmful residues in the CBD like some solvents do.
The next quality indicator to look for in your CBD gummy is the presence of a lab report from an independent, third-party laboratory. This will tell you exactly what is and isn’t in your product, including the presence of any pesticides or toxins.
Full Spectrum CBD vs. Broad Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate
Once you know your CBD gummy comes from a quality source, you want to know what kind of CBD you’re ingesting. There are three types of CBD oil used to make CBD gummies: full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate.
Full spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids present in the hemp plant, including trace amounts (0.3%) of THC. However, full spectrum options aren’t available in the UK, because they must contain less than 0.2% to be legal.
Broad spectrum CBD filters out the remaining amounts of THC, leaving you with a robust mix of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Both full spectrum CBD and broad spectrum CBD products are capable of achieving the Entourage Effect. This is why broad spectrum CBD is the best CBD oil for gummies in the UK!
CBD isolate filters all remaining plant compounds out of the oil except for the CBD itself. This means CBD gummies made with isolate CBD are incapable of giving the user the Entourage Effect. Isolate CBD is still ideal for some other products, such as CBD Bath Bombs.
The Purpose of Your CBD Gummy and Additional Ingredients
Finally, you want to know if the CBD gummy you’re enjoying is formulated for a specific purpose, and what other active ingredients it might contain.
Often, people choose CBD gummies for a particular reason, for instance to help them unwind, or to add the CBD experience to their multivitamin routine.
These gummies are typically made with additional ingredients to boost CBD’s effects and add their own unique touch.
CBD Gummy Guide: Our Favourite CBD Gummies
Okay! Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get to the fun stuff! What are some of our favourite CBD gummies?
We’re going to look at CBDfx products, because we know the CBD comes from one of our prestigious farms and all CBDfx CBD products are accompanied by lab reports. And, we like ’em.
Note that all of our gummies are made with 50mg of broad spectrum CBD per serving. They’re all also vegan and gluten free.
Purists love our Original Mixed Berry CBD Gummies. These fruity gummies are naturally sweetened, quite yummy, and a perfect way to introduce CBD to your daily routine. This is an ideal gummy for those new to CBD.
We live in the era of sleep deprivation. We’re all trying to get more sleep and better rest. These CBD gummies add a combined 60mg of chamomile, passion flower, and lemon balm to the 50mg of CBD in every serving.
If you’re boosting your intake of superfoods and natural antioxidants, look no further than these CBD gummies. With 50mg of antioxidant turmeric and 20mg of spirulina, these sweet treats are an enjoyable way to combine the benefits of CBD with healthful superfoods.
Apple cider vinegar has nearly as many devotees as it does beneficial qualities. That’s why we created these popular apple cider vinegar CBD gummies. They’re made with a whopping 1000mg of apple cider vinegar per serving, but we don’t stop there. By adding 80mg of the natural antioxidant pomegranate, plus vitamin B12, we created a gummy that combines the power of CBD with natural ingredients to supercharge your daily routine.
Combining CBD with your multivitamin is a great way to incorporate CBD into a daily practise you already have. We make two different CBD gummy multivitamins: one formulated for women, and one for men. Both vitamins contain 50mg of broad spectrum CBD, as well as vitamins A, C, D3, E, B complex, and zinc. Men’s multivitamins also include choline and biotin. Our women’s multivitamins add calcium and biotin. The best part? You can chew them and you don’t have to swallow an enormous chalky vitamin.
How to Buy CBD Gummies in the UK: The Final Word
CBD gummies are popular because they’re a delicious and enjoyable way to get the great benefits of CBD, plus it’s easy to know exactly how much CBD you’re getting per serving. These tasty gummies are versatile enough to work with a wide range of applications, from sleep to superfoods.
Whatever CBD gummy you decide to try, remember to look for all-natural, pesticide-free CBD with a lab report, and look for broad or full spectrum CBD to give you the added benefit of the Entourage Effect.
And have fun!
Not sure where to start? Try our classic Mixed Berry CBD Gummies!