For folks in the UK trying CBD gummies for the first time, a common question is: How long do the effects of CBD gummies last? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t crystal clear. A lot of factors go into how quickly your body can absorb CBD, and how that CBD absorption can vary depending on what kind of product you choose. Edibles, like CBD gummies, are absorbed more slowly than CBD vape oils and sublingual CBD oil tinctures, for instance. Understanding, then, that there are a lot of variables involved in CBD absorption that can affect your CBD experience, you can still make a rough estimate that the effects of a CBD gummy should last from six to eight hours.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of those variables, so that you can have a better understanding of what CBD is, how CBD interacts with the body, and how the effects of a CBD-infused gummy might be different from other CBD products.
What Is CBD?
CBD is one of a group of organic compounds produced by the cannabis plant, called cannabinoids. There are over a hundred cannabinoids, and cannabidiol (CBD, for short) is one of the two most prevalent (along with THC). Legal CBD products in the UK are made from a low-THC form of cannabis, called hemp.
While THC has psychotropic properties that can get you “high,” CBD is non-intoxicating. Instead, CBD delivers a bevy of health and wellness benefits, due to its interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system.** The endocannabinoid system (ECS, for short) helps the body to maintain balance, or homeostasis. CBD interacts with receptors in the ECS and bolsters its performance, delivering a wealth of health benefits in the process.** These benefits are a major reason why CBD gummies and other CBD supplements have become so popular for adults.**
What Are CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies are chewy, sweet supplements that contain CBD and, often, other health-boosting ingredients.** CBD gummies are not the same as regular gummy sweets and should always be treated as health supplements.**
Types of CBD Gummies
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Bioavailability & CBD Gummies
Bioavailability refers to the rate and amount of CBD you absorb when you take a CBD product. When you take CBD gummies, the bioavailability of your product may differ from your experience with other types of CBD products. There are several different factors involved in your overall CBD experience.
Of course, the uniqueness of your own body plays a large role in the bioavailability of your CBD gummies. Factors such as height, weight, metabolism, and CBD tolerance all play a role in determining how quickly your body can absorb CBD and how long those CBD effects last.
CBD Gummies’ Strength: Full Spectrum CBD vs Broad Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate Gummies
The mg of CBD in your CBD gummies certainly has a great effect on how strong and long-lasting the effects are. The type of CBD used in your CBD gummy can play into that, as well. When shopping for the right gummy, you should be aware that there are three types of CBD: full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate.
Full spectrum oil is the oil that’s initially extracted from the hemp plant. Full spectrum oil contains all of the cannabinoids (including CBD), terpenes, flavonoids, and healthy fatty acids of the hemp plant.
Broad spectrum CBD is the same oil, only with detectable levels of THC filtered out. While a few other hemp compounds get filtered out in the process, broad spectrum is still a robust form of CBD and is able to produce the Entourage Effect.**
The Entourage Effect is the phenomenon by which CBD and other hemp compounds, when consumed together, actually bolster one another’s effects, giving you a deeper CBD experience than if you simply took CBD by itself.** Both full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD are capable of producing the Entourage Effect.**
CBD isolate is just CBD, with all other hemp compounds stripped away. So, CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD. With no other hemp compounds, CBD isolate cannot produce the Entourage Effect.
So, as you can see, it’s important to know your CBD oils before picking out a gummy!
Gummies & CBD Edibles
CBD edibles, such as a gummy, must pass through the digestive tract before the CBD can be absorbed into the bloodstream. In general, this can take from 30 minutes to two hours. While this is longer than you might experience with other CBD products, the plus side is that CBD-infused edibles stay in your system much longer than CBD vapes and sublingual CBD oil. Generally speaking, the effects of CBD edibles can last six to eight hours—again depending on bioavailability factors.
Other Types of CBD Products
CBD gummies and edibles are only one type of CBD product. There are other CBD products, as well, which enter the bloodstream differently. Sublingual CBD tinctures are held beneath the tongue, where the CBD enters the bloodstream via the capillaries of the mouth. In general, the CBD from this sort of product is absorbed between 15 and 30 minutes.** The effects of sublingual CBD oil generally last from four to six hours.** CBD vape products enter the bloodstream through the lining of the lungs, which can happen in just a few minutes or even seconds.** The speedy availability of CBD with vape products is somewhat offset, though, by shorter-lasting effects: generally, one to two hours.**
CBD topicals, including CBD creams and CBD balms, are a bit different. They’re applied directly to an area of the body affected by minor pain or discomfort. The CBD absorbs into the skin, down to the affected area. Generally speaking, this can take about 15 minutes.** The effects of CBD topicals can last up to six hours.**
CBD Product Comparison Chart
Here’s a handy chart comparing general adult experiences with CBD gummies versus other CBD-infused items. Again, this doesn’t factor in variables, such as personal bioavailability factors, CBD strength, and type of CBD used.
|Type of CBD Product||CBD Absorption Time||CBD Effects|
|CBD gummies & edibles||30 minutes to two hours||Six to eight hours|
|Sublingual CBD oil||15 to 30 minutes||Four to six hours|
|CBD vapes||A few minutes (or less)||One to two hours|
|CBD topicals||15 minutes||Up to six hours|
Other Things to Consider Before Purchasing a CBD Gummy Product
The hemp plant is a bioaccumulator, meaning that hemp absorbs pretty much everything that’s in the soil surrounding the plant. This can be advantageous when the hemp plant is absorbing nutrients, but dangerous when there are toxins in the soil, such as pesticides and heavy metals. So, always insist on CBD products made with organically grown hemp.
Also, it’s important to know how the CBD was extracted from the hemp plant. If a cheap solvent was used, that residue can end up in the hemp’s CBD oil—and in your gummy! Carbon dioxide delivers clean CBD oil extraction with no such residues. So, only shop with CBD companies that use clean CO2 oil extraction.
You can verify the purity and potency of your CBD gummies by consulting the product’s Certificate of Analysis (COA). This document is a third-party lab test that shows how much CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are in your gummy, as well as any of the aforementioned toxins. If the CBD brand you’re considering doesn’t provide a Certificate of Analysis, find a new CBD brand before you make your next gummy purchase! At CBDfx, we provide a COA with every one of our products, including our best-selling CBD gummies!
Final Thoughts on CBD Gummies
Now that you have a better understanding of what cannabidiol is, how the body absorbs CBD, and how long those CBD gummy effects can last, why not try one of our sweet CBD gummies for yourself? We wish you the very best on your CBD journey!
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