CBD products have been among the most popular of all health supplements in the UK over the past decade. And CBD gummies have been the product of choice for many CBD users. Even if you’ve been taking CBD gummy products for a while, it’s still worthwhile to understand the science behind how CBD gummies work in the body. The key to CBD’s effectiveness is in the interaction between CBD and the body’s endocannabinoid system.** CBD interacts with receptors in the ECS, which promotes homeostasis (balance) in the body.**
In this article, we’ll learn what CBD is, where CBD comes from, and how CBD interacts with your body. We’ll also look at what CBD gummies are and how consuming a CBD gummy can be beneficial to your health.**
Let’s begin with the most basic question regarding CBD gummies: What is CBD?
CBD Gummies 101: What Is CBD?
CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of a group of chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant, called cannabinoids. The low-THC form of cannabis used to make legal CBD products is called hemp. There are over a hundred different cannabinoids found in hemp. These include CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN, and trace amounts of THC (less than 0.2%, by UK law). Your body produces its own cannabinoids, which are called endocannabinoids. These are part of an endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS promotes homeostasis, or balance, in the body. When you introduce CBD and other cannabinoids into the body, they interact with receptors in this system and bolster its performance.** This can result in numerous health and wellness benefits, and is the primary reason that CBD products have become such popular health supplements.**
Full Spectrum CBD vs Broad Spectrum CBD vs CBD Isolate
CBD is derived from the hemp plant in the form of CBD oil. CBD oil is extracted from the buds, leaves, and stalks of the hemp plant. It’s worth noting that this oil is not the same thing as hemp seed oil. The initial hemp extract contains all of the cannabinoids (including CBD), terpenes, flavonoids, and healthy fatty acids of the plant. This robust CBD oil is called full spectrum CBD.
There is a CBD oil with detectable levels of THC filtered out, called broad spectrum CBD. Broad spectrum oil is the same CBD oil as full spectrum oil, only the detectable amounts of THC have been filtered out. In the process, a few of the other hemp compounds get filtered out of the oil, as well. Still, broad spectrum is a bountiful oil, able to produce the Entourage Effect.**
The Entourage Effect occurs when CBD and other hemp compounds, taken together, actually boost one another’s benefits.** So, if you use full spectrum CBD products or broad spectrum CBD products, your CBD actually works harder for you than it would if you took the CBD by itself.**
Incidentally, there is a type of CBD which is, essentially, cannabidiol only. This powdery hemp product is called CBD isolate. CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD, with all other hemp compounds filtered out. CBD isolate does not produce the Entourage Effect, but some people prefer isolate products because this form of CBD is odourless and flavourless.
It’s important to know which type of CBD aligns most with your needs, so when you shop for gummies, you’ll find the one that’s right for you!
What Are CBD Gummies?
Okay, we’ve discussed the science behind CBD. Now, let’s get to the gummies! CBD gummies, as noted, are incredibly popular—and for good reason. CBD gummies are mess-free, easy to transport, and discrete (for those who don’t want others to know they’re taking CBD). Sweet CBD gummies also taste much better than CBD pills or CBD oil tinctures. Remember, though, that CBD gummies are a health and wellness product and should be treated as such.
CBD Gummies 101: How Do CBD Edibles Work?
To state the obvious, CBD gummies are edibles. With CBD edibles, the cannabidiol must pass through your digestive tract before being absorbed into the bloodstream. So, it can take longer to enjoy the benefits of CBD with gummies than with other types of CBD consumables, such as CBD oil tinctures and CBD vapes. Generally, you can feel the effects of a gummy within 30 minutes to two hours, depending on personal bioavailability factors, such as height, weight, metabolism, and CBD tolerance. On the plus side, CBD edibles have the longest lasting effects of any CBD consumables, potentially lasting from six to eight hours (depending on bioavailability factors).**
Types of CBD Gummies
At CBDfx, we carry a number of different CBD gummy products, each formulated for a different need. Our best-selling gummy collection includes Original Mixed Berry CBD Gummies, CBD Gummies with Turmeric and Spirulina, CBD Gummies with Apple Cider Vinegar, CBD Gummies for Sleep, CBD Multivitamin Gummies for Men, and CBD Multivitamin Gummies for Women.
Whatever your health and wellness needs, we have a perfect gummy product for you!
CBDfx Gummies Comparison Chart
Here’s a handy CBDfx CBD gummies comparison chart, providing you with the names of all our CBD gummies, as well as the milligrams of CBD in each gummy serving and other complementary ingredients we use to help you make the most of your CBD experience.
|CBDfx Gummy Product||CBD per serving||Notable Ingredients|
|Original Mixed Berry CBD Gummies||50mg CBD||CBD-only experience|
|CBD Gummies With Turmeric & Spirulina||50mg CBD||Turmeric, spirulina|
|CBD Gummies With Apple Cider Vinegar||50mg CBD||Apple cider vinegar, pomegranate, vitamin B12|
|CBD Sleep Gummies||50mg CBD||Chamomile, passion flower, lemon balm, magnesium|
|CBD Multivitamin Gummies for Men||50 mg CBD||Vitamins A, C, D3, E, & B complex, choline, zinc, biotin|
|CBD Multivitamin Gummies for Women||50 mg CBD||Vitamins A, C, D3, E, & B complex, calcium, zinc, biotin|
How to Shop for CBD Gummies & Other CBD Products
When you’re shopping for CBD gummies and other hemp supplements, there are some factors you should consider. The hemp plant is a powerful bioaccumulator, meaning that hemp sucks up pretty much anything that’s in the soil surrounding the plant. This is great for absorbing nutrients from the soil, but it’s not so great when the soil contains pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins. So, always shop for organically farmed CBD gummies.
Also, look for CBD gummies containing hemp oil that was extracted by means of clean carbon dioxide. Cheaper CBD brands will often use solvents to extract the oil from the plant. This can leave behind a potentially harmful residue in your hemp oil—which ends up in your gummy! CO2 extraction leaves no chemical residue in CBD oils. It’s also more effective in pulling the CBD and other cannabinoids from the plant. So, always look for CBD gummies containing CBD extracted with CO2 oil.
Of course, CBD brands can claim that they make use of these safe practices, but there’s only one way to be sure. Every reputable CBD brand will provide you with a Certificate of Analysis, which is a third-party lab report. This report will tell you how much CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids are in your CBD gummies. It will also tell you if any of those toxins we mentioned above are in your gummies. So, for your safety and satisfaction, make sure to only shop for CBD gummies from companies that can prove the purity and potency of their products!
Final Thoughts on CBD & Gummies
Now that you have a better understanding about how CBD gummies work in your body and how to shop for the best CBD gummies, we hope you’ll have a pleasant, fruitful and sweet (!) CBD gummy shopping experience. We wish you all the best on your CBD journey!
Ready to try CBD gummies for yourself? Why not start with our Original Mixed Berry CBD Gummies!