CBD Gummies are edible candies that contain cannabidiol (CBD) oil. They come in a rainbow of flavors, colors, shapes, and CBD concentrations. Gummies offer a discreet and easy way to take CBD, and effective marketing campaigns by many manufacturers mean that their popularity has grown among both long-term CBD users and non-users.
But because most CBD products don’t always have to adhere to certain rules, strengths, and purity can vary between brands and even within the same brand, meaning there’s no guarantee you’ll get what you think you’re getting.
Are there health benefits to CBD gummies?
Manufacturers of CBD gummies claim that CBD is effective in relieving anxiety, depression, pain, and inflammation and improving sleep. One CBD product (Epidolex) has been approved by the FDA in the United States to treat epilepsy.
However, research on the effectiveness of CBD oil only tested pure CBD oil, not gummies. Even for pure CBD oil, there are sometimes no comprehensive studies to support its health benefits.
Example of CBD Gummies: Diamond CBD Gummy Bears
There is no scientific evidence that gummies work, although anecdotally some people report an advantage and there is probably a strong placebo effect (by taking something to alleviate your condition, you feel better even if that product contains nothing).
CBD often gives a somewhat bitter taste and many gummies contain large amounts of added sugar to mask this taste.
Are CBD products legal?
Hemp-derived CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are legal; however, in some countries, they may still be illegal.
Hemp-derived CBD products may be illegal and therefore it is important to always check your country’s legislation.
Can CBD gummies get you high?
CBD gummies do not have psychoactive properties, so they do not give you a high.
CBD is derived from hemp, which contains almost no THC. THC is the chemical in hemp that gives you a high. By law, hemp can contain no more than 0.3 percent THC to be considered hemp, otherwise, producers risk prosecution under the law.
The main active ingredient in hemp is CBD and CBD has no psychoactive properties. Instead, CBD is highly valued for relieving anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and pain, although this has not always been fully (scientifically) proven.
Cannabis is a plant and there are two main types; Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa. Although hemp can be derived from both types, hemp only comes from the Cannabis Sativa family.
This means that although hemp has some things in common, there are notable differences, with the most crucial fact being that hemp contains almost no THC, which is the chemical in hemp that gives you a high. In fact, according to the law, hemp can contain no more than 0.3 percent THC to be considered hemp, otherwise, producers risk prosecution under the law.
The main active ingredient in hemp is CBD, and CBD has no psychoactive properties. Instead, CBD is credited with relieving anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and pain, although there is currently little scientific evidence that CBD works, other than conclusive evidence in epilepsy. If you want to learn more, go to this blog for further info.
Epidiolex is a prescription CBD oil that was approved by the FDA in the United States in June 2018 for two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome. Other studies are underway to investigate the benefits of CBD for Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and anxiety.