CBD Gummies are one of the most common edible CBD products. While Plain Jane specialized in hemp flower, they offer CBD gummies since there is a strong demand from customers. While CBD gummies have become extremely popular, they are not for everyone and do not provide a high enough dose of CBD to exert medical effects. Indeed, it is important to remember that retail CBD products are not intended for medical purposes. So what are CBD gummies good for and how do they work?
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Overview of CBD Gummies
CBD gummies can be made two ways, the first way is to sprinkle gelatin gummies with powdered CBD crystals. The second method is to add CBD extract into the gummy gelatin recipe for an infused CBD gummy. They can be made using either full-spectrum CBD extract or CBD isolate. Plain Jane CBD gummies are made with CBD isolate.
CBD Gummies Dosage
CBD gummies are very low in potency so they act most similarly to a daily gummy vitamin product. The mg of CBD on the packaging indicated the total mg of CBD in all of the gummies in the container. To find out how potent each gummy is, divide the total mg CBD by the number of gummies in the container. Once you know how many mg of CBD per gummy, you will need to multiply that by 10% to find out how much CBD you actually get from one.
Your body does not absorb 100% of the CBD potency of a product. Different types of CBD delivery methods (oral/edible, sublingual, topical, and smoking/inhalation) have different bioavailability. Bioavailability is the amount of a product that is made available to the body or the amount that makes it into the bloodstream.
Example: The bioavailability of orally ingested CBD is thought to be around 10%. So if you take a 10mg CBD gummy, your body only gets 1mg of CBD which is a negligible amount in the context of most CBD studies, especially considering orally ingested cannabinoids can take hours to have an effect.
CBD Gummy Effects
As mentioned, most CBD gummies do not have an amount of CBD that is significant to exert any sort of clinical effect. So why use them?
First, there is the ease of taking them. Gummy supplements are highly palatable and convenient so people like them as a delivery method.
Second, there has been a massive amount of marketing to make them very popular. CBD gummies are everywhere from gas stations to dispensaries. They are plastered all over social media and are easy to sell because they are highly palatable.
Third, there's science and psychology. Are CBD gummy users experiencing a placebo effect, or do they really benefit from taking them? Truly, the answer is not definitive at this time. Most researchers feel that low doses of CBD under 10-20mg (post-bioavailability calculations) have no real effect. However, there are other researchers who do suspect that low doses of CBD may offer long term benefits as they build up in the body. In any case, edibles take at least an hour to start working so you will not get any acute benefits from taking CBD gummies.
Should You Buy CBD Gummies?
Considering the science over the marketing, CBD gummies are probably more popular than they are useful. However, for some individuals, they are a product that can help people achieve their health goals. Keep in mind that gummies will not work better just by taking more of them! That is a very risky idea that is sure to result in CBD side effects like stomach aches or loose stool.
If you are interested in CBD gummies they are worth trying. Just remember that they are not a good product if you are looking for CBD benefits that you can really feel or benefits with fast activation time. Instead, this product is best used for prophylactic (preventative) care just like one would use daily vitamins.