A Comprehensive CBD Edibles Review
Cannabidiol (CBD) edibles are without a doubt the tastiest way that you can take your CBD. Since the hemp-based CBD industry sprung up in the mid-2010s, we have seen plenty of innovation in this area, and lots of beneficial edible products come to market.
This post will cover everything you need to know regarding CBD edibles, starting with what CBD actually is. Then we’ll explain why edibles have much different effects to CBD tinctures and vape juices, before showing you some of the CBD edibles for sale at CBDVapeJuice.net. We’ll finish up with some common reasons for using edibles, and some advice on how to use them.
What is CBD, and why is it legal?
CBD is a plant constituent found in hemp and cannabis – the former is now legal, but the latter is not. That’s why all CBD products must be made from hemp strains, and not cannabis. This is because standard cannabis contains high concentrations of THC, a psychoactive component of the herb. In contrast, hemp produces very little THC, but larger amounts of CBD.
CBD is non-psychoactive, and keeps its non-intoxicating status whatever the size of the dose. CBD cannot be abused or used recreationally – its only value to humans is as a substance to improve your health.
The hemp strains used to make CBD products must have less than 0.3 percent THC. In addition, the total THC weight of a hemp-based CBD product must also be within 0.3 percent of the overall weight. Providing these conditions are met, it’s perfectly legal to sell CBD to all 50 US states.
CBD’s interactions with the body
Scientists have been intrigued by the effects that CBD – and other cannabinoids – have on the human body. For the most part, these appear to be contained in a system that researchers did not even know existed until the 1990s.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered in Israel, and the Middle Eastern nation has led the way in cannabinoid research since the mid-20th century. The primary responsibility of CBD is to help with the regulation of the ECS, largely by ensuring anandamide (AEA) is available in the required amounts.
It’s remarkable that the ECS didn’t come to attention earlier, since its receptors are practically everywhere. They can be found in the brain, spinal cord, skin, gut, liver, kidneys, and even the lungs and immune system tissues. This partially explains why CBD can be a viable treatment for so many health issues, even those which appear to have no connection.
AEA is an endocannabinoid, and is effectively the body’s natural version of a cannabinoid. AEA is an agonist – or activator – of the two main cannabinoid receptors in the ECS. There are other endocannabinoids, but these appear to have a more subtle role. The chemical balance CBD promotes is called ‘homeostasis’.
CBD can also influence how open a receptor is to being activated. For example, by limiting CB1 receptor activity, CBD displays antipsychotic qualities. With the GABA-A receptor, which is not part of the ECS, CBD makes it easier for GABA neurotransmitters to attach. This is seemingly how CBD helps to reduce anxiety.
In short, the ECS is very complicated. You don’t need to know all of the nitty-gritty to take CBD, but hopefully that gave you an idea about the science involved. Most importantly, as the ECS is everywhere, CBD can help with mood, appetite and other aspects of our psychological health. It can even modulate inflammation levels and pain sensation.
Should I use CBD-isolate or full-spectrum CBD?
CBD companies make their edibles with CBD-isolate or full-spectrum CBD extracts. While the main ingredient in both is the CBD, there are some crucial differences to be aware of.
CBD-isolate: Our very own CBD Genesis gummies are made with this type of CBD extract. The key benefit of isolate is that there is absolutely no THC, as confirmed by the corresponding lab report. This is the most suitable edible product for new users, who just want to find out whether CBD benefits them. There is no risk of failing a drugs test with CBD-isolate products.
Full-spectrum CBD: These edibles, made by brands like CBDfx, consist of the entire hemp extract. Whereas isolate products are made by siphoning the CBD out of the extract, full-spectrum products are packed with other useful compounds, which help to enhance CBD’s benefits, too. These include cannabinoids, which are exclusive to hemp and cannabis, and terpenes, which are found in all plants.
Taking a full extract means that any THC in the hemp originally will also be in the edibles. Don’t worry, as the THC level must be below 0.3 percent, you won’t be subjected to any psychoactive effects. However, with consistent use, THC levels will slowly build up in your blood. It remains very unlikely that this will cause an issue with drug tests, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Why CBD edibles effects are different from other CBD products
Some CBD edible products are really quirky, and we certainly have an exciting range here at CBDVapeJuice.net. But edibles can also help people in ways that tinctures, e-liquids and creams do not.
Oral intake of CBD means that it must pass through the digestive tract. The CBD is then metabolized and absorbed into the bloodstream gradually. This process does not happen straight away, and the slow absorption of CBD can lead to the effects lasting for many hours (enough to get you through a day or night). In contrast, e-juices and tinctures typically wear off after about three hours.
Reasons for taking CBD edibles
In this section, we will expand further on the specific effects of CBD edibles, and identify the conditions they may be of most assistance for. This is purely informational content, and should not be taken as medical advice. If you are in need of medical help, please consult a professional.
A study released in 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than one-third of Americans do not get the recommended seven hours of sleep per night. It’s no wonder, then, that so many people try to resolve their problems with sleeping pills. But an increasing number are turning to a natural alternative in CBD edibles, as they don’t have the baggage of side effects.
If staying asleep is your problem, then a product that requires a redose several times a day isn’t going to work. But with edibles, you know that the relaxation and pain relief will have you covered until you wake up. CBD is also really good for brain health, as it encourages the body to spend more time in deep sleep, the main phase for healing.
Reduce inflammation and improve gut health
While all CBD products will give you relief from inflammation, CBD edibles perhaps work better than any other. CBD alleviates inflammation by being transported through the blood, and indirectly activating CB2 receptors in troubled areas. The messages sent via these receptors help to suppress pro-inflammatory proteins.
CBD also has really positive effects on the gut, which can be best realized with edibles. An emerging new theory suggests that keeping the gut walls healthy and tight reduces full-body inflammation and autoimmune conditions. A ‘leaky gut’ exposes the body to all the bacteria that should be kept in the gut. CBD could play a key role in tightening and restoring the gut lining.
Relieve stress and anxiety
Are you feeling tired and rundown? We are living in such a fast-paced world, that it’s hard to find the time to relax nowadays. The consequence is that many of us are feeling overly stressed and anxious about life. The good news is that you can fight back against the negative chemical changes that cause these feelings by using CBD.
A CBD edibles snack will not only dissolve your worries and concerns for a few hours, but it will also help to cut cortisol levels down to size. We need some cortisol, but too much can cause mood swings, high blood pressure and even weight gain.
Manage pain with a natural solution
Pharmaceutical, prescription painkillers are addictive, and it’s for that reason why demand for natural treatments is on the increase. After lots of deliberations, studies are now showing that CBD can help to relieve symptoms of pain, without the need for psychoactive THC.
Edibles are most effective for chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis, rather than for pain which comes and goes in waves.
Regulate your endocannabinoid system
Edibles are an efficient way of getting your daily supplement of CBD, for regulation of your ECS. You could choose to take one larger dose in the morning, or take smaller doses at regular intervals throughout the day. That’s what people love about CBD – there are no strict guidelines for how to use it!
Explore our range of legal CBD edibles
At CBDVapeJuice.net, we have edibles from our own CBD Genesis range, and many other leading brands, including CBDfx, Funky Farms CBD, Pinnacle CBD, Heady Harvest and Jolly Green Oil.
Probably the best-known CBD edibles, gummies are usually low-strength and great for snacking on throughout the day. These aren’t just a convenient way of taking CBD, but they taste fantastic as well. CBD Genesis gummies are made with organic evaporated cane juice to give them that sweet, sugary flavor.
Pixie sticks and honey sticks
Enjoy the pixie sticks you used to love as a kid, but now with a CBD kick. The ones that we have from Heady Harvest have a strong, soury taste and 25mg of CBD in all.
Honey sticks are a little different. You could eat these like they are, or melt them into a hot drink and get the effects that way. Whichever you opt for, the CBD will react in the same way.
If you don’t want to have all the CBD in one go, then CBD lollipops are perfect, as you can keep topping up your dose when necessary. Furthermore, these are really discreet as no one will be able to tell the difference between them and regular candy lollipops. The CBD lollipops we sell are made by Heady Harvest and contain CBD-isolate.
These infused cakes have an indica twist, and are designed for helping you to relax and sleep. Kush is a reference to the famous indica-dominant cannabis strains that have proven so popular over the years, all around the world. But don’t worry, these cakes are just made with CBD and indica terpenes – there’s not a THC molecule in sight!
We said our product range was quirky. The next time you settle down for movie night, why not enhance your mood and relax your body with CBD popcorn from Jolly Green Oil. This product is available in four unique flavors and regular ‘white salted’. You’ll get an impressive 375mg of CBD-isolate in each pack.
Buy CBD edibles wholesale
Are you looking to start marketing your own selection of CBD products? There are plenty of CBD edibles online to choose from, but to get your business off and running, you need to be buying wholesale. This way, you can drastically reduce your stock costs and boost your profit margins.
Here at CBDVapeJuice.net, we have a large selection of hemp-derived CBD products available for wholesale purchase. Just create a wholesale account by clicking the ‘Wholesale’ tab at the top of this page, and we’ll be more than happy to show you our wholesale prices.
Edibles have a special place in the heart of cannabis and CBD users. They are a really unique way to get the therapeutic benefits of CBD, and the steady release of compounds definitely works a treat.