What are CBD edibles?
A growing number of people throughout the world are starting to use CBD to enhance their physical and mental health. A number of research studies that have been conducted on this compound, which is also known by its proper name cannabidiol, have shown favorable results for a wide variety of ailments. But once people start to get interested in taking CBD for themselves, they quickly realize the tremendous amount of different cannabidiol supplements they have to choose from. For many new users of cannabidiol products, the sheer volume of choices can be quite daunting or cause decision paralysis.
But it makes a lot of sense for some of them to ask if some of these CBD product types are better than other ones. To be honest, it really depends on what type of relief is desired or what benefits the end-user is looking for. Below, we will take a closer look at one of the most popular cannabidiol supplement types: CBD edibles.
What are CBD edibles?
CBD edibles is the term that is given to any cannabidiol supplements that are meant to be ingested orally and pass-through (and get absorbed by) the digestive system. These types of supplements were primarily created in order to provide the market with perhaps the most convenient and inconspicuous way to ingest our favorite cannabinoid.
On top of this, CBD edibles are often far simpler and more comfortable for new users to try as their first cannabidiol product in comparison to more advanced options such as vape pens, topical lotions, or sublingual tinctures. This is because CBD edibles are essentially made in the same form as some of our favorite treats or snacks. They literally taste and feel like the original food but will just have cannabidiol extracts incorporated into them.
What are the most common types of CBD edibles?
CBD edibles are sold in a variety of different forms. They each offer different advantages in terms of convenience, discretion, texture, and/or flavor. The most common cannabidiol edibles found on the market include:
- CBD gelatin capsules (often called CBD pills)
- CBD fruit chews and gummy candies (in the form of bears, worms, or any other desired shape)
- CBD brownies and cakes
- CBD cookies
- CBD chocolate or protein bars
- CBD cooking oils
- CBD granola or trail mix
Cannabidiol edibles aren’t limited to any of the above; these are just the ones that are most commonly found within the industry. In actuality, nearly any type of food that you can think of can be made with CBD oils incorporated into it. This is why there are so many CBD restaurants and cafes opening up throughout the country. Also keep in mind that CBD edibles also include drinkable beverages such as CBD-infused teas, coffees, smoothies, juices, seltzers, sodas, lemonades, and even water.
What do CBD edibles do?
These types of edibles offer all of the remarkable benefits that CBD has to offer, plus a few more! Over the past few years, cannabidiol has been found to be one of the most therapeutic compounds found within cannabis and hemp plants. It has been shown to be so effective in certain studies that some researchers even refer to CBD as the main medicinal powerhouse compound found in those plants.
Just like any other cannabinoid, it goes to work within our bodies by interacting with our endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a part of the nervous system that is highly involved with regulating many of the cognitive and physiological processes throughout our bodies. CBD positively interacts with the endocannabinoid system and can help it function more normally if the body is suffering from any type of endocannabinoid imbalances or deficiencies. This is the main reason that so many people report such beneficial effects after using cannabidiol supplements.
The most commonly reported CBD edibles effects include:
- Decreased inflammation of bodily tissues
- Decreased sensations of pain
- Improved ability to relax and/or fall asleep
- Decreased sensations of nausea
- Reduced vomiting
- Reduced digestive distress
- Reduction of the occurrence of certain types of seizures
- Reduction of anxiety and depression
Do CBD edibles get you high?
This is one of the most common questions that people debating about using cannabidiol ask first. This is because CBD is a compound that is found in abundance within marijuana plants (which are infamous for making people “high”). Luckily, edibles made from hemp-extracted CBD will not make you high. This is because they only contain a tiny amount of another compound known as THC. THC is the cannabinoid found in marijuana plants that causes its notorious psychoactive effects. While it is present in hemp as well, these plants contain an almost negligible amount of THC. As a matter of fact, the CBD products that are legal in all 50 US states can only contain a THC percentage of 0.03 at most.
It should be made clear that only some CBD supplements are made from hemp; some are also derived from marijuana. Please note that cannabis-derived CBD products can actually get you high since they contain a much higher amount of THC. However, they are only legally obtainable and usable in the states that allow for medical or recreational cannabis use.
What side effects can CBD edibles cause?
CBD is one of the few therapeutic compounds that exist in the world that causes nearly no negative, long-term side effects. As a matter of fact, many cannabidiol users often overuse their supplements and never feel a bad side effect. However, it is possible that for some that are extremely sensitive to cannabinoids or those that chronically overuse their CBD edibles to occasionally feel some types of discomfort. Luckily, most of these uncomfortable side effects are very minor and short-lived. The most common CBD edible side effects include:
- Lowered blood pressure
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
- Fatigue and/or drowsiness
- Sensations of lightheadedness
- Reduced appetite
CBD edibles for anxiety: How well do they work?
Anxiety is a condition that is notoriously difficult to treat. This is because anxiety has no one, true root cause. While there are a number of genetic and environmental factors that can lead to higher rates of anxiety or other related conditions, people who have anxiety disorders usually develop them at different times in life or for completely different reasons.
Luckily, CBD edibles have shown an incredible ability in helping some patients reduce their anxiety quite drastically. While cannabidiol has shown varying degrees of effectiveness against these types of disorders, it never hurts to try something with such a low risk of negative side effects and such a beneficial potential upside.