What is CBD anyway?
CBD is the shorthand for Cannabidiol. It is one of the active ingredients of the hemp plant, more specifically the cannabis sativa plant. The cannabis sativa plant is split into two parts: Marijuana and hemp (also known as industrial hemp).
CBD is just one of many 'cannabinoids'. In fact, there are hundreds of cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol or 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is another cannabinoid and generally much better known given its intoxicating effects.
The two active substances should not be confused with each other. Although actually, research does show that the two are complementary and increase the effects if taken together. In contrast to THC, CBD does not cause a state of intoxication, does not have psychoactive effects, does not make you "high" and carries no risk of addiction.
According to the WHO, CBD is considered a safe agent that does not cause any health-damaging conditions.
According to various studies, CBD should be a promising remedy for some clinical ailments. Including
Pain management, including neuropathic and chronic pain
Epilepsy (The first and only FDA approved CBD drug is used for the treatment of epilepsy)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
...and many more.
As well for some major ailments, CBD is also being used for general wellness, much like vitamins. It's beneficial effects on the immune system are appealing to those who wish to lead a healthy and natural lifestyle. As well as those who desire an alternative and holistic way to relax and stay calm.
CBD has a relaxing, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant effect and can be used for a wide range of complaints. CBD is also being given consideration for some more serious diseases as well, with the suitability of CBD in cancer treatment also being examined.
CBD comes in a variety of forms, all with their own pros and cons. One example is vaping. You can vape CBD e-liquid (never vape CBD oil!). You can also get hemp tea, CBD capsules, CBD creams, CBD bath bombs and of course CBD gummy sweets. There is an increasingly large amount of products available.
Many prefer to choose something other than CBD oil because they do not enjoy the sometimes bitter taste of CBD.
There are three types of CBD. Full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate.
What side effects can occur?
The side effects with CBD are basically pretty harmless. In many cases, people have reported no side effects at all. The slight side effects that are known, however, are limited to nausea, fatigue, lethargy, and a dry mouth.
This means that the side effects of CBD are much milder than other, more aggressive drugs. This is also a big difference to the active ingredient THC, which in the worst case could even lead to anxiety.
In principle, an overdose with CBD is not possible. The WHO also confirms that there is no risk of dependency or abuse with CBD. Nevertheless, you should be careful with CBD products and keep the dosage in a normal range.
What kind of CBD gummy bears are there?
We looked at the market and there are countless different CBD gummy bears. From normal CBD gummy bears to acidic and colourful variants. Sometimes other flavours such as blue raspberry, apple, strawberry have also been added. There is something for every taste.
Every company claims theirs are the best CBD sweets. There are a number of steps you can take to sort the men from the boys.
3 rules when buying CBD products
1. Always ensure you are buying from a reputable company which clearly shows their third party lab reports.
2. Check the labels! There are many companies claiming their products are CBD, when actually there is no CBD contained at all. Sometimes hemp oil will be listed. Whilst hemp products do offer some benefits, it is not the same as CBD!
3. Check online reviews, although be wary that many companies will have written their own reviews.
It is probably best to simply try out a variety and see if you like them or not. Ultimately, the type of sweets and the ingredients of the CBD gummy bears naturally also depend on the respective manufacturer.
With the increasing popularity of CBD gummies, your choice of options also increases. if need be, you can buy sugar free, gluten free and vegan friendly gummy sweets. Many companies boast excellent values and pride themselves on high-quality CBD products which are made ethnically and contain only natural ingredients.
In most cases, manufacturers even leave out sugar or some other chemical substances during production. There are also gummy bears that have other terpenes, cannabinoids or vitamins. A complete list of the ingredients should be given on the packaging of the gummy bears.
You will often find CBD products include other well known supplements to enhance the effect. For example turmeric and spirulina
Our experience with CBD gummy bears
The most recent gummy bears we tried contained 10% CBD, which is about the standard concentration for CBD oils.
You can get both lower and higher concentrations for gummy sweets, they generally vary from around 5mg to 30mg per sweet.
The gummy bears taste a bit earthy, with a slight bitter note. So not necessarily what you would expect from sweets, but you quicky get used to it. We also really liked CBD chocolate.
In our experience, a slight effect occurred after about 30 minutes. We felt relaxed and calm. However, we found the effects of CBD oil to be much more effective and stronger. Nevertheless, the gummy bears were a nice snack. We have had no experience with side effects.
Of course, these experiences can also be different for you. Since every organism reacts differently to certain substances, this cannot be generalised. What's more, we expect manufacturers to keep experimenting with different types of sweets and foods.
How do you dose CBD gummy bears?
It is impossible to give precise information about the dosage. It always depends on the individual case. Some manufacturers recommend a daily dose of three gummy bears. This information can usually be found on the packaging.
The concentration of CBD is also important for the correct dosage. Small amounts are enough for some people to have an effect. However, others need more CBD. It depends on you personally.
CBD gummy bears success stories
Our success stories come from social media, other CBD websites or through people we know personally. Some people are comfortable sharing their names and products, others prefer to remain anonymous. We feel hearing other people's positive experiences are a vital part of learning about how CBD can help, although it is important to remember that not all CBD products work the same for everyone. Don't be disheartened if one product/dosage doesn't work for you... keep trying!
We'd love to hear your success stories! If you would like to share yours, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org