CBD edibles consistently rank among the most popular cannabis products on the market. It isn’t hard to see why. Who could say no to a delicious treat that offers a bounty of wellness benefits?
In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of CBD edibles. We’ll discuss what they do, how they work, and how to identify high-quality products. We’ll also tell you where to find the best CBD edibles on the market (here’s a hint: you’re already there!).
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WHAT ARE CBD EDIBLES?
CBD edibles are ingestible products that contain CBD (cannabidiol). CBD is a natural compound within hemp plants that offers multiple wellness benefits. Edibles are one of the most popular ways to consume them.
CBD edibles typically come in the form of familiar foods. These are usually sweet snack items like cookies, brownies, and candy-like CBD gummy bears. At Hollyweed, we make CBD gummy cubes with natural, organic, and 100% vegan ingredients!
Edibles also include non-food items like CBD oil, beverages, and pills. Hollyweed offers premium CBD capsules for easy, discreet administration, and our CBD oil is a consistent bestseller. There is no such thing as the “best” kind of edible because the wide variety of options allows everyone to satisfy their personal tastes!
There are three basic categories of CBD edibles. They can be full spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. Each version offers a unique experience. Let’s introduce you to them right now.
- Full Spectrum CBD contains all of the natural organic compounds present in hemp plants. This includes terpenes and flavonoids, which contribute flavor/aroma and color, respectively. Full-spectrum CBD gummies also contain a trace amount of the cannabinoid Delta 9 THC, which we will discuss more in the next section.
- Broad Spectrum CBD contains all of the same compounds that are in full-spectrum products except for Delta 9 THC.
- CBD Isolate is 99.99% pure cannabidiol. It contains no other cannabinoids, no terpenes, and no flavonoids. This means that CBD isolate is colorless, tasteless, and odorless.
We generally recommend full-spectrum CBD products because they offer something called the entourage effect. The entourage effect refers to the synergistic power of combining multiple hemp compounds. Each compound amplifies the effects of the others. This means the effects of full-spectrum CBD are even greater than the sum of its parts.
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. Many people love its euphoric effects, and you can find THC in all the same cannabis products we find CBD in. THC edibles are especially popular.
You might not know this, but there are actually multiple forms of THC. When people say “THC,” they are almost always referencing Delta 9 THC. Delta 9 is the primary cannabinoid in marijuana, and federal law forbids hemp products from containing more than 0.3% of it.
Fortunately, there are other forms of THC that we can legally enjoy. If you want to experience a higher level of bliss, try Hollyweed’s Delta 8 products! D8 is legal in most states, but the laws are continuously evolving, so it’s always wise to research Delta 8 laws in your home state.
ARE CBD EDIBLES LEGAL?
Hemp-derived CBD products are federally legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill. Under federal law, CBD is legal as long as it comes from a hemp plant, which is the legal, low-THC variety of cannabis plants. Hemp and hemp-based CBD products cannot contain more than 0.3% Delta 9 THC. Some states might have different standards, so you should definitely look up the laws where you live.
WILL CBD EDIBLES SHOW UP ON A DRUG TEST?
The vast majority of drug tests do not check for CBD. If your employer requires drug tests, you should check to make sure they don’t test for CBD. It is highly unlikely for that to be the case, but you should always play it safe anyway.
Most drug tests do look for THC, which does occur in full-spectrum products. Even though it’s a very small amount (up to or less than 0.3% THC), there is a chance that it could show up on a drug test. If you want to avoid THC altogether, you can still benefit from broad-spectrum CBD gummies, CBD isolate, and CBD topicals, CBD pre rolls (which do not enter your bloodstream).
HOW DO CBD EDIBLES WORK?
CBD works by interacting with receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. If you’ve never heard of this system before, it’s because longstanding biases against cannabis have led people to ignore it. However, the ECS is one of our most important biological systems.
All vertebrate species have an ECS. It regulates many of our most vital physical and neurological functions. Research into the ECS is still underway, but thus far, we know it plays a role in regulating these essential processes:
- Immune response
- Energy balance
- Cognitive development
- Reproductive health
By interacting with our ECS receptors, CBD can support these critical functions. It offers both immediate and long-term benefits. Many people take it to relieve aches and address other short-term concerns, and many take it to support their overall wellness.
The ECS is vital for maintaining homeostasis, which is the optimal balance of all the biological processes in the body. Taking CBD gummies on a daily basis helps to support homeostasis. This neurological and physical balance supports overall wellness in the long term.
CBD edibles typically take 45 minutes to an hour to kick in. However, the onset time can vary depending on a few factors, most notably your metabolism. We’re sure you’ve heard a lot about metabolism before, but there are a lot of misconceptions out there. We want to clarify things, so we will give you a quick biology lesson right here (don’t worry; none of this will be on the final).
Metabolism is the process by which our bodies break down food and convert nutrients into energy. Everyone’s metabolism works at a different rate, and slower metabolisms absorb fewer nutrients for energy. A slow metabolism will also cause CBD edibles to take longer to kick in.
Many people think that losing weight or going on a diet will speed up their metabolism, but this is not necessarily true. Having too few calories is just as bad as having too many. There are some easy ways to speed up your metabolism, like having more protein and exercise. These are great ways to speed up the onset time of CBD gummies.
Age and gender also affect your metabolism, so there’s only so much you can do to speed it up. If your metabolism is naturally slower, it might take closer to two hours for the edibles to hit. It’s worth the wait, though, because edibles last from 6-8 hours. That’s longer than any other CBD consumption method!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CBD EDIBLES?
By interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your ECS, CBD delivers numerous benefits for the body and mind. Here are some of the main reasons people take CBD:
CBD has an exceedingly low risk of side effects. The few individuals who do experience adverse reactions also report that the side effects were mild and passed quickly. As long as you take the right amount of CBD, you should be fine. If you take too much, you might experience a few of the following side effects:
- Increased hunger
- Dry mouth
- Mild stomach upset
CBD is not addictive, and there has never been a report of a CBD overdose. Your body makes some natural cannabinoids of its own (called endocannabinoids), so it readily welcomes CBD. Cannabidiol works similarly to your endocannabinoids, making it an excellent natural remedy.
DOSING CBD EDIBLES
Check out our handy dosage chart for the most precise information on CBD dosing. You can take a quick quiz to figure out exactly how many CBD gummies you should take. We generally recommend these basic guidelines:
- Regular Dose: 0.25 mg of CBD per pound of body weight
- Strong Dose: 0.50 mg of CBD per pound of body weight
In other words, you can simply multiply your weight by 0.25 for a regular dose or 0.5 for a strong dose. If you are brand new to CBD, you might want to start even lower, along the lines of 0.10 mg of CBD per pound. The general rule with dosing cannabis products is, “Start low and go slow.”
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR CBD EDIBLES
You deserve the best when it comes to CBD products, so shop with high standards in mind. Read labels carefully and keep an eye out for these signs of quality:
- Natural Ingredients: Artificial ingredients are a bad addition to any kind of food, including CBD edibles. Avoid any CBD product that contains synthetic flavors, scents, colors, preservatives, or genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).
- USA-grown Hemp: American farms have strict and clear standards for growing hemp plants. Most importantly, they adhere to federal restrictions of Delta 9 THC. International hemp farms may violate these guidelines, but many American companies still use imported hemp to cut costs. Don’t settle for cheap, low-quality edibles!
- Third-party Lab Tests: Reputable cannabis companies have all their products tested by independent labs to ensure accurate label claims.
- Good Customer Reviews: Before you patronize any business, it’s a good idea to check online reviews. Sites like Google Reviews, Trustpilot, and the Better Business Bureau are excellent resources for finding reviews and advice from consumers like yourself.
CAN I MAKE MY OWN CBD EDIBLES?
Yes, you can! It’s easy to make homemade edibles. All you need is some CBD oil from Hollyweed. You can add it to any of your favorite foods and drinks. Refer to the dosage chart on our website to determine the perfect CBD oil dose for you.
CBD absorbs best in fats and oils. We recommend cooking with healthier fats like olive oil or avocado oil. Here are some popular items to add CBD to:
- Baked goods (add CBD before baking and keep the oven at 350 or below)
- Smoothies (add CBD oil while you blend to thoroughly disperse it through the drink)
- Salad dressings (shake or whisk before using as the oil can separate)
WHERE CAN I FIND THE BEST CBD EDIBLES?
Hollyweed carries the best CBD gummies on the market. We offer three different strengths of CBD gummy cubes for you to choose from:
- 300 mg CBD gummies: 1 gummy = 10 mg CBD | 30 gummies in bottle | 300mg total CBD
- 750 mg CBD gummies: 1 gummy = 25 mg CBD | 30 gummies in bottle | 750mg total CBD
- 1500 mg CBD gummies: 1 gummy = 50 mg CBD | 30 gummies in bottle | 1500mg total
WHY CHOOSE HOLLYWEED?
Hollyweed is an established leader in the CBD market, founded by the artist who created the most viral moment in the history of cannabis culture by changing LA’s iconic Hollywood sign to say “Hollyweed.” That spirit of bold creativity drives everything we do.
We are here to elevate the hemp experience with the highest-quality ingredients. Our vegan CBD gummies contain nothing but all-natural, organic, plant-based ingredients. You will never find anything artificial or genetically-modified at Hollyweed.
To ensure that every order meets our high standards, we have all our products tested by a third-party lab. Independent lab technicians perform a series of tests to verify the content of our CBD gummies. They confirm that our potency claims are accurate and that no product exceeds the legal limit of 0.3% Delta 9 THC. We believe brand transparency is essential, so we post all of our lab reports on our website.
To make matters even better, we offer incredible deals to all our customers. Every order, no matter how big or small, comes with free shipping and a 30-day money-back guarantee. For even more savings, sign up for our subscription deals and get 25% off recurring orders of CBD!
FINAL THOUGHTS – CBD EDIBLES
CBD edibles are the perfect choice for anyone who wants a convenient and discreet way to enjoy cannabidiol. They are pre-dosed with a precise amount of CBD, and they look like any other candy (the only difference is that they taste better!). Edibles also provide the longest-lasting effects, so they’re the ideal option if you need sustained relief throughout the day.
For the best CBD-infused gummies, visit the Hollyweed shop today! Don’t forget to check out our other CBD, Delta 8, and HHC products!