CBD products have multiple medicinal, recreational and therapeutic benefits. While, most of its benefits are anecdotal, reports of novel benefits continue to emerge, pointing to a future with wide use of CBD edible products.
The edibles are the most common CBD health-based products globally. A few years ago, few people knew about these incredible products. However, they are currently dominant in the cannabis market. Most CBD-based products are infused into everyday ingestible products like gummies, tinctures, oil drops, and capsules. With the current growth, there is no doubt that CBD edibles will be prominent in the future. In this article, we discuss the various forms of CBD edibles, their health benefits, and how they offer a unique convenience that gives hope for a wider application in the future.
What are CBD edibles?
CBD edibles are drinks or food infused with CBD (Dunford et al., 2015). Ideally, CBD is a compound derived from the hemp plant with multiple health benefits. Marinotti & Sarill (2020) stated that CBD come in three spectrums; full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolates. CBD isolates contain one component of cannabis called CBD. In contrast, the broad spectrum contains all cannabis compounds except THC, while the full spectrum contains all the hemp components, including that psychoactive THC. The CBD products work in synergy to provide comprehensive benefits associated with cannabis. Notably, the spectrums provide different effects to the users based on their cannabis components. While the full spectrum creates an entourage effect, the isolate has limited CBD components when infused into the edibles.
What are the common CBD edibles?
CBD can be added to many types of drinks and edibles. However, the most common edibles are:
Gummies: These are the most popular edibles. You can find them on every website that sells CBD edibles. They are available in mixed flavors; some contain as sugar to enhance their taste while others have sugars.
CBD coffee: You can find CBD-infused coffee in coffee shops. You can also make this beverage at home by adding a few drops of CBD oil to your coffee. The CBD should not overtone the taste of your favorite coffee. Unfortunately, the oil will float on your coffee making it unappealing.
CBD tea: Just like CBD coffee, you can get this beverage at local restaurants or order it online. You make your own at home. The CBD tea comes in different flavors like the peppermint and ginger.
CBD chocolate: Like the gummies, CBD-infused chocolates can be ingested alongside the candy-like products.
What is the future of CBD edibles?
Many people dislike the earthy taste of tinctures, capsules, and pills. Luckily, CBD edibles can be infused in your favorite drink or food to mask the earthy taste. CBD edibles can also be convenient for ill patients who cannot smoke vapes.
Who can take CBD edibles?
CBD edibles are safe for all healthy adults. They are free from THC, a notorious compound that makes cannabis users high. Additionally, edibles cannot make you fail a drug test. You can take them for conditions of mild pains caused by inflammation. The edibles also treat nausea associated with medications for conditions like cancer treatments (Zhang et al., 2016). However, CBD can inhibit the potency of certain pharmaceutical drugs. Consult your physician before taking the edibles alongside other medications. Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid CBD edibles unless prescribed by an experienced doctor.
What are the side effects of CBD edibles?
There are no reported serious side effects of CBD edibles. However, one might develop mild side effects such as fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and changes in appetite; some have reported increased appetite after taking CBD edibles, while others have lost their appetite. (Astray et al., 2021) In very rare cases, ingesting too much CBD can cause liver damage.
What makes CBD edibles incredible?
They are not psychoactive
CBD edibles cannot make you feel high. They do not contain a significant amount of THC. Instead, they treat pain reduce anxiety and improve moods and sleep.
Have long-lasting effects on the body.
CBD edibles might take up to one hour before giving you the intended effect; the edibles go through the digestion process before releasing essential components to the body. However, once the effects appear, they are long-lived compared to tinctures, vapes, pills, and capsules. Taking CBD edibles on an empty stomach is advisable to fasten the effects.
Easy to make
Most everyday foods and drinks can be infused with CBD. Hence, you can make your edibles by just adding CBD oil into your favorite food or drink.
CBD edibles are readily available in local restaurants, and supermarkets. You can also order them online and get them delivered at home in few minutes. As aforementioned one can get the CBD oil infuse into the edibles at home.
Easy to dose
It might be difficult to determine the amount of CBD you take in vapes and sprays. In contrast, CBD edibles come in pre-dosed servings; it easy to tell how much you have consumed each time. CBD edibles are convenient; you can have them while traveling or in public vehicles. It might be difficult to smoke vapes in public or take dose the CBD oil in public using a syringe or dropper; the oil might spill on your clothes!
CBD edibles are truly incredible. They have numerous benefits to the body. They are easier to ingest compared to vape pens and sprays. The CBD edibles will give long-lasting effects, are readily available, and are easy to make. However, they might have mild side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, and changes in appetite. Pregnant women or persons under certain types of medication should seek medical advice before using the edibles.
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