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  • by Nicola Boulton December 13, 2023 4 min read

    Do CBD Gummies Actually Work?

    Cannabidiol (CBD) gummies are a subset of edibles enriched with Cannabidiol oil. Cannabis products are taken through oral ingestion to obtain their benefits. This blog describes how gummies work, their benefits, and possible side effects.

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is a nutrient-rich compound derived from the cannabis plant. CBD gummies are palatable foods enriched with Cannabidiol oil. These are the most loved cannabis products due to their incredible discreteness, sweet taste, and small size. Their outstanding qualities have skyrocketed their demand and popularity. Their small size allows you to carry them around to enjoy your daily CBD dosage while working or going by your daily routine. The gummies come in isolates, broad-spectrum, and broad-spectrum varieties; each spectrum varies in strength and potency. One needs to consume them orally to get their health benefits.

    What Are CBD Gummies?

    Charlebois et al. (2018) defined CBD gummies as palatable foods infused with a fixed amount of CBD oil. The producers do this to improve the nutritional value of the food. Doing so enables consumers to enjoy Cannabidiol and food benefits simultaneously. So, cannabis enthusiasts praise these products for their appealing size, sweetness, and discreteness. The small size allows consumers to carry them around with convenience and discreteness. CBD gummies are pre-dosed with different CBD oil concentrations; the user should choose the option with the right dosage to avoid side effects.

    CBD gummies are consumed orally by chewing. Consumption through the ingestion method has the lowest bioavailability; it takes about an hour for CBD results to manifest. The edible product enters the digestive system, where it is broken and metabolized in the liver and then released into your bloodstream. The gummies’ pathways lower their bioavailability and the duration it takes to manifest.

    How Many Types of CBD Gummies Exist?

    According to Cather& Cather (2020), Cannabidiol gummies come in three distinct types: isolates, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum. Though derived from the same plant, they differ in nutrients and potency, as discussed below;


    Isolates CBD gummies are processed with only Cannabidiol compounds. The manufacturers eliminate other cannabis elements to make the isolates, making them the purest Cannabidiol formulation with the longest shelf life. However, the isolates have few benefits due to the limited ingredients. Since THC is eliminated from the final product, consumers cannot get intoxicated irrespective of the amount consumed. 


    Broad-spectrum CBD gummies contain all cannabis elements, such as flavonoids, terpenes, cannabinol, cannabigerol, cannabichromene, essential oils, and CBD, except THC. Its manufacturers remove THC through the winterization process. These products are appropriate for consumers desiring to enjoy full cannabis benefits except for THC. They have more benefits than isolates as their constituents work synergistically to provide better results. Since Broad-spectrum products are partially processed, their shelf life is lower than isolates. 


    Full-spectrum CBD gummies are processed with all broad-spectrum elements, including THC. The manufacturers have designed these products for anyone who wants to enjoy the full potential of the cannabis plant. Though it contains THC, the allowed amount is 0.2% or below, which is insignificant and cannot cause psychoactive effects. The inclusion of THC makes them more beneficial than broad-spectrum. The individual elements work synergistically to generate an entourage effect. Although it has the highest nutrition profile, full-spectrum gummies are not suitable for consumers with plant allergies or users who cannot tolerate THC. Also, the terpenes in the product induce an earthy taste; the gummies, however, mask this taste. 

    Do CBD Gummies Work?

    Cannabidiol gummies are edible foods infused with varying Cannabidiol oil concentrations. Their manufacturers add the concentration to increase their nutritional value. For consumers to enjoy Cannabidiol benefits, they should ingest CBD gummies orally. They undergo the first-pass process in the digestive system.  

    The cannabis derivatives in the gummies interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex network of neurotransmitters, enzymes, and receptors spread throughout the body to maintain balance. The ECS receptors include CB1, which exists in the central nervous system, and CB2, which is found in the peripheral nervous system. Segarra et al. (2021)  opined that ECS contains multifaceted neurotransmitters that conduct critical roles such as moods, inflammatory response, homeostasis (body balance), appetite, and stress levels. The interaction between Cannabidiol and the ECS yields significant health and therapeutic results. CBD communicates with these neurotransmitters to improve mood prolong pain relief, and give anti-inflammatory effects.

    For instance, long-lasting pain manifests when particular tissues and muscles are inflamed. CBD lessens the inflammation, easing pain related to the inflammation. 

    Benefits of Using Hemp-Sourced CBD Oil

    Hemp-sourced Cannabidiol holds an additional advantage over its counterparts. For example, consumers use products infused with hemp-derived oil without experiencing the euphoric and psychoactive effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, gummies should contain THC below 0.2% to remain legal in the UK. Cannabidiol contains analgesic, antibacterial, anti-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory properties that counteract certain health issues. Besides, it has vitamins, carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, protein, essential fatty acids, fiber, iron, vitamins, and beta-carotene. These nutrients ensure that consumers have balanced diets that uphold good health. 


    CBD gummies are the best products for consumers seeking cannabis benefits. They come in isolates, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum CBD gummies with varying potencies and health benefits. CBD gummies are edibles taken orally; oral consumption allows the CBD element to penetrate your bloodstream, interact with the endocannabinoid system and dispense their benefits, albeit with a reduced bioavailability. The interaction causes the ECS system to re-adjust and eliminate stress, inflammation, and other conditions which cause body imbalances. CBD also contains numerous nutrients like protein, magnesium, iron, fiber, essential oils, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium, which are vital for healthy well-being. CBD gummies are well-tolerated in the body, although they could lead to side effects used in excess. 


    Cather & Cather (2020, July). Cannabidiol primer for healthcare professionals. In Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings (Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 376-379). Taylor & Francis.

    Charlebois, Somogyi, & Sterling (2018). Cannabis-infused food and Canadian consumers’ willingness to consider “recreational” cannabis as a food ingredient. Trends in food science & technology74, 112-118.

    Hunter, Guermazi, Roemer, Zhang, &Neogi, (2013). Structural correlates of pain in joints with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and cartilage21(9), 1170-1178.

    Segarra, Aburto, & Acker-Palmer (2021). Blood-brain barrier dynamics to maintain brain homeostasis. Trends in Neurosciences44(5), 393-405.

    Nicola Boulton
    Nicola Boulton

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