Remember as a young child when you’d run to your local candy store, eager to see what delightful colored candies and gummies were on offer? It always felt like you’d just walked into Willy Wonka’s Mythical Chocolate Factory, right?
Without trying to sound corny, that is pretty much the same feeling and look I had on my face the first time I received my order of CBD gummies in the mail. Over the last couple of years, I have tried almost every single CBD edible available on the market (okay, I might have exaggerated a bit there), and I have settled on a handful of CBD products that are healthy, tasty, and more importantly, that work for me.
In this article, we’ll be reviewing the best CBD gummies on the market in 2019, and will also be explaining conditions they can help treat considering that there’s been significantly new research that’s popped up over the last 12-months.
But before we dive into that, let us take a short trip down the lane of history and look at what CBD gummies are, how they are made, and the difference between the numerous CBD products currently available on the market.
Gummies are enjoyed the world over and are available in different flavors, shapes, and sizes. However, what most people do not know is that gummies (also fondly known as gummy bears) were first introduced to the masses by Hans Riegel from Bonn in Germany, in the late 60s after he inherited his father’s business following the 2nd World War.
Since then, gummy bears of all forms and shapes have been manufactured and adopted all over the world. Considering that 2018 was, without a doubt, the year of CBD edibles, it was only a matter of time before gummy bears were introduced to the cannabis products industry in the form of very therapeutic and tasty edibles.
With this in mind, let us take a closer look at what we believe will become some of the best CBD products to hit shelves in 2019.
CBD Gummies: What Are They?
Just like CBD oils, CBD gummy bears are edibles packed with tons of CBD goodness. Most of the best products out there are 100 percent natural and don’t contain THC. The great thing is that most vegan CBD gummies don’t have a problem shipping their products to any of the 50 US States, which means you can have your gummies shipped to you wherever you are in the United States.
Most edibles are created with CBD distillate, which is a highly concentrated cannabinoid extract.
Is there a catch?
Unlike pure cannabidiol derived from marijuana, which contains very high amounts of THC, cannabidiol gummies are made using industrial hemp. That means they’re completely non-psychoactive, or contain very small traces of THC and contain several important cannabis compounds like terpenes, CBG, CBN, CBD, and a couple of selected vitamins like Vitamin D, D3, and B12. If the gummy is made with a CBD isolate, then it will not contain any of the other naturally occuring phytocannabinoids.
With that being said, it is worth noting that extracting CBD from hemp isn’t the same as extracting CBD from marijuana or cannabis. That’s because high CBD hemp naturally contains low amounts of THC, and is classified as industrial hemp. Farmers often purchase hemp clones to ensure their harvest doesn’t contain too much THC.
Avoid These Cannabis Gummies
For instance, some manufacturers will pump harsh solvents such as hexane and butane through massive amounts of raw hemp to extract the active compounds within the plant. Here’s a list of what to avoid:
- Avoid cannabis gummies with no certificate of analysis
- Avoid with heavy medals, pesticides and solvents
- Avoid outdated foods
- Avoid non-infused edibles (if an edible is coated with CBD, then in heat the cannabinoid could seep off the food.)
While this is effective, it could lead to a build-up of dangerous chemical residues in the final product. Avoid gummies containing propylene glycol. Propylene glycol breaks down into acetaldehyde and formaldehyde, known carcinogens, when baked at temperatures exceeding 230°C, temperatures often produced in low-quality e-cigarettes and vape pens.
How To Choose The Best Cannabis Edibles?
We may agree this is why it is vital when looking for the best CBD gummies to only purchase from reputable and quality manufacturers with proven and transparent extraction techniques.
When considering a manufacturer, take the time to find out more about their extraction methods and go for a company that uses the CO2 extraction method. This extraction technique is quite complex and very expensive. However, there are companies within the cannabis industry that have managed to understand and master the process of compressing as much cannabidiol as possible from raw hemp flowers into a therapeutic, very potent yet very safe product.
It is also worth noting that there are manufacturers who’ve taken up the use of nanotechnology to improve the processing of raw materials, which helps remove all impurities before the cannabinoids are infused into edible products. Once cannabidiol is infused into products, they are then laboratory-tested to ensure that they’re THC-free and don’t contain any chemical solvents, unnatural ingredients, or heavy metals.
CBD Gummies vs Edibles
One thing a lot of people do not seem to understand that there is no difference between CBD edibles and CBD gummies. To clear things up for you, let me put it this way: gummies are edibles, and an edible doesn’t have to be a gummy.
Essentially, any kind of CBD-infused or cannabis product that you eat is considered to be an ‘edible.’ Cannabidiol oils, however, aren’t classified as edibles since even though they’re taken orally by placing several drops under the tongue and swallowing, you are technically not eating the oil.
Most people prefer taking edibles over oil tinctures and most other forms of cannabidiol products such as ointments, sprays, balms, because they taste delicious.
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“There are several companies who have found a way to make cannabis edibles taste delicious, and the hempy taste in edibles is a sure sign that you’ve purchased a gummy containing a whole hemp extract or a full spectrum of cannabinoids.” – Amy Taylor
It is for this reason alone that thousands of day-to-day CBD products consumers prefer CBD edibles since they are products that you can take even while in your workplace because they are discreet (it is impossible for people to give a cold stare just because you popped a gummy bear into your mouth)
When you chew on a gummy, the active compound, which is cannabidiol, is directly absorbed into cells through your digestive system. Sublingual is perhaps the 2nd quickest, and 1st fastest goes to vapes as the easiest and most efficient way to deliver the compound into your system.
With cannabidiol oils, the compounds are primarily absorbed by the glands firsts before ending up in your bloodstream. While this approach isn’t any less effective when it comes to potency, it will take some time before you start noticing the effects.
When it comes to CBD intake, it is typically regarded that edible like gummies are faster-acting and more potent, while oils last longer (most people who use CBD oils will get by with just one dose).
Why Do People Eat Cannabis Edibles?
It is vital to understand that CBD gummies aren’t miracle pills and won’t cure you of severe health conditions like cancer. So, let your expectation be as realistic as possible! And also, be very wary of any companies or sites that make such claims.
All in all, CBD edibles, especially gummies, are made with the aim of easing various conditions like anxiety, stress, and pain. Some patients claim that edibles have helped relieve queasiness and soothed inflammation.
But are these the only reasons why people take cannabidiol gummies? Well, pretty much. It is understood for some time now that the main reason why people consume non-psychoactive CBD gummy edibles is that cannabidiol levels in gummies help them cope with pain, anxiety, and in some cases, long-term cognitive issues.
Furthermore, it is now believed that CBD can influence pain pathways, helping our bodies deal with discomfort by affecting our natural endocannabinoid system. Matter of fact, some studies have found CBD to have mild and effective antioxidant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-psychotic, analgesic, and neuro-protective properties.
But of all the reasons you should try CBD gummies, one of the main ones should be because they are absolutely delicious. If we were to put the medicinal aspects aside and you try just one CBD gummy, you will understand what we’re talking about. Not only is it one of the most fun ways of consuming CBD, but it is also one of the best ways of providing you with a balanced and healthy source of energy. And more importantly, it is loaded with wellness and health advantages minus the ‘high’ of traditional cannabis products.
What To Look For In A CBD Gummy?
If you’re thinking of buying CBD gummies online, then there are a couple of things that you should look out for to ensure that the company you are buying from is reliable, legitimate and safe. In a nutshell, you want to ensure that the things listed in the checklist below are clearly stated on the brand’s or company’s website:
- Their products are Legal in nearly all 50 states
- Their products contain all-natural cannabidiol extract
- 100% natural and organic
- Their products don’t contain THC
- No chemical solvents or synthetic chemicals
- Naturally-flavored (contains no artificial ingredients or flavors)
- They have no problem displaying the latest lab results
- 100% satisfaction guarantee
- Money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied with the product