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09/14/2020

CBD Gummies: Fact vs. Fiction

CBD Gummies: Fact vs. Fiction
By Penguin CBD

You have no doubt heard about CBD (short for cannabidiol) and CBD products like CBD gummies. Many people are touting the benefits they derive from using these products. At the same time, there is some confusion both about how legal it is to use CBD products, and about CBD’s effects on the body.

This article will bust some myths and provide you with the facts concerning CBD, specifically CBD gummies, so that you can go ahead and buy yourself these delicious and healthy snacks. 

Myth: All CBD gummies are the same

Besides the assorted flavors, there are many differences between the CBD gummies available online, ranging from how they’re made to what they’re made of. These differences are discussed below.

Broad-spectrum, full-spectrum and CBD isolate gummies

These three terms refer to the constitution of the CBD that is used to make gummies. CBD isolate refers to the purest form of the CBD compound. CBD oil extracted from the plant contains terpenes, flavonoids and many types of cannabinoids. CBD is isolated from the other compounds, and they are removed, leaving behind pure CBD.

Normally, CBD isolate is extracted from hemp as it contains the least amount of THC. 

Full-spectrum CBD is what you have before all the extracts are removed. Broad-spectrum CBD is a mixture of CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD. Most of the compounds found in the plant extract are preserved in the extract, but THC is removed completely.

Some people prefer CBD isolate to broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD because they want pure CBD but don't want to risk experiencing THC's psychoactive effects. They also choose CBD isolate because they don't want traces of THC to be found in their body during drug testing. 

study by the Lautenberg Center in Jerusalem found that full-spectrum CBD provided higher relief levels than CBD isolate. This relieving effect of the cannabinoids working together is sometimes called the entourage effect. People who take broad-spectrum CBD can benefit greatly from this effect, which doesn’t come with the “high” of THC. 

Infused vs. coated gummies

Coated gummies are made without the CBD, and are then rolled in, covered with or sprayed with CBD oil. CBD-infused gummies are either injected with CBD or have it incorporated in the manufacturing process.

The problem with coated gummies is that their constitution is not consistent. You may have different gummies in a pack with varying percentages of CBD. Manufacturers prefer them because they are cheaper to manufacture. They buy gummies in bulk from reputable producers, then coat them with the CBD. 

There are other advantages to buying infused gummies besides the fact that their constitution tests are more accurate. CBD has a varying shelf life depending on how it is protected from natural elements like heat and light. The CBD in infused gummies is more protected from these elements than when the gummies are simply coated. This slows the breakdown of the compound. 

Constitution

Companies are incorporating more things into their CBD gummies. For example, companies producing CBD vitamin gummies include various additives like turmeric, vitamin B-12 and vitamin D-3.

Texture and flavor

CBD gummies come in various flavors and textures. They can be sweet or sour, depending on your preference. Some are sugar-coated to give them a rough surface, some are smooth and chewy, and others are gushers that melt in your mouth.

The percentage of CBD in the gummy may mean it has a strong CBD oil flavor. To prevent this, some producers will limit how much CBD is added to the gummies.

Myth: Using CBD products such as gummies is illegal

Many people confuse CBD products with TCH products. Under federal law, CBD products derived from hemp are legal if they contain less than 0.3 percent THC. They may, however, be prohibited under some state laws. 

On the other hand, marijuana-derived CBD and products made from it are prohibited at the federal level but not in certain states. The wise thing to do is research the legality of purchasing such products in your area.  

In states where it is legal, you will find many physical distributors and sellers of CBD products. You may even see them in other shops. However, if it is illegal in your state, you can find them online and buy them from reputable distributors. There may be some quality-control issues when buying from Amazon; it is safer to buy from trustworthy online distributors. 

Myth: All CBD gummies are safe

It’s impossible to give a blanket recommendation on all CBD products. This is because many manufacturers of these products were not producing the best-quality products.

First, you need to understand what they are using to make or coat the gummies. Some manufacturers use hempseed oil and market their products as CBD products. Second, there is the issue of whether they used marijuana-derived CBD or hemp-derived CBD.

Finally, there is the issue of how they are grown. You want to use CBD gummies made with CBD that has the least amount of chemicals and pesticides. Some manufacturers are honest about how much of these chemicals were found in their CBD during testing. However, some mix clean oil with contaminated oil to mask the chemical constitution from analytical instruments.  

To be safe, here are a few questions you can ask your supplier:

  1. How is your hemp grown, and where? How is the CBD extracted? 
  2. Are there products or fillers in your products that aren't mentioned on the package?
  3. What analysis methods do you use to test the CBD to ensure its safety, i.e., that it is chemical- and pesticide-free?
  4. Do you package your own products, or do you white-label other manufacturers’ products as your own?

You can also ask their customer-care services for CBD quality tests. 

Myth: You should take only the number of gummies directed by the manufacturer

Because research is still ongoing concerning CBD, there is no recommended amount to use. However, there can be some side effects if taken in excess. The number of gummies you take should mainly depend on you and how they affect you. Some people recommend starting with one gummy and increasing the number until you feel your needs are met. 

Whether it's one or five, the most important thing is how they make you feel. Be sure to adjust the number accordingly if you change to gummies with a different CBD constitution. Also, note that the amount that works for you may not work for someone else. This is because their needs and body chemistry may be different from yours. 

Myth: CBD gummies are habit-forming

Because of the addictive qualities of THC, people are afraid that CBD may have the same effects. However, this is not the case. Some studies have been conducted to test whether CBD is addictive, and so far, they have indicated that it is not. 

However, more research needs to be done. One possible reason CBD gummies may not be as addictive may be because CBD does not produce the high associated with THC. It is recommended that you use hemp-derived CBD as it contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

Myth: CBD gummies offer fast relief

The effects you experience from using CBD gummies depend on how your body metabolizes CBD, your body chemistry and how much CBD you take, among other factors. As mentioned above, the dose that works for you may not be the one that works for others. 

Myth: CBD products, including CBD gummies, are a marketing scam

For many people, CBD products are nothing but snake oil. This may be due to the wide range of benefits they are said to bring. Of course, CBD is not a cure-all or a magic elixir that will solve all your problems. However, if your goal is to support your wellness and fitness goals, don't be afraid to try it yourself. 

Fact: CBD gummies won't get you high

CBD gummies made with hemp-derived CBD contain at most 0.3 percent THC. THC is the cannabinoid that gives the high many pleasure-seekers enjoy. However, because the percentage of THC in CBD gummies may range from 0 percent to 0.3 percent, you will not get high after consuming CBD gummies.

This means that you can take them and go about your daily activities without worrying about being high … or consuming unusual amounts of donuts!   

Fact: CBD gummies have some health effects. 

There is still a lot of ongoing research into CBD's effects, but there are many anecdotal claims on how CBD-containing products like CBD gummies help support people's health and wellness.

Fact: CBD gummies can have some side effects

In terms of having adverse negative side effects, CBD gummies can be considered to be generally safe. However, overindulgence may lead to some adverse effects like dry mouth, drowsiness and mood changes.

It is difficult to overdose from them, as tests show that humans can tolerate up to 1,500 mg of CBD per day. However, more trials still need to be conducted, particularly on humans. 

Fact: CBD gummies are an effective way to take CBD

If your goal is to increase your CBD intake, then CBD gummies are an effective way to go. Be aware that you will gain more benefits from choosing infused gummies over coated gummies. Not only are CBD gummies delicious, but they also come in a variety of colors and textures for your enjoyment.

You will not suffer any hallucinogenic side effects, and you will find that they can boost your energy and lift your mood. Just be sure that you only purchase high-quality CBD gummies made of the highest-grade CBD.  

There is still much to learn about cannabinoids like CBD. More and more countries are legalizing CBD products, meaning we have more scientists from all over the globe working to uncover how they work, and their benefits and disadvantages. In the meantime, research current information while deciding whether to add some CBD into your life.

Using CBD gummies is a great way to go about this, and they are easily found online.

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