It seems that gummy supplements are everywhere these days, which makes sense given that they’re easy to dose, can be transported easily, and — let’s not forget — taste delicious. Given the latest research on the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), CBD gummies in particular are especially popular — with experts predicting the market will hit $12 billion by 2028.
If you’re interested in taking CBD gummies, you’re quite literally in for a treat. But if you’re looking for the best results, there are few things you should know first. Keep reading to learn how to take CBD gummies, how to find the best ones, and other important information in our comprehensive guide.
But First: What Are Cannabinoids?
Before we can dive into the best ways to take CBD gummies, let’s begin with a basic understanding of cannabinoids and the way they work.
A cannabinoid is a type of fat-based compound produced by — you guessed it — cannabis plants. Compounds like CBD and THC are perhaps the most well-known types of cannabinoids, but there are over 120 different kinds we know of (so far!). Many cannabinoids exert their own unique therapeutic properties. CBD, for instance, is widely touted for its anti-inflammatory effects. This is due to the fact that cannabinoids can interact with our bodies’ endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is made up of chemical messengers and receptor sites that are responsible for functions that help maintain homeostasis, or balance, within the body. This includes a number of different processes including our metabolism, mood, sleep patterns, and stress response (“fight or flight”).
Benefits of CBD: What Are CBD Gummies Best Used For?
CBD has been shown to interact with our ECS in a number of ways that demonstrates positive therapeutic effects including analgesic (pain-killing), anti-anxiety, antidepressant, antiproliferative (inhibiting cell growth) and anti-seizure benefits.
A 2021 study found that the majority of those surveyed said that CBD helped them with their pain (59.0%) and allowed them to reduce their pain medications (67.6%).
CBD may also be able to block panic-like responses. And while more research is needed, preclinical animal studies and human trials show CBD can be a “potentially effective treatment” for a number of anxiety-related conditions. Other studies show that CBD can be useful in treating other conditions including sleep disorders with minimal side effects.
NuLeaf Naturals customer Susan C. was doing her best to manage a constant feeling of anxiety.
“Anxiety makes you overthink everything. EVERYTHING. Even whether or not you have anxiety,” she said. Fortunately, Susan decided to try our CBD to see how it might help.
“I am 100% myself still … but a much clearer-thinking version of myself without my brain spinning out of control with panic scenarios,” she says. “When I take this product, I literally don’t have to give it a second thought, even though my thoughts are clear enough that I could. I just no longer obsess over my worries. Instead, I go into problem-solving mode, and tackle them head-on with much greater success.”
Caitlin S. was also dealing with some intense anxiety. “I relied on controlled substances (Valium, Klonopin) to help me sleep. Even with the controlled substances, sleep did not come easily, and I would wake up groggy,” she says.
Since taking CBD Caitlin now finds the supplement calms her anxiety enough to allow her to fall asleep after just half an hour. “I sleep mostly through the night!!! I wake up refreshed with no grogginess!” she reports.
How to Take CBD Gummies
Knowing how to take CBD gummies can make a huge difference in their efficacy. Keep reading to learn how to get the best results on your CBD gummies regimen.
What Are the Best CBD Gummies?
The first step is to find high-quality CBD gummies, as not all CBD gummies are created equal. Since the CBD industry is still unregulated by the FDA, the burden of researching CBD product manufacturers currently falls on consumers.
There are three primary types of CBD products: CBD isolate products, broad spectrum CBD, and full spectrum CBD.
CBD isolate is just that: chemically isolated CBD. Broad spectrum CBD products contain other beneficial compounds found in cannabis plants such as terpenes and flavonoids, but they contain no THC.
Full spectrum products, however, contain all of the plant’s beneficial compounds. As such they’re considered to be the most effective type of CBD product thanks to what’s known as the “entourage effect” — which comes from the compounds working synergistically together.
So if you’re looking to maximize the therapeutic benefits of CBD, you should opt for full spectrum products whenever possible.
The other ingredients that go into your CBD gummies can also make a huge impact on your experience. Certain toxic additives may have negative health effects. The consumption of artificial sweeteners can contribute to chronic inflammatory conditions as well. So look for CBD gummies that contain minimal and all-natural additives.
Another thing to note: Hemp is what’s known as a “bioaccumulator” — which means it absorbs chemicals and other contaminants, such as pesticides and heavy metals, present in the soil at a faster rate than it expels them. That’s why it’s important to seek out CBD gummies made with organic hemp.
Other adulterants such as the presence of leftover solvents or heavy metals may also be lingering in less-than-reputable CBD products, which is why it’s essential to always make sure you’re buying products with a certificate of analysis, or COA for short.
COAs — which show a product’s ingredients as confirmed by lab testing — are the only way to know for sure exactly what goes into the CBD gummies you’re buying. Look for COAs on product labels or on the manufacturer’s website and ensure the CBD gummies you’re considering buying do indeed contain the advertised amount of CBD and don’t contain any harmful ingredients such as mold, chemicals, and heavy metals.
How Do You Use CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies are very user-friendly. We recommend beginners start with a suggested dose of 30 mg. Some customers prefer to split this into two doses. Most people say gummies take 1 to 2 hours before they start working. It may take several weeks, however, for the full benefits of CBD to kick in, so stick with your regimen consistently.
When taking CBD gummies, you don’t have to worry about getting “high,” as CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid. CBD gummies are best used for reducing pain and inflammation, improving sleep, and managing anxiety.
Premium Full Spectrum CBD Gummies: The NuLeaf Naturals Difference
Our full spectrum CBD gummies are all-natural, 100% plant-based, made with organic hemp and other organic ingredients, and lab-tested for purity. We only source cannabinoids that are extracted using safe and eco-friendly methods such as CO2 extraction to ensure a full range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial phytonutrients without harmful chemicals. It’s all part of our mission since our beginnings in 2014 to create the world’s highest quality cannabinoid products in their purest, most potent forms.
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