Remember when you used to run into your local candy store as a child, anxious to see what colorful gummies and candies there were on offer? It felt like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, right?
Well, without sounding too corny that’s pretty much the same look on my face when I receive my CBD gummies in the mail. Over the last few years I’ve tried what I would say is every single CBD edible on the market (OK that might be a slight exaggeration), and I’ve finally settled on just a handful of products that are tasty, healthy, and most importantly – actually work for me.
In this article, we are going to review the best CBD gummies of 2019, and also explain what conditions they can help with, as there has been some pretty significant new research that has popped up over the last twelve months or so.
But before we do that, let’s take a trip down history lane and talk about what CBD gummies are, how these gummies are made, and what the difference is between the countless number of products out there on the market.
Today, gummies are enjoyed all over the world in different shapes, sizes, and flavors. What most of you probably don’t know, however, is that gummies, (also obviously known as gummy bears) were formally introduced to the world by Hans Riegel of Bonn, Germany, in the late 1960s (this was after he inherited the business from his father following World War II).
Since then, gummies of all different forms have been adopted and manufactured throughout the world. 2018 was truly the year of CBD edibles, and it was only a matter of time until gummies were introduced into the cannabis industry in the form of tasty, very therapeutic edibles.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at what we expect to be some of the very best products to hit the shelves in the coming year.
What are CBD Gummies?
Similar to CBD oils, CBD gummies are edibles that are packed with CBD goodness. Most of the best ones are 100% all-natural, and do not contain any THC. Depending on which company you’re talking to, this means that they can be shipped to pretty much all 50 U.S. states.
So where is the catch? Unlike pure CBD from marijuana (which also contains high amounts of THC), CBD gummies are made from Hemp oil. This means that they are completely non-psychoactive, and will contain other important cannabis compounds such as CBD, CBG, CBN, terpenes, and also selected vitamins like D3, B12 and Vitamin D.
That said, it’s important to understand that extracting CBD from hemp is not exactly the same thing as extracting CBD from Cannabis (marijuana). Since hemp is legal, it naturally contains fewer cannabinoids (most notably THC) than regular cannabis does.
As such, most manufacturers will process massive amounts of it at a time just in order to get sufficient amounts of CBD in the extract. While this is a tried and true process that can yield good results, it is also a potentially risky one if it’s not done right.
Some manufacturers, for example, pump harsh solvents like butane and hexane through massive volumes of raw hemp in order to extract the plant’s active compounds. While effective, this can lead to dangerous chemical residues being left over in the final product. For instance, it’s known that propylene glycol breaks down into formaldehyde and acetaldehyde (known carcinogens) when heated to temperatures over 230-degrees Celsius — temperatures that are often produced in low-quality vape pens and e-cigarettes.
This is why it’s so important when choosing the best CBD gummies, to only buy from quality, reputable manufacturers with transparent and proven extraction methods.
Namely, what you want to look for are manufacturers that use CO2 extraction. CO2 extraction is a relatively complex (and VERY expensive) technique, but there are a few companies out there in the cannabis industry that have managed to master the process, compressing as much CBD as possible from the raw hemp flowers into a safe, therapeutic, very potent product.
Also, when creating CBD gummies some brands have even taken to using nanotechnology to further process the raw material, removing any impurities before they inject the “CBD goodness” of Hemp into the gummies and other edibles. Once the active compound is infused, products are then laboratory tested to make sure that they are THC-free and do not contain any heavy metals, chemical solvents, or unnatural ingredients.
Are Gummies Considered CBD Edibles?
One thing that a lot of people seem to get confused about is the difference between CBD gummies and CBD edibles. To make things super clear for you, let’s put it this way: CBD gummies ARE edibles!
Basically, any kind of cannabis or CBD-infused product that you “eat,” would of course be classified as an “edible.” CBD oils are not classified as edibles because even though they are administered orally (by placing drops under the tongue and then swallowing), you are not technically “eating” it.
In any regard, a lot of people prefer edibles over oil tinctures (and other forms of CBD products like balms, sprays, ointments, etc) for a couple of different reasons. The main reason, of course, is that they actually taste good!
While some companies have managed to kind of mask or “nullify” the bitter taste of raw hemp in their oils, many products out there are downright nasty, and even difficult to swallow (let alone to try and hold under your tongue for a minute and a half!)
For pretty much this reason alone, CBD edibles are preferred by thousands of day-to-day CBD consumers, and are often commonly used in the workplace due to their discreteness (we can’t imagine many people giving you a cold stare for popping a gummy bear in your mouth).
Also, most people say that CBD gummies (and other forms of edibles) are more faster-acting than sublingual (under the tongue) oils. This of course makes sense biologically, as the routes of digestion in each are completely different.
In fact, when you eat a CBD gummy, the active compound is absorbed straight into cells through the digestive system – quick, easy, and highly efficient.
With CBD oils, on the other hand, the compounds are absorbed through glands first, before eventually ending up in the bloodstream. While no less effective in terms of potency, it does typically take longer to notice the effects when using an oil tincture. As a general rule of thumb, it’s typically regarded that gummies/edibles are more potent and faster-acting, while oils are much longer-lasting (many people, for example, get by with just a single morning dose).
What Conditions Can CBD Gummies Help?
It’s important to understand that CBD Gummies are not miracle pills, and will NOT cure you of cancer or any other serious condition. So be realistic in your expectations! (Also, please also be warned of ANY sites or companies that are making such claims).
Generally speaking, CBD edibles (and especially CBD gummies) are aimed at helping various conditions such as pain, anxiety, and stress. Some patients even claim that it helps soothe inflammation and relieve queasiness.
So are these the only reasons that people take CBD gummies? Well, pretty much. It’s been pretty commonly understood now for quite some time that the major reasons for consuming non-psychoactive edibles is because the CBD levels within the gummies help to cope with anxiety, pain and even with long-term cognitive problems.
And of course, CBD is now believed to even influence pain pathways and help the body deal with discomfort by affecting the bodies natural endocannabinoid system. In fact, several studies have found that CBD shows promise as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprtectant, antidepressant, and analgesic.
Of course, one of the main reasons to try CBD gummies is that they are simply DELICIOUS. If we put the medical aspects aside and you decide to try one or two, you’ll understand what we are talking about. It’s a fun way to consume CBD, and it provides people with a healthy and balanced source of energy. And most importantly, it’s packed with health and wellness advantages without giving you the “high” of traditional marijuana products.