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With recent surveys finding that over two-thirds of Americans have heard of CBD, it’s safe to say that it has entered the cultural awareness. If you haven’t heard of it, or if you have but you have questions about it, read on — our CBD primer might be just what you need.  School’s in session: Let’s learn CBD 101.


What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many compounds found in cannabis sativa (also known as hemp) plants. It can also be found in cannabis indica (marijuana) but in generally lesser amounts. Since the indica species often contains high amounts of THC in addition to CBD, it is not often used to make CBD products. 

CBD on its own has zero psychoactivity, meaning that it won’t make you high or interfere with your ability to function. 

Consumers can find CBD infused into a variety of products including edible treats like gummy bears, oils, and even skin creams and lotion.


What about CBD oil?

CBD oil is extracted from hemp plants. You may see different terms when looking at CBD oil including “broad-spectrum” and “full-spectrum” CBD and although they are slightly different, they are often used interchangeably.

Full spectrum CBD means that all of the compounds found in the cannabis plant are in the oil, including terpenes (which give cannabis its flavor and scents) and other cannabinoids (the collective name for the compounds found in the different species of cannabis). Keep in mind that one of the other cannabinoids is THC but in order for it to be a federally legal product, the percentage must be below .3%, hardly enough to get you high.  

Broad spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum since it also contains many cannabis compounds, but there’s an important distinction — it has been processed to remove all traces of THC. 

The highest quality products use CBD derived from hemp grown in the USA, we’ve seen Asian grown hemp products and they just don’t seem to be up to a reasonable standard. The method of consumption varies with the user — some prefer CBD oil or CBD vape cartridges or tasty edibles like CBD infused beverages and gummy candies. 


Does cannabidiol oil really work?

The question of the effectiveness of CBD oil is a tricky one. Since hemp, and therefore CBD, was classified as a Schedule I drug for basically all of the 20th century, research has been limited. The studies that have been done have generally shown positive outcomes and this initial promise has made researchers excited about investigating the various possibilities of the compound. There is preclinical evidence (meaning animal but not human studies have been done) in its role in psychiatric disorders ranging from schizophrenia to generalized anxiety disorder as well as for its role in reducing chemotherapy related nausea.

Millions of Americans use CBD on a regular basis and swear that it helps them but many of these stories are considered anecdotal, with no scientific backing. 

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How does CBD work?

It is believed that the reason CBD has any effect on the human body is due to the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is generally believed to play a role in the regulation of hormones (including the production of hormones that play a role in sleeping) as well regulating appetite and even the transmission of pain signals. The system is not fully understood but in the simplest possible terms it is comprised of endocannabinoids made by the body, receptors located throughout the brain and every major tissue of the body (including the skin), and enzymes to break down the excess. Researchers believe that since the body has its own system for dealing with endocannabinoids, the ECS explains both the psychoactive effects of THC and the potential for a benefit of CBD. 


Are there any benefits of Cannabidiol?

While there is little irrefutable evidence as to the benefit of consuming CBD products, the studies that have been done are intriguing to say the least. 

There is some evidence that CBD may help regulate the sleep-wake cycle and be useful in treating anxiety. This large case series concluded that in most of the studies, participants reported a decrease in anxiety after the first dose. 

This study  looked at the anti-anxiety properties of CBD in a highly specific setting — public speaking — and found that subjects had lower self-reported scores of stress as well as lower scores on objective measures like palm sweating and heart rate, indicating a possible benefit of CBD. 

The treatment of chemotherapy related nausea is one area where researchers are confident there is evidence supporting the use of CBD. The evidence was used as a springboard to develop a synthetic form of CBD used in conduction with THC to treat appetite disorders including AIDS wasting syndrome. 


Is CBD oil safe?

A 2017 review on the safety of CBD concluded that CBD is non-toxic and generally well tolerated . The authors were careful to note that further studies about chronic, long-term use, as well as studies designed to investigate how CBD may interact with critical systems, like hormones, are also needed. CBD has no known abuse potential.

Keep in mind that “generally well-tolerated” does not mean free of any side effects. There may be drug interactions, similar to the compounds in grapefruit and milk interfering with a specific drugs absorption. There is also anecdotal evidence for side effects including diarrhea. 

The FDA has approved a synthetic form of CBD (Epidolex) but it is important to note that none of the commercially available CBD products have been evaluated by the FDA and are therefore not intended to be used to diagnose or treat any illness. 


 Is CBD oil legal?

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. Prior to this change, hemp was classified as marajuana and, therefore was listed as a Schedule I  drug. The same bill clarified the definition of hemp as having less than .3 percent THC. Since the removal of hemp from the CSA meant that the possibility of federal prosecution for ‘drug’ related offenses was no longer an option, many have interpreted this to mean that CBD is legal. 

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Let’s tackle the question: “What are the benefits of CBD gummies?” With the federal legalization of hemp in the 2018 Farm bill, cannabis is no longer on the fringe, it’s in the news. A dazzling array of products containing CBD are coming to market — everything from CBD-infused gummy bears to dog treats. Along with the products however, there are questions — What are the differences between the compounds in cannabis? Is there any scientific evidence showing a potential benefit of CBD use? Is any one form of consumption better than another? Read on and find out!

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What is CBD?

Simply put, cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. 

Cannabis is used as kind of a catch all term for any plant from the cannabis genus. Although there is a genetic difference between hemp (Cannabis Sativa) and what is colloquially known as marijuana (Cannabis Indica), all three terms are used interchangeably but there are big differences between them. 

CBD won’t get you high and hemp-derived CBD is federally legal in all 50 states (with a few individual states opting to keep it inaccessible) whereas products containing more than .03 percent THC have varying degrees of legality. Found predominantly in cannabis indica, THC is the compound that IS responsible for getting you high. Together CBD and THC, along with over a hundred other compounds, are known as cannabinoids.

There is mounting evidence that cannabinoids are useful in the treatment of various health conditions from multiple sclerosis to cancer, even less serious conditions like acne. After decades of heavily restricted access to cannabis, scientists are starting studies and trials and the results have been promising. 


Is there any scientific evidence for using CBD Gummies?

Benefits of CBD Gummies for pain

Anecdotal stories of using CBD gummies for pain are supported by studies like this one that concluded cannabinoids have a role in managing difficult to treat pain. The study looked at Sativex Ⓡ, along with other synthetic cannabinoids. Sativex Ⓡ is an FDA approved treatment for neuropathic pain in MS and for cancer pain but it is important to note that it uses THC and CBD in a 1:1 proportion. Another study explored how  cannabinoids can help treat neuropathic pain, concluding that cannabinoids may also help in reducing inflammatory pain. 

A large case series found compelling evidence for using CBD in treating sleep disturbances. After one month of treatment with CBD, sixty-six percent of participants experienced a betterment in the quality of sleep with a reported fifty-six percent still reporting improvement after two months. 


Benefits of CBD gummies for anxiety

The same case series found CBD may also help with anxiety. Approximately eighty percent of subjects experienced a reduction in overall anxiety levels after one month of treatment and after two months, seventy-eight percent still reported the treatment was effective.

While we’re talking about anxiety, there are other studies that document CBD’s potential in managing stress caused by public speaking. While relatively high doses of CBD were used (from 300-900mg), both self-reports of stress and scientific measures of stress (sweaty palms, heart rate),were decreased in subjects receiving CBD treatment. 


Benefits of CBD gummies for nausea

A particularly well documented potential benefit of CBD is in the regulation and treatment of nausea. Throughout studies with both animals and humans, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting responses are reduced with CBD treatment. Interestingly, the researchers themselves reported that patients reported a preference for natural cannabinoids over the synthetic ones.


Why use CBD gummies?

Although no studies specifically use CBD gummies as their method of delivery, many people prefer to eat their CBD. Here are our favorite reasons for giving CBD gummies a try. 

  • They won’t get you high. You won’t have to contend with side effects like paranoia or confusion so you can fully relax. As delightful as our CBD gummy bears are, they won’t have you giggling from a head change.

  • They’re tasty, sometimes it really is just that simple.

  • Easy dosing. With clearly marked strengths, ranging from 250mg to 3,000mg per container, it’s easy to decide your dose. Each containing around 10-12mg, our sour gummy worms are a delicious and quick way to nibble your desired dose of CBD. 

  • Edibles may last longer than inhalation. Since the compounds go through the digestion process they have a longer onset time but being metabolized by the liver is a slower process — meaning your gummy may also last hours longer than a pull on a vape pen. 

  • Some are one hundred percent vegetarian, like our chewy rainbows, so you can indulge guilt free. 

  • They’re discreet. No one will notice you popping a peach ring into your mouth the next time you’re feeling anxious in public so you can consume on the go with zero fear of any lingering stigma about vaping.

  • No coughing fits, there is zero chance of them irritating your lungs.


Are there side effects of using CBD gummies?

One common thread throughout dozens of studies is that CBD use is generally very well tolerated. The most commonly reported side effects were tiredness and changes in appetite or weight. Whether or not those are detrimental to you depends on why you are considering taking CBD in the first place. Researchers were careful to state that studies looking at chronic, long-term use are necessary to determine what, if any, side effects come with continual use. 


Benefits of Happy Hemp CBD gummies

We don’t want to brag so we’ll let others do it for us. Happy Hemp CBD gummies have been listed on “best of” lists by Forbes, LAWeekly, and Health MJ. They all recognize the quality, consistency, and great selection of our brand. LAWeekly noted “ Happy Hemp knows where it’s at for CBD users, relaying the best in taste, dosage, and variety.” We take the praise to heart as we strive to be an industry leader in CBD gummies, as well as other CBD products. 

If and how you want to consume your CBD is a personal decision but we hope you consider our CBD gummies when you do — they are easy to use and delicious!

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