What is the future of CBD gummies, along with other edibles that come from cannabis Sativa extract? The future looks bright with the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Better known as the 2018 Farm Bill, one of the highlights of this Act is the de-scheduling of some cannabis Sativa derivatives. The Act removes the cannabis products from the list of substances in the Controlled Substances Act. In simpler terms, the Act practically made some cannabis Sativa products legal, including CBD edibles.
As expected, this development caught the attention of stoners and those who may be thinking that the new law made getting high easier. Others may also believe that CBD edibles refer to food items that give you the munchies as it takes you to your happy place. CBD has tons of benefits, including better treatment and management for chronic pain and for relieving anxiety. While these CBD benefits might make it seem that it does take you to a happy place, it doesn’t exactly work the way as some may imagine it to.
So what exactly is CBD, and what is it about it that gets the medical community excited?
CBD, formally know as Cannabidiol, is one of the many active substances that can be found in cannabis Sativa strains, including hemp and yes, marijuana. Although research and data on Cannabidiol is limited prior to the 2018 Farm Bill, a few studies, however, show that it has a lot of promise as a treatment and therapeutic option for a wide range of medical conditions. The studies have found CBD to have various properties and natural abilities that may have important medical applications. These include the following:
Vasodilation. CBD has properties that have the ability to relax the veins, which allows the blood to flow more freely. This ability may help manage high blood pressure and relieve some of the stress on the heart and kidneys.
Anti-Inflammatory Properties. A few studies also suggest that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. This is why some use CBD oil to help ease chronic joint and muscle pain. CBD is also a popular component in skin treatment ointment, potions, and salves because apart from being a good moisturizer, it can also help ease skin inflammation.
CBD is also known for reducing Anxiety and Depression. CBD was also discovered to have the ability to ease stress and have anxiolytic properties. Although its exact mechanism of action in treating various mental conditions is not known, experts theorize that CBD can interact with the brain’s serotonin receptors, which is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and demeanor.
Apart from those mentioned above, CBD research, although scarce, also shows potential as an antipsychotic agent, for treating drug addiction and for preventing the growth of tumors. Animal studies indicate that Cannabidiol can also help prevent the onset of diabetes, ease symptoms related to cancer, and help protect the brain.
Will CBD Make You High?
The answer is simply, no. CBD does not have psychoactive effects. Most people confuse its source, which is hemp with marijuana. The substance that gets you high in cannabis Sativa marijuana strains is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. To get high on cannabis Sativa, it has to contain at least 20% percent THC. Even though industrial hemp, from which CBD is extracted, is a cannabis Sativa strain, it only contains 0.3 percent THC. This means that taking CBD will not give you a high.
The medicinal properties of CBD, however, are very similar to those of THC. Some argue that CBD works far better than THC, while others argue otherwise. Even though this argument has not been definitively settled yet, one thing is for sure. Those who want to enjoy the medical benefits of cannabis Sativa without the mind-altering effects of THC should use CBD instead.
How Do You Take CBD?
There are several ways of self-administering CBD, and these include the following.
CBD Oils. The most popular form of this substance is CBD oil and tinctures. One can consume the oil directly with a dropper or take it sublingually, which is a faster way of getting CBD into the bloodstream.
CBD Pills. CBD may also be taken in pill form. In fact, the FDA has recently approved a CBD high-potency drug for the management of epileptic seizures.
Creams and Lotions. Those who want CBD for skincare use topical lotions and creams that contain this substance. CBD also works well for hair-care, which is why it is also added to some shampoo brands.
Vaping. CBD oils may also be used with vape pens. It is important to note, however, that some believe that vaping may be harmful for the lungs. Do some research before you choose vaping as a way to self-administer CBD.
Edibles. The gist of this article, edibles, refers to food items that contain CBD. This makes for ease of dosing and worry-free administration.
Why CBD Edibles?
As the name implies, CBD edibles refer to food items, such as the gummies mentioned earlier. Some users prefer CBD edibles because it is an easier and enjoyable way to get your daily dose of Cannabidiol. Edibles also work well in masking the natural taste of CBD oil, which some say is a mix of a strong earthy and woody taste. CBD edible users who find such food items more palatable, also cite the following reasons why they prefer edibles over other forms of CBD.
1. It doesn’t damage our lungs.
2. CBD edibles has a longer half-life
3. Dosing is easier with edibles, compared to tinctures and oils.
4. You can take your regular dose discreetly without calling attention to yourself.
Types of CBD Edibles
CBD edibles come in many forms. These include chocolate, candies, gummies, CBD bitters, CBD infused honey, CBD infused tea, CBD ghee, and CBD coconut oil. What makes CBD edibles even easier to self-administer is that the doses are clearly stated on the labels. This makes getting proper does a lot easier, especially with the candies and gummies that are produced in a factory controlled environment.
So how do you decide on which CBD edible to use?
There are important considerations when choosing the right CBD edible for you. The first consideration should be the potency of the CBD that you want. If you have yet to determine the dosage that is right for you, begin with a small dose and observe the results. Gradually build up the dose until you hit the dosage that gives you the best results.
Another important consideration is the taste. It will be easier for you to self-administer CBD if it comes in an edible form that you enjoy eating. For instance, chocolate lovers can go with CBD-infused chocolates or sodas with CBDs for those who prefer to take it as a beverage.
As with all medications, keep in mind that they can come with side effects. CBD has been known to cause diarrhea and fatigue in some people. These and other side effects are very rare. Since CBD also has the potential of interacting with some drugs, you should always consult a medical professional prior to consuming CBD edibles on a regular basis.