CBD edibles are now quite a popular way to take CBD. They are convenient, quick, and don’t require dosage administration. CBD users are increasingly choosing edibles over other methods of CBD because of ease of use and the variety of flavours and options.
This article is to help you understand what CBD edibles are, how they’re made, how to administer their dosage, what are their benefits, and which areas do they fail in.
What are Edibles?
An edible is any item that is fit to be eaten. The meaning of the term edible is often understood in contrast with unpalatable or poisonous varieties. A cannabis edible, also a cannabis-infused food, is any food product that contains cannabinoids. The term edible here also includes a cannabis-infused drink.
More often than not, cannabis edibles contain one of the two major types of cannabinoids. THC-dominant edibles serve the purpose of recreation and medicine. CBD-dominant edibles promote a sense of general well-being and primarily serve the medicinal purpose.
Fun fact: Foods and beverages that contain the non-psychoactive cannabis compounds are called hemp foods.
What are CBD edibles?
CBD edibles are food and drink items that are rich in CBD. We can ingest these items directly and do not need any fire to activate their chemical compounds. An increasing number of people are beginning to prefer edibles over other forms of cannabis or CBD consumption because there is no smoke to inhale.
There are two common types of CBD edibles:
- Balanced THC/CBD edibles: (also marijuana edibles) that contain an equal or almost equal amount of both THC and CBD. The presence of THC in these edibles imparts some of the classic cannabis high.
- CBD-dominant edibles: that contain little or no measurable amount of THC. Because of this, these edibles do not bring out any kind of intoxication.
To put it simply, a CBD edible is any type of food item that contains different amounts of hemp-extracted cannabidiol.
CBD Edibles vs. CBD Oil
Many CBD consumers often confuse CBD edibles with CBD oil. For much of the time, CBD oil has been the primary source of CBD consumption. But with the development of a range of products, CBD edibles are becoming the choice of preference.
There are some subtle differences between CBD oil and edibles that the consumer should be aware of.
The consumption of CBD oil often occurs sublingually through tinctures or topically via a direct application on the skin. In the case of CBD edibles, CBD oil is going to be a prime ingredient in the product that you finally consume.
In one case, CBD oil is the product that you’re using and in the other, it is an ingredient.
CBD oil usually comes with a dropper for dosage control. When using CBD oil sublingually or topically, you can control (i.e. increase or decrease) the amount of each of your dosage. Your first dose can be different than your second or third dosage.
In CBD edibles, on the other hand, the amount of CBD you will be consuming is pre-set. A specific type of edible, for instance, a packet of CBD chocolates, will contain the same amount of CBD in every piece.
The sublingual consumption of CBD oil directly reaches the bloodstream and therefore gives almost immediate effects.
CBD edibles go through the digestive system and take longer to reach the bloodstream. Their effect is thus slow. However, over a longer period of time, edibles have a more consistent effect than oil.
CBD oil used topically never reaches the bloodstream and interacts with the nearby cannabinoid receptors in the applied skin. Topical products have a different effect than edibles and oils. They are usually used for reducing inflammation and nourishing the skin.
How to make CBD edibles?
It is important for consumers to know how a product that they’re going to consume is made. CBD edibles are made primarily by using CBD oil as the main ingredient in different forms of eatables.
CBD edibles, like all other CBD products, can come from any of the three distinct types of CBD:
- Full-spectrum CBD products: These products contain all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and molecular compounds within the cannabis or hemp plant. That is to say, these types of products include THC. The amount of THC can sometimes be very small but sometimes it can be present in significant dosages.
- Broad-spectrum CBD products: These products contain all of the cannabinoids of the cannabis or hemp plant except THC.
- CBD isolate products: These products contain only and only CBD. No other cannabinoids, terpenes, and molecular compounds except CBD are present in these products. The source of these products is often industrial hemp and not cannabis.
Please note: Both products from cannabis and hemp can be labelled as full spectrum but they are not the same. Hemp products with this label contain the complete profile of the hemp plant, which by definition contain only trace amounts of THC (less than 0.03%). These products are technically full-spectrum but they may not provide the complete experience that consumers associate with full-spectrum products from more chemically diverse cannabis plants.
Administering Dosage in CBD edibles
Monitoring your CBD dosage in edibles is fairly simple. The amount of CBD in each individual piece is constant. Unlike oils and tinctures, you do not need to measure the dosage.
Let’s say your ideal dosage is 20mg of CBD at a period of 5 hours. You can look for pills, capsules, or any other edible product that contain exactly 20mg CBD per piece. If not, you can look for the ones that contain 10mg per piece and take 2 pieces at a time.
What CBD edibles can I buy?
With the increasing popularity of CBD edibles, the range of products is huge. This is one of the better things about edibles—there are options that the consumer can choose from. Some CBD edibles are more common or popular than the others but every consumer is sure to find something that suits them.
Gummies are the most common way of consuming CBD. They are exactly what they sound like—gummy candies infused with CBD. Typically, these are available in the shape of gummy bears but new designs include rings, fruits, cannabis leaf, and other innovative shapes are now becoming popular. These also give the option of choosing a certain flavour over the other.
The next popular type of edible is CBD protein bars. These are gaining much popularity in workout regimes. Gym-goers absolutely love CBD protein bars as they provide just the right punch of protein. The option of flavours is comparatively fewer in protein bars but the nutrition wins.
These are a healthier alternative to sugary CBD treats. These are gaining popularity owing to the variety of fruit options that consumers can try out.
Everyone who knows about CBD edibles knows about CBD chocolates. Chocolates are the easiest, most popular form of snack which is why infusing them with CBD was one of the first things that the industry did. In comparison to gummies, chocolates offer fewer flavour choices.
CBD chewing gums are the next convenient and healthy travel partner for most people. These provide a variety of flavours but may contain high amounts of sugars and preservatives.
Pills & Capsules
To tap on the sense of well-being that comes with CBD, many manufacturers are now making dedicated day and night time CBD pills and capsules. These work just like vitamin supplements and promote a healthier lifestyle.
To complete the circle, consumers now have the option to drink CBD. They can now choose from CBD-infused teas, coffees, cold drinks, and refreshers.
How to take CBD edibles?
Edibles are perhaps the quickest and most convenient method of taking CBD. Every CBD edible product comes with a predetermined dosage divided equally among a certain number of pieces.
Taking CBD edibles is just like consuming other snacks, gummies, beverages, or chocolates. It is only in the case of day and night time pills and capsules that a consumer needs to be more mindful.
Day and night time CBD capsules are created with the specific goal of inducing calmness and a sound sleep respectively. That is to say, these are used more for the therapeutic (or medical, so to speak) effects. Therefore, it is important to keep a check on your dosage.
When consuming pills and capsules, be sure to note how much amount of CBD does the whole packet have and how much will each portion contain. Value this against your daily CBD need or target and then settle on a specific quantity.
When choosing any CBD edible, the first question you need to ask is the kind of experience you’re looking for. If you want an experience completely independent of the psychoactive effects (that of THC), then you should go for a CBD-dominant product.
If you prefer a THC-inclusive experience, then you can opt for a balanced edible. Typically, balanced edibles present a 1:1 ration of THC:CBD. But there are higher ratios available as well.
In case you want an advanced THC-inclusive experience, then you might want to choose THC-dominant edibles.
Pros and Cons of CBD edibles
More and more people are beginning to favour CBD edibles. These products show some significant advantages over smoking and/or vaping CBD. In this section, we analyse the pros and cons of consuming CBD in edible form.
- Long-lasting relief: CBD edibles leave a longer effect on the body than inhalation. The food item combines with other food products in the body and CBD is released more slowly over an extended period of time. The therapeutic effects of CBD in the body are thus prolonged.
- Convenient usage: Edibles are quick and easy to use. You can carry them around and ingest at your convenience for your daily dose of CBD.
- Set dosage: The dosage of CBD in edible products is pre-set. Each bite or sip is going to have the same amount of CBD as the previous one. This makes administering the dosage easy.
- Less risk of lung irritation: Edibles do not require any kind of smoke to be activated. Since there is no smoke of any kind in edibles, there is a significantly lesser risk of lung irritation.
- Easy to DIY: CBD edibles can easily be made at home. You can get all the ingredients and bake them like any other food item.
- Greater plant synergy with other herbs: CBD is not the only therapeutic compound out there. On combining CBD with other natural herbs, for instance lavender or basil, the therapeutic effects multiply.
- Other ingredients can be unhealthy: CBD edibles often come in the forms of candies, chocolates, and fillers. It is important to remember that CBD oil is just an ingredient in edibles. The edible products are going to contain other ingredients such as fillers, sugars, and preservatives, which in isolation from CBD are not healthy for the body.
Since edibles contain an overall less amount of CBD, their dosages need to be high. But in edibles, you will be consuming other ingredients as well. The high consumption of these can have a bad effect on your health.
- Take longer to kick in: Edibles undergo the digestive process before entering the bloodstream. Therefore, they take longer to leave an effect. Typically, an edible can take anywhere between 30 minutes to 2 hours to show effect.
This inconsistency can make it difficult to put your dosages in structure.
- Variable Consumption: Dosages in CBD edibles can range anywhere from 5mg to 50mg. In that case, you might need to consume 20 pieces of an edible to have an effect on your body. And in the long run, that can prove to be harmful to the body.
Side-effects of CBD edibles
CBD is generally safe for people of all ages. According to studies, one cannot overdose on CBD and so there is not much to worry about. It is, however, possible to witness some side-effects with any kind of CBD product.
Some known side-effects of CBD are nausea, headache, diarrhoea, fatigue, dry mouth, and dizziness. More often than not, these side effects imply the intake of a high dose. But if you continue to experience adverse effects, we recommend you stop taking CBD and consult your medical professional.
What to look for in a CBD edible product?
While out for buying a CBD edible product, especially online, you should consider the following factors:
- Type of CBD: is it a full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate product?
- Concentration: is it CBD-dominant, balanced, or THC-dominant?
- Ingredients: CBD oil is just one of the many ingredients in edibles. Scan the label for allergens or harmful or suspicious ingredients.
- Strength: what is the quantity of CBD in the whole pack? How much will you be taking with each serving?
CBD edibles are a convenient way to experience the long-term wellness benefits of CBD. When it comes to dosage, they may not be as effective as oils or tinctures, which are more direct in their effect on the body. However, for beginners, CBD edibles are a safe and discreet option. And when consumed consistently over a prolonged period of time, they can enhance the wholesome well-being of the mind and body.
Where to buy CBD edibles?
In India, you can buy CBD edibles through dedicated online platforms. Unlike the western countries, India does not have the provision to sell CBD products in dispensaries yet. However, there are few online platforms that are creating a reliable and knowledgeable CBD market and community. Be sure to do your research and scan the product labels carefully before you buy a CBD edible product.