Almost every supplement comes in a gummy form. Many people find gummies more appealing than large pills or softgels because they’re easier to swallow, but let’s be honest: they’re also much more fun to eat. It’s easier to remember to take your supplements when they come in fun fruit flavors like green apple. 

CBD gummies are a tasty alternative to CBD softgels and CBD oil. If you want to add them to your wellness routine, here’s what you need to know about CBD edibles and their benefits.

What Is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids naturally occur within cannabis plants, including the hemp plant. Other plants, like broccoli and hops, can produce cannabinoids, and your body can also produce cannabinoids on its own. 

Your endocannabinoid system is a network of special receptors throughout your whole body. It supports many processes throughout your body, including your sleep process, immune system, and inflammatory response through endogenous cannabinoids.

Types of CBD like CBD isolate, pure CBD tinctures, and even CBD gummy bears can interact with all the receptors throughout your endocannabinoid system, encouraging it to do its job in supporting your natural functions. 

How Much CBD Do I Need?

CBD isn’t an essential nutrient, so there is no official recommendation for how much CBD you should take daily for general wellness. Many people experiment with different amounts, slowly increasing the amount of CBD they take until they find the magic number.

Most people use between 25 mg and 50 mg of CBD daily. It all depends on what you’re trying to achieve. If you want to feel the effects of CBD all day long, try starting there and finding what works for you.

What Are CBD Gummies?

CBD gummies are what they sound like — gummies infused with CBD. It’s the same concept as a gummy vitamin — every gummy has a pre-measured CBD dose, making it easier to take.

What Are the Benefits of CBD Gummies?

With CBD becoming more recognized, you’ve probably seen a massive list of benefits associated with CBD. It almost seems too good to be true. People claim that CBD helps them with everything from studying for exams to a stubbed toe. While these claims may be reaching a bit, they aren’t too far off. CBD can provide support to your mind and body in many ways.

The benefits of CBD are broad because your endocannabinoid system is huge. Cannabinoid receptors exist throughout your brain and body, and your endocannabinoid system supports dozens of processes. 

Since CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system, it also technically supports the systems your endocannabinoid system supports. It’s kind of like a chain reaction. 

Most people use CBD to ease things like feelings of physical and emotional tension. CBD can support a relaxed and calm mood as well as overall emotional wellness, two things people desire. No one wants to feel stressed out and tense. 

CBD can also support your circadian rhythm, which is responsible for your sleep-wake cycle — the little clock in your brain that lets your body know when it’s time for bed and when it’s time to wake up.

How Do CBD Gummies Work?

When you chew a CBD gummy and swallow it, it enters your digestive system. Your body processes the gummy just like it would process any other food. 

As you metabolize it, CBD releases into your bloodstream. While the CBD circulates through your body, it interacts with your endocannabinoid system, which is how it produces the benefits. 

The digestive process can take a little bit of time. It can take between 30 minutes and two hours for the benefits of CBD to kick in. The benefits will generally come on more slowly if you have a full stomach or very slow metabolism. 

We recommend ingesting your CBD gummy a few minutes before you eat a meal. This gives your body a head start on the metabolic process and encourages benefits to come sooner.

Are CBD Gummies Better Than CBD Oil?

CBD oil and CBD gummies are both great. Any CBD product you’ll use regularly is the right choice for you. That said, there are pros and cons to weigh when choosing which route to go. 

You can partially absorb CBD oil through the soft tissue under your tongue, which allows it to bypass your digestive system. Using oil helps the CBD work a little sooner than a gummy would, and CBD oil typically doesn’t contain any sweeteners as some CBD gummies do.

For many people, gummies still come out ahead. The drops of CBD oil can be difficult to measure when trying to use a specific dose. Many people don’t like the taste of CBD oil, and the idea of holding something they dislike in their mouth for a full minute isn’t very appealing. 

Some types of CBD oil come in glass bottles that aren’t travel-friendly. If you need to take your CBD oil on the go, you might not feel comfortable with the idea of throwing a little glass bottle in your purse or your gym bag. 

The convenience, taste, and portability of CBD gummies are why people gravitate towards gummies instead of CBD oil. 

What Are Broad-Spectrum CBD Gummies?

Broad-spectrum CBD gummies are gummies made with hemp extract that’s had the detectable levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) removed. Hemp naturally contains a minimal amount of delta-9 THC, coming in at a maximum of 0.3% THC by the plant’s dry weight. 

This amount isn’t enough THC to get you high or produce unpleasant side effects. Even still, some people aren’t comfortable using products that contain THC. Athletes who use CBD, for example, generally only use CBD products that are completely THC-free.

Many people in the wellness community feel a little better about using broad-spectrum CBD products rather than full-spectrum. If you’re on the fence about trace amounts of THC or can’t use any amount of THC, broad-spectrum CBD products may be a better choice for you.

What Are Full-Spectrum CBD Gummies?

Full-spectrum CBD gummies use the whole extract of the hemp plant. It contains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes naturally occurring within the hemp plant. Many people prefer this form of CBD because it’s believed to produce the entourage effect.

The entourage effect is the theory that hemp extract is more powerful when left intact. All the naturally occurring compounds within the hemp plant were made to work together, and attempting to remove compounds from the extract damages its integrity. 

In short, the theory holds that CBD products may not have as many benefits when you start taking away pieces from the hemp puzzle. This all sounds great, but these high-potency CBD gummies aren’t an option for some people. 

Even though they won’t get you high, the small amounts of THC can still accumulate in your body fat stores, leading to awkward situations where you might accidentally fail a drug test for cannabis.

The World Anti-Doping Agency prohibits the use of CBD products containing THC if you're an athlete — full-spectrum products are off the table. If you’re unsure about taking full-spectrum CBD gummies, we recommend contacting your primary healthcare provider for personalized medical advice.

What Are Daytime vs. Nighttime CBD Gummies?

Daytime CBD gummies are CBD gummies that contain ingredients like green tea extract, guarana, Ginkgo biloba, and caffeine. These ingredients work with CBD to support your body throughout the daytime. Take these energizing gummies in the morning — because a fresh burst of energy is the exact opposite of what you need at bedtime. 

Nighttime CBD gummies support a good night’s sleep. They often contain natural ingredients like melatonin, L-theanine, lemon balm, and chamomile that can support feelings of calm and relaxation. Some nighttime CBD gummies also contain CBN, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid often used for sleep. 

Are CBD Gummies Vegan?

If you’re a vegan, you’re probably used to double-checking the labels of every candy you eat. Most gummies aren’t vegan. They often contain gelatin, an animal-based ingredient. 

Although gelatin is a common ingredient in CBD gummies, it isn’t necessary. Pure Relief’s high-quality CBD gummies are made with apple pectin and don’t contain animal-derived ingredients, meaning they’re suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

How Should I Use CBD Gummies?

In many ways, CBD gummies are very similar to any other kind of supplement you use. The key to using them correctly is understanding exactly what makes them different. 

Your CBD gummies are designed to offer health benefits. Knowing what kind of gummy and when to use it is the key to success. 

Choose the Right Kind of Gummy

If you take a sleep gummy with your morning coffee, you’re probably going to have a weird day. You shouldn’t be taking something to support a good night’s sleep when the priority on your agenda is to wake up and get moving. 

If you only need support during the day or at bedtime, you don’t need to use both. Skip the daytime gummies if you already have a lot of energy throughout the day, and skip the nighttime gummies if you regularly sleep like a baby. 

Always ensure that the CBD products you buy have a certificate of analysis from a third-party lab. This will ensure that the product has been tested and is safe for use. 

Take Your Gummies at the Right Time

You should take CBD gummies about an hour before you want the benefits to begin. Daytime CBD gummies are best first thing in the morning before you eat breakfast whereas nighttime CBD gummies are most effective a few hours after you’ve eaten dinner. They need a little time to work before you tuck yourself into bed. 

Use Gummies Consistently

We can all be impatient from time to time. The benefits of CBD sound great, and you probably want them all right now

While you’ll experience some benefits of CBD shortly after using a CBD gummy, the benefits become more pronounced with continued use. It can take up to 30 days for CBD to provide the full extent of its benefits. Stick with it! 

Pure Relief Is Here for You Day and Night

Pure Relief’s broad-spectrum CBD gummies are vegan-friendly and yummy. They come in both daytime and nighttime varieties. Our daytime CBD includes an energizing blend, and our nighttime CBD includes a soothing blend.

Each gummy contains 25 mg CBD per piece, giving you a convenient pre-measured dose. Finding your calm place should always be easy. That’s why we’ve made it so easy for you. 

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High Hopes for Food And Drug Administration (FDA) Regulation of CBD Products | The Regulatory Review

An Introduction to the Endogenous Cannabinoid System | PMC

Physiology, Circadian Rhythm | NCBI Bookshelf

Sublingual Administration - An Overview | ScienceDirect Topics

September 07, 2022