The CBD industry is currently growing in the US, and CBD edibles are extremely popular. These are foods and drinks which are infused with CBD oils or tinctures and can contain either full-spectrum CBD (which also includes other cannabinoids and terpenes) or pure CBD (also known as a CBD isolate).
Due to their popularity, there are many different CBD edibles on the market right now, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them. However, if you’ve never consumed a CBD edible before, there are a few things you need to know before you decide on which one to buy. This article will provide all of the information you need.
TYPES OF EDIBLES
There are three basic types of CBD edibles:
- gastrointestinal uptake edibles,
- oral uptake edibles, and
Most are designed for gastrointestinal uptake, which involves the CBD being digested in the stomach and intestines after consumption. The effects take a fairly long time to kick in (up to two hours) but last up to eight hours once they do.
Edibles that are designed for oral uptake are either held in the mouth or sucked on, such as lozenges and suckers. The effects can kick in fairly rapidly but wear off much quicker (within two to three hours) compared with products designed for gastrointestinal uptake.
Some products, such as candy bars and drinks, are considered to be hybrids because they’re designed for absorption by both the mouth and the stomach. You will typically feel their effects within 30 minutes or so, and they last for around four hours or more.
A lot of people choose CBD products because they want to enjoy the health benefits without experiencing the high that is associated with marijuana use. As CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects, it provides a great way to reap the benefits of the cannabis plant without feeling “high.”
However, some CBD products on the market contain THC, albeit in tiny quantities (under 0.3%). These are called “full-spectrum.” While the inclusion of other cannabinoids can be beneficial, due to the entourage effect, there some people may need to avoid consuming THC for legal or medical reasons. Therefore, check to see if the product says it’s a CBD isolate or full-spectrum before you make a purchase.
If an edible contains THC, it’s possible to consume too much and experience discomfort, which can sometimes lead to paranoia and panic attacks. This has become known as “overdowding” after a journalist called Maureen Dowd, against all prior warnings, deliberately ate way too many cannabis-infused candy bars and proceeded to “trip out.”
This doesn’t usually cause any emergency medical problems, but it can be an extremely unpleasant experience. Dowd said it made her become convinced that she had died, but that no one would tell her. To avoid finding yourself in a similar situation, pay attention to the next section.
START LOW, GO SLOW
Consuming edibles which contain THC has a different effect than smoking marijuana. Firstly, although they generally take a while to kick in, the effects last a lot longer. As a result, it’s easy to think that an edible isn’t working because the effects can’t yet be felt, so some people consume more to compensate.
This can catch people off guard, as most edibles don’t reach their maximum effect until 30 to 60 minutes after consumption.
Therefore, even though it’s tempting to eat more until you start feeling the effects, don’t. You’ll risk “overdowding,” which isn’t advisable.
The most reputable CBD companies have their products tested regularly by independent third-party labs to provide clear information regarding the content, such as CBD and THC levels, and the presence or absence of pesticides and other contaminants.
These tests should be conducted at least every six months.
If you’re making a purchase online, there should be a recent Certificate of Analysis for the product on the company’s website – if not, reputable companies will supply one on request.
CBD edibles work well, compared with some other methods of CBD consumption.
However, they’re often more potent, so it’s important to research the company you intend to buy from to ensure it is reputable and selling you a quality product. Additionally, you should consume CBD edibles with care, following the advice of “start low and go slow.”
Having said that, CBD edibles are generally safe and beneficial, so if you’re confident that the product is of high quality and legal (i.e. containing under 0.3% THC), there’s no reason to shy away (read more about CBD’s complex legal status here).
Have you tried CBD edibles? What did you think of them? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!