The popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant is growing exponentially. Mainly because data suggests that they potentially provide multiple health benefits. Due to this popularity, CBD manufacturers are introducing all kinds of CBD products in the market. CBD edibles are among these popular CBD products and in this blog, we’ll tell you everything about CBD edibles and why you should choose them.
What is CBD and CBD Edibles?
CBD is the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant and doesn’t induce that high effect or feeling of intoxication. Instead, CBD may impart a feeling of calm and relaxation. In simple terms, CBD edibles are CBD products that you eat. There are a lot of different types of CBD edibles, but most of them are sweet candies and treats. You can easily buy CBD edibles from a good health store or dispensary, but if you want, you can make CBD edibles at home using CBD oil or CBD extract. CBD edibles may take up to 30 minutes to four hours to kick in, so don’t consume more edibles immediately after taking the first dose.
Why Choose CBD Edibles?
There are multiple reasons why you should choose CBD edibles over other CBD products, including:
Unlike vaping or smoking, the effects of CBD edibles last for an extended period of time, so they are ideal for those who want long-lasting relief from symptoms.
Easy to Consume
Unlike CBD vapes or joint, if you want to consume CBD edibles, you don’t have to step outside. That’s why people who don’t want to smoke prefer using CBD edibles instead of other CBD products.
The best thing about CBD edibles is that you can discreetly take them without anyone noticing. They don’t give off any odor, unlike other CBD products. That’s why people who want to use CBD for medicinal purposes but want to keep their health issues confidential often choose CBD edibles; they can easily take the required dosage without anyone noticing.
No Respiratory Risk
Inhaling cannabis via vapes and joints may lead to respiratory issues because cannabis smoke includes carcinogens. The common health issues smoking can cause include bronchitis and lung inflammation. When taking edibles, you don’t need to burn anything or inhale the smoke, which means that there’s no respiratory risk attached to CBD edibles.
Different Types of Edibles
There are multiple types of CBD edibles and every day, manufacturers are introducing a new kind of CBD edible in the market. Currently, the following types of edibles are available in the market.
Sweets and Candies
CBD sweets and candies include gummies, marshmallows, gum, hard candies and lollipops, lozenges, fruit bars, chocolates, and truffles.
CBD baked goods include brownies, waffles, cookies, and biscuits.
CBD beverages include tea, coffee, energy drinks, soda, beer, shots, wine, and other alcoholic drinks.
Other edible CBD products include butter, syrups, jerky, and sugar.
Potential Health Benefits of CBD Edibles
The CBD in CBD edibles is considered to potentially provide the following health benefits:
May Help with a Nervous Disposition
According to research, CBD may be effective for relieving a nervous disposition. CBD appears to do so by altering the way our brain receptors act in response to serotonin. Mental health and serotonin go hand in hand and the receptors in the discussion here are tiny proteins attached to the cells in our body. These cells get chemical messages from different sources and the proteins allow the cells to respond to those messages effectively. A study suggests that a 600 mg dose of CBD effectively helps relieve anxiety in people with a social anxiety disorder. An animal study suggests CBD may relieve anxiety by:
- Reducing the levels of stress.
- Lowering anxiety’s physiological effects like elevated heart rate.
- Encouraging sleep in patients experiencing insomnia due to anxiety.
- Helping with the management of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
May Reduce Seizure Frequency
CBD is considered to be a possible treatment of epilepsy; in fact, treating two rare, severe and medication-resistant forms of epilepsy is the only FDA approved the use of a CBD based drug named Epidiolex. Research about the ability of CBD to reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures is still relatively new, but still, it shows a ray of hope for people with epilepsy. A 2016 study published by the Lancet Neurology assessed 214 epilepsy patients. The researchers orally administered 2-5 mg of CBD every day to the patients, along with their existing epilepsy treatment. After 12 weeks of monitoring the seizure frequency and reviewing the side effects, the researchers concluded that the frequency of seizures was reduced by 36.5% after using CBD; however, 12% of participants experienced adverse side effects of CBD.
May Help Provide Neuroprotection
Researchers believe that a receptor in our brain called CB1 may benefit patients with neurodegenerative illnesses. Neurodegenerative diseases cause the nerves and the brain to deteriorate over time. Researchers believe that the interaction between CB1 and CBD may help patients with neurodegenerative disorders. When you add inflammation to the mix, the neurodegenerative diseases become even more damaging, and as we all know by now, CBD is effective for reducing inflammation. Research is still underway to find out about the effects of CBD on:
May Help Relieve Discomfort
According to research, CBD interacts with the receptors in our brain and help manage pain more effectively. Researchers suggest that CBD reduces inflammation, which leads to lower discomfort levels instead of directly affecting discomfort. Nabiximols (Sativex), a medical–grade drug containing CBD and THC, is already approved in the UK and Canada to treat MS pain.
May Help with Reducing Acne
A study published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that CBD interacts with sebaceous glands and changes the way they produce sebum. Sebum is an oily substance that our body produces to keep the skin hydrated. When our body produces excess sebum, acne outbreaks become more common.
CBD edibles are one of the best CBD products; however, you should consult a healthcare professional before using them. Furthermore, we suggest that you buy products that hold a certificate of analysis, proving that it doesn’t contain any harmful elements.