CBD Edibles: Benefits and Effects
The interest in CBD edibles has drastically increased. Of course, with the increase in interest comes an increase in questions. What are the benefits of using edibles? What are the effects? How long do CDB edibles last? Will they make you high? How long will it stay in your system? We’re going to cover everything you need to know as well as how they work for pain and anxiety. We want to make sure that you’re informed so that you can make an educated decision when choosing the edible that’s right for you!
CBD Edibles Benefits
CBD edibles have a lot of great benefits associated with their use. One of the best benefits is that there is a CBD edible for just about any taste. Of course, one of the most commonly found CBD edibles is a gummy. There are also CBD capsules. While you may not think of a capsule as an edible, it is considered as such by many people because it is a dietary supplement that is swallowed. Other popular edibles include candy bars, honey blends, cookies, and pre-bottled cold brew (and hot!) coffee.
CBD edibles are easy to use. They also tend to last longer than other forms of CBD consumption. Some edibles are digested quite fast. Others, like a cookie, may take a little bit longer before you begin to feel its effects. However, you may find that switching to edibles means that you actually have to consume less because it lasts longer.
If you have gastrointestinal issues of any kind, you might find that edibles provide you with long-term relief. We’re not talking about just pain (although that’s also important!). CBD has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to it. It can help your gastrointestinal system feel better and begin to heal since it helps protect your body from damage at the cellular level. Of course, if you suffer from nausea, CBD also has the potential to help.
Edibles are pretty easy to dose. When you buy them, they come with instructions that tell you how many servings you have. You can start by taking one serving (or even half a serving). Next time, you’ll know if you need to take more, take less, or if one serving is perfect for your needs.
There’s practically no chance of lung damage. Smoking is well known for its potential to damage the lungs. There are few studies on vaping that show us for sure just how safe it is. If you think about it, breathing in any sort of smoke or vapor on a regular basis may not be good for your lungs, especially if you already have a history of asthma, COPD, emphysema, or even serious allergies. CBD edibles provide you with an alternative. You can continue to get the benefits of CBD while you protect your lungs.
CBD Edibles for Pain
CBD edibles for pain involve ingesting a serving of a gummy, cookie, candy bar, or coffee made with CBD. CBD stands cannabinoids. CBD is derived from the same plant family as marijuana, but it doesn’t have THC. Everyone has an endocannabinoid system. This system helps us regulate certain functions in our body such as sleep, the immune system, and how we respond to pain.
Studies have shown that CBD binds to the endocannabinoid system and helps with both inflammation and pain. It’s also easier on the stomach than taking over the counter medication such as ibuprofen. It’s also been shown to help reduce painful muscle spasms experienced by many people with Multiple Sclerosis.
There’s also a study on CBD and chronic pain. In addition to reducing both pain and inflammation, it’s also been shown that CBD doesn’t build up in the system. This is important because usually the body stops responding well to medication over time. The dosage has to be increased. This study showed that the patients continued to experience significant relief without increasing their dose.
What Are the Effects of CBD?
CBD is an acronym for cannabinoids. A cannabinoid is a compound found in cannabis. When we say cannabis, we don’t mean marijuana that has THC in it. Rather, CBD is harvested from a plant that is in the same family, but it does not have THC. It binds to the cannabinoid receptors in the human body.
The main effects of CBD include:
- Less inflammation in the body.
- Feeling less pain.
- Better sleep.
- Improved mood.
- Less anxiety.
That, of course, is not a full list of the effects of CBD. How CBD will affect you depends on the reason you’re taking it. CBD receptors are found in various parts of the body. For example, two people may buy the exact same CBD edible with the exact same amount of CBD in it. They buy it for two totally different reasons. Let’s say that one person is looking for a more natural alternative for depression and anxiety and the other person has IBS. The person who uses the edible for depression and anxiety may have an improvement in their symptoms. The person with IBS may notice that not only do they have less abdominal discomfort, they may also notice that they feel better overall.
How Long Do CBD Edibles Last?
How long CBD edibles last depend on a couple of factors. The first factor is how much CBD is in the product. The second factor is how much of the CBD edible you ate. In general, an edible will last up to four hours longer than smoking or vaping. Remember, though, that CBD edibles may take a little bit longer to get into your blood stream. Since they tend to last longer, many people find the tradeoff worth it. Depending on the strength of the edible and how much you take, you may find that it lasts eight hours or more.
Can You Get High from CBD Gummies?
No, CBD gummies will not get you high. CBD does not have THC (the psychoactive substance found in marijuana that makes a person feel high). CBD gummies are used to give people the benefits of cannabis without the risk of intoxication. Generally, even gummies with a trace amount of THC do not have enough of the substance to alter your state of being the same was as marijuana would.
Does CBD Make You Happy?
CBD is a substance that has many effects. Whether CBD makes you feel happy depends on what you’re taking it. CBD has been shown in studies to affect serotonin, dopamine, and act as a way to elevate mood.
Serotonin is a chemical and neurotransmitter in the brain. Low serotonin levels have been linked to depression. Many people who are diagnosed with depression are placed on a medication known as an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). With higher doses, CBD activates serotonin receptors in the brain. This can cause an increased feeling of well-being and peace (as well as improve sleep and reduces pain). In August of 2018, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry reported on a study that showed CBD acts like an anti-depressant in the human brain.
Dopamine is a compound and neurotransmitter in the body that helps us feel pleasure. When we do something, we enjoy it because it causes our body to release dopamine. It’s also believed to be part of the reason why people develop addictions. CBD also interacts with dopamine receptors in the brain. This can cause an increase in pleasurable feelings and may even help addicts during their recovery.
As you’ve learned, both serotonin and dopamine play an important part in our mood. Yet, even if you’re considering CBD for other conditions not related to depression, anxiety, other mood disorder, or mental illness, you might still feel happier and more focused when you take it. Less pain, less inflammation, and better sleep are just a few of the reasons why you may find yourself in a better mood.
How Long Does It Take for CBD Edibles to Kick In?
How long it takes for CBD edibles to kick in depend on the amount of CBD you’re getting in one serving, how much you’re eating, and how long it takes for the edible to be digested so that the CBD is released into your blood stream. Generally speaking, it takes about an hour for a CBD edible to kick in. However, you may feel the effects as soon as 20 minutes. You may find that it works better if you consume the CBD edible on an empty stomach.
Also, if it feels like maybe the CBD edible isn’t as effective for you as other methods, consider a couple of points. First, you can adjust your dosage by eating more (or less) to get the desired result. Second, remember that edibles will last longer than other forms of CBD consumption.
How Long Does CBD Gummies Stay in Your System?
Ultimately, it depends on your body and how it metabolizes the CBD. There are also two answers to this question. First, let’s talk about this from the perception of how long will a serving last you in terms of you feeling the effects. That depends on the amount of CBD in the serving and whether you took more or less than the recommended dose. It could last as long as ten hours.
Second, if you’re concerned about a drug test, the first thing to consider is your state’s (and employer’s) stance on CBD gummies (or CBD in general). Most states have a small trace amount of THC that is acceptable in gummies. How your employer views it may be a separate matter. So, it’s important to know the position of both. CBD gummies can stay in your body anywhere between a week to one month. It depends, again, on how your body handles CBD. Many drug tests that look at whether you use marijuana do not look for CBD or its metabolites. It looks for THC. If you know that you’re going to have a drug test soon and you use CBD gummies, you may want to talk to your employer and ask what they’re looking for and maybe even discuss with them why you use CBD gummies.
Can CBD Help with Anxiety?
There are studies that show CBD helps with anxiety. In 2010, a study looked at social anxiety disorder and the use of CBD. The study showed that participants felt a reduction in symptoms. In 2011, a study on social anxiety disorder confirmed the same results: a reduction in anxiety for social interactions. In 2015, a study showed that CBD can help in several anxiety disorders including social anxiety, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, and OCD.
What Are the Side Effects of CBD?
The scientific community considers CBD to be well tolerated and safe overall. Yet, some people do experience side effects, although it is quite rare. According to a scientific survey conducted by researchers, side effects include anxiety, depression, episodes of psychosis, nausea, diarrhea, and changes in appetite. It’s important to note that CBD may also interact with some prescription medications. Make sure that you talk with your healthcare provider or your pharmacist to make sure that using CBD edibles (or CBD of any kind) is safe for you!
Full-Spectrum CBD vs. CBD Isolate in Edibles
Products that use full-spectrum hemp extracts are considered to be better than those products made with CBD isolate. Here’s why: full-spectrum hemp products contain the more comprehensive plant botanicals and CBD components such as phyto-cannabidiols, flavonoids & terpenes. It is now widely accepted the using full-spectrum CBD is more effective than isolate. We are just now beginning to understand the complex nature of these compounds and how the complete smorgasbord of these botanicals works together impacting the effectiveness of the CBD on brain function and directly helping to maintain homeostasis—balance—in the body. The effectiveness of CBD isolate is not nearly as good, as it contains non of the other botanicals and hemp extract goodies that would normally be part of the “entrourage” full spectrum effects.
Isolate can bring beneficial results, but not nearly as effectively as full-spectrum CBD. Isolate CBD products are the only true 100% THC free products on the marketplace. Full-spectrum will always have minute trace amounts of THC. These trace amounts of THC are inevitable in any full-spectrum hemp extract product.
It is also worth looking at a graph demonstrating the bell curve effectiveness of isolate. Isolate effectiveness is best when consuming 10mg daily or less. It is reported that isolate amounts over the 10mg daily are just a waste and become non-effective. We recommend full-spectrum edibles and even though they’ll contain trace amounts of THC, as the majority of drug screenings do not test at the lowest possible threshold and would not trigger positive drugs test results. And rarely does legally grown hemp contain any more than 0.03% THC to begin with. In summary, full-spectrum edibles are the most delicious and most beneficial, and shouldn’t cause any employment grief. However, you’ll want to use isolate CBD products if you’re a pilot or a pro sports athlete, as drug screenings in those situations are set to test positive at the lowest threshold. Bon appetite!