10 Things to know before buying CBD gummies

As CBD gummies grow in popularity, there are some key things you should know before buying them. 

  1. CBD gummies are legal but contain traces of THC

While CBD that’s derived from hemp containing less than 0.3% THC is legal in the United States, even full-spectrum CBD gummies may contain trace amounts. While the tiny amounts of THC likely won’t show up on a drug test or get you high, those wanting to avoid THC should opt for broad-spectrum or isolate-based gummies.

  1. There are different types of CBD extracts used

Three main types of CBD extracts are used to make CBD gummies - full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolates. 

  • Full-spectrum CBD contains all cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, including a small amount of THC. 
  • Broad-spectrum CBD contains various cannabinoids but undergoes additional processing to remove the THC compound. 
  • CBD isolates contain only pure CBD extract with all other plant compounds removed.
  1. Dosages vary greatly between CBD gummies  

CBD gummie dosages range greatly between products. While some contain as little as 2 to 5mg per gummy, others contain as much as 50mg or more. For beginners, a low dose like 5mg per gummy is recommended to assess tolerance first. Higher concentrated options are intended for experienced CBD users with higher dosing needs. Check the dosage before buying CBD gummies.  

  1. Only buy third party tested products

Reputable CBD companies will consistently test batches of cbd gummies for potency and purity. Look at the product’s Certificate of Analysis (COA) provided by a third-party laboratory to verify the precise concentrations of CBD and other cannabinoids per serving. It ensures the stated dosage on the label matches the actual amount in each gummy.

  1. CBD gummies effects take time to set in

Unlike vaping CBD, CBD gummy's effects take longer to set in since the CBD has to pass through your digestive system before reaching the bloodstream. It’s important to be patient and wait at least 1 to 2 hours before taking any extra CBD gummies to allow time for absorption and avoid accidentally taking too much.  

  1. CBD gummies degrade over time  

The cannabis compounds in CBD gummies have a lengthy, but limited shelf-life. With time, the CBD content in gummies degrades due to oxidation and other factors. For best quality, use your CBD gummies within 6 to 12 months and store them sealed in a cool, dark place away from heat, light, and humidity.  

  1. CBD gummies may interact with medications  

Like most substances, CBD gummies can potentially interact with some medications. CBD inhibits certain liver enzymes that also metabolize most pharmaceutical drugs. Consult your doctor before trying CBD gummies alongside medications to verify safety and adjust dosages if necessary.  

  1. CBD gummies have a cumulative effect

Unlike instantly feeling the effects of vaping CBD, orally ingested CBD gummies need to accumulate in your system before improvements are noticed. Most people report the biggest benefits from consistent daily use over time as the CBD builds up to therapeutic levels.  

  1. Read the label for other active ingredients 

Some gummies contain additional active ingredients such as turmeric, melatonin, apple cider vinegar, or vitamins. Read the label carefully for the ingredients list and their purposes. For example, melatonin in some CBD gummies may help improve sleep.

  1. Not all CBD gummies are made equal

While shopping for the best CBD gummies, you’ll find there’s a vast difference in quality between brands. It’s important to consider aspects like where the company sources its CBD extracts, if third-party testing is performed, the listed amounts of CBD per gummy, and the overall brand reputation from customer reviews. Premium quality CBD gummies will be more pure and effective.  

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