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What Are CBD Gummies and How to Make
Among all the medicinal edibles, CBG gummies are the most enjoyable way of harnessing its healing properties. Popping one in the mouth invokes memories of a happy childhood. Once the highly medicinal cannabinoid works itself to the bloodstream, its touted therapeutic effects begin to take hold – bringing calm and relief from a plethora of conditions.
What Are CBD Gummies?
In a nutshell, these are gelatin-based chewable jelly candies that you came to love as a kid – infused with pure CBD oil.
Cannabis-infused gummies may or may not contain THC. The label ‘CBD gummies’ denotes 0% THC. It caters to the needs of casual consumers and medical patients who cannot or refuse to tolerate psychoactive activities. Recreational users seeking the high, on the other hand, should opt for ‘THC gummies’ instead.
Advantages of Gummy Edibles
Why should you choose CBD gummies over other forms of cannabis or methods of consumption?
Opting for CBD is mostly for health reasons. In that regard, smoking is the worst way to harness its medicinal benefits as combusting the herbs produce toxins. Inhaling these harmful chemicals pose long-term health risks – and therefore is counterproductive. Depending on the strain, smoke can be harsh on the throat and the lungs. Some people also could not tolerate smoke as it may cause an allergic reaction. Other than the sublingual application of pure CBD oil, the cleanest and healthiest choice is to ingest CBD-infused edibles.
2. Widely Available and Easy to Make
In states where there are local dispensaries, CBD gummies are one of the most popular products. It is also widely available in online stores. In recent years, too, these CBD edibles have also started to appear in mainstream stores.
Its availability is predicated on one fact – that the consumable contains less than 0.3% THC – any higher then it becomes prohibited at the federal level. Do note that the regulations on cannabis vary from one country to another, and some may either entirely ban or require THC level to be 0.2% or less.
Store-bought CBD products, though, are not without controversy. There is a case in which dozens of people fell ill after consuming a product falsely labeled as CBD. In another example, a publicly-traded company produced and sold vaping liquids that contained synthetic marijuana compounds and a coughing medicine ingredient that can cause the high. Although these are not edibles, it does bring to light the potential for duping the public – compromising health for the sake of profiting.
Yes, CBD edibles abound and are easy to obtain. All you have to do is to exercise due diligence, determining the legitimacy and reputation of the source. Some people, too, have taken to making CBD gummies and other edibles at home – only because it is doable.
3. Delightful to Consume
Smoking is dangerous to health – that is a given. Vaping may be a better solution – if the argument is that there is no combustion involved. To produce vapors, the vape juice is heated to 230°C. There is no burning of plant material and foreign matter, which creates the same toxic by-products as joints or blunts.
Fake products aside, liquid e-juice does contain thinning agents. Among the two more commonly used are propylene glycol (PG) and polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG 400). Once heated to 230°C, these agents produce toxic chemicals. Acetaldehyde and formaldehyde – the culprits – are dangerous to health.
There are other methods of consumption. Sublingual application of tincture is one, but it may lack taste or does not taste good. Pills are another option though not everyone is up for it.
Ingesting a CBD chewable gummy therefore presents itself not only as easy to consume but also fun and enjoyable.
4. Accurate Dosages
CBD gummy is one of, if not the easiest way to dose. Edibles sold in reputable stores come with labels indicating the THC and CBD levels. Dosing comes down to determining the number of pieces to consume.
Controlling the dosage or the amount of CBD that goes into one piece of gummy is also one of the reasons to make CBD edibles yourself.
5. Long-Lasting Relief
About the only possible weakness or disadvantage of consuming CBD as edible is the length of time that it takes before the effects start manifesting. At 30 to 90 minutes, for sure, quick-relief is not the best attribute of CBD gummies. If there is a pressing need, then sublingually applying pure CBD oil is the best option.
For long-lasting relief, edibles – in general – rules. Compared to smoking joints, the effects of cannabinoids can last twice as long, up to 8 hours.
6. Used to Be Discreet
For some people, it may have mattered in the past – the need for privacy or discreteness. CBD products, being derived from cannabis, still come attached with labels. In extreme cases, the uneducated and misinformed calls people who consume CBD as stoners – causing undue anguish.
All that has changed. There is now a better understanding of the distinction between CBD and the psychoactive compound THC. Although there are still cases of stereotyping, there is no longer any valid reason for anyone consuming CBD to hide or be embarrassed.
Evidence-Based CBD Medicinal Benefits
Since CBD was first discovered, numerous studies have shown its potential as a treatment for many illnesses. Already, CBD is a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to rise. Fundings have also increased, and more studies can be expected.
Healthline has published some of the conditions in which CBD can help alleviate or mitigate with references to specific studies:
- Relieve pain and inflammation
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Alleviate cancer-related symptoms
- Reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- Reduce acne
- Neuroprotective properties on epilepsy and multiple sclerosis
- Prevent or slow Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
- Boost cardiovascular and circulatory system
- Reduce blood pressure
- Substance abuse treatment
- Prevent diabetes
How to Make CBD Gummies at Home
Before embarking on making CBD gummies yourself, there is one crucial decision to make – the source of CBD itself.
The typical cannabis strains – including low-THC high-CBD strains – are not suitable sources. Its THC level is well above 0.2 or 0.3% THC. Therefore, to extract the purest CBD possible, the only viable source is industrial hemp that conforms to the Farm Bill (in the case of the United States).
Growing hemp is most likely not a viable option as hemp seeds are sold by the thousands to commercial growers.
CBD Isolate vs. Full Spectrum CBD
To make CBD gummies at home, the best choice is to obtain pure CBD oil. It comes in two kinds – and understanding the fundamental difference is of utmost importance.
CBD Isolate. This is the purest form of CBD. It is extracted from hemp, and other compounds found are removed, leaving only CBD. Its importance is more to the benefit of brands, which could then customize products by adding terpenes (for fragrance, flavors, and more effects), for example.
Full Spectrum CBD. This extract, unlike isolate, contains less than 0.2% THC to conform to the law, as well as other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. For making CBD gummies, this is the best type of oil to use. Not only do each of the compounds provide health benefits, but each one of them synergizes with others to enhance the overall effects.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil Brands
Note: These are, by no means, an endorsement of any kind. Instead, these are only a few of the many reputable brands in the market.
High Potency Full Spectrum CBD Tincture
- Concentration: 50mg of CBD per ml
- Available sizes: 750mg ($32); 3000mg ($110); 6000mg ($200)
Standard Potency Full Spectrum CBD Tincture
- Concentration: 15mg of CBD per ml
- Available sizes: 225mg ($12); 900mg ($38); 1800mg ($70)
Lazarus Naturals full-spectrum CBD tinctures contain organic hemp seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, hemp extract. It conforms to US regulations of not exceeding 0.3% THC, is vegan, and non-GMO.
These are unflavored and free of additives, making them suitable for making CBD gummies. They do produce other oils that contain terpenes and extracts – Chocolate Mint and French Vanilla Mocha. Depending on the dosage you want to make, you can choose between high potency and standard potency. The company recommends taking 1ml (either 50mg or 15mg) as needed or as advised by your healthcare provider.
Original Formula CBD Oil
- Concentration: 50mg of CBD per ml
- Available sizes: 30ml (1500mg, $149.99); 100ml (5000mg; $274.99)
This is the original formula that catapulted the brand to the ranks of the elites. It contains 86mg of hemp extract per ml, 50mg of which is CBD. The color of the oil may vary from batch to batch, but the company does not use dyes to standardize the color. Instead, it only constitutes hemp extracts and olive oil. The constituent of hemp includes CBD and other phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and essential fatty acids.
CBD Oil: 7mg CBD
- Concentration of Hemp Extract/CBD: 11mg full-spectrum, 7mg of CBD per ml
- Available sizes: 30ml (210mg, $39.99); 100ml (700mg; $99.99)
CBD Oil: 17mg CBD
- Concentration of Hemp Extract/CBD: 28mg full-spectrum, 17mg of CBD per ml
- Available sizes: 30ml (510mg, $74.99); 100ml (1700mg; $188.99)
CBD Gummies Recipe
Before making CBD gummies, think about your intentions. Do you want to keep the CBD levels low so you could eat more while relaxing at home watching Netflix? Or, do you prefer to make the concentration higher, as much as one piece equivalent to one dose?
This recipe makes approximately 50 pieces of gummy bears. With that in mind, how much dosage should go into each piece? Based on that, it should be easy to figure out the concentration and amount of CBD oil you add.
For example, if the plan is to eat 10 pieces of gummies in one sitting and a total dosage of 10mg, then that means that each gummy bear should have 1mg of CBD. As you are making 50 pieces, then you need to add 50mg CBD into the whole mix.
After deciding, preparing the necessary ingredients and tools should not be difficult at all.
- 1 pack of gelatin (approximately 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup coconut water or 100% fruit juice
- Raw honey (for sweetening)
- Desired concentration/dosage of CBD oil
1. Pour coconut water or fruit juice into a saucepan over low heat. Warm the liquid, but do not let it boil.
2. Add the CBD oil into the saucepan.
3. Pour the gelatin into the saucepan and whisk until it dissolves into the mixture.
4. Add 1 tbsp of honey or more as desired.
5. Pour the gelatin/CBD mix into a mold tray (gummy bears is a popular choice).
6. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
Note: Once done, you should label the CBD gummies to make sure that anyone else from the household would know that it is laced with full-spectrum hemp extract. The dosage should also be indicated.
Too Lazy to Make?
Making CBD gummies at home is not everyone’s cup of tea. In places where it is available, buying may be a more convenient option. Some of the more reputable brands include:
Full-spectrum CBD is not the only offering of CBD Gummies with Vitamins. It also provides gummies with vitamins B12 and D3 to go along with 10mg per piece. Each bottle contains 20 gummies and costs $31.
Old Fashioned Hemp-Derived CBD Gumdrops are made by hand in small batches. They contain natural citrus and berry flavors, gelatin, citric acid, and sugar. Each gumdrop contains 20mg of CBD. Each box contains 9 gumdrops and costs $45.
Available in two flavors – Cherry Mango and Citrus Punch – +PlusCBD Oil Gummies are gluten-free, non-GMO edibles made from naturally derived hemp extracts. Full-spectrum hemp used ensures that it comes with other beneficial compounds such as fatty acids, phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and also vitamin E.
The options, aside from the two flavors, include the number of pieces, with each containing 5mg CBD. 10 pieces cost $10.16, 30 pieces cost $25.46, 30 pieces cost $42.46.
Go Make CBD Gummies
CBD gummies in any shape or form – bears being the most prevalent and darn cute – is an enjoyable way of harnessing medicinal properties. It is not harmful, as no toxins are produced due to combusting the dried herbs or heating up thinning agents. It should appeal to people who cannot tolerate ingesting pills or find the taste of tincture either lacking or unpleasant.
For fast relief, edibles are not the best way to consume CBD. The effects can come after half an hour to two hours. Once it does, though, it lasts quite long.
Buying CBD gummies is much more convenient nowadays. There are local dispensaries, as well as online retailers. Even some mainstream stores already sell these products. Making at home is an excellent alternative as you can control the ingredients and customize the dosage. Not to mention, it is also cost-effective. As you can see, the recipe is simple and easy to follow.