By: Elements Of Green
Consumers are learning that one of the best things about CBD is not only how versatile it is, but also how easily it can be implemented into daily health and wellness routines. Here at Elements of Green, we have covered a variety of different ways CBD can be consumed including; CBD oils, CBD tinctures, CBD lotions, CBD creams, CBD capsules, CBD vapes, CBD Pet products and more. Today, however, we are excited to present the tastiest way to consume CBD by featuring “The Definitive 2020 Guide to CBD Gummies”.
CBD Gummies can be consumed discretely, come in a variety of flavours and textures and are quickly becoming one of the more popular ways to consume CBD, especially for those who are new or are trying CBD for the first time. Remember, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid on its own, meaning consumers can enjoy these tasty gummies without the feeling “high”. Flavors range dramatically, from some of the most recognizable candy based gummies to well-known favourites that include; sour worms, gummy bears, gummy toads and many more. On the flavor side; lemon-lime, raspberry, strawberry lemonade and more elevated flavors that include ginger are prevalent across brands and manufacturers.
CBD Gummy Benefits
Just as with other ways of consuming CBD, it is important to look at the label and read the ingredient list thoroughly to determine what the best product is for your specific needs. CBD gummies offer the same health and wellness support as other methods of consumption and include; reducing stress and anxiety, improving relaxation and sleep and pain management among others.
More specifically, according to an article from Very Well Health, advocates of CBD have outlined that the compound can help treat and deal with a variety of health problems that include:
- Chronic Pain
- Drug Addiction and Withdrawal
- High Blood Pressure
- Muscle Spasms
- Parkinson’s Disease
CBD Gummy Ingredients
It is important to note, some CBD gummies are manufactured using CBD isolate which does not include the benefits of other cannabinoids and does not contain THC. Others utilize Broad-spectrum CBD which contains other cannabinoids but not THC and lastly, Full-spectrum CBD which contains a full array of cannabinoids and a small percentage of THC. Generally speaking in Europe, the THC percentage must be below 0.02. However, the legality differs from country to country so it is important to do your research and shop from trusted brands and marketplaces.
CBD gummies brands can often offer vegan, non-GMO, natural flavors options for health-conscious consumers. Some brands even include other vitamins and supplements like melatonin to support overall health and wellness.
Elements of Green’s CBD Gummy Products
Due to overwhelming customer interest for CBD gummies, our experienced team at Elements of Green has identified select CBD gummy manufacturers and brands that meet our high standards and criteria for quality, safety and ingredients and we are pleased to report they will be available soon! If you would like to be notified when CBD Gummies become available please enter your email here.
What to Look for from Top CBD Gummies
With hundreds of CBD gummy brands on the market, it is important to know what to look for and understand what sets brands apart from a quality, safety and ingredient perspective. Here are a few of our top tips when it comes to selecting the best CBD gummy brands and products, take a look below:
Quality brands proudly display lab test results and detailed breakdowns of the COA (Certificate of Analysis). This is very important as it will tell you exactly what is in your product and also what isn’t for example, heavy metals, pesticides and other unwanted substances. Again, we find that brands who are willing to be transparent and show the consumer exactly what is in their products are a key indicator of quality products and experienced management teams.
Type of CBD
The type of CBD in the gummy matters; Isolate, broad-spectrum or full-spectrum.
- Typically, we find full-spectrum CBD products best support health and wellness through the “entourage effect” of all of the different cannabinoids and terpenes working together to interact with the human endocannabinoid system providing the best overall impact.
- Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD as it includes a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes however it lacks trace amounts of THC.
- CBD Isolate provides CBD alone without other cannabinoids and terpenes, however, there is one clear advantage here, CBD isolates are a favourite amongst athletes in particular who are subject to testing. CBD Isolates do not include other terpenes, cannabinoids or trace amounts of THC. (We recommend asking the manufacturer or brand directly about the THC content if this is an important and determining factor for you)
Our friends at Thrillist covered this subject in their article “Your Handy Dandy CBD Gummy Purchasing Guide” by Janelle Lassalle, providing guidance around the Full Spectrum Vs. Isolate debate:
Those seeking to experience the full therapeutic benefits of CBD should always opt to purchase full spectrum edibles. The term ‘full spectrum’ is used to denote the fact that all of the plant’s cannabinoids have been preserved in the final product. This includes a trace amount of
THC, which some makers say contributes to the entourage effect.
Cannabinoids work together synergistically thanks to a property known as “the entourage effect”. This property suggests that the unique interactions between cannabinoids found in full-spectrum products confer the greatest possible health benefits.
An isolate, on the other hand, is pretty much what its name implies. It’s a lab-extracted singular cannabinoid, usually THC or CBD, that comes in a concentrated crystalline form or white powder. Isolates are popular with some groups as they’re completely devoid of THC; however, since they’re also devoid of other cannabinoids, isolates tend to be less potent in terms of therapeutic effect.
With every new CBD product, we always recommend going low and slow, start with a fraction or small portion to get a feel for the CBD gummy’s effects as the experience is different for each consumer. Many brands will list the entire total of CBD contained in the package on the front label, for example, “100 mg of CBD” with each individual gummy containing 10 mg of CBD. Most brands of CBD gummies contain between 5mg to 10mg per gummy. Remember, starting low refers to the percentage or amount of CBD while going slow refers to allowing time for the body to absorb the CBD through the digestive process. On average, we recommend waiting anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes to feel the effects before taking additional CBD gummies.
With all of that said, there are plenty of CBD gummy options available on the market today, it may be worthwhile trying a couple of different brands to determine which product works best for your individual needs. With all of the information available on products and brands today we recommend checking social media for consumer reviews, Trust Pilot is another example of a platform that provides user-generated reviews for consumers to review prior to making a CBD gummy purchase.
As mentioned above, lab tests and the type of CBD provide the consumer with a detailed understanding of what the particular CBD gummy brand and product will contain. However, we are talking about an edible/ consumable product here and depending on what is important to the consumer the other added ingredients could be just as important as the CBD itself. For example, are you vegan? Is non-GMO important to you? How about organic products? Just as with traditional candy/ gummies the sugar content can be an issue, high fructose corn syrup and other fillers may negatively impact your health so take a look at the label closely to avoid these types of products.
CBD Gummy Review
Overall, CBD gummies have emerged as a popular go-to option for CBD consumers because of the variety of fun flavors, great taste, discrete consumption and the same amazing benefits as other methods of CBD consumption. We hope you enjoyed this article on the definitive guide to CBD gummies and our team at Elements of Green are standing by to answer any questions you may have. If you liked this article we encourage you to share it with your friends and family and drop a comment below on what you would like to see featured next.
The Elements of Green Team