CBD is everywhere. From dispensaries, to beauty salons, pet stores and even gas stations, there's a seemingly endless list of CBD infused products on the market - yet it may come as no surprise that CBD gummies are among the best-selling of them all.
CBD gummies offer a delicious - yet discreet - way to benefit from the many health benefits CBD has to offer. These pre-dosed treats are ideal for beginners and connoisseurs alike not only because they taste great.
They also provide a relatively quick and easy way to get relief whether you’re at home, on the go, or anywhere in between.
What is CBD and can it get you high?
While there’s literally an explosion of CBD-powered products on the market, how many people actually know what CBD it is? Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is one of more than 100 naturally occurring compounds, or cannabinoids, that make up the cannabis plant.
Unlike its highly intoxicating counterpart, THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that won’t make you feel “high” or euphoric. While THC is the primary cannabinoid of most cannabis strains, CBD is the main cannabinoid of the hemp plant.
And while THC and marijuana are illegal on a federal level, the 2018 Farm Bill effectively legalized hemp-based CBD containing less than 0.3% THC.
What are CBD gummies
CBD gummies are sweet, chewy candies infused with CBD oil extracted from hemp. CBD extract comes in three different formats: full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate.
Derived from the whole hemp plant, full spectrum delivers all the benefits hemp has to offer, including terpenes, flavonoids, plus additional cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN - and no more than 0.3% THC. Broad Spectrum contains virtually the same variety of compounds as full spectrum with the exception of THC.
CBD Isolate is essentially pure CBD, free from any and all compounds found in the hemp plant. Which one is better? The answer to that question varies from person to person. Having said that, products containing full and broad spectrum CBD may produce an “entourage effect,” which means the complex compounds of the hemp plant produce stronger effects together, rather than individually.
The word “gummies” may conjure up an image of cute, colorful bears but gummies can be found in an unlimited number of shapes, colors, sizes and flavors. CBD gummies are no different.
From plain to sugar coated, these CBD-rich edibles are developed with CBD extract, a gelatinous base such as pectin, sweeteners and other natural flavors. Some gummies may contain additional holistic herb extracts and adaptogens to enhance CBD’s potential to improve sleep, ease pain and inflammation or increase energy.
How do CBD gummies work
While it’s still somewhat of a mystery, preliminary studies indicate that CBD interacts with an intricate cell-signaling system located throughout the brain and body.
This complex network of receptors, also known as the Endocannabinoid system, is thought to help maintain homeostasis, or balance, by regulating vital functions such as sleep, mood, temperature, appetite and memory.
Once it enters your bloodstream, CBD works in harmony with your body by prompting your endocannabinoid system to produce endogenous cannabinoids (or endocannabinoids) which circulate and bind to CB1 AND CB2 cannabinoid receptors throughout your body.
CBD’s impact on your brain’s response to serotonin is thought to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Also known as the “happiness molecule,” serotonin acts as a mood stabilizer responsible for a sense of mental calm and overall well being.
Evidence also suggests that CBD can influence our perception of pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep quality and in smaller doses, it may also enhance focus and energy.
Much more than a trend, CBD continues to prove itself as a potent, natural remedy. As more people become aware of its potential, a growing number are turning to CBD as an effective, all-natural alternative to pharmaceuticals.
As a wellness supplement, CBD can provide many of the same benefits as OTC and prescribed drugs such as NSAIDs, sleep pills, or anti-depressants - without risky side effects often associated with them.
What to expect when consuming CBD gummies
As a plant-based supplement, CBD is pretty easily tolerated. That said, the reaction to CBD is highly individualized. Factors such as metabolism, weight, age, tolerance, and even gender can have a major impact on how you experience CBD.
In addition, taking time to find the ideal dose is key. Each gummy is pre-dosed to help you determine how much CBD is the right amount for you. Most CBD products come with a suggested serving size to guide you through this somewhat tricky, yet rewarding process.
The effects of CBD gummies can’t be detected immediately. Once consumed, CBD and other active compounds must be digested and metabolized before entering your bloodstream and interacting with your endocannabinoid system. On average, you can expect to feel relief within an hour or so, with effects that can last anywhere from 6-8 hours.
How to choose the best CBD gummies
With so many CBD gummies on the market, the quest for the best can be a little overwhelming - but we’ve got you covered.
Not all CBD products are created equally and while CBD in and of itself is considered safe, many products on the market contain harmful solvents and other contaminants that can totally derail your wellness goals.
At FOCL, high quality does not come at the cost of mouthwatering flavor. All of our products contain premium broad and full spectrum CBD and we use organic ingredients whenever possible. And as part of our commitment to keep things clean and transparent, all of our GMP-Certified lab-made products are third-party tested to ensure highest quality safety standards. FOCL products are free of pesticides, heavy metals, microbials, mycotoxins and residual solvents.
We’re thrilled to introduce our new FOCL Premium CBD Gummies! Available in three delectable flavors, Sour Watermelon, Tropical Punch, and Mandarin Orange, our new soft-chew gummies feel like a treat, not a chore. Organic, vegan and made in the USA, each individual gummy is packed with 25mg of premium CBD.
Whether you’re looking for an energy boost, relief for achy joints and muscles or a sense of calm after a stressful day, our tasty, guilt-free gummies can provide the relief you’re looking for.