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Benefits of Edible CBD Products

September 28, 2022 5 min read

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Benefits of Edible CBD Products

Name any food or drink, and there's a high chance it is available in a CBD-infused version. Cannabidiol edibles are not only a tasty and simple way to consume CBD, but they are also versatile and come with many benefits. Whether taking CBD edibles for pain, anxiety, or sleep, you will enjoy the experience. In this article, you will learn the benefits of edible CBD products.

For a new CBD user, choosing a product can be so overwhelming. CBD is available in various products, from creams to lotions, oils, vapes, and edibles. Your product choice depends on your lifestyle and how you would like to consume the CBD dose. Most CBD users prefer pure CBD oil. However, not everyone is a fan of its earthy and bitter taste. And that is where edible CBD products come in. There are different edible CBD products to choose from in stores and online stores. CBD edibles are available in the form of gummies, lollipops, cookies, honey sticks, coffee, hard candy, and more. They are convenient and an easy way to dose CBD. Besides, they come with a plethora of benefits over other CBD products.

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol or CBD comes from the cannabis plant, which contains more than one hundred other components known as cannabinoids. CBD is derived from hemp (a cannabis plant), which contains higher levels of CBD and no more than 0.3% THC. Marijuana is also another popular type of cannabis plant that produces higher levels of THC, usually more than 0.3%, and has low CBD content. CBD derived from hemp is considered legal in most states as it contains traces of THC, which is not enough to cause a high or intoxicating effect. Unlike THC, CBD is not intoxicating. CBD extracted from hemp is available in three types, each with different compounds and concentrations. They include;

  • Full-spectrum CBD- contains all the components of the hemp plant, including THC, terpenes, and flavonoids.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD- contains all other components of hemp except THC.
  • CBD isolate- has CBD as the only compound from hemp. It is the purest form of CBD extract with neither THC nor terpenes and flavonoids.

What are CBD Edibles?

CBD edibles are foods and drinks infused with CBD. You can purchase CBD edibles in hard candies, cookies, chocolates, gummies, coffee, energy drinks, cakes, and wine, among other products. The most popular options are CBD gummies, pucks, and chocolates. Their popularity has recently skyrocketed for their calming effects and improving sleep, among other benefits.

Properties of CBD Edibles

CBD Edibles are Non-intoxicating

Although CBD comes from cannabis, it is surprising that it doesn't produce a high or intoxicating effect like THC. Instead, they provide calming effects and relief from other moderate conditions without a psychoactive-high feeling. Besides, they are long-lasting, providing long-term relief from mild pain and anxiety. They would be an excellent option for anyone trying to benefit from cannabis without an intoxicating experience.

CBD Edibles Are Easy to Dose

When you inhale CBD concentrate, you might be unable to determine the exact dose to help you achieve your desired results. Most CBD edibles are pre-dosed, allowing you to easily measure the precise amount of CBD you want to consume to achieve the desired effects. 

Edibles are Generally Discreet

CBD edibles can be a discreet way to consume CBD and medicate. They cannot cause inconveniences when used in public, unlike vapes, which might draw so much attention. You can consume them anywhere without anyone noticing. CBD edibles can be taken during work, while traveling, during a workout, or while driving.

Lower Risk of Lung Irritation

There is a possibility of lung irritation when inhaling CBD vapor or smoke. Thinning agents added to vape pens may be toxic when subjected to high temperatures or heat. CBD edibles may be a better alternative to avoid inhaling toxic ingredients that can irritate your lungs.

CBD Edibles Provide Long-term Relief

Like any other ingested food, CBD edibles take the longest time (usually 30 minutes to 2 hours) to deliver effects compared to other ways of consuming CBD. This is because they go through the long process of digestion and metabolism before CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream. However, the effects often last longer (usually 5 to 6 hours) than inhalation or other methods.

CBD Edibles Have Mild Side Effects

There are claims that higher doses of CBD may interfere with other pharmaceuticals necessitating consumers to lower their doses. However, CBD is generally well-tolerated and has mild side effects, even in higher doses.

What Are the Health Benefits of CBD?

Pain Relief

Generally, cannabis has been used since 2900 BC to treat pain. The individual components of cannabis, such as CBD, are responsible for these effects. CBD interacts with neurotransmitters in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce pain-relieving effects. According to Eskander et al. (2020), CBD may be effective for acute and chronic pain, including nerve and back pain. However, Schiling et al. (2021) also added that CBD might be more effective when combined with THC. It may also benefit arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia pain.

Neuroprotective Benefits

CBD contains neuroprotective properties effective for managing various types of neurological disorders. Two of the most popular uses of CBD are treating seizures of severe forms of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis (MS). D'hooghe et al. (2021) indicated that CBD could reduce muscle spasms in people with MS who struggle with muscle spasticity resistant to medications.  

Mental Health

Anxiety disorders, stress, depression, and other mental health disorders can affect a person's overall health and well-being. The majority of mental health conditions are usually managed with pharmaceutical drugs. However, they may come with side effects that can worsen the symptoms of those mental health problems. CBD has become the best option for those looking for a more natural way to manage such conditions. Garcia-Gutierrez et al. (2020) found that CBD may be effective for people dealing with social anxiety and other anxiety-related disorders.

Conclusion

CBD edibles are foods and drinks infused with CBD. It is derived from the hemp plant, a cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC content. You can rest assured that CBD edibles will not cause a high feeling when consumed. Edible CBD products can be a fun way to consume CBD. Not only that, but they also come with a plethora of benefits. They are easy to dose, discreet, non-intoxicating, provide long-lasting effects, have mild side effects, and lower risks of lung irritations. Generally, CBD is known for its therapeutic benefits in pain relief, neurological conditions, and mental health disorders, among other health conditions.

References

D’hooghe, M., Willekens, B., Delvaux, V., D’haeseleer, M., Guillaume, D., Laureys, G. ... & Popescu, V. (2021). Sativex® (Nabiximols) Cannabinoid Oromucosal Spray In Patients With Resistant Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity: The Belgian Experience. BMC Neurology, 21(1), 1-9.

Eskander, J. P., Spall, J., Spall, A., Shah, R. V., & Kaye, A. D. (2020). Cannabidiol (CBD) As A Treatment Of Acute And Chronic Back Pain: A Case Series And Literature Review. J Opioid Manag, 16(3), 215-8.

García-Gutiérrez, M. S., Navarrete, F., Gasparyan, A., Austrich-Olivares, A., Sala, F., & Manzanares, J. (2020). Cannabidiol: A Potential New Alternative For The Treatment Of Anxiety, Depression, And Psychotic Disorders. Biomolecules, 10(11).

Schilling, J. M., Hughes, C. G., Wallace, M. S., Sexton, M., Backonja, M., & Moeller-Bertram, T. (2021). Cannabidiol As A Treatment For Chronic Pain: A Survey Of Patients' Perspectives And Attitudes. Journal Of Pain Research, 14, 1241.