Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming popular, with almost every product infused. You can find CBD in topicals, vapes, and edibles like CBD gummies. This article discusses how to make CBD gummies, including;what CBD gummies are, how they are made, and their benefits of CBD.
One of the easiest ways to consume cannabidiol or CBD is through edibles such as CBD gummies. CBD gummies are chewy-infused candies. They are tasty and easy to dose. The gummies are an excellent option for people who dislike CBD's earthy taste. Gummies can also be a discreet way of consuming CBD compared to other forms, such as vapes or topicals. However, not all CBD gummies are equal in potency. Manufacturers use different CBD extracts with several compounds and concentrations. Some use the traditional method of making gummies and infusing CBD oil. CBD users can also make their own homemade CBD gummies by following a recipe with ingredients of their choice.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol(CBD) has existed for hundreds of years. CBD is a natural compound derived from the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant consists of more than one hundred and fifty components known as cannabinoids. Among them, CBD and Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, are the most prevalent compounds. CBD and THC are responsible for the therapeutic properties associated with cannabis. While THC and CBD come from the same plant, the two compounds differ. According to Colizzi (2020), THC is the compound responsible for intoxicating effects and "high" feelings experienced when a user consumes cannabis. CBD is non-intoxicating. People prefer CBD products because they can reap the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without experiencing any intoxicating effects.
What Are CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies are edibles infused with CBD oil. Chewable candies come in different shapes, flavors, colors, and CBD concentrations. The gummies are an easy and discreet way of consuming CBD., they are pre-dosed, so there is little to no hassle in measuring the correct dosage of CBD. The gummies can be made with full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate. People enjoy taking CBD gummies because of their discreet and portable nature. They can be taken to work or traveling without attracting attention. Like other edible products, CBD gummies take time to be absorbed into the bloodstream. When ingested, they must go through the lengthy digestive tract before CBD is broken down to be absorbed into the bloodstream. They take time before the effects of CBD kick in. Crippa et al. (2019) showed that CBD gummies can address various health issues, including pain, sleep, stress and anxiety.
Manufacturers of gummies isolate CBD from hemp. The cannabis plant (hemp) contains different chemical constituents with different concentrations. Manufacturers extract CBD oil from the hemp resin to obtain CBD. They use different extraction methods to obtain different CBD extracts. The most popular extraction methods used are CO2 extraction and solvent extraction. The solvent extraction method is quite dangerous. It uses highly flammable solvents such as propane, ethanol, alcohol, or butane to dissolve away other cannabinoids and terpenes to obtain CBD resin.Manufacturers can use the CO2 extraction method to obtain CBD extract. This is the most preferred method because it is safer and cleaner. CO2 does not contain any chemical residue. Besides, it is non-flammable. CBD extracted using the CO2 method is purer than CBD extracted using the solvent method. Once CBD is extracted from hemp, it is refined to remove impurities. CBD extract obtains either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate.
Making gummies requires three main ingredients: a sweetener, such as sugar, a thickener, and flavoring. All the ingredients are mixed and cooked on medium-low heat to form a smooth and glassy mixture. CBD oil is then infused into the mixture and molded into desired shapes before the mixture hardens. CBD begins to lose its effectiveness when exposed to very high temperatures. It should be added to the mixture before much of the cooking, below 200 degrees Celsius.
CBD gummies are not always the same. They are available in different varieties based on the choice of ingredients used. Some may be vegan, while others may contain animal products such as gelatin. Making homemade CBD gummies is simple. All you need is a homemade candy recipe and a few drops of CBD oil.
Natural additives and preservatives such as citric acid
Non-stick coatings such as corn-starch
Anatural flavoring such as apple juice, lemon, grapes, or fresh fruit juice, depending on your preferences.
Benefits of CBD
CBD contains neuroprotective properties due to its ability to interact with brain receptors. Maroon& Bost (2018) reviewed the neurological benefits of cannabidiol. The results indicated that CBD's neurological uses include treating malignant brain tumors, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathic pain. Psychiatric and mood disorders, such as schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, addiction, post-concussion syndrome, and posttraumatic stress disorders, are being studied using cannabinoids such as CBD.
Legal (2022)outlined the top health benefits associated with CBD as follows:
Improving mental health-related symptoms.
Improving heart health and the circulatory system.
Providing relief for symptoms related to cancer and side effects associated with cancer treatments.
Antipsychotic benefits and others.
CBD gummies are made with natural sweeteners, flavorings, and other ingredients infused with CBD oil. The procedure of making CBD gummies is simple. All you need is a gummy recipe of your choice and CBD oil. CBD users can also follow the same procedure to make the gummies in the comfort of their homes. People use CBD gummies for different reasons, including pain relief, anxiety relief, and improving sleep quality. Since CBD gummies are among the unregulated products in the market, it is important to ensure you purchase a quality product. CBD buyers should check the company's certification, potency, available ingredients, and third-party test results to ensure they consume a quality product.
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