CBD Edibles are on the rise, with 40% of US adults over the age of 21 expressing interested in trying the product. Benefits are purported to include alleviating stress, relieving anxiety and depression, pain relief, and even helping to improve sleep patterns and insomnia. With CBD branching out into fields as diverse as skin care and hair products, trying to navigate this expanding world can seem quite overwhelming. Taking on as much information as possible is always the best thing to do when thinking about experimenting with health alternatives. Considering not just the potential benefits, but also the different varieties of CBD edibles on the market, will help you make the best decision when figuring out if it’s right for you.
Finding The Right Edible
Dietitian Staci Gulbin highlights the fact that CBD edibles are derived from three essential types of hemp extract. Full-Spectrum CBD, as the name suggests, takes cannabinoids (the chemical compounds found in hemp) from the entire plant. This offers the broadest chemical range from the plant, including THC (the psychoactive component). Next is Broad-Spectrum CBD, which extracts cannabinoids from the whole plant, but then goes through an additional process to remove the THC. CBD Isolate extracts CBD exclusively, with no THC or any other cannabinoids. Naturally, your choice of CBD edible will depend on the type of extract you’re comfortable with using, and might require a degree of experimentation.
Different Varieties Of Consumption
CBD edibles come in a variety of different delivery methods too, from a tincture, a spray or an oral drop, right the way up to gummies, chocolates and blended teas. The key thing to bear in mind is dosage. Every product will have a recommended dosage displayed on the packaging, and it’s important to remember it, especially with the more snack-able variations out there. A low average dose sits at around 25mg, but this can vary from person to person: make sure to do your research before getting started.
Studying The Benefits
While there is a lot of anecdotal evidence about the health benefits of CBD, there isn’t an enormous amount of medical research on the topic. Early evidence is optimistic, however, and one field that CBD is making particular inroads into is running. The appeal of more natural health products to relieve nagging joint pain and improve recovery is growing among people like runners, who regularly push their bodies to the limit.
Ultimately the decision on whether CBD edibles are right for you will depend on your individual situation. Selecting the right hemp extract and delivery method will be a case of finding the correct balance for you.