If you are interested in exploring CBD products, then you have likely come across edibles. But what are CBD edibles and what should you know about them? We gathered all the information you need to better understand edibles and get the most from them.
What CBD Edibles Are
To start, you need to understand what CBD edibles are. The name likely gives you a pretty good idea of the answer to this, as they are a form of CBD that is edible. Because they are edible, you do not need to combust the CBD in any way to enjoy it.
A Refresher on CBD
CBD is a crucial part of CBD edibles, so you should be clear that this is one of the most prevalent cannabinoids in cannabis, with THC being the other one. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects and it is legal at the federal level in the United States and in most areas. CBD also does not show up on a drug test, when it is alone.
CBD Edibles Can Have THC
You can classify CBD edibles into two broad categories: those with or without THC. CBD edibles without THC are ideal for those who are subject to drug testing or do not want even a small chance of psychoactive effects.
The level of THC in CBD edibles that contain it can also vary. Some will only have trace quantities of THC while others will be “balanced”, meaning they have almost equal quantities of CBD and THC.
It should go without saying that if you consume a balanced edible that has THC as well as CBD, it can show up on a drug test and you should expect some high.
Advantages of CBD Edibles
Everyone has their own reasons for choosing CBD edibles over other methods of consuming CBD, but the following are some of the more common.
If you were to smoke high-CBD flowers, you would ingest smoke that enters your lungs. This is not ideal for your lungs, and there is a similar problem with vaping CBD. By contrast, there is no smoke involved with CBD edibles.
Compared to some other methods of consuming CBD, edibles are incredibly convenient. They tend to be portable, so you can easily take them on the go.
Edibles are also very discreet, especially compared to smoking or vaping. They can even be more discreet than oils or pills since no one needs to know that your snack is infused with CBD.
Many people appreciate the convenient dosing of edibles as well. If you were to smoke or vape CBD, you would have a tough time controlling the dose. If you use an oil, you would have to carefully measure it out to get the dose you want. By contrast, edibles are already pre-dosed, so you can just eat one and know exactly how much CBD you are consuming.
Although not always the case, you can frequently find edibles for a more affordable price than CBD flowers or oil. Of course, this depends largely on where you buy the edibles.
Some people prefer CBD edibles over other methods because of the flavor. If you do not like the taste of CBD, then edibles do an excellent job of masking it. You can also frequently choose your favorite flavor, so you enjoy the edible’s taste as well as its effects.
Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, and Isolate
As you start to browse CBD edibles, you should be aware that they fall into three main categories based on the type of CBD used. CBD isolate is just CBD and it does not contain any other parts from the cannabis or hemp plant, so there are no other cannabinoids and no terpenes or flavonoids.
Full-spectrum CBD uses the full chemical profile of the plant. This means that they will contain THC, other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids as well. The THC can range from trace quantities to significant amounts, depending on the product.
Broad-spectrum CBD is a middle ground, as it contains nearly everything in a full-spectrum product but not the THC.
Choosing Among Them
Opting for broad-spectrum or full-spectrum products lets you take advantage of the entourage effect, which is the fact that when cannabinoids, terpenes, and other elements of the cannabis plant interact, they enhance each other’s effects.
By contrast, choosing a broad-spectrum product or isolate is ideal if you want to make sure you avoid THC. This can be due to a desire to avoid any potential psychoactive effects, legal reasons, or so you can pass drug tests.
Onset and Duration of Effects From CBD Edibles
Consuming CBD edibles leads to slight differences in the timing of effects compared to other methods of ingesting CBD. With edibles, the product has to go through your digestive system before you begin to notice effects. This can take as little as 30 minutes or as long as two hours. It will also depend on your metabolism, activity level, height and weight, and what you previously ate. By contrast, you can notice effects from a CBD tincture in just 15 minutes. The other side of this is that CBD edibles’ effects last longer as well.
Types of Edibles
If you look hard enough, you can find CBD edibles in nearly any form. If you cannot find one you like, you could also make your own CBD edibles with CBD oils or other products. CBD gummies are among the most popular edibles, but you can also find chocolate, protein bars, cookies, and sugar-free options.
Potential Side Effects
Although they are rare, you should still be aware of the potential side effects of CBD edibles. You may notice dry mouth, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, headache, or diarrhea. As mentioned, many people notice no side effects at all. You are also less likely to notice side effects if you stick to a lower dose.
The Bottom Line
CBD edibles offer a convenient, discreet, and delicious way to take CBD and enjoy its effects. You just need to choose whether you want a CBD isolate, full-spectrum, or broad-spectrum product.