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Gummies And Other Edibles As An Antidepressant And An Easy Way Of Ingesting CBD

by Louise W. Rice
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For those who cannot enjoy CBD (cannabidiol) benefits by inhaling it, edibles are a great alternative. They’re not only tasty but quite discreet. They also do not endanger your respiratory system. In addition, there are various types available such as cake pops, chocolates, gumdrops, brownies, lozenges, and gummies.

How do CBD edibles work?

CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for helping regulate a lot of internal processes in your body, such as mood, appetite, sleep, inflammation, and pain perception. When there is something wrong in your system, the ECS acts to bring your body back into homeostasis. It does this by releasing endocannabinoids (natural cannabinoids produced by your body) which interact with cannabinoid receptors located all over the body. CBD stimulates the ECS to release endocannabinoids and prevents it from breaking down to ensure it stays longer in the body.

As for how CBD edibles work, it’s similar to how other CBD products work – they are absorbed into the bloodstream. However, since these are ingested, it can take relatively long before the CBD enters your bloodstream. Moreover, the different types of edibles can affect the rate at which CBD is absorbed.

CBD edibles as long-lasting relief

The effects of CBD edibles can start after 30 minutes to two hours of ingestion. While it takes effect much slower than inhaling or smoking CBD, the advantage of edibles is that they last longer in your system. In fact, the effects can stay as long as 6 to 8 hours. At least until the food you ate has been fully digested. It is also possible that you may still feel the effects of the CBD for a few more days while your body works it out of your system. The likelihood of this increases the more you continue to ingest edibles. For this reason, CBD edibles are ideal for treating chronic pain.

However, it is important to note that various factors can affect a person’s experience with CBD edibles, such as metabolism and weight. It is best to try it for yourself to see what type of edibles and how much you should eat.

How to choose CBD gummies?

Not all CBD gummies are created equal. Some are invariably better than others. If you need hemp edibles for daily use, you’ll need to consider the following factors before consuming any.

Safety

The CBD market is still in its infancy. There are a lot of things that are not known yet. In addition, there aren’t any FDA regulations on CBD products. You must know you are buying a quality product that’s safe for consumption.

Take the time to research the company manufacturing the edibles, learn their certifications and manufacturing process, and read reviews to determine their reputation.

Aside from researching the company, you also need to check if the products have undergone third-party testing. You need to make sure that the product does not contain any unwanted chemicals and that the dosage is the same as what’s printed on the label.

Ingredients

You need to check that the ingredients listed are good for you. Remember, as delicious as these edibles might be, you’re in need of wellness support. You’re not looking to just snack. Look for natural ingredients such as fruit extracts and therapeutic ingredients that will help your condition, such as melatonin.

You will also need to consider the hemp extract used. It must be made from US-grown hemp. There are three types of hemp extract that can be used. Full-spectrum contains all the cannabinoids, including THC. The broad spectrum contains most of the cannabinoids but without THC. CBD isolate contains pure CBD, no other cannabinoids included.

Can you consume gummies daily?

Yes, you can. It is the dosage that will need to be taken into account. Each person is unique. Several factors need to be taken into accounts, such as a person’s weight, metabolism,  and sensitivity to CBD. You should also consider the serving size of the gummy and the potency of the CBD oil.

Ways of ingesting CBD

Aside from edibles, CBD can be ingested orally through a spray, oil, or capsule. It can also be used topically through creams and lotions. Inhaling CBD through smoking or vaping is another way to consume it. You can also get CBD tinctures that allow you to consume CBD sublingually.

Using CBD gummies for depression

Research on the efficacy of CBD in helping manage depression is still quite limited. Some studies have shown that it has antidepressant effects, though these have mostly been animal studies. One study published in 2018 shows that its antidepressant-like effect is due to how it influences the way the brain interacts with serotonin which is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood. Another research study conducted in the same year found that the effects of CBD are much faster and more sustained compared to traditional antidepressant drugs. As an added benefit, CBD has relatively few side effects.

CBD gummies and other edibles are an excellent way to get daily doses of CBD that can help a person manage depression, anxiety, pain, and insomnia. Moreover, they’re easier to acquire and consume. They’re more discreet and will not harm your respiratory system. In addition, their effects stay longer in the body.

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