How about a bit of history before we begin? No, no, no, don’t go away! It’s relevant. We promise. So let’s talk gummies.
The first gummy candy (shaped like bears) was invented in Germany almost 100 years ago. Seventy years later, in the late 1990s, two natural-foods advocates mixed up a batch of gummy vitamins in order to get their kids to take a daily multi.
Now it seems like gummies are everywhere. We’ve got gummy this and gummy that. So it’s really no surprise that sometime in the last five years, some canna-genius was inspired — probably in a haze of joint smoke — to combine CBD and gummy candy into the ultimate medicinal confection: CBD gummies.
At this point, you’re probably asking, “But why do we need another method of consuming cannabis?” Our answer? Because each method offers a number of different benefits.
CBD (short for cannabidiol) comes in many different forms, including:
- Dissolvable strips
- Dermal patches
Add to that some other novel methods of delivery — like pills, lube, and various kinds of bongs — and you’ve got yourself an infinite variety of fun. But with CBD gummies, now you’ve got infinite+1! That’s even more opportunities to get the medicine you need. Who could argue with that?
1) Easy To Take
Do you have trouble swallowing pills? Do you feel like the pills will get caught in your throat? Do you think you’re going to choke? If that’s you to a T, CBD gummies will feel like a gift from the canna-gods.
Unless you’re one of those unfortunate individuals who can’t walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. If that’s you to a T, you may want to finish chewing first and then go.
In fact, no CBD products will get you high because of the way that the cannabinoid interacts with your brain. So whether you choose CBD gummies, or CBD oil, or CBD cream, you should never feel like you’re falling off the floor. If that happens, there was more in whatever you took than just CBD.
3) More Effective With Less Product
To help explain this benefit, we’re going to reduce two natural processes to their most basic explanations:
- Your stomach lets things through
- Your lungs keep things out
Both organs are remarkably good at their job. That means that if you choose to get CBD through your lungs (via smoke or vapor), you’ll need to take in a lot to get a little through to your brain.
Your digestion and circulatory system operate at a relatively slow pace. If they didn’t, your body would be flooded with nutrients and then have nothing. Instead, your stomach delivers its contents slowly over time so the food you eat lasts longer than just an hour or two.
That’s in sharp contrast to the effects you get from smoking your CBD strain in a joint, blunt, or bong. Those effects reach their peak in an hour or less and then taper off to nothing.
5) Gentle On Your Lungs And Throat
Even though weed smoke isn’t packed full of chemicals like cigarette smoke, it can still irritate your lungs and throat and lead to inflammation. CBD gummies produce no smoke, no smell, no respiratory irritation.
6) Available Online
By extension, then, CBD gummies are pretty much legal everywhere and can be shipped by commercial carriers across state lines. And because they are so easy to ship, one of the best places to find CBD gummies is online.
If your local dispensary doesn’t stock CBD gummies, you’ll be able to find a wide variety at your favorite internet shop. You may have to pay a bit more for shipping, but they’ll arrive on your doorstep ready for use.
7) Easy To Dose
Whatever brand of CBD gummies you choose to buy, always follow the instructions when first starting. After that, you can increase or decrease the dosage according to your needs. There’s very little risk of getting too much CBD, so don’t be afraid of an overdose or negative side effects.
For example, if the instructions tell you to take two CBD gummies with every meal but you need extra relief, you could double the dosage and take four CBD gummies with every meal instead. Your stash wouldn’t last as long, but you’d get the relief you need.
On the other hand, if the instructions tell you to take two CBD gummies with every meal, you could try taking just one with every meal. That would essentially double your stash and stretch your CBD gummies supply.
8) Can Be Used Discreetly
And taking them doesn’t require anything more than popping one in your mouth. No eye dropper bottles or drops under your tongue like with CBD oil. No dermal patches on your arm. Just an easy, discreet way to get the CBD you need.
9) Cause Minimal Side Effects
- Dry mouth
- Decreased ability to metabolize medication
Dry mouth happens a lot with cannabis, regardless of the strain you choose or the way you consume it. And many people who take CBD gummies for medicinal reasons would gladly take a slight case of dry mouth over their pain, anxiety, nausea, or seizures.
However, the cannabidiol ( CBD) in CBD gummies can decrease your liver’s ability to process pharmaceutical medications. That can have very serious consequences if the CBD gummies you take don’t treat the other ailments the pharmaceutical medications do.
10) Taste Delicious
We’re not one to complain about the taste of marijuana products. But we have to admit that they aren’t the tastiest treats out there.
Ask anyone what their favorite flavor is and you’ll get answers like chocolate, strawberry, cherry, and watermelon. We’d pretty much bet the farm that you won’t hear anyone say, “Sour Diesel is my favorite flavor!”
Marijuana, in its most basic form, has a very earthy flavor and odor. And that’s great when you’re smoking a doobie, but not so great when you’re eating ice cream…or taking your daily vitamin.
11) Temper The Negative Effects Of THC
We’re all familiar with the reality-altering effects of THC. Heck, that’s why we take it — to get a break from the mundanity of everyday life.
But sometimes, we get a bit carried away and go a few steps over the line of what’s a good high and what’s a bad high. Even if we’re expert at achieving that good high, we still have to contend with paranoia, memory loss, and drowsiness.
So if you want to cut short a bad trip, temper the paranoia of your regular trip, or just come down faster, pop a CBD gummy or two and you’ll be on your way.
12) Contain Antioxidant Properties
When free radicals build up in your body, they can lead to all kinds of health problems. One particularly egregious problem caused by free radicals are neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease.
13) Prevent Development Of Cancer Cells In Mice
- Inhibiting functions in the body associated with cancer
- Preventing tumor cells from spreading
- Interfering with cancer cell growth
- Inducing tumor cell death
Let’s make it clear that absolutely no studies show that CBD prevents cancer in humans. But a major reason for that lack of data is that few to no tests have been performed on humans (yet).
As the legality of marijuana continues to spread, we’re sure humans will be the next test subjects. We’ll certainly volunteer!
14) Act As A Digestive Aid
When you introduce high amounts of CBD into your brain, it acts like a digestive aid by stimulating your appetite and reducing nausea.
This is good news for patients with cancer (or those being treated for cancer). Many types of cancer, and even the treatments used to prevent them, will decrease a person’s appetite directly.
Other types of cancer (and treatments) increase nausea, which has a negative effect on appetite (who wants to eat when you feel sick to your stomach?).
That increase in nausea and reduction in appetite prevent the cancer patient’s body from finding the energy it needs to heal itself. But with CBD, the nausea disappears, the appetite returns, and cancer patients can focus on getting better.
15) Possibly Suppress Seizure Activity
Seizures — violent shaking and loss of control — originate in the brain as interruptions in electrical activity. That makes them difficult to treat with conventional methods.
But cannabinoids like CBD show promise as an effective treatment for this debilitating disease. Patients like Charlotte Figi, who suffers from Dravet syndrome, take high amounts of CBD and report a significant reduction in seizure activity.
You probably won’t feel the effects unless you take a whole bottle of CBD gummies (don’t do that!), but even the small amount of CBD in one gummy can reinforce your brain’s regular electrical activity.
16) Relieve Pain And Swelling
CBD interacts with the vanilloid receptors in your brain to relieve pain and swelling in other parts of your body.
This is good news for those who suffer from chronic pain and disorders such as fibromyalgia.
Again, you might not feel total relief if you just take a CBD gummy, but the more CBD in your system the better. And that CBD gummy may act like a preventative measure to keep your body running smoothly and you feeling healthy all the time.
17) Reduce Anxiety And Depression
High amounts of CBD can reduce anxiety and depression. It does this by interacting with two specific parts of your brain:
- Adenosine receptors
- Serotonin receptors
The adenosine receptors play a large role in governing how you experience anxiety, while the serotonin receptors are involved with depression.
If your adenosine receptors are active, your anxiety level will be low. But if those receptors aren’t working correctly — as in many anxiety disorders — your anxiety level will be high.
Similarly, if your serotonin receptors are active, you’ll feel good. But if those receptors aren’t working correctly, your mood will fall and you’ll feel depressed.
There is, of course, a lot more science involved, but CBD helps keep both your adenosine receptors and serotonin receptors running at 100-percent all the time.
As with all the other health benefits on this list, you may not feel relief from just one or two CBD gummies, but they can’t hurt. Talk to your doctor about increasing your intake of CBD to combat anxiety and depression.
18) Effective For A Wide Variety Of Other Ailments
- Promote bone growth
- Kill or slow bacterial growth
- Reduce risk of artery blockage
- Treat psoriasis
- Prevent nervous system degeneration
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Aid sleep
They’re easy to take. They won’t get you high. They won’t irritate your lungs and throat with harsh smoke. They last a hella long time. They’re easy to get ahold of. And they basically have no side effects.
There’s really no earthly reason you could give us to explain why you’re not already taking CBD gummies. So fire up a fat one, smoke it to the roach, and then head out to your local dispensary or favorite internet store to buy a bottle of CBD gummies.
We promise you won’t be disappointed.