We first created a shortlist of safe and reputable CBD brands who include gummies in their product line. We then tried the products ourselves and did extensive research. Our research included getting direct feedback from current users of each product in our CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook.
Each of the brands on our list meet or exceed our high standards, including:
- Third party lab reports readily available on their website or by request
- User-friendly website and online ordering process
- Consumer transparency and truthfulness in any marketing claims
- Fair pricing and customer service practices
- Responsiveness to customer issues
Some gummies are specially formulated for sleep by including melatonin in their ingredients list. But generally, there are not specific conditions for which CBD gummies are the best delivery method. Similar to other CBD products, people are taking gummies for a variety of reasons including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, inflammation and insomnia to name just a few.
Will CBD gummies work for you? It’s impossible to know the answer to that question before trying them yourself. The effect of CBD is highly individualized since everyone has a unique endocannabinoid system, health condition and other factors. What works for someone else may not work at all for you. Users should expect for there to be some trial and experimentation to find the brand, product and delivery method that works best for them.
As mentioned above, the top benefits of gummies compared to other delivery methods are taste, convenience and easy dosing.
The downside of gummies is that they have lower bioavailability than other popular methods such as tinctures and vaping. This means that less of the product actually gets absorbed into your bloodstream. Since gummies are an edible, they have to go through your digestive system where some of the CBD is lost prior to absorption. So if you’re switching from sublingual drops to gummies, it’s likely that you’ll need to take more milligrams to achieve the same effective dosage.
Gummies also take longer to take effect than tinctures or vaping. Whereas sublingual drops and vaping enter the bloodstream within a few minutes, it typically takes between 30 minutes and an hour for the CBD in gummies to take effect.
Lastly, the price of gummies is typically slightly higher than sublingual drops on a per milligram of CBD basis. The price difference is larger if you incorporate the impact of bioavailability. The bottom line is that you can expect to pay more to use gummies compared to tinctures or vape liquids.