Remember when you used to run into your local candy store as a child, anxious to see what colorful gummies and candies there were on offer? It felt like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, right?
Well, without sounding too corny that’s pretty much the same look on my face when I receive my CBD gummies in the mail. Over the last few years, I’ve tried what I would say is every single CBD edible on the market (OK that might be a slight exaggeration). Finally, I’ve settled on just a handful of products that are tasty, healthy, and most importantly – actually work for me.
In this article, we are going to review the best CBD gummies of 2019, and also explain what conditions they may be able to help with, as there has been some pretty significant new research that has popped up over the last twelve months or so.
But before we do that, let’s take a trip down history lane and talk about what CBD gummies are, how these gummies are made, and what the difference is between the countless number of products out there on the market.
Today, gummy candies are enjoyed all over the world in different shapes, sizes, and flavors. What most of you probably don’t know, however, is that gummies, (also obviously known as gummy bears) were formally introduced to the world by Hans Riegel of Bonn, Germany in the late 1960s (this was after he inherited the business from his father following World War II).
Since then, gummies of all different forms have been adopted and manufactured throughout the world. 2018 was truly the year of CBD edibles, and it was only a matter of time until CBD gummies were introduced into the cannabis industry in the form of tasty, very therapeutic edibles.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at what we are expecting to be some of the very best products to hit the shelves in the coming year. First, though, let’s take a quick look at how CBD gummies are made, and how you can go about selecting the highest-quality products.
Similar to CBD oils, CBD gummies are edibles that are packed with CBD goodness. Most of the best ones are 100% all-natural, and do not contain any THC. Depending on which company you’re talking to, this means that they can be shipped to pretty much all 50 U.S. states.
So where is the catch? Unlike pure CBD from marijuana (which also contains high amounts of THC), CBD gummies are made from Hemp oil. This means that they are completely non-psychoactive, and will contain other important cannabis compounds such as CBD, CBG, CBN, terpenes, and also selected vitamins like D3, B12 and Vitamin D.
That said, it’s important to understand that extracting CBD from hemp is not exactly the same thing as extracting CBD from Cannabis ( marijuana). Since hemp is legal, it naturally contains fewer cannabinoids (most notably THC) than regular cannabis does.
As such, most manufacturers will process massive amounts of it at a time just in order to get sufficient amounts of CBD in the extract. While this is a tried and true process that can yield good results, it is also a potentially risky one if it’s not done right.
Some manufacturers, for example, pump harsh solvents like butane and hexane through massive volumes of raw hemp in order to extract the plant’s active compounds. While effective, this can lead to dangerous chemical residues being left over in the final product.
For instance, it’s known that propylene glycol breaks down into formaldehyde and acetaldehyde (known carcinogens) when heated to temperatures over 230-degrees Celsius — temperatures that are often produced in low-quality vape pens and e-cigarettes.
Namely, what you want to look for are manufacturers that use CO2 extraction. CO2 extraction is a relatively complex (and VERY expensive) technique, but there are a few companies out there in the cannabis industry that have managed to master the process, compressing as much CBD as possible from the raw hemp flowers into a safe, therapeutic, very potent product.
Also, when creating CBD gummies some brands have even taken to using nanotechnology to further process the raw material, removing any impurities before they inject the “ CBD goodness” of Hemp into the gummies and other edibles. Once the active compound is infused, products are then laboratory tested to make sure that they are THC-free and do not contain any heavy metals, chemical solvents, or unnatural ingredients.
Basically, any kind of cannabis or CBD-infused product that you “eat,” would of course be classified as an “edible.” CBD oils are not classified as edibles because even though they are administered orally (by placing drops under the tongue and then swallowing), you are not technically “eating” it.
In any regard, a lot of people prefer edibles over oil tinctures (and other forms of CBD products like balms, sprays, ointments, etc) for a couple of different reasons. The main reason, of course, is that they actually taste good!
| When you eat a CBD gummy, the active compound is absorbed straight into cells through the digestive system – quick, easy, and highly efficient.
While some companies have managed to kind of mask or “nullify” the bitter taste of raw hemp in their oils, many products out there are downright nasty and even difficult to swallow (let alone to try and hold under your tongue for a minute and a half!)
For pretty much this reason alone, CBD edibles are preferred by thousands of day-to-day CBD consumers and are often commonly used in the workplace due to their discreteness (we can’t imagine many people giving you a cold stare for popping a gummy bear in your mouth).
Also, most people say that CBD gummies (and other forms of edibles) are more faster-acting than sublingual (under the tongue) oils. This of course makes sense biologically, as the routes of digestion in each are completely different.
With CBD oils, on the other hand, the compounds are absorbed through glands first, before eventually ending up in the bloodstream. While no less effective in terms of potency, it does typically take longer to notice the effects when using an oil tincture. As a general rule of thumb, it’s typically regarded that gummies/edibles are more potent and faster-acting, while oils are much longer-lasting (many people, for example, get by with just a single morning dose).
It’s important to understand that CBD Gummies are not miracle pills, and will NOT cure you of cancer or any other serious condition. So be realistic in your expectations! (Also, please also be warned of ANY sites or companies that are making such claims).
Generally speaking, CBD edibles (and especially CBD gummies) are aimed at helping various conditions such as pain, anxiety, and stress. Some patients even claim that it helps soothe inflammation and relieve queasiness.
So are these the only reasons that people take CBD gummies? Well, pretty much. It’s been pretty commonly understood now for quite some time that the major reasons for consuming non-psychoactive edibles is because the CBD levels within the gummies may be able to help to cope with anxiety, pain and even with long-term cognitive problems.
And of course, CBD is now believed to even influence pain pathways and help the body deal with discomfort by affecting the bodies natural endocannabinoid system. In fact, several studies have found that CBD shows promise as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprotectant, antidepressant, analgesic, and anti-psychotic compound.
Of course, one of the main reasons to try CBD gummies is that they are simply DELICIOUS. If we put the medical aspects aside and you decide to try one or two, you’ll understand what we are talking about. It’s a fun way to consume CBD, and it provides people with a healthy and balanced source of energy. And most importantly, it’s packed with health and wellness advantages without giving you the “high” of traditional marijuana products.
If you are thinking of purchasing CBD Gummies online, there are a few things to look out for to make sure that the brand you buy from is legitimate, safe, and reliable. In short, you want to make sure that the items on the following checklist are clearly stated on the company’s website:
- Products are all-natural CBD
- Legal in all 50 states
- Should not contain THC
- 100% organic and natural
- Naturally-flavored (no artificial flavors or ingredients)
- No synthetic chemicals or chemical solvents
- 100% satisfaction guarantee (with refund)
- The company has no problem showcasing (current) lab results
What About CBD Gummy Flavors?
One more thing of note is that when considering which CBD gummy flavors to get, opt for a brand that offers 100% natural ingredients. CBD of course is a natural cannabis-based compound, so it would be silly to “skew” the intentions or desired effects by ingesting something riddled with sugar replacement, preservatives, or other unnatural ingredients.
Of course, even the best and healthiest CBD gummies are going to have a decent amount of sugar in them (they are “candy,” after all), but this doesn’t mean that it has to be the artificial kind you find in things like soda, Splenda, etc.
Also, in terms of specific flavors be sure to check the ingredients label for all-natural ingredients — or at the very least, for an ingredients label that isn’t half a mile long. There are loads of flavors out there, but you’ll see that most of the ones on this list contain natural products that are taken from responsible sources.
Furthermore, it’s worth pointing out that naturally-infused flavors in CBD gummy bears may be able to offer a little extra benefit of their own, aside from the active CBD component. For example, did you know that lime extract may aid in digestion, improve skin quality, and lower the risk of obesity? Search for products with naturally-sourced flavors, and your body (and mind) will thank you.
If you are looking for a legit company that sincerely cares about its products and offers a great sense of transparency, then look up Green Roads. The team over at Green Roads create amazingly high-quality CBD products, and they also offer a nice variety. On their site you’ll see an assortment of CBD gummies that will make you feel as if you’ve entered an online candy shop; they’ve got gummies in the shapes of froggies, bears, and even Gummie-Men.
More importantly, though, is the fact that all of their products are formulated and compounded by a licensed pharmacist (so you know you’re getting only the highest-quality stuff).
- Full-Spectrum CBD
- Products are 3rd party lab tested
- Perfect for stress, depression, and pain
- CO2 Extraction
- No prescription or MMJ card needed!
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PureKana creates a product that is not only seriously mouth-watering, but also looks amazing. Similar to Green Roads (and other brands in this article) they offer a pretty wide range of products, but it seems as if PureKana is slightly more ‘trustworthy,’ for lack of a better word.
They are very well known for their standard oil tinctures, and their CBD gummies also live well up to industry standards and expectations. They believe in full transparency, and each product is extremely detailed, showing you its precise ingredients down to the milligram.
- Super potent CBD infused gummies
- These are vegan and GMO-free
- Made from 100% THC-free isolate
- 500MG of CBD per bottle
- Product details (including lab reports) are showcased on their site
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Premium Jane has established itself as one of the premier top-shelf CBD manufacturers in the United States, sourcing their hemp plant material from some of the finest organic farms in rural Oregon. They offer a 100% vegan formula just like PureKana, and are guaranteed to be free from any form of pesticides, GMOs, solvents, and chemical fertilizers.
Premium Jane CBD gummies are also 100% THC-free, and are specifically designed to help combat fatigue, stress, sleep trouble, and even mild pain and discomfort. Easily one of our top picks for the year.
- Organic, pure formula with laboratory-verified CBD content
- Fantastic prices [$35 for 20 gummies (25mg CBD per gummy)]
- Sourced from top-shelf Pilot Hemp Farms in Oregon
- Made from pure CBD isolate (0% THC)
- Ships legally to all 50 U.S. states
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Hemp Bombs is a pretty unique company that actually owns the proprietary rights to their own CBD formula, which they use in all of their top oils — as well as their high-strength CBD Gummies (which some have said are the strongest on the market).
In our opinion they’re not quite as mouth-watering as the other brands on the list, but if you’re looking for an ultra-powerful gummy for more severe conditions like insomnia, anxiety, or even chronic pain, they may be a good option.
- 4 different sizes (5, 15, 30, or 60-count) for a complete range of budgets (5-count bag starts at just $14.99)
- The Xtra Strength HP formula has 25 mg of CBD per gummy (60-count is currently on sale for $118.99 from $134.99!)
- Sourced from European hemp which is grown to some of the strictest and purest organic farming guidelines in the world
- Ships legally to all 50 U.S. states
- Available in dozens of different strengths and flavor profiles
#5 DiamondCBD Chill Gummies ($14-$20)
Diamond CBD has been around for quite some time now, and has become a veritable powerhouse in the edibles market. They offer a wide range of CBD gummies, and are always adding new products to their online store. Infused with industrial Hemp CBD, their tasty treats are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth – excellent flavor, market reputation, and overall therapeutic effectiveness is the reason why they made it onto our list.
- All products are carefully monitored via independent lab testing
- 100% all-natural gummies
- Extracts are made from non-GMO, organically grown plants.
- Lab tested and CBD content verified
- Free shipping (both ways) on all orders
As is the case with most similar-style articles we end up doing on the site, this review of the best CBD gummies for 2019 was honestly a tough one. We found some seriously high-quality products and a few very, very well-made extracts from new companies.
In this particular instance, though, we are not going to play favorites. Each brand has their own unique CBD gummies, and all of the five listed above are amazingly tasty. If it is a question of price and overall value for your money, though, then we would say that PureKana is the best place to start. If you are looking for a top quality product, then GreenRoads may be your best bet.
Whatever you end up deciding on, don’t forget to use our coupon codes to save yourself a few bucks:
- Green Roads 10% Coupon Code: 10OFFGR
- PureKana 5% Coupon Code: 5OFFCBD1
And of course, whichever CBD gummy you decide to start off with, make sure you have a “sweet” time with it all. Thanks for reading, and stay healthy!