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CBD Gummy Bears: A Quick Introduction

CBD gummy bears are a great jumping off point for folks new to cannabidiol. CBD gummy bears taste good, they’re colorful, and they cut the hemp-flavor that’s common with CBD oils.  

Are CBD gummy bears right for you? In this quick introduction, we’ll talk about what they are, some of the nuances to be aware of, and where to buy your own CBD gummy bears. 

But first…

What Is CBD?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring phytocannabinoid found in cannabis plants. Unlike THC, another phytocannabinoid found in marijuana plants, CBD does not get the user high. 

While not backed by any FDA-approved research, many users claim that CBD provides them with a great number of benefits, including: 

  • Better sleep management 
  • Greater sociability
  • Improved mood 
  • Reduced stress
  • And more…

Are CBD Gummy Bears Legal?

CBD Gummy Bears, and more broadly CBD is legal as far as the federal government is concerned. In the 2018 Farm Bill, ‘Hemp’ is “cannabis that contains less than 0.3% of THC” by dry weight. 

Hemp that tests under that THC limit is considered to be an agricultural commodity and legal throughout the U.S. provided that the vendor has the correct paperwork.

CBD Gummy Bears Are Edible CBD

While that may seem like a “duh” statement, let’s unpack it a little. CBD can be consumed in a number of ways. 

  • Smoking/Inhalation – The fastest acting, but usually the smelliest
  • Sublingual – Usually an oil placed under the tongue 
  • Topically – For targeted use on muscles and sore areas. 
  • Edible – slower acting, but longer lasting. (CBD gummy bears fall into this category)

In edible form, CBD needs to pass through your stomach and digestive system before the user feels any effects; a process that takes longer than any other ingestion methods. The upside is the effects from edible CBD last longer than any other method.

What’s The Difference Between CBD Gummy Bears Vs. Hemp Gummy Bears?

Beware buyers, “hemp” and “CBD” are not interchangeable terms. Products advertised as containing CBD, (should) contain cannabidiol. Products marketed as containing hemp more broadly may in fact just contain hemp seed oil and nothing else. 

Because the FDA and USDA are still writing rules for cannabis-infused products, some vendors are taking advantage of new CBD buyers and passing their hemp seed oil products off as CBD products with creative packaging and industry-specific terminology. 

Broad Spectrum Vs. CBD Isolate Gummy Bears

CBD gummy bears are such a great first product for many new CBD users because many of them are manufactured to contain no THC. CBD gummy bears you find that are broad spectrum and isolate will contain no THC, though there are some differences between the two that all buyers should be aware of. 

CBD gummy bears made with CBD isolate will only contain the CBD cannabinoid and no others. It’s just what the name suggests: isolated CBD. 

CBD gummy bears made with broad spectrum CBD will contain more cannabinoids than isolate, and still exclude the THC. As a newer innovation in the CBD space, broad spectrum CBD gummy bears are likely going to be more expensive than your more common isolate bears and may still contain trace amounts of that hemp-y flavor. 

Sunset Lake’s CBD gummy bears are made with isolate that we derived from hemp plants that we grew up in northern Vermont.

“How Many CBD Gummy Bears Should I Take?”

One of the most common questions new CBD users always have is: “how much should I take?” With products like CBD flower and CBD oil, the answer leaves a lot of room for user error. But not so with CBD gummy bears! Because they are pre-dosed, users can control how much CBD they’re taking much easier than say a hemp-flower smoker can. 

At Sunset Lake, we always recommend new users start with 25mg of CBD, which is also conveniently reflected in our serving sizes. One of our sour CBD gummy bears is 25mg.

Where To Buy CBD Gummy Bears

There are countless sites that offer CBD gummy bears and other edibles— all the options can be dizzying. Before you go ahead and shell out cash, you’ll want to do a little bit of research and ensure two things:

  1. The quality and dosage of the CBD gummy bears
  2. The reputability of the farmers/vendor/drop shipping service 

Every vendor of CBD gummy bears should be very up front with compliance documentation and certificates of analysis. A certificate of analysis is a document from a third party that certifies the dosage and purity of the CBD product in question. 

See an example here

Each and every CBD vendor should also be transparent. Before you buy your CBD gummy bears, make sure you do a quick internet search on the company, read reviews, look at their social media presence, and don’t be afraid to reach out with any questions! 

Drop Sunset Lake a line here! 

Sources

  1. “Farm Bill.” USDA, United State Department of Agriculture, 2018, <www.usda.gov/farmbill.>
  2. “Cannabidiol (CBD) Pre-Review Report.” WHO. World Health Organization. Nov. 2017. <https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/5.2_CBD.pdf>