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Full-spectrum CBD gummies are quickly becoming the most popular cannabinoid product on the market. They take the benefits of full-spectrum CBD and pack them all into a delicious bite-sized chew. And because they’re an edible product, users will feel the effects longer than they would with other consumption methods.
In this post, we’re taking a deeper dive into full-spectrum CBD gummies, and we’ll try to answer some common questions, including,
- What are the pros and cons of full-spectrum CBD gummies
- When should I take them?
- Are there any side effects?
What Is CBD?
CBD is one of the more than 100 cannabinoids produced by flowering hemp plants. Cannabis also produces CBD but in smaller quantities.
It’s not possible yet to say what the benefits of taking CBD are— many people find that it helps with pain, inflammation, sleep, stress, and more. When isolated, CBD has no psychoactive properties and isn’t addictive.
What Is Full-Spectrum CBD?
When CBD isn’t isolated from the other compounds that hemp produces, we say that it’s broad- or full-spectrum CBD.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains additional cannabinoids like CBN and CBG, terpenes, and flavonoids. The real distinction between broad-spectrum CBD vs. full-spectrum CBD is the presence of THC (cannabis’s psychoactive cannabinoid.)
Full-spectrum CBD contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids produced by hemp plants. Because it’s impossible to grow hemp without it, THC is present in full-spectrum CBD in trace amounts.
What Are Full-Spectrum CBD Gummies?
Full-spectrum CBD gummies are gummies that have been infused with full-spectrum CBD extract derived from hemp. Chefs and manufacturers usually, but not always, accomplish this by first creating a base made of full-spectrum CBD distillate and flavorless MCT oil. The simple mixture allows gummy makers to incorporate cannabinoids into their gummies and ensure consistent dosing.
What Are The Benefits Of Full Spectrum CBD Gummies?
The entourage effect theorizes that full-spectrum CBD works better than taking CBD isolate. The theory is rooted in holistic medicine; while isolated CBD may have some beneficial effects, the extract of whole plant hemp, all 100+ cannabinoids, works more effectively and efficiently with your body.
That means that when put head-to-head with gummies infused with CBD isolate, we expect full-spectrum CBD gummies to outperform the isolate gummies.
May Enhance Sleep Quality
Based on a recent 2022 literature review, it’s believed that CBD with equal quantities of THC may be beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of insomnia. Now, while full-spectrum CBD gummies wouldn’t contain equal parts CBD to THC, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that they may help users with quantity and quality of sleep.
We Don’t Know Them Yet!
Don’t let the title of this section fool you. As mentioned in a previous section, CBD is just one of more than 100 organic compounds produced by the hemp plant. While we have a pretty good idea of what a handful of them do, the rest of said compounds are understudied.
So, while we can’t be sure of all of the benefits of full-spectrum CBD, there is sure to be more research coming out in the next few months, years, and decades.
What Are The Cons?
Full-spectrum CBD gummies contain trace amounts of edible THC. While it may help amplify CBD’s benefits, THC also shows up on workplace drug tests. Bad news for government workers, drivers, manufacturers, and more.
If you’re still subject to workplace drug tests, steer clear of full-spectrum CBD gummies. The tests can’t distinguish between recreational THC and the trace amounts in full-spectrum CBD. Luckily there are THC-free gummies out there.
Potential Psychoactive Effects
While many brands and retailers can suggest serving sizes to their customers, ultimately it’s up to you to abide by those suggestions. While one full-spectrum CBD gummy likely won’t have any psychoactive effects, eating a whole bottle of gummies very well might.
If you believe you need much more CBD to achieve your desired effect, try and supplement your full-spectrum CBD gummies with some made with CBD isolate, that way you won’t experience any unwanted psychoactive effects.
Commonly Asked Questions About Full-Spectrum CBD Gummies
Because full-spectrum CBD gummies are relatively new, it’s understandable that folks have some questions about how they work and how to use them. We’ve pulled the following questions together from our awesome customers and the “people also ask…” listings on Google.
Are Full Spectrum CBD Gummies Legal?
Full-spectrum CBD gummies are legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill. That means they can be bought and shipped across state lines via the USPS. Look into your local state and municipality laws about full-spectrum CBD products, possession, and consumption.
Because Vermont allows the possession and sale of full-spectrum CBD gummies (provided they meet certain criteria) Sunset Lake CBD can sell and ship them directly to your door.
When Should I Take Full Spectrum CBD Gummies
If you’re new to full-spectrum CBD gummies, we recommend that you only take them at night after you’ve settled in. Get comfortable with the product and learn how you and your body react before adjusting your dosage or schedule.
We do not recommend ever taking full-spectrum CBD gummies before operating heavy machinery.
Is It Okay To Take Full-Spectrum CBD Gummies Everyday?
Taking full-spectrum CBD gummies every day shouldn’t be a problem. You may notice that the effects diminish after extended and continuous use. That’s because your body is adjusting to the dose and building tolerance.
You can reset your system by ceasing use for a few days or you may choose to increase your dosage.
Do Full Spectrum CBD Gummies Have Side Effects?
Taking CBD may cause you to experience some negative side effects, including:
- Changes in appetite
- Upset stomach
If you experience any of these side effects, try lowering your dose. If the problem persists, stop taking them and consult a health professional (and a pharmacist if you are taking any other medications.)