December 16, 2022 5 min read
People take CBD gummies to treat various health conditions including pain, inflammation, and anxiety among others. This article will discuss the benefits of CBD gummies, their side effects, and how to get them.
CBD gummies are popular edibles taken for various reasons. Like other cannabis-infused products, they are lab-tested and provide the same health benefits obtained from oils, creams, vapes other edibles. The cannabis-based gummies are made with CBD oil extracted from hemp, a strain of cannabis; hemp has less than 0.3% THC, which is not enough to make one feel "high" or intoxicated. The gummies offer several benefits to their users. Besides, they come in different flavors and CBD concentrations. They can be a great way to unwind and experience relaxation, especially after a long day at work.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from hemp or marijuana, which are strains of the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant has more than one hundred compounds known as cannabinoids. These components are responsible for various therapeutic benefits that medical cannabis is widely associated with. For example, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD are the most prevalent compounds of the cannabis plant, with almost similar properties and therapeutic benefits. Until recently, THC has been the most popular compound used to manage various medical issues. However, THC is psychoactive and causes intoxicating effects when consumed in large amounts. It is the main compound in marijuana, popularly known as "weed" or "pot."
On the contrary, CBD is non-intoxicating. It does not cause any mind-altering effect or test positive in a drug test. For that reason, people who want to benefit from the therapeutic properties of cannabis without experiencing any intoxicating effect prefer CBD products. Today, CBD is available in almost every form, from edibles to topicals and vapes to sublingual.
CBD gummies are edibles infused with Cannabidiol. They are made the same way as traditional candies, albeit with the addition of Cannabidiol. The gummies come in different shapes, flavors, and colors. They are among the easiest and most convenient ways to consume cannabis; the gummies are pre-dosed. Besides, they offer a discrete way of consuming cannabis; they are consumable anywhere without attracting other unnecessary attention.
CBD gummies are a great alternative for people looking for ways to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of Cannabidiol without dealing with the earthy taste of cannabis oil or smoking or vaping the product. For people dealing with chronic or acute health conditions, the gummies could be an incredible way of dosing and give long-lasting effects. The cannabis-based gummies can be beneficial for the following.
One of the main benefits of CBD gummies is reducing stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety are among the major issues affecting one's mental health. Several studies indicate that Cannabidiol can be a great alternative treatment for stress and anxiety disorders. Moltke &Hindocha (2021) investigated reasons for Cannabidiol use. They found that CBD users take acute doses of CBD to manage self-perceived anxiety, stress, sleep, and other symptoms, and these patterns varied by demographic characteristics.
CBD gummies contain cannabis derivatives which could improve sleep quality and other symptoms related to sleep disorders. The cannabinoids ability to suppress stress and reduce anxiety can also help people experiencing trouble with sleep due to daily stress and anxiety. The cannabis-infused gummies provide a calming and relaxing experience that benefits people who are struggling with different sleep disorders. According to Shannon et al. (2019), Cannabidiol is a well-tolerated treatment to treat anxiety-related disorders and improve sleep.
Pain is a major concern for many people. Cannabis products have been used for decades to treat pain and inflammation. Consumers take cannabis-infused gummies to reduce pain and manage symptoms related to inflammation. CBD interacts with receptors in the endocannabinoid system to provide pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. Philpott, M & J (2017) found that CBD is an effective anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent for pain and nerve damage in conditions such as osteoarthritis.
Among the most popular benefits of CBD products is their ability to reduce the frequency of seizures in certain types of epilepsy. Epidiolex is an FDA-approved Cannabidiol-infused treatment for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Dravet syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) in patients 1 year or older." Rosenberg et al. (2015) suggest that CBD avoids the psychoactive-regulating endocannabinoid system to provide a well-tolerated treatment for seizures.
CBD gummies can also be taken for mood boosting. Low mood is often associated with reduced serotonin levels in the brain. Wilson (2020) stated that serotonin is a common target for depression and anxiety medications; it directly affects mood. CBD influences serotonin receptors to release anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects, elevation the user's overall mood.
Cannabis has many health benefits; the gummies provide therapeutic effects, are easy and convenient to dose, and have minimal side effects on the users. Although studies on the benefits of gummies remain inconclusive, anecdotal research shows that CBD's therapeutic properties could help manage various health conditions. The cannabis-based product users should buy from reputable brands with third-party tested products to avoid adverse side effects. Before taking the gummies for severe health conditions, please consult a doctor; CBD may interact with your medication and undermine its effectiveness in the body.
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