CBD Edibles – Oral CBD Products
CBD Edibles come in a range of forms, including; capsules, gummies, food products such as chocolate and honey, and drinks such as beer and tea. Edibles are very popular amongst CBD users, with over 56% using edibles in comparison to 54% using tinctures and oils. 1. Capsules and gummies contain a set measured dose of CBD per individual capsule or gummy. This makes it easy to calculate the amount of CBD that you are taking on a daily basis. However, it can also be a problem for people just starting to take CBD at lower doses; due to the quantity of CBD per edible being greater than the amount required. Food products and drinks have a measured dose of CBD per container. As such, it can be a bit more complicated to work out the amount of CBD you are ingesting if you are not consuming the whole container in one day.
Some CBD edibles are labelled with the total amount of CBD per container, while others are labelled with amount of CBD per individual edible. Some are clearly labelled with both. If the quantity of of CBD per individual edible is not labelled, you just need to divide the total CBD by the number of edibles or number of servings in each container. Be careful and ensure you know how much CBD is in each individual edible or serving before you buy. CBD edibles can be expensive so you don’t want to buy a product with the wrong amount of CBD for your own needs.
CBD edibles are taken orally; either by eating or drinking them. They pass through your body in the gastrointestinal system where the CBD edible is broken down and some of the CBD is absorbed into your blood stream. The amount of absorption varies from person to person and is dependent on the formulation of the product as well how the CBD is administered (taken into the body). CBD absorption is lower in products that go through the gastrointestinal system. 2. However, CBD absorption increases when it is taken with high fat foodstuffs. 3., 4., 5., 6. The CBD in the bloodstream then passes through the liver where the quantity of CBD is reduced through a process called First-pass metabolism. The remaining CBD is then carried throughout the body to the receptors of the Endocannabinoid System. Any remaining, unabsorbed CBD passes out your body in urine and faeces.
Further information on bioavailability and dosage can be found here.
CBD Edible Product Types
Like CBD Oils and Pastes, CBD Edibles can contain full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or pure CBD isolate extracts. As previously explained, full-spectrum extracts are thought to contribute to the entourage effect. This means that the benefits of the combination of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids working together in the full-spectrum extract is greater than the sum of all the benefits of each individual component. Many CBD products contain only pure CBD isolate which is less likely to alter the flavour of the product.
Further information on the different types of CBD extracts can be found here.
Which CBD product should I buy?
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