What are CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles are simply food products that have CBD in them. Instead of vaping, dripping CBD oil directly on your tongue, or swallowing a pill, you just have to eat an edible to get CBD into your system. And they taste pretty good as well.
Because CBD is versatile and easy to add to food, there are countless CBD edibles out there, and options are getting ever more creative. However, one factor that chefs and recipe creators have to be mindful of is the flavour. CBD on its own has a strong taste that leans towards bitter and earthy, so it’s best infused into foods that have a complimentary or similar flavour profile. This is why chocolate, coffee, and even gummies are among the most common CBD edibles—and when you try any of these, you’ll hardly taste the CBD.
Alternatively, CBD can also be mixed with herbs or even olive and coconut oil to provide a bit of a kick. Although CBD mixes easily with food because it’s fat-soluble, temperature also has to be controlled so it doesn’t evaporate away.
Types of CBD Edibles
Most CBD edibles are sweets or pastries because these are the most easily packaged. A Streetbees survey found that sweets are the most popular CBD edibles, with 46% of people interested in trying them while 38% are curious about CBD-infused drinks.
While technically not considered edibles, CBD drinks are also on the rise, with traditional healthy drinks like tea, kombucha, and green smoothies being mixed with CBD.
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Why People Choose CBD Edibles
People mainly take CBD edibles for their health benefits. CBD has a naturally relaxing effect, helping relieve stress, insomnia, anxiety, and chronic pain. It has also been found to have antioxidant properties, and it can even be part of treatment for more serious conditions like multiple sclerosis, substance addiction, and schizophrenia.
CBD edibles have an edge over other CBD products because they require little effort or adjustment. As snacks or part of your meal, they’re discreet, and you won’t even taste the CBD in them. They’re also usually cheaper than CBD products.
What’s great about CBD edibles is you already know how much CBD you’re taking exactly too. You just have to check the packaging, and you can find out from there how much CBD each piece contains. Edibles can have as low as 2 mg of CBD per piece up to several hundred mg, so you can easily choose which dosage works for you.
How CBD Edibles Work
When you ingest a CBD edible, the CBD gets digested and eventually goes into your bloodstream before being processed in enzymes in your body. However, compared to CBD oils and tinctures, the effects of CBD edibles can take longer to kick in because your body absorbs it more slowly. You might start feeling more relaxed after around half an hour.
In general, CBD has minimal side effects, so CBD edibles are typically safe for people to ingest. They won’t get you high either, so it’s fine to snack on them as you go about your day. If you’re taking medications, though, check with your doctor first to make sure these won’t cross-react with CBD. Blood thinners, certain anxiety drugs, and antihistamines can be incompatible with CBD, for example (at JM Wholesale, we make sure to offer only CBD edibles from reputable brands with properly tested and analysed products).
The Legal Status of CBD Edibles
CBD edibles are legal in the UK as long as they have less than 0.2% THC. Because THC is a psychoactive substance, having low or near zero levels of it means that CBD edibles won’t get you high the way marijuana does. All of our products at mood contain zero THC.
CBD Edibles as the Future of Healthy Food
Our notions of healthy food have evolved over the years, and in particular, we have more quick bites and snacks now that are more wellness-oriented rather than just prioritising flavour. Nut butter, acai powder, paleo bread, and kefir are only some of these, and CBD edibles are already part of the list. Part of the reason why CBD edibles are such a hit is people are arguably having to cope with more stress and stimulation now than in years gone by. CBD edibles naturally bring an increased sense of calm and relaxation.