Edibles – from pot brownies and space cakes, candies to drinks – have been around for a long time. Cannabis gummies are a relatively new way to get high or even dose CBD, but what are they? How do you take them? What do they do? Here’s some info to chew on.
Edibles typically allow you to control the dose. If you buy gummies, the dose is uniform in each gummy, so you know exactly how much THC or CBD you’re ingesting, and you get to choose by how much you increase your dose. Likewise, if you make your own batch, you have control over the content levels and can dose yourself to your personal ‘sweet spot.’
What are Gummies?
Gummies are essentially chewable candies that look like regular chewy sweets and are available in countless tangy fruit flavours, but laced with a small dose of THC or CBD. They can be bought, or if you’re adventurous in the kitchen, you can try making these little beauties yourself from any of the numerous recipes online (but be warned: it can be challenging to nail the consistency).
Gummies VS. Other Edibles
Gummies are popular as they have a few advantages over traditional edibles, which put them in a class of their own. For starters, you can eat them anywhere, anytime. They’re small and light, so infinitely more portable, easier to store, and far less likely to melt. Dosing gummies is easier, too – you can munch on a few gummies whenever you feel inclined without the fear of any raised eyebrows around you. And unlike the more traditional chocolate edibles, they’re lighter and easier to consume and digest – no problem to chew on a couple of candies here and there.
They won’t spoil your appetite (although THC gummies might ramp it up a little!) Better yet, a few cannabis gummies are far lower in calories than a good old-fashioned brownie, so you can get high, but your weight won’t. Add to that, gummies naturally have a longer shelf-life than baked edibles, so they’re good for a while as long as you keep them bagged – unlike baked edibles, which have a shelf life of a few days before they get stale.
Available in countless mouth-watering fruity flavours, THC gummies, jellies and chews can be had in indica or sativa form, offering similar benefits and highs as the respective weed strains. A bag of THC gummies will tell you the THC content per pack and per gummy to make dosing a case of simple mathematics – which is great.
Even when you’re high, 5mg plus 5mg is still 10mg, so keeping tabs on your dose couldn’t be easier. Many retailers offer a disclaimer advising you to start with a small dose, usually around 10mg, and suggest that it can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours for the onset of effects. If trying gummies for the first time, some recommend waiting the full 2 hours before attempting another dose to fully appreciate the effects of a dose.
These are a great way to get the wonderful medicinal benefits of CBD oil with a more pleasant-tasting delivery method. If you’ve ever tried sublingual droplets, you may have noticed that it’s not exactly a delicious treat. Enter CBD Gummies with their sweet – or sour – tangy goodness.
Simply chew and swallow, and as your body digests the CBD, it attaches to your endocannabinoid receptors and activates the ECB system. Even better, some retailers categorise their gummies by proposed benefits, for example, sleep, anxiety, and so on. But there is a caveat: there are three terms to look out for when shopping for CBD gummies, and you may want to understand what each term represents.
FULL-SPECTRUM – this means the gummies contain all compounds, including THC – so they will bring the flavonoids and terpenes which occur naturally in the cannabis plant, but if you’re regularly drug-tested for work, etc., these may flag up in a test
BROAD-SPECTRUM – these products contain most compounds, but not THC
ISOLATE – this is pure CBD and contains no other cannabis compounds. It’s suited to anyone who requires a bigger dose of CBD and is ideal for those who have to undergo regular drug testing, as no THC would show up in test results
CBD Gummies can also be obtained in vegan-friendly form and are specified as such at the point of sale.
While cannabis gummies allow you to easily control your dose, they have a lower bioavailability than other methods of ingestion, so they will take longer to work on your body. Remember that the higher the THC content, the more psychoactive effect you will experience, so avoid the temptation to scoff another handful if nothing’s happened after half an hour.
Once they all kick in, you may find that you’re significantly more affected than you had intended. Bear in mind as well that edibles typically produce a longer-lasting effect than smoking. Start with a low dose, and be patient.
In addition, if you have children, take care – they look and taste like sweets, and the potential for a mishap is high.
With so many different flavours and varieties available, it’s easy to see why cannabis gummies are such a popular way to dose. The convenience factor notwithstanding, it makes sense – all the benefits without the health risks associated with smoking, and available in Tangy Berry Burst? Sounds good.
Just make sure you keep these stashed safely out of the kids’ reach, of course.