What Are CBD Edibles? Benefits of CBD Edibles and their effects
Oct 12, 2021
History of Cannabis & CBD Edibles
In Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest medical systems in the world, food is considered an integral part of health. In India, the land with the longest unbroken tradition of cannabis use, Ayurvedic doctors would recommend cannabis as an important functional food alongside spices like cumin, cardamom, and turmeric. They believed cannabis contained a warming energy (pittala – gastric fire) that helped to balance the other two energies (doshas) of the body.
As a trusted staple of Ayurvedic doctors, hemp was prescribed for a number of different conditions – especially those dealing with the nervous system and the GI tract. For instance, in the treatment of diarrhea and indigestion, they recommended jatiphaladi churna- a mixture of several spices, cannabis, and sugar. In the Indian Subcontinent, cannabis as a food is still widely used as a medicament.
However, the Indians weren’t the only ones reaping the many health benefits of CBD. According to the Greek historian and comedic poet Ephippus, men who gathered to converse and celebrate during symposiums fueled their fun with kannabides – confections made from cannabis seeds and honey. Russian peasants numbered it among their earliest healing plants and used the flowers to treat toothaches.
In common folk recipes, hemp seeds were bruised and roasted, then mixed with salt to be spread onto thick slabs of crusty bread. The women of Uzbekistan passed down traditional family recipes such as guc-kand – a confection made of cannabis, sugar, saffron, and egg whites that was given to babies to help them stop crying. Perhaps the most popular was “happy porridge” – a mixture of almond butter, cannabis dried flower leaves, spices, honey and sugar.
Throughout the European Middle Ages, cannabis flowers were used in kitchens across the continent. The first librarian of the Vatican, Bartolomeo Platina, published his recipe for a “health drink of cannabis nectar”:
“Use a mallet to crush clods collected after a good harvest. Add cannabis to nard oil in an iron pot, crush together over some heat and liquify.”
The cannabis of India tended to have more THC, the hemp being grown in Europe resembled modern hemp: tall and skinny, and presumably low in THC and higher in CBD, like it is today. Also, we’re only including references to the eating of the cannabis/hemp plant itself – not the seeds. If we included the history of eating hemp seeds, this essay would be three times as long.
In Southeast Asia, the use of cannabis goes back to the sixth century when Indian immigrants introduced it to the peoples of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. To the Khmer people of Cambodia, it’s been an important seasoning in food for centuries. The most popular dish became known as ‘happy soup’ and was a staple on the hippie trail that wound through the region in the ‘80s. It was a chicken soup dish flavored with cannabis, lemongrass, garlic leaf, chives and two native mints.
In Indonesia, they soak cannabis flower in palm wine to be used as a tonic and for breathing issues, they combine nutmeg and cannabis in a tea. They mix it in coffee, put it into curries, fried noodles, and soups. In the modern world, the Jamaicans use cannabis in their teas and tonics, believing it to strengthen the blood. They use it extensively in the kitchen, stirring it into soups, eating it with cooked bananas, and tossing it into a salad of assorted greens.
And we could go on and on… sampling from cannabis in kitchens around the world – but unfortunately, most of us don’t have access to hemp anymore. We can’t harness its health effects by mixing it into a salad or creating a green smoothie.
What Are CBD Edibles?
People love CBD edibles because they are a delicious way to get the healing effects of hemp extract into your system. CBD edibles require no combustion to activate them. No oils that can leak. They’re a quick, convenient, and discrete way to ingest a measured serving of CBD.
Many types of CBD edibles exist. We prefer our CBD gummies because they win awards, but other edibles include CBD hard candies, CBD baked goods, CBD chocolates, CBD honey sticks, and even CBD beverages. (these last ones are especially hard to produce, CBD is a fatty lipid and getting it to stay in water is a fiendishly difficult task).
Another popular form of CBD comes in CBD softgels, or CBD pills or CBD capsules. People prefer these because it’s a way to ingest CBD oils without having to taste anything.
We chose to make CBD gummies, because we could carefully control the ingredients, make they were vegetarian, and to make it easy for people to take exactly the amount of milligrams they desired.
Do CBD Edibles Work?
The benefits of CBD edibles? How do we count the ways?
There’s a reason that CBD-rich hemp extracts exploded in popularity like no other ingredient in the dietary supplement industry in the last 20 years. Even fish oil didn’t see such a surge of interest when it emerged on the market. Neither good marketing or strong PR accounted for why so many people took to CBD. It got big because it works.
We all possess an endocannabinoid system. It’s a widespread signaling system that permeates the brain and body. Every organ contains receptors for cannabinoids and they exist across all the highest areas of our brain. It regulates inflammatory responses, interacts with the immune and hormonal systems, helps us to relax, modulates our sleep cycles, and supports the neuroprotection of our brains.
Researchers first discovered the endocannabinoid system because of the psychoactive effects caused by THC, the cannabinoid in cannabis that gets us high. But it turns out the CBD molecule is more prevalent, especially in hemp. CBD doesn’t have the same kind of psychoactivity – but it interacts with the endocannabinoid system in a host of ways.
Because everyone’s endocannabinoid system is different, the effects of CBD edibles can vary. We hear from people using CBD edibles for occasional anxiety, the regulation of sleep, and for occasional aches and pains, especially from exercising. People aoften report that CBD edibles help to balance their systems, and provide a sense of organic equilibrium that helps them relax, sleep, and enjoy their lives.
What Dose of CBD should you take as a first-time user?
For first-time users, one CBD gummy usually hits the spot. 10 milligrams of CBD, and all the terpenes, fatty acids, and minor cannabinoids that come from a full-spectrum hemp extract. The strength of one gummy is a perfect amount for someone getting to know CBD.
We recommend starting with one a day for a few days, to let the CBD balance out your endocannabinoid system. After that, you can start experimenting with more gummies, and searching for the sweet spot that works for you.
Why Shop with us for your CBD edible?
Because our gummies are the best in the industry! No artificial sweeteners. Just organic tapioca syrup and organ cane sugar to make it sweet. Natural colors and two delicious flavors: cherry mango & citrus punch.
We also make two special cbd products that no one else has:
- A CBD Sleep Gummy – In addition to 10 milligrams of CBD, this gummy contains extracts of lemon balm and magnolia (two old medicinal plants for anxiety and sleep) plus 3 milligrams of melatonin. It’s a delicious way to start your night and ensure a restful sleep
- A CBD Calm Gummy – To the 10 milligrams of CBD, we add 100 milligrams of L-theanine (the active ingredient of tea) and 50 milligrams of 5-HTP (the precursor to serotonin, your “neurotransmitter of happiness”). These three work together to help you soothe that worried mind, relax and enjoy your day.
So whether you want a full-spectrum gummy made from the finest hemp or a unique gummy formulated to help you with sleep or calm, we’ve got you covered. Try one today and see what a CBD gummy can do for you.