What Are CBD Edibles? Benefits of CBD Edibles and their effects
Apr 17, 2019
Are the CBD edible effects worth trying? Yes! CBD oil offers a number of benefits and won’t have a psychoactive effect (you won't get high). In fact, CBD edibles are one of the most sought-after CBD products for promoting wellness.
Edibles are one of the most popular ways to consume CBD, a cannabinoid or natural compound produced by the hemp plant. CBD edibles are food products or gummies that are made with CBD oil. The oil, extracted from the hemp or cannabis plant, is blended with other ingredients into a variety of edible products that make it convenient, and even fun, to use.
CBD edibles contain the benefits of CBD and hemp without producing the high of the psychotropic cannabinoid THC. This is because edibles made with CBD extracted from hemp contain less than .3% THC, which means you can purchase them legally in all fifty states and gain the positive effects of CBD for your health and wellbeing with complete peace of mind.
Looking to learn more about the effects of CBD edibles? In this article, we are going to discuss the history of CBD, how it affects the body, and explain the many health benefits of taking CBD on a daily basis.
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 (plus, it was viewed as an aphrodisiac – which is usually a helpful thing for health, depending on how it goes). 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 of the fourth century BCE, 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. In Central Asia, 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.”
It’s important to remember that while 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?
CBD edibles are an ingestible product that contains high levels of CBD. While many individuals go for CBD gummies, others prefer to use standard CBD oil and mix it into their food during mealtime. At PlusCBD Oil, our CBD gummies are packed with nutrient-rich terpenes, cannabidiols, and fatty acids that our bodies can use to produce endocannabinoids - components that help bring our system to a balanced state.
Some people find it difficult to know just how much CBD oil they should be taking. With our CBD edible gummies, you don’t have to worry about confusing serving sizes as each gummy has just the right amount of CBD content. Plus, millions of consumers have enjoyed our CBD edibles, and there is little evidence of adverse effects, you can feel safe taking these gummies on a regular basis. Our product line offers two different delicious flavors to choose from. Whether you go for Cherry Mango or Citrus Punch, we know you’ll be craving these little gummies each and every day.
Why You Should Try CBD Edibles Over Other CBD Products
Why would you choose a CBD edible over the many other ways to ingest CBD rich hemp extracts?
Well, it’s mostly a matter of taste and timing.
Let’s start with what makes all CBD oil products similar. Whether you’re taking your CBD in an oil, in a tincture or in edible form, all of it will enter your system in a similar way: by passing through the stomach and into the small intestine where the good bits transfer over into your bloodstream. Edibles are a fantastic option for those interested in the benefits CBD has to offer but don't particularly care for the taste of CBD oil on its own. Edibles are the preferred way to consume CBD for many people because:
- CBD edibles work over a longer timeframe. While it might take more like 30 minutes for CBD that you eat to reach full potential, it also means that the effects last longer than the other consumption methods. This allows use to less product and for it work for a longer time, making edibles an investment as good as they are tasty
- You can make your own CBD edibles. While some people choose a pre-prepared product, others choose to make their own edibles by purchasing CBD oil and making products at home like butter or cooking oil infused with CBD, infused honey, chocolate, cookies or other baked goods.
- They are easy to take. Some people find that with other methods, it can be difficult to determine how much CBD you are actually taking. CBD edibles come in pre-dosed servings, which lets you choose exactly how much you want to consume. This way you have more control over your dosing.
- Edibles are discreet to use. Many people find it easy to have our CBD gummies with them so they can use one throughout the day as they need to. It’s mess-free, convenient and they look like a candy, so you can protect your privacy.
- They’re available online. CBD edibles can be sold all over the US, and can be purchased online from trusted companies like PlusCBD Oil. At PlusCBD Oil, we offer gummies as a convenient edible option, which are made with full spectrum extracts and contain a variety of phytonutrients.
The one main difference between edibles rich in CBD and edibles rich in THC (the cannabinoid that causes the “high” feeling). When THC passes through the liver, our liver enzymes transform some of that THC into another cannabinoid, 11-OH-THC – a molecule that is ~5x stronger than THC in terms of mental effects. That’s why you hear the horror stories of someone eating a THC edible for the first time, taking too much of it, and having a terrible experience. Luckily, the same thing does not happen with CBD because it appears to pass unfazed through the liver. After that, it’s transported all over the body and brain for the support of health.
This common story from the use of THC edibles points to the other important thing to remember about edible CBD products: they take longer to cause their effects.
When someone consumes a CBD liquid supplement, the effects have been reported to start within 15 minutes. The oil moves more quickly through our GI tract. When you take an edible, the stomach needs time to break it down. That means edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to begin working. On the plus side, because the absorption of the cannabinoids is more spread out, the slower uptake means the results often last longer. Best of all, unlike with THC edibles, you don’t have the risk of waiting an hour and a half for effects, eating another, and then getting the wrong amount in your system. With the impressive safety profile of CBD and hemp extracts, there’s little risk from taking too much.
There’s a reason that CBD edibles are growing in popularity. People prefer the elegance of eating a tasty dainty treat that helps them feel better day and night. CBD edibles can be a excellent option for those looking for the relief and benefits of CBD without the potential inconvenience of other consumption methods. CBD has something to offer for everyone, from those with serious conditions to those who simply want to support optimal health. Try one today.
If you love our gummies and are ready to try more, check out our website to browse our wide range of CBD products. Whether you go for a full spectrum CBD tincture, CBD softgel capsules, or a topical CBD roll-on, PlusCBD Oil offers a wonderful selection of high quality and effective products that help bring health and wellness back into your life.
To learn more, we recommend Robyn Griggs Lawrence’s ‘Pot in Pans – A History of Eating Cannabis’