In the last few years, the use of CBD has spread like wildfire. By July 2019, 33 US states had legalized medical marijuana or CBD for most uses, while the remaining 17 allow its use for dire cases of childhood epilepsy. However, the use of CBD is relatively new, and so it’s not easy to know how much of which products you should take to alleviate your symptoms. Research is still underway to determine the full spectrum of benefits as well as contraindications for using CBD. In this article, we discuss CBD gummies, which have gained popularity as one of the ways to consume CBD. Learn what CBD gummies are, how to buy them, and how they will be of benefit to your body. Read to learn more.
What Are CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies or edibles are an easy and fun way to ingest your daily dosage of CBD. They are sweet treats infused with CBD, which, when ingested, give all the positive impacts of CBD consumption. While there is limited research available, pre-clinical trials have shown that CBD can provide relief from anxiety and pain.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, one among hundreds of components of the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike its counterpart THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not have a psychoactive effect and it is non-addictive, which means it can be used regularly without creating tolerance or addiction.
CBD is the second most common component of Cannabis, and research is ongoing to prove all its positive health benefits.
Uses of CBD Gummies
According to research, using CBD gummies regularly has been shown to help with an assortment of physical and mental health problems, including:
- Sleep disorders like insomnia and restlessness
- Chronic pain
- Stress and anxiety
- Epilepsy and other diseases that cause seizures
- HIV, cancer and other diseases which attach the immune system
While CBD is already in use, research is still ongoing to establish the mechanism of action of CBD in the management of the different conditions.
Another notable benefit of CBD is how it can be used to manage chronic pain associated with terminal or serious illnesses. CBD is beneficial because users do not develop tolerance, which means dosages need not be increased over time.
More importantly, unlike opioid pain medication, CBD does not create addiction, which can be hard to kick. As a result, CBD has also been used to fight withdrawal symptoms in patients recovering from drug addiction.
That said, you should talk to a doctor before using CBD if you’re pregnant, lactating or already on other medication. Because of limited information, your doctor will assess the benefits of using CBD against your potential risk factors.
CBD Gummies for Stress and Anxiety
Anxiety, depression, and stress together affect millions of people globally. So far, much of the medication available to manage the conditions are benzodiazepines, which are addictive and have undesirable side effects such as weight gain, nausea, fatigue, insomnia, and blurry vision, among others.
Already, there’s much research showing the positive effects of CBD in managing stress and anxiety. Even though it is still considered experimental, using gummies with CBD regularly has shown positive effects on the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system is the system that enables the body to respond to internal and external stress-inducing factors. Over time, users of CBD gummies have more stability in moods with reduced anxiety or panic attacks.
If you’re on medication to manage depression, stress or anxiety, be sure to discuss with your doctor before making the switch to CBD gummies. Often, you’ll be weaned off slowly to prevent withdrawal symptoms, and then the CBD gummies may be administered.
Why CBD Gummies?
There are many ways to consume CBD, but more people prefer CBD gummies because they taste better. CBD gummies are tasty, and they can be sucked on for longer to slowly release CBD into the bloodstream. The effect of the drug also takes longer to wear off.
It is essential to buy CBD products from certified manufacturers and distributors. Ensure that you consume a high-quality product with less than 0.3% THC or other cannabis components. THC is contraindicated if you’re managing stress or anxiety, as the psychoactive effect will cause mood changes or imbalances.
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This article is intended for informational purposes only. If you have any questions or are considering any recommendations, please consult your health practitioner.