What Are CBD Edibles: Everything You Need to Know
As more and more research comes out extolling the potential therapeutic value of CBD, an increasing number of exciting products have become available. Consumers can choose from CBD-infused oils, topicals, vape pens, hemp flower, and even products for pets. Delicious CBD edibles are fast becoming one of the most popular ways to enjoy CBD.
What are CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles are just like regular food products, except they’ve been enriched with cannabidiol (CBD). Almost any food or beverage can be enhanced with CBD. CBD edibles come in a nearly infinite range of forms, including:
What are the Advantages of CBD Edibles?
Edibles provide a tasty way to get your daily allotment of CBD. CBD Edibles have several distinct advantages, such as:
- Edibles offer a healthier alternative than smoking or vaping CBD. By consuming CBD edibles, you can avoid exposure to the harmful chemicals involved in smoking.
- Edibles come in pre-measured doses. Gauging the proper amount of CBD oil or tincture can be tricky.
- Some consumers don’t like the hemp flavor associated with many CBD oils. CBD edibles taste exactly like regular food.
- The effects of CBD edibles last longer.
- Edibles are a discreet way to take CBD. No one needs to know what’s in your breath mint or dessert unless you’re planning to share.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD interacts with receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, helps the body regulate vital systems and maintain balance. Although scientists didn’t discover the ECS until the 1990s, the system of receptors evolved nearly 600 million years ago. Almost all creatures on planet Earth possess endocannabinoid systems, including primitive invertebrates like nematodes and hydras. Insects are one of the only groups of organisms that lack an ECS. In humans and other mammals, the endocannabinoid system plays a role in the regulation of several vital functions, including:
- Sleep patterns
- Temperature control
- Inflammation and immunity
As you can see, having a properly functioning ECS is pretty important. Our bodies possess their internal cannabinoids that interact with the receptors of the ECS. A shortage of these internal compounds called endocannabinoids, can result in a variety of health problems. A severe lack of endocannabinoids can cause the development of a serious condition known as Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD). CECD can lead to the symptoms of many treatment-resistant conditions, such as migraines, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Phytocannabinoids like CBD come from hemp and cannabis plants and can support the endocannabinoid system in many different ways. First, CBD inhibits the breakdown of natural endocannabinoids by blocking the enzymes that metabolize them, thus leaving more endocannabinoids to circulate throughout the body.
Another way CBD helps the endocannabinoid system is by directly interacting with CB-1 and CB-2 receptors in the nervous system, the immune system, and the skin.
How Do I Use CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles are as easy to use as having a snack. The most challenging thing about edibles is gauging the dosage. Everybody is different, so you’ll want to start with a small portion if it’s your first time. Fortunately, premade edibles like Tillman’s Tranquils already come in precisely measured dosages.
We suggest that you pick a day when you don’t have too many obligations for your first CBD experience. Beginners should start with a low dose of around 10 milligrams and gauge the effects before taking more. CBD edibles take a lot longer to kick in than vaping or smoking CBD. It could take up to 90 minutes to feel the effects since the digestive system must process edibles before passing through the bloodstream.
After waiting 90 minutes to two hours, you’ll be able to decide if you want to take more or not. If you want a more substantial effect, you can take another 5-10 milligrams of CBD. Most consumers never feel any side-effects from CBD, but occasionally, some people may feel mild side-effects like sleepiness or dizziness. If you experience any unwanted sensations, wait for them to pass and take less the next time. No one has ever died from an overdose of CBD or any other cannabinoid. Unlike opiates, CBD doesn’t affect the part of the brain that causes accidental overdoses.
As we’ve mentioned earlier, the effects of CBD edibles last much longer than smoked or vaped CBD. Consumers can feel the effects of CBD edibles for up to six hours, depending on individual metabolism.
How Do I Choose a Good CBD Edible?
With the sheer number of options on the market today, choosing the right CBD product is one of the biggest challenges for consumers. There are several important considerations to keep in mind when you’re shopping for CBD edibles.
Perhaps the most important thing to check is if a third-party laboratory tested the edible. Lab-testing is crucial to ensure the purity of your CBD edible. Tillman’s Tranquils believes in transparency. That’s why we offer our clients the chance to view lab reports for all of our products directly from our website.
The second important consideration is the type of extract that your CBD edible contains. CBD edibles can contain full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, or CBD isolate. Each type of extraction has its merits. Full-spectrum CBD contains all of the active compounds of hemp plants, including up to .3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Full-spectrum products allow consumers to take advantage of the benefits of the entire hemp plant. Hemp contains hundreds of active ingredients, such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. All of these compounds work together to promote general health. Scientists refer to this synergistic action of cannabis compounds as the “entourage effect.”
Broad-spectrum CBD includes most of the compounds in hemp plants, but this type of extraction contains no detectable levels of THC. THC is the cannabinoid in cannabis plants that produces the typical psychoactive, intoxicating feeling. Unlike THC, CBD will not get you “high” or produce any unwanted psychoactive effects like paranoia. While legal THC levels of less than .3% are significantly lower than the amount required to have psychoactive effects, some people feel more comfortable with products that are completely THC-free.
CBD isolates typically contain nearly 99% CBD with no other compounds from the hemp plants. CBD isolates won’t give you the benefit of the entourage effect. However, isolated CBD may be the best choice for people subjected to routine drug testing or are only interested in pure CBD.
Tillman’s Tranquils offers a variety of all-natural CBD edibles. Our CBD mints come in cinnamon> or peppermint flavors. All of our mints are gluten-free, vegan-certified, and contain no pesticides, artificial ingredients, high-fructose corn syrup, or genetically modified ingredients.
We also offer CBD gummies formulated for either daytime ornighttime use. Tillman’s Tranquils gummies come in assorted fruit flavors and adhere to the same strict organic guidelines as our mints. All of our gummies are fully lab-tested and contain no detectable levels of THC.
Can I Make My Own CBD Edibles?
More experienced CBD consumers can certainly make homemade edibles using hemp flower. However, we don’t recommend that beginners try to make edibles at home. The most challenging aspect of making homemade edibles is dosing them correctly. Even experienced home cooks and cannabis aficionados have difficulty gauging the potency of their edibles, often resorting to guesswork.
Additionally, cannabinoids like CBD are not water-soluble compounds. Making edibles requires that you infuse CBD flower into a lipid base, such as cooking oil or butter, which takes practice.
Premade edibles allow you to take advantage of professional infusions in precise amounts measured in milligrams.
If you would like to know more about our CBD edibles, please contact us at Tillman’s Tranquils. Our friendly customer service staff would be delighted to answer any additional questions you may have.