CBD Gummies 101

In this blog, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about cannabis gummies, one of the most popular cannabis edible products on the market. CBD, cannabidiol, is one of over 100 compounds from the cannabis plant and is most often derived from hemp. Despite the negative connotation or “high” imagery that comes to mind when you hear cannabis, CBD does not alter your behavior in any way.

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Gummies 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Gummy Edibles

As more and more states legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use , cannabis edibles are growing in popularity. Not only are traditional edibles (cookies, brownies, etc.) easier to find than they were 10+ years ago, but the edibles category in general is growing larger. Now, medical cannabis patients can find drinks, snacks, and cannabis-infused gummies in addition to the traditional baked goods.

So, what are cannabis gummies? How can cannabis gummies be used by medical patients in Maryland? Do they offer any unique benefits? What about dosing? In this blog, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about cannabis gummies.

What are cannabis gummies?

As you probably guessed by the name, cannabis gummies are gummy candy that has been infused with THC, CBD, or THC and CBD. They’re the most popular cannabis edible on the market and come in many forms, including circles, squares, and rectangles. Many medical cannabis patients choose edibles, like gummies, because they’re more discreet than using flower or a vape and may have a longer shelf life. The latter is especially important for infrequent cannabis users.

What kind of gummies are there?

All kinds! As mentioned, the medical cannabis market is growing and, as a result, so are the options for patients. Depending on the dispensary you visit, you’ll be able to find sour gummies, sweet gummies, gummies that only have CBD, and gummies that have THC. This is why it’s super important to always read the label and discuss the gummy product with a budtender. Since CBD and THC produce very different effects, always read the label thoroughly to ensure the gummy product you’re purchasing contains exactly what you want it to.

Do they taste like cannabis?

Out of all the edible choices on the market, cannabis gummies tend to taste the least like cannabis. Although edible manufacturers do their best to mask the taste of cannabis, the taste tends to come through more often in edibles like brownies and cookies. Of course, any kind of edible tastes less like cannabis than other consumption methods, like vaping or smoking flower.

Since CBD and THC gummies do not taste or smell like cannabis, please be extra cautious if a child is in your household. Always store your cannabis products in a locked area that is out of your child’s reach.

Are cannabis gummies legal?

If you live in a state where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use, cannabis gummies are legal — as long as they’re purchased from a dispensary that’s operating legally. At CULTA, we encourage all patients to always purchase their cannabis products legally. Not only does this ensure that you aren’t breaking the law, but there has been a trend of black market cannabis products being laced with fentanyl, one of the deadliest synthetic opioids to ever exist. Please be smart and obey the law.

Are CBD and THC gummies safe?

The cannabis industry is still in its infancy and, since it’s still illegal on a federal level, is less regulated than other industries. Unfortunately, this means there are black market companies that try to take advantage of this. The best way to avoid these companies is by doing research. First, make sure they’re a legal company. (Maryland keeps a list of all legal dispensaries here .) Next, read reviews of their products. Finally, find out if they use third-party testing.

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Regardless of safety, all THC and CBD gummies should be kept out of reach of children, particularly since they can easily be mistaken for candy.

What are the benefits of gummies over other products?

The biggest benefit of gummies over other cannabis products comes down to taste and smell. Cannabis gummies, like other gummy candy, have sweet flavoring and a familiar gummy texture. Pretty much everyone is accustomed to munching down on gummies — but swishing tinctures and oils around in your mouth? Not so much. Edibles like gummies tend to have broader effects than other products, like lotions and topicals that only target one area and, for some patients, they’re easier to dose.

Speaking of dosing, how do I dose gummies?

The convenient thing about cannabis gummies is that the dosing is usually right on the label. Many gummies come in either 10mg or 25mg doses. If you’re a first time patient, speak with your budtender about the best dosage for you. Every patient is different, and there’s no going back if you’ve consumed too much. Start small and slow and gradually work your way up.

How long will they take to start working?

Since the THC or CBD content in gummies is absorbed through the digestive system, you’ll have to wait until your body breaks down the gummy particles for the gummies to start “working.” How long this process takes depends on multiple factors, including your weight, metabolism, and what else you ate throughout the day. They usually take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to start working, so always wait at least two hours before you take more.

What if I accidentally took too much?

If you think you consumed too many cannabis gummies, it’s important to note that nobody has ever died from a cannabis overdose. We have an entire blog on what you can do to feel better , but the short version is: relax, go for a walk, drink water, and try your best to distract yourself. If you feel physically ill or threatened, consult a medical professional for more information. If you feel like you require immediate medical attention, please visit your nearest emergency room or urgent care.

Tips for consuming cannabis gummies

Whether you’re taking a gummy for the first time or have never had an edible before, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Start small– You can always consume more, but can never consume less. Remember that.
  • Make sure you’re in a safe environment- Make sure you feel comfortable in your environment and avoid big crowds or loud environments if you can.
  • Be with someone you trust- Edibles can be overwhelming, so make sure to have someone you trust who can help you out.

Finally, make sure you’re using a product you can trust. Many manufacturers, including CULTA, go the extra mile to ensure that their cannabis gummies are made from the best ingredients.

CBD 101.

CBD has been gaining in popularity over the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re a total newbie or simply looking to brush up on some basic CBD information, our guide to all things CBD is here for you.

This guide is a thorough discussion of all things CBD, so if you want to get just the basics, simply scroll down, choose an option from the table of contents or click through to our CBD 101

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What Is CBD?

What does CBD stand for?

CBD is the acronym for cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive, non-intoxicating organic compound found in hemp, a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant that was once primarily known for its many other industrial and agricultural uses. Now hemp is the face of CBD!

CBD is a cannabinoid, one of the over 100 unique organic chemicals (typically referred to as compounds) produced by cannabis plants. In plants, these compounds are specifically referred to as phytocannabinoids. They are also produced in the bodies of humans and animals; in that case, they are called endocannabinoids. You may have heard of the endocannabinoid system in the human body – that’s where the name comes from! (More on that later.)

Cannabis is easily the most famous source of cannabinoids, but it’s not the only one. Other plants you may not have realized contain cannabinoids include black pepper, echinacea, and cacao.

To very briefly touch on CBD vs. THC, the latter is the other famous cannabis compound. Short for tetrahydrocannabinol, this is the chemical responsible for the psychological effects of cannabis. This is in contrast to CBD, which is non-psychoactive and doesn’t lead to a head high, paranoia, or racing thoughts that are closely associated with THC.

Where Does CBD Come From?

The cannabis plant itself has a long history, with earliest recorded use appearing to be in ancient China, sometime around 6000 B.C. But CBD as we know it was not discovered until 1940, by an American chemist named Roger Adams – a descendent of John Adams, the second president of the United States! Roger Adams was the first person to isolate and identify CBD.

Unfortunately, in 1970 came the Controlled Substances Act, which made the possession of cannabis illegal and threw all forms of cannabis, including the hemp plant, into the same category. It wasn’t until the ‘90s that some progress toward legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes was finally made. California was the first state to legalize medical cannabis. Massive progress has been made since then, with medical cannabis now legal in 36 states, while recreational cannabis is legal in 18 states, and public opinion continues to grow in favor of both.

Partially due to the groundswell of support for medical cannabis, CBD has become more and more popular. This is largely due due to the fact that it may be able to provide many medical benefits without the psychoactive components of THC.

Now, a plethora of research into CBD’s ability to help with pain is ongoing, with many studies showing promising results. A short list of studies includes a 2006 article which describes that preclinical and clinical studies have suggested that CBD may be useful in treating diverse diseases, including those related with acute or chronic pain; 2019 study that found application of CBD cream for pain twice a day to provide pain relief for a group of people suffering from a particular kind of jaw pain; a 2020 study about nerve pain in which many participants experienced reduced pain levels with the use of topical CBD oil; and a 2020 review of CBD formulations in pre-clinical studies found to have diverse medicinal properties, including anti-nausea, anti-emetic, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, antipsychotic, and anti-anxiolytic.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

A quick lesson on hemp vs. marijuana: they are both botanical classes of the Cannabis Sativa plant, but tend to be grown for different reasons, resulting in different uses. Marijuana tends to have higher concentrations of THC and is typically grown for recreational, entheogenic, and medicinal purposes. Hemp is grown specifically for industrial and medicinal use, has naturally lower concentrations of THC, and higher concentrations of CBD. We’ll get into the modern legality in the next section, but another way to distinguish hemp is by its federally legal definition: cannabis and cannabis derivatives with extremely low (no more than 0.3%) amounts of THC.

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Is CBD Legal?

Yes! H.R. 2: The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill of 2018, legalized the use of non-THC cannabinoids from the hemp plant grown according to the specifications laid out by the legislation. Put simply, CBD is legal!

Hemp is defined as cannabis and cannabis derivatives with extremely low (no more than 0.3%) amounts of THC. The Farm Bill declassified hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, allowing it to play a larger role in the agricultural industry.

Some states have their own hemp laws that do not mirror the Farm Bill. This handy chart from Leafly includes each state and explains the restrictions. Alaska, for example, has bans on CBD-infused food and beverages, while in Delaware all hemp growers must be affiliated with Delaware State University. The only states which have their own restrictions against CBD are Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota, but federally, CBD is legal everywhere.

What Are the Benefits of CBD? How Does It Work?

As we mentioned, CBD is one of hundreds of components in cannabis. A source no less than Harvard Medical School cites a report from the World Health Organization that states “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

As for how CBD works, it’s now time for a quick lesson on the endocannabinoid system. A biological system in the human body, it’s composed of endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, enzymes, neurons, and neural pathways. The ES is involved in a great deal of processes, including motor learning, appetite, and cognitive functions. The cannabinoid receptors exist to interact with endocannabinoids, but they also interact with phytocannabinoids, like CBD. The overall goal of the endocannabinoid system is to create and maintain homeostasis, or balance, within the body.

The existence of the endocannabinoid system is a major reason behind the potential benefits of CBD

which include the ability to support pain relief, ease tension, help with insomnia and sleep issues, provide stress relief, and even more medicinal and calming effects.

According to Harvard Medical School, both studies and self-reported anecdotes from humans suggest the following CBD benefits:

  • Relief from anxiety. Many studies and clinical trials are currently exploring this in depth; here’s one 2015 study that states current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders.
  • Treating insomnia and general sleep troubles. In one 2019 study, CBD was found to improve sleep scores within the first month in 48 patients, as well as decreasing anxiety within the first month in 57 patients.
  • Chronic pain. Numerous studies are exploring the role that CBD can have in chronic pain relief, with this 2020 study concluding that CBD is a well-tolerated and safe natural compound exerting analgesic effects in animal models alongside clinical studies.

*Additional potential benefits of CBD include helping reduce cancer symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment; reduction in acne through the use of CBD oil; benefits for neurological disorders like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis; heart health; and substance abuse treatment. As time goes on and more research continues to be conducted, we’re sure to learn a great deal more about CBD and its growing list of potential benefits.