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What are CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles are often healthier and higher-quality alternatives to CBD vape oil.
CBD edibles are foods that contain cannabidiol/marijuana such as cookies, candy, and brownies. These edibles are made from a hemp extract that has the added benefits of balanced compounds from the whole plant. CBD infused foods have been in existence for a long time, but have not had many users until recently. Due to scientific evidence showing their anecdotal benefits, CBD edibles consumption has increased across the country. Compared to other forms of consuming CBD such as vaping, edibles are discrete, portable, and easy to ingest. CBD edibles have loads of medical benefits to users which we will explore but first, here are the best CBD edibles.
1. CBD Bars
CBD chocolate bars are, arguably, the most popular CBD edibles only because they are delicious, but also because they have double health benefits. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is known to have its own health benefits such as reducing the risk of stroke. This combined with the benefits of CBD makes CBD bars one of the best and most popular CBD edibles. CBD and chocolate both contain anandamide, a neurotransmitter found in the human brain. Anandamide plays a vital role in motivation, pleasure, and appetite. This neurotransmitter also inhibits pain and inflammation in the body. In addition to this, chocolate contains organic molecules that slow down the breakdown of cannabinoids, therefore prolonging the effects of CBD bars in the body.
2. CBD Honey
CBD infused honey is delectable to honey lovers. Like CBD bars, this honey has double health benefits which you wouldn’t want to miss out on. Honey contains sugar, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes which have antibacterial, antioxidant, and antifungal benefits. This makes CBD honey a very healthy way of consuming CBD. Honey mixes so well with CBD oil and improves its taste, making it easier for you to ingest. You can take CBD honey raw or add it to drinks such as tea.
3. CBD Gummies
CBD gummies are ideal for you if you love bringing back your childhood sweet tooth memories. These candies come in a variety of colors and flavors to choose from such as peach, mango, lime, and watermelon, so you do not get bored by one taste. Gummies are ideal for people who do not want to medicate themselves with CBD capsules. CBD gummies give you a continuous release of CBD for several hours, meaning that the effects do not wear out quickly.
4. CBD Brownies
CBD brownies are made just like regular brownies, but with CBD oil included. The effects of CBD in these brownies take long to kick in so you might be tempted to take more. Since you cannot overdose on CBD, taking more of these brownies renders the excessive CBD ineffective. CBD brownies are easy to make at home. Homemade CBD brownies are the best because you get to add or leave out the ingredients that you do not want and control the amount of CBD you use.
5. CBD Tinctures
Tinctures are made by blending CBD with a carrier oil or alcohol. The concentration of CBD in tinctures is usually a lot higher than other edibles. This means that just a few drops of the solution can elevate your mood. Despite the high concentration, CBD in tinctures cannot affect your brain.
Can I make my own CBD edibles?
Yes! You can make your own CBD edibles as long as you have the recipes. The advantage of homemade CBD edibles is that you get to control the ingredients. For example, you can make your brownies without some ingredients that you are allergic to. Also, you get to control the amount and the quality of CBD that you use to make the edibles.
Homemade CBD edibles offer a quick and inexpensive relief for pain and inflammation, especially for people with chronic diseases.
Medical benefits of CBD
CBD has innumerable medical benefits for its users. Even those suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer often use high varieties of CBD. CBD serves as an:
- Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is an immune system response in our bodies caused by CB2 receptors. CBD has anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive qualities that interact with these receptors to prevent inflammation.
- Antioxidant: CBD helps to stop the oxidation of molecules in our bodies and keep harmful free radical cells from being formed.
- Neuroprotectant: According to research, CBD can act on the endocannabinoid system and other brain signaling systems. This is beneficial for people with neurological disorders.
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- Analgesic: CBD is an effective pain reliever. As such, it is used for people with chronic diseases such as cancer
- Antidepressant: Cannabidiol helps to elevate one’s mood. It contains anandamide, a neurotransmitter responsible for motivation and pleasure
- Anti-convulsant: Suppresses seizure activity and is therefore invaluable for epileptic people
- Anxiolytic: CBD combats anxiety and depression
How can CBD Edibles Help?
Consuming CBD infused edibles aids in:
- Mood elevation
- Motor control
- Pain relief
- Bone development
How can I Identify High-Quality CBD Oil for Personal Use?
Check the method of extraction
The CBD industry is still young, and there are no regulations for the process of production. Hence, various methods of extraction are used such as toxic solvents like butane. Before buying CBD, oil, ensure that the manufacturer uses consumer-friendly methods such as organic pharmaceutical ethanol or supercritical C0₂ extraction
Check THC concentration
The best CBD oil has a THC concentration of less than 0.3%. Higher percentages of THC might induce psychoactivity.
Research the source of hemp
The hemp plant is a hyper-accumulator. This means that it absorbs everything that is in the soil in which it grows. If the hemp is grown in soil that has harmful minerals such as lead, it will absorb them. Ensure that the CBD Company you buy from gets hemp from a farm with fertile soil.
Check for whole plant labels
High-quality CBD is sourced from the whole plant. CBD that is extracted from the entire plant has primary and secondary components of hemp, which makes it better quality.
CBD continues to be studied for the medical benefits we have discussed and more. For people with chronic diseases, it is a valuable pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and mood elevator. CBD also helps the heart, prevents acne, and depression. It is a safe and natural cure that continues to be received well across the world.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
AbsoluteNature on March 29, 2019:
Well researched and good broad coverage of such a mine field topic. Well done!
Patricia Kamau (author) from Kenya on September 26, 2018:
Thank you to you too Grace for reading. Sharing important and helpful information is always my pleasure
Grace on September 26, 2018:
This is very eye opening..Thank you