CBD gummies can be found in various walk-in and online stores; thus, they are readily available for all consumers. This article talks about CBD gummies, how many CBD gummies you should take, how to use CBD gummies, the benefits, and the side effects of CBD gummies.

CBD gummies are the most discrete way of taking CBD and, thus, the best way to introduce a newbie to cannabidiol.  Many CBD-infused products are available in the market, such as tinctures, gummies, capsules, topicals, and vapes. This follows the legalization of CBD after Congress passed the Farm Bill in 2018. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emphasizes the use of hemp-derived CBD, a handful of states allow the use of marijuana-derived CBD since states were mandated to develop laws to regulate the use of cannabis extracts. CBD gummies are fun to use since they are delicious, easily customizable, and can be made locally. However, you should know there is a limit to what you need to take.


CBD gummies are chewy edibles infused with CBD. They come in different colors, shapes, sizes, and flavors. Furthermore, CBD is the second most known cannabinoid derived from cannabis plants. It does not have a psychoactive effect on the user and is also non-addictive.

CBD is widely appreciated due to its therapeutic effects on the body. According to Überall (2020), CBD has analgesic properties that relieve chronic and acute pain, for example, joint pain, nerve pain, and muscle pain.

The gummies are infused with different kinds of CBD, for example, full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate. Full spectrum CBD contains all the compounds from the plant, including THC. THC is the most known marijuana compound, which causes a ‘high’ feeling in the user. However, the legal amount of THC in the product is below 0.3%, which is approved as non-intoxicating.

Broad spectrum CBD-infused gummies have all the cannabinoids except THC. They also have flavonoids and terpenes, which prevent oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. Therefore, they are best for people who undergo regular drug tests since they lack THC; thus, the test will turn out negative. CBD isolate gummies only have cannabidiol as the main compound from the hemp plant.

Full spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD exhibit the entourage effect. This is a phenomenon in which the chemical compounds in hemp extracts work synergically to enhance CBD’s therapeutic effects. Di Giacomo et al. (2020) suggested that cannabinoids such as CBG (cannabigerol) have neuroprotective properties that protect the brain from various neurological disorders.


CBD is not prescribed like over-counter medication; therefore, CBD gummies will depend on the manufacturer’s guide on how and when to use them. Scientists suggest that the right amount of CBD gummies to be taken per day is 40 mg, but some people consume as high as 150mg daily. People react differently to CBD due to;


People differ when it comes to their metabolism rate. Therefore, the faster the body’s metabolism is, the more immediate the kick-in and vice versa.


CBD potency refers to the strength of CBD. Therefore, highly potent CBD gummies kick in faster than low potency CBD gummies. New CBD users should ensure that they consume lower potency CBD gummies since their body is not used to consuming CBD.


CBD gummies come in different dosages based on the manufacturer. Most range from 5 mg to 40 mg. Therefore, they are easier to use since you can easily monitor your dose. People who use higher doses will have a different experience than those who consume smaller amounts. For example, a person who used 100 mg of CBD gummies will feel more intense effects than one who used 40 mg.


Your body composition can affect the bioavailability of CBD. For example, people with a larger body weight experience CBD’s effect after a long time because the compound covers a larger surface area to impact the surface. On the flip side, smaller-bodied individuals feel the effects of CBD faster.


CBD gummies are taken orally, and the cannabinoids are absorbed into the body after digestion. This will take 30 minutes to 60 because the compounds are subjected to the first pass effect.

CBD gummies interact with the endocannabinoid system, which is key in immune response and pain control. The endocannabinoid system comprises receptors, enzymes, and neurotransmitters such as anandamide which regulates sleep cycles. The endocannabinoid receptors are divided into CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are in the peripheral nervous system. CBD binds indirectly with CB2 receptors, unlike THC, which activates the CB1 receptors alone and thus causes a ‘high’ sensation.



According to Atalay et al. (2020), CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation. Furthermore, it inhibits the activity of inflammatory cytokines while ensuring that the endocannabinoid system works efficiently.

According to Fairaq et al. (2021), CBD has analgesic properties that reduce muscle pains, nerve aches, and joint pains.


Anxiety and stress are the most common mental disorders experienced by people today. Although they seem simple, they might result in severe health issues such as heart attack and stroke. According to García-Gutiérrez et al. (2020), CBD can help alleviate mental disorders such as stress and anxiety. It has a soothing and relaxing effect on the mind and is a natural remedy.


There are no serious recorded side effects of CBD. However, some users reported experiencing increased fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and migraines. Lamb et al. (2016) suggested that drowsiness is a possible side effect, especially after overdosing on CBD. Therefore, there is a need for further studies on the long-term effects of CBD on the body.


CBD gummies are found in many local and online stores. Therefore, choosing a high-quality CBD product is difficult since many manufacturers have delved into the CBD industry. Therefore, you should consider the extraction method, hemp source, and whether the product has undergone intensive independent third-party testing.

CBD is non-psychoactive and non-addictive; it does not cause a ‘high’ sensation. It takes longer to dispense its effects since it has to be gut-processed. Furthermore, it binds indirectly with the CB2 receptors, leading to the transmission of impulses that alleviate inflammation. However, CBD causes drowsiness, nausea, and migraines when overdosed.


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Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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