The Ultimate Guide to CBD Gummies
It is estimated that the CBD market will grow to be worth $22 billion by 2020. As such, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more CBD products popping up everywhere. The most popular of these CBD products seem to be Premium CBD gummies, and for good reason.
What You Can Learn From This Guide
In this guide, we’ll go over a few things: what are gummies; where can you buy them; what does the science say about them; and lastly, how do they affect your body. We’ll then conclude with some recipes of our own so that you can make your own CBD gummy bears.
What Are Gummies?
Gummies are chewy candies that are probably best known for their sweet and fruity taste. These delicious treats have been around for hundreds of years, dating back to the middle Ages in Europe where they were used as a preventive against the bubonic plague. Yikes! It wasn’t until the 20th century that they began to be mass produced and sold on a large scale. And nowadays, the market is flooded with different flavors, shapes, sizes and brands.
Interesting fact: gummies were once made from the gelatin of hooves and bones, hence the name. They’re now typically made from pectin, a polysaccharide extracted from fruits and vegetables like apples, oranges and carrots.
Where Can You Buy Them?
Just about everywhere! Gummies are one of the most popular candies in the world – you can find them in most grocery stores. We recommend buying organic, non-GMO gummy bears that don’t have artificial flavors or colors (more on that later). Here are some of our favorite brands: EPIC, Nature’s Path Gummi, Sour Worms, Good&Plentys.
What Does The Science Say About Gummies?
The science behind gummies and CBD oil is fairly complex, but to put it simply, there’s a lot of opportunity for the two. There are some areas where there is not much evidence, but much that does seem to work. The following sections will explain the main points of understanding CBD gummies and how they affect your body.
CBD vs. THC or Cannabidiol vs. Tetrahydrocannabinol: What’s The Difference?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and is the second most abundant cannabinoid in hemp after THC. While there are a number of similarities between CBD and THC, there are some core differences:
Both molecules contain a 21-carbon atom ring with two attached hydrogen atoms (hence their classification as cannabinoids). CBD contains an extra oxygen molecule while THC contains no oxygen molecule. This makes CBD less psychoactive than THC. CBD has an extra methyl (-CH3) group attached to its 3rd carbon atom while THC’s 3rd carbon atom is non-methylated. This makes CBD much more hydrophobic than THC, which is related to another key difference: absorption and bioavailability.