Everything You Should Know About CBD Edibles
Every CBD consumption method has pros and cons, and so do edibles. They’re absolutely delicious, but are they equally effective? We’ll present all other information you need about CBD edibles, including:
- How they’re made
- How they affect your mind and body
You’ll also get helpful tips on buying the best product and using it safely.
There are two main varieties of Cannabis—hemp and weed.
They share many similarities, but weed is known for its high concentration of delta 9 THC, a psychotropic and federally illegal substance. Hemp is legal and contains less than 0.3% THC but plenty of CBD, which is why most products are derived from this variant. Unlike THC, cannabidiol doesn’t get the user high.
Why So Many People Choose CBD Edibles
CBD-infused edibles have several advantages over other consumption methods:
- Discretion—Edibles don’t require any equipment or prep, and they’re easy to use even when you’re away from home
- Dosing—They make dosing easy as there’s usually a predetermined amount of CBD in each serving
- Safety—Unlike smoking and vaping, which are efficient but could cause lung injuries and other adverse reactions, edibles are harmless
- Flavor—The earthy Cannabis aroma is an acquired taste, but in edibles, it’s usually less prominent and often obscured by other flavors
- Effects—With edibles, the effects start late compared to other CBD products, but they also last longer
- Versatility—Gummies are the most popular edibles, but you can also find CBD cookies, chocolate bars, lollipops, brownies, and many others
- DIY—You can make edibles yourself by adding CBD extract or oil to baked goods but be careful not to overheat the cannabinoid (up to 320°F), or it will start breaking down and lose some beneficial properties
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Different Types of Edibles
Some products contain pure CBD extract or isolate, while others have various Cannabis compounds, including other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. We refer to such products as broad and full-spectrum.
Full-spectrum extract consists of various ingredients, including THC in trace amounts. Broad-spectrum products usually include minor cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, and CBC but no THC.
You can find numerous combinations on the market, such as CBD edibles with THC or CBN, a mildly psychotropic cannabinoid and a popular sleep aid. Still, such small amounts won’t make you intoxicated. They’re more likely to induce relaxation and an overall sense of well-being.
Despite its complicated legal status, THC can be beneficial in some cases.
Combined with other cannabinoids, it becomes less potent but still contributes to the entourage effect—the complex interplay of cannabinoids and terpenes that brings out the best in Cannabis. A mix of CBD and THC is more powerful than CBD alone, and other compounds boost their effects further.
Unless you have a tox screening soon, there’s no need to refrain from THC. By doing so, you might miss out on some of CBD’s potential.
How CBD Edibles Are Made
It all starts at the farm, ideally a local one, where hemp is grown. The rest of the process typically looks like this:
- The farmers harvest the hemp when CBD concentration is at its highest
- CBD can be found in the flowers, leaves, and stalks, but some manufacturers prefer to use only the buds
- The next step is extraction, and the most common processes are CO2, ethanol or liquid solvent extraction, and oil infusion
- Some manufacturers opt to purify the extract further through winterization or distillation
- The extract is infused into various foods, with a predetermined dose for each serving
Trustworthy manufacturers will have no problem being transparent about their production process. They will also test their products in third-party labs to ensure purity and safety. Do your research before buying and consuming any CBD product because the market is still not fully regulated.
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How CBD Edibles Affect You
When you take CBD edibles, cannabidiol travels through your digestive tract and gets processed like other foods. It then reaches the bloodstream and interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors.
This process takes a long time and doesn’t deliver the cannabinoid as efficiently as possible, so this consumption method has low bioavailability. CBD in edibles needs about 30 to 90 minutes to kick in, but the effects will last long—about six to eight hours. It will also slowly leave the body, lingering in the fat cells for up to a month.
In the following table, we’ve summed up the most important information on CBD edibles’ effects:
|Bioavailability Rate||Low, 6–20%|
|Onset of Effects||30–90 minutes|
|Duration of Effects||Up to 8 hours|
|Half-Life||Up to 5 days|
|How Long It Stays in the System||Up to a month (usually 2–5 half-lives)|
CBD Health Benefits and Risks
By triggering endocannabinoid receptors, cannabidiol activates the endocannabinoid system, which controls numerous functions in the body, including sleep, appetite, pain regulation, emotional response, and many others.
After taking CBD, you might feel calmer and more comfortable. Many people use it for daily stress relief because it reduces anxiety without impacting productivity. It might also improve sleep, reduce chronic pain, and alleviate some symptoms of epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis.
Another benefit of cannabidiol is that it’s non-addictive, and you can’t build a tolerance to it. Most users react to the substance well without any side effects, but macrodoses might induce tiredness, drowsiness, and stomach upsets in some users.
The biggest risk comes from the lack of research and market regulation. Although it’s shown great promise thus far, we need more research to determine the exact short- and long-term effects of CBD. Some companies use this as an opportunity to make numerous semi-scientific claims to market their products.
In light of the regulation issues, they sometimes sell poor-quality products with impurities, toxins, fillers, illegal amounts of THC, and other unwanted substances. It’s important to be a conscientious buyer and avoid such companies to prevent adverse effects.
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CBD Edibles and Drug Testing
Edibles made with pure CBD or broad-spectrum extract shouldn’t lead to a positive drug test result, but those that contain THC might. No matter the number of panels, standard drug tests won’t detect CBD because they’re not designed to do so. CBD is a legal substance, and it’s usually not the cannabinoid of interest—THC is.
Many factors impact CBD’s effects, including diet, weight, dosage, metabolism, consumption method, and frequency of use. There’s no way to know exactly how long it will linger in the system and whether the test will detect it. Here are some detection window approximates that show how different tests compare to each other:
|Test||Detection Window—Light Use||Detection Window—Heavy Use|
|Hair||Up to 90 days||Up to 90 days|
|Urine||3 to 30 days||Up to 90 days|
|Saliva||Around 24 hours||Up to 7 days|
|Blood||Around 2 hours||Around 2 days|
The best way to prepare for drug testing is to stop consuming THC on time. Still, you might be able to speed up the elimination process by doing more cardio, drinking plenty of water, and including more fiber in your diet.
How To Buy CBD Edibles
Here are some guidelines to help you find the right product in the vast and unregulated sea that is the CBD market. Keep in mind that there’s plenty of mislabeling and false advertising to navigate around.
It’s important to do some research before you buy cannabidiol edibles. Never fall for flashy ads and claims you come across. If it looks too good to be true, it most likely is. Even if it was a friend’s recommendation, visit the company’s website and read about their practices.
Always check the ingredient list, the company’s sourcing and production process, third-party lab results, and certificate of analysis (COA). If you don’t have much experience, you can also refer to unbiased professional reviews.
Another point to consider is the legality. CBD is hemp-derived and federally legal, but some states haven’t implemented the 2018 Farm Bill yet, banning all cannabinoids, regardless of the source.
Currently, CBD is legal and available in 47 states, but the legality situation changes quickly. Before ordering any product, learn about your state’s laws to avoid uncomfortable situations.
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Dosing CBD Edibles
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to CBD dosage. Due to the influence of numerous factors, every person reacts to it differently. Still, there are some guidelines you can follow to ensure a good time.
If it’s your first time trying edibles, you should start with a smaller dose, around 10 mg a day. Give them about a week to take effect, then take more if needed, depending on your goal. If you’re dealing with severe pain or insomnia, you’ll likely need a higher dose, but it’s best to start small and increase the dose if necessary.
Whether they contain THC or not, eating too many CBD edibles might make you sick or cause other side effects. Because of the late onset, inexperienced users might believe the product’s “not working” and take more, only to realize they overdid it. The reactions most likely won’t be dramatic, but it’s best to avoid them altogether.
In case the manufacturer didn’t disclose the amount of CBD per serving, divide the total amount of CBD in the pack by the number of grams or servings, and you’ll know how much CBD is in each gram or serving. If the serving contains more CBD than you need, split it into even pieces.
Be Patient and Stay Consistent
Take CBD edibles every day consistently for at least a few weeks to allow them to work. According to some sources, the full extent of the cannabinoid’s potential can be felt only after 8 to 12 weeks of use. If you change the dose, give it about a week to take effect before increasing it again.
It also might be a good idea to take CBD throughout the day (split the dose) and combine edibles with other consumption methods.
CBD Edibles—Tips for Safe Use
If you follow the advice listed below, you’ll decrease your chances of experiencing adverse reactions.
Consult Your Doctor
Cannabidiol can interact with some meds, including antiepileptics, antidepressants, and liver medication. If you want to try CBD but take prescription or OTC meds, talk to your doctor beforehand. The same goes if you’re pregnant or have any health conditions.
Be Aware of Changes
It’s important to listen to your body when taking CBD. That way, you’ll more likely to detect any unwanted reactions. If that happens, stop taking the product immediately and contact your doctor.
Understanding CBD’s effects on your body will also help you determine the right dosage. You can adjust it until you hit that sweet spot. Try taking CBD at different points in the day and see how that affects you. It might also be a good idea to keep notes until you find out what works for you.
Be a Mindful User
Besides buying from reputable sources and dosing carefully, being a responsible user is a must. For instance, you shouldn’t use CBD edibles past their expiry date (6 to 12 months) or mix them with alcohol or other drugs because that can alter the cannabinoid’s effects.
Keep in mind that CBD is not meant to get you high. It might help you relax and relieve some anxiety and pain, but it won’t give you a buzz.
Even though it’s not physically addictive, some users might form a psychological addiction to CBD, relying on it for inner peace.
While it can be a good way to temporarily improve your well-being and deal with some mental and health issues, CBD is not a panacea. It can’t replace real medical advice, therapy, or healthy habits—but it can help you make positive changes alongside other therapeutic tools.
Source: Elsa Olofsson
Alpine Infused Gummies—A Treat for the Palate and the Mind
With Alpine Infused Gummies, you can feel the powerful effect of combined cannabinoids while enjoying the delicious flavor, no matter where you are.
They’re infused with delta 8 (a less potent isomer of delta 9), some delta 9, CBN, and CBG to give you the full-spectrum experience, providing a light and pleasant buzz. They’re also legal due to their low delta 9 THC content (<0.3%).
Each pack contains 1,000 mg of CBD and 50 mg per gummy, evenly distributed throughout each to allow easy dosing.
Alpine gummies are vegan and come in five fun natural flavors:
- Blue razz
- Mixed berry
How We Make the Gummies
Before infusing the cannabinoid blend into the gummy mixture, we test it to ensure the right potency and purity. After that, here’s what we do:
- Prepping—We weigh the ingredients, i.e., sugar, tapioca syrup, pectin, citric acid, distilled water, and cannabinoid extract
- Mixing—Using an industrial mixer, we combine the ingredients thoroughly to ensure consistency
- Cooking—We then cook the mixture at a high temperature, ensuring that water evaporates to prevent mold formation
- Molding—The mixture is poured into silicone molds, residing there until it sets
- Coating—After demolding, we toss the gummies with sugar to give them a delicious coating and send them to the final drying stage
If you prefer vaping, you’ll love our Alpine Vapor Hemp vapes.
You can choose between three cannabinoid variants—delta 8, HHC, and THC-O. They are hemp-derived and infused with terpenes to give you the most potent taste and induce the entourage effect with every puff. The vape blend is packaged in premium carts that enable smooth flow and irresistible flavor.
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