We are living in the golden age of the gummy. It used to just be candy bears and worms, but now you can get a gummy for your vitamins, a gummy for your minerals, and even a gummy for your CBD. But if you are new to the CBD game, it’s natural to have questions about what you can expect. How many gummies should I take? How long are the effects going to last? What happens if I take too many? This article will answer all those questions and more so the only thing you’ll have to chew on is whatever CBD gummy you decide is best for you.
What is CBD?
The best place to start is usually the beginning. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid that occurs naturally in hemp, other plants, and even your own body. Your body creates a variety of cannabinoids that interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is a system of receptors throughout the body that help to regulate a variety of the body’s processes. Some of the systems your ECS helps to regulate are your nervous system, organs, and immune system. You can learn all about your CBD and your ECS here.
Where does CBD come from?
As we mentioned earlier, CBD is a naturally occurring compound that we find in the human body and a variety of botanicals, most prominently in hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the use of chemical compounds derived from hemp, as long as they contain less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. In CBD isolate products, the CBD in hemp is isolated and extracted, resulting in a 99.9% concentration of CBD. The resulting product is not psychoactive, meaning it will not get you high. It will only provide the therapeutic effects associated with bringing your ECS into balance.
What are the benefits of CBD?
You’ve likely heard of the therapeutic effects of CBD. But the question is, how does it work? When your ECS is out of balance it cannot fully regulate all the systems that it is responsible for. There are a variety of ways that your ECS can lose its homeostasis, but some of the most common ways are illnesses or diseases, large amounts of stress, and lack of sleep. These stressors can create a vicious cycle, because as they throw the ECS out of balance, the symptoms of each are likely to worsen. CBD can help supplement the deficiencies that we experience when our ECS is out of whack. By bonding to the receptors in your ECS, CBD helps restore that balance and provides a variety of benefits. Some of those benefits include.
- Improved sleep
- Reduced anxiety
- Depression relief
- Pain relief
- Improved digestion
- Anti-inflammatory effects
How can you take CBD?
If you’re looking to get your ECS back in balance, there are a variety of ways you can supply your body with CBD. While this article has a focus on edibles, in particular gummies, you can also use other forms of CBD. Inhalable CBD comes in the form of vaporizers or CBD flower and pre-rolls. Topical CBD is also a great treatment for those experiencing muscle pain or arthritis.
Factors involved in dosing
The amount of CBD that is perfect for you will depend upon a variety of factors. These factors include your own biology, the symptoms you’re hoping to treat, and the quality of the product you choose to consume.
Biological factors that can affect the impact of CBD treatment include:
- Body weight
- Body chemistry
Determining the desired effect can impact dosing and takes into account a few factors:
- The condition being treated
- The variety of symptoms present
- The severity of symptoms
Quality of Product
Not all CBD is created equal. When choosing a CBD product, you should consider these questions:
- Is the manufacturer using natural, high-quality products?
- Is the product clearly labeled, including dosages?
- Are you buying from a reputable retailer?
- Do they provide access to laboratory test results for their products?
All of these factors can have a significant impact on how you should dose, as well as how long the effects of CBD will last within your system. Each person is going to have a unique individual experience when taking CBD (buncha snowflakes) but you can still get a general idea of what you need if you have a clear picture of all the factors involved with your personal needs. Assuming you’ve purchased your CBD product from a reputable source like The Green Dragon, where it has been laboratory tested and derived from the finest ingredients, you can use this chart to make an educated guess on your dosing needs.
How long do CBD gummies last?
To determine how long the effects of a CBD gummy will last you will need to consider all the factors we just talked about, but it can still be a little tricky. Generally speaking, the effects of CBD gummies will take between 30 and 90 minutes to set in and will last between 4 and 6 hours. As previously mentioned, CBD is not psychoactive, and does not get you high. Because of this, the onset and duration of the effects of CBD may not be as obvious. When you first start using CBD, being attuned to how your body reacts to it can go a long way in helping you dial in the perfect dosage.
For information on when you should be taking your daily CBD, read our blog here.
Typically, CBD gummies take about 30 to 90 minutes for the effects to settle in and those effects can last between 4 and 6 hours.
There are a wide variety of factors you should consider when picking a dose of CBD. These include biological factors like body weight and metabolism, the condition you hope to treat, the severity of the symptoms, and the quality of the product.
Taking too much CBD isn’t going to harm you but there is a limit to the amount of therapeutic effect you can gain by increasing your CBD dosage. Paying close attention to how your body reacts to the dosage you take can help you dial in the perfect amount.
Can you take too much CBD?
The short answer here is no. In 2011, a study was done on the safety and side effects of CBD. They found that even doses up to the level of 1500 mg per day (!) were tolerated well by humans. Still, you don’t want to use too much CBD for a variety of reasons. First, if you’re using an absurd amount of CBD like 1500 mg per day, you’re going to be wasting your money. There are diminishing returns to using more and more CBD. Second, you can even develop what is known as a reverse tolerance to CBD, where using less CBD turns out to be more therapeutic than using more. You can read more about that here.
Wrapping it all up
At the end of the day, picking the perfect dosage is going to be up to you, your body, and your needs. The therapeutic benefits of CBD are numerous, and the convenience of CBD gummies makes those benefits accessible to anyone at any time. If you’re ready to give CBD gummies a try, there’s no better place to start than The Green Dragon CBD. Visit one of our stores located in the St. Louis, MO area, visit the products on our website, or contact us directly here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, SCOTT JONES
Scott Jones is a freelance writer, author, and digital marketer from Akron, Ohio. He loves to research and write about any and all topics that fascinate him, including CBD. He could afford to watch a few fewer movies and eat a few more vegetables. Connect with him on LinkedIn, Instagram, or read other posts by Scott.