What Are CBD Gummies?

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What Are CBD Gummies?
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Gummies have always been on the border between supplements and candies. As CBD edibles have quickly become the latest delicious health craze, it was only a matter of time before CBD edibles became one of the most popular ways to get CBD into our bodies. This form is a quick and easy way to take CBD and a tasty incentive to take it daily; CBD gummies are something everyone should be familiar with.¹ Here's everything you need to know about this form of CBD product, along with some vital information for enjoying them on your wellness journey.

What are CBD Gummies? 

CBD gummies are edibles infused with CBD. These chewy candies come in different shapes and sizes, from cute little CBD gummy bears to fruit chews and everything in between. Each one contains a serving size of CBD, the primary cannabinoid found in the hemp plant known for stabilizing effects within the body. They're made with natural ingredients like natural fruit sweeteners or natural terpenes, fruit purees, and gelatin. Most CBD gummies are taken daily, like a natural wellness supplement. With that in mind, you can find all sorts of vegan CBD gummies out there too. 

CBD gummies are not made from marijuana and don't have intoxicating effects. While some do contain up to 0.3% THC, these trace amounts aren't high enough to alter your state of mind in any way. More or less, these edibles contain beneficial compounds like CBD and other cannabinoids that help promote balancing effects in the body.

What do CBD gummies do for the body? 

CBD plays a huge balancing role within the body. Taking CBD oils, CBD tinctures, and CBD edibles can help introduce these valuable compounds into your system where they can work their magic. When we ingest a CBD gummy, we're introducing a serving of CBD into our system, where it interacts with our endocannabinoid system to promote effects. 

CBD binds to endocannabinoid receptors all over the body, which is why it promotes such a long list of benefits for the mind and body.² CBD is most commonly credited with pain relief, reducing inflammation, managing stress, and dealing with anxiety. However, it has been shown to help with our mood, sleeping and waking cycles, and eating schedules when it's taken daily. It can also help with nausea or a lack of appetite, muscle spasms, cramps, seizures, regulating blood sugar levels, protecting the nervous system, and preventing the growth and spread of certain cancers. 

CBD-infused gummies are a fantastic way to get a healthy daily dose of CBD to enjoy all of these nourishing body effects while also improving your overall mood and energy levels. Best of all, CBD gummies contain natural terpenes and sugars found in fruits. Terpenes can boost the effectiveness of CBD within the body thanks to the complex relationships cannabinoids and terpenes share within the endocannabinoid system. Our CBD gummy sample pack includes all four of our CBD gummies that are specifically formulated for a specific purpose so that you can easily test each out to determine which is right for you!

Hemp gummies vs. CBD gummies 

With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp, CBD products, and other hemp-derived products were legalized federally. CBD is usually extracted from hemp, but hemp gummies and CBD gummies are two completely different things. Here's a quick overview of the difference between hemp gummies vs CBD gummies and the ingredients in each. 

A hemp gummy is made from hemp oil, which is a hemp extract found in the seeds of hemp flowers. The seeds themselves contain no cannabinoids whatsoever, so they can't provide any of the benefits that CBD gummies can. However, they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are useful as dietary supplements. 

CBD gummies are also made from the hemp plant. However, they're made from CBD oil which is first extracted from hemp. This is where full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and CBD isolates come into play. A CBD extract is made in one of these three ways, then added to an oil or fat and made into a gummy with other natural ingredients. CBD gummies do promote a range of benefits and effects without any intoxicating effects. 

Full-spectrum CBD gummies, broad-spectrum CBD gummies, and CBD isolate gummies 

As we mentioned, CBD gummies can be made in a few different ways and it's important to know the difference between them to find the best version for you. Full-spectrum CBD (AKA whole-plant extract) contains all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other natural compounds found in the hemp plant. Full-spectrum CBD gummies are made with full-spectrum CBD extracts, and they're the closest you can get to natural CBD. These gummies work the most synergistically thanks to the entourage effect and can promote the most substantial effects. 

When full-spectrum CBD extracts are refined a little more, they become what's known as broad-spectrum CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD gummies don't contain any additional cannabinoids other than CBD but still contain terpenes, flavonoids, and other natural compounds. A lot of people will go this route if they can't have THC or other cannabinoids for medical reasons. They're still potent and work synergistically within the body, but they tend to work a little less effectively since some of the minor cannabinoids that make CBD more powerful are removed. 

If you take CBD refinement to the last level, you're left with CBD isolate. This final step removes all other cannabinoids, terpenes, and organic compounds and leaves behind nothing but pure CBD. CBD isolate gummies don't have a hashy flavor and are ideal for people who are sensitive to THC or other cannabinoids.

How are CBD gummies made?

With a focus on wellness, most CBD gummies are made with a CBD oil made from full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolated CBD. The gummies are made by adding CBD oil to gelatin, sweeteners, natural flavors, and fruit juices. Vegan gummies are also widely available and made with plant-based solidifiers instead of gelatin. From there, the mixtures are poured into candy molds and made into all of your favorite shapes. From there, they're either packaged and sold or coated in a citric acid and sugar bath to make sour CBD gummies.

How will CBD gummies make you feel?

CBD gummies can make you feel a sense of wellness. They don't cause any intoxicating effects like other edibles made with THC, and they're able to promote wellness effects in almost every part of your body. Whether you're looking for physical pain relief, a way to manage chronic stress, lighten your mood, get better rest, or support your immune system, CBD gummies are a great addition to your daily health and wellness routines. If you're looking to buy CBD gummies, always start with a trustworthy, reputable CBD company or brand with third-party lab testing on all of their CBD  products. At Lazarus Naturals, we're committed to helping you through your wellness journey with safe and effective CBD that works— and we're more than happy to assist you with any and all questions you may have.