With the latest craze surrounding the hemp market, there are so many types of CBD gummies out there. Finding the right one to meet your needs can feel a little overwhelming. You’ve no doubt heard of CBD––if you haven’t already fallen in love with it. But do you know how to find the best CBD gummy for you? The answer? First, determine which type of CBD is best for you. Second, choose the gummy with the right complementary ingredients, and finally, buy from reputable brands that use the highest-quality hemp.
Sounds simple, right? Well, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned CBD enjoyer, this search isn’t always easy––especially if you don’t know what to look for.
So, here’s a helpful little guide to introduce you to all the subtle factors that make the right CBD gummies right for you!
Let’s dive in.
What is CBD?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid. These are compounds native to hemp plants; we’ve recently discovered over a hundred different ones, like CBG, CBC, and CBN. Though they all play softly in the background, CBD remains in the spotlight. It’s most abundant in hemp plants and second most in other cannabis plants like marijuana.
Humans have enjoyed hemp-derived compounds for thousands of years, relying on them for their therapeutic effects on the mind and body. Now, companies enrich their wellness products with extracted forms of CBD. But how they extract and process their cannabinoids is essential––it determines the type of CBD in their gummies. Finding the right typeof CBD for you is the first step to finding the best CBD gummies for your needs.
Different Types of CBD
CBD comes in three forms: full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. Though they all tout effective concentrations of CBD, they all come with their own unique benefits. You can find CBD gummies made with each type, but which one is best for you?
Like all cannabis plants, hemp contains THC––the psychoactive cannabinoid known for inducing a “high.” But hemp’s cannabinoid profile contains less than 0.3% THC, while its botanical sibling, marijuana, can have as much as 30% THC. So, when companies extract their CBD from raw hemp plants, the most THC that winds up in their gummies is 0.3%.
This type of CBD is full spectrum. It has the hemp plant’s full cannabinoid and aromatic profiles, which can lead to a more profound CBD experience. When your body processes more than one cannabinoid simultaneously, they enhance each other’s effects on the mind and body. This is called The Entourage Effect––and it’s a phenomenon closely associated with full spectrum CBD.
But, because of THC’s effects on the brain, many users aim to avoid the psychoactive cannabinoid altogether. That’s where broad spectrum CBD enters the picture.
Broad Spectrum CBD
Broad spectrum CBD carries the same aromatic profile, including native terpenes and flavonoids, as full spectrum but not the same complete cannabinoid profile. Cultivators make broad spectrum CBD by whittling away the THC molecules to undetectable levels.
Typically, a product will say whether or not their product is broad spectrum. If it doesn’t, find the Certificate of Analysis (COA) associated with that product and look for its THC percentage. It should say 0% or undetectable to be considered broad spectrum.
Because its cannabinoid profile is not fully intact, broad spectrum CBD offers a weakened Entourage Effect. This might be a deciding factor when shopping for your go-to gummies. So, be sure to check the packaging or the product’s COA.
The third and final type of CBD is CBD isolate. Cultivators make CBD isolate by stripping away all of the non-CBD molecules. This includes its entire cannabinoid profile and aromatic properties. What’s left is 99% CBD.
This type of CBD is ideal for those who want to enjoy the wellness-boosting benefits of CBD––and only CBD.
Because of its one-sided cannabinoid profile, CBD isolate doesn’t offer benefits associated with The Entourage Effect. However, companies can add different ingredients to their gummies to enhance CBD’s natural wellness-boosting effects.
And that brings us to the second factor that makes certain CBD gummies better for you than others.
Check the Ingredients
When companies formulate their CBD gummies, they often add various healthful ingredients to sweeten the flavor, increase nutrients, and boost CBD’s natural effects on the mind and body. Be sure to check your product’s label to see what ingredients have been added to accent CBD’s effects. Knowing the additional ingredients will help you find CBD gummies that meet your unique needs.
CBD Gummies for Sleep
Many companies specifically formulate CBD gummies for sleep. While CBD already has a naturally calming effect on the body, additional ingredients like melatonin, magnesium, and lavender have been shown to enhance relaxation. Taken a couple of hours before bed, CBD gummies for sleep can help your mind and body unwind.
CBD Gummies for Health & Wellness
There are also CBD gummies with a host of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. For example, many companies add CBD to their multivitamin gummies or formulate them with ingredients like apple cider vinegar to support digestion. Others add organic ingredients like turmeric and spirulina to their CBD gummies to create comprehensive health and wellness supplements.
So, when shopping for the best CBD gummies for you, look at the other active ingredients and consider your wellness goals. If you’ve been meaning to incorporate adaptogenic and nootropic mushrooms into your diet, there’s a gummy for you. If you’ve wanted to take more vitamins throughout your day, yes, you guessed it––there’s a CBD gummy for you.
CBD Gummies with Additional Cannabinoids
Despite whether or not your CBD gummy is full or broad spectrum, companies can add other cannabinoids to create an array of effects. For example, CBN is added to sleep gummies because it is the ultimate relaxation cannabinoid. CBG, on the other hand, is thought to boost energy levels, so companies add it to daytime gummies.
Companies have recently added more THC to their full spectrum gummies. These CBD gummies tout an effective dose of CBD and THC, creating a mild “high” in your mind and body.
If you want to enjoy (or avoid) additional cannabinoids, check the labeling and research any cannabinoids you might be unfamiliar with.
Find a Trustworthy Brand
This is perhaps the most crucial step, which is why I saved it for last. The quality of your CBD gummies will entirely depend on the company you purchase them from. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, many hemp brands have opened shop overnight.
Now, many different companies have rushed to capitalize on a corner of this budding market. But not all of these brands use the highest quality hemp or ingredients on the market––and it shows.
You can tell your CBD’s quality by how it feels, tastes, and smells––and by checking the company’s COA. If the company you’re interested in buying from doesn’t routinely post these, it’s time to find a better brand.
Need some help? Here are two go-to brands we recommend to new and old customers.
As one of the most popular companies in the CBD market, CBDfx is also one of the oldest. This So-Cal company is known for its commitment to excellence and its collection of high-quality CBD gummies. They carry all types of gummies, catering to many different unique needs. If you’re just starting your CBD journey, CBDfx is the perfect place to begin.
Another popular brand among our users is NuLeaf Naturals. Like CBDfx, NuLeaf Naturals uses the highest quality organic hemp. Their formulas are potent, and their approach to capturing CBD’s therapeutic effects is superior. Check this company out if you need a break from your status quo.
So, how do you choose the right CBD gummy for your needs? Check the type of CBD, review the ingredients, and make sure you buy from a reliable company.
Sounds easy, right? It is when you have a guide!