However, research into the effectiveness of CBD oil only tested pure CBD oil, not gummies. Even for pure CBD oil, there are very few well-conducted trials backing up its apparent health benefits, although research is expected to ramp up now that laws distinguish between hemp and marijuana.
This means that even though hemp and marijuana have a few things in common, there are notable differences, with the most crucial being that hemp is almost devoid of THC, which is the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high. In fact, by law, hemp must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC to be considered hemp, otherwise, growers are at risk of prosecution under federal law.
Are there any health benefits of CBD gummies?
CBD is derived from hemp, which is almost devoid of THC. THC is the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high. By law, hemp must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC to be considered hemp, otherwise, growers are at risk of prosecution under federal law.
The main active ingredient in hemp is CBD, and CBD does not have any psychoactive properties. Instead, CBD has been credited with relieving anxiety, inflammation, insomnia, and pain, although “credited” does not mean proven.
Be aware that CBD is quite a bitter substance, and a lot of gummies contain large amounts of added sugar to disguise this taste.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in the hemp plant. Hemp contains around 120 cannabinoids altogether, along with hundreds of other phytochemicals (“phyto” = plant) like fatty acids, vitamins, terpenes and flavonoids.
And finally, you could extract just the CBD and nothing else to make pure CBD isolate gummies. This is a popular option for gummies because the powdered isolate is easier to blend, but of course you wouldn’t get the entourage effect.
What is CBD?
When it’s first extracted, hemp oil contains all of the plant’s natural phytochemicals, including CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the chemical that gets you “high” when you use cannabis, but hemp contains very low amounts.
CBD, on the other hand, is a tricky one. We know that it offers some significant health benefits, but we’re not sure how yet.
For broad-spectrum gummies, you’d take out just the THC. Even though CBD gummies don’t have enough THC to get you high, some people would rather avoid it altogether. This way, they can still get the entourage effect without the THC.
We’ve covered the factors that determine how long it takes for CBD to work, but what about how long it takes to get CBD out of your system? Again, it depends on many of the aforementioned factors that determine the effectiveness of the cannabinoid itself.
The metabolic rate of the individual also has some sway over how long CBD stays in the system. The body’s metabolism determines the time needed to break down and synthesize compounds, which affects how long it takes the body to process and metabolize the cannabinoid.
CBD patches deliver a long-lasting dose very efficiently. Photo by: Shutterstock
How CBD affects drug test results
Settling on the ideal CBD dosage is an important part of the treatment process, and will also impact how long CBD stays in your system. Hemp-derived CBD products are not intended to give the user a stoned buzz or intoxicated feeling, so there’s no need to be conservative with the dosage amount. Still, it’s recommended to start with a lower dosage and gradually increase it until the ideal effects are discovered.
The way CBD interacts with and leaves your body depends on several factors that vary from person to person.
It’s not just your body that influences how long it takes CBD to work, but also the quality of the CBD product and how often it’s used. Once you acquire CBD oil, the next step is to find the optimal dosing regimen, including frequency of use. The answers will depend largely on the type of product, amount of CBD inside it, and the specific ailment you are targeting. Most reputable manufacturers will provide instructions on how to properly use the product, but experimentation may be required to find the optimal dose for you and your specific needs.
Bottom line: The relationship between CBD and the human body is complicated. The method of consumption, the quality of the CBD product, and individual body chemistry all determine how this cannabinoid moves through your body and how long it takes to leave your system.