Ok, so now you know how ZenBears and other CBD gummies are made. But how exactly do they work? Hold on, it’s about to get science-y…
Alternatively, you could make your gummies and then “coat” them with CBD. (That’s how we make ZenBears!).
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.
How are CBD gummies made?
When you take an external cannabinoid – i.e. you eat a CBD gummy – it affects your ECS in a similar way to your own internal cannabinoids. It might bind to a receptor or break down an enzyme, with the effect depending on which receptor(s) or enzyme it affects.
One of the main jobs of the ECS is to keep your body in a state of balance. It helps to regulate things like sleep, immunity, mood, memory, appetite, nerve health and reproduction, to name just a few.
Your body has a system called the endocannabinoid system, or the ECS. We didn’t even discover it until the 90s, and we’re still learning about how it works, but we know it’s one of the most complex and important systems in the body.
If you’re joining us here on ZenBears News, you’ve no doubt heard of CBD gummies. These chewy sweets are infused with all the benefits of CBD, and all the tasty goodness of your favourite bears. But how exactly do CBD gummies work? First, here’s a quick recap on CBD.
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.
Manufacturers of CBD gummies claim CBD is effective at relieving anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation, and improving sleep. A CBD product (Epidiolex) has been FDA approved to treat epilepsy.
Hemp-derived CBD products that contain less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are legal on a federal level; however, they may still be illegal in some states.
Can CBD gummies make you high?
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.
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 currently there is little scientific proof that CBD works, except for epilepsy. Epidiolex Is a prescription CBD oil that was FDA approved in June 2018 for two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome. Other trials are underway investigating the benefits of CBD for Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and anxiety.
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.
But because most CBD products are not FDA approved, strengths and purity can vary between brands and even within the same brand, meaning that there is no guarantee that you are getting what you think you are getting.
I looked for a stronger dose and found it in Lord Jones’s all-natural gum drops, which contain 20mg of CBD with no artificial colors or flavors. The Lord Jones gummies promised and delivered the same effects, but for a longer period of time. The CBD calmed me down and relieved a bit of anxiety, which in turned allowed me to get some much needed rest.
Sunday Scaries Gummies for Anxiety, $39, forsundayscaries.com
Lord Jone’s CBD All-Natural Old Fashioned Gumdrops, $45; shop.lordjones.com
Before we deep dive into my personal journey, it’s best to know what exactly CBD is. CBD, the acronym for cannabidoil, is derived from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant. Since it comes from hemp and not marijuana, it’s completely legal nationwide and relatively easy to find online in myriad forms: lotion, chocolate, black pepper, face masks, bath bombs and, yes, gummy form. CBD does not contain any THC, the ingredient in the cannabis plant that gets you high, so you don’t ever need to worry about somehow losing your day to a streaming of Good Burger while eating a bag of Cheetos — not that there’s anything wrong with that. The part of CBD that intrigued me the most was its never-ending list of benefits. CBD advocates claim that the ingredient has the ability to not only hydrate the driest of skin and treat childhood epilepsy but to also provide chronic pain relief and work to fight the early onset of diabetes. I, however, was interested in CBD for its ability to treat insomnia. I was hopeful that CBD gummies could be the answer to all my problems, so I decided to give it a try.
The first night I took the gummies, I was convinced they worked. I felt less stressed on the Sunday night before work and within thirty to forty minutes after getting into bed I was asleep. However, my success was short-lived. I don’t know if I abused the gummies by taking them in the day time (when I was also stressed) or built a nightly tolerance, but after a week or so, I was awake again. The 10mg of cbd oil that the Sunday Scaries contained was not doing it for me anymore.
I picked the brain of Lord Jones’s founder Cindy Capobianco to see what exactly set these gummies apart. Capobianco was quick to explain that not all CBD gummies on the market are equal. She explained that there are two main factors differentiating real and fake CBD gummies. The first is the quality of the CBD that manufacturers are using. Lord Jones uses a full spectrum of CBD oil that contains all the compounds of the plant working together, not just an isolated molecule of CBD, like some of its competitors. Additionally, Capobianco pointed to the manufacturing of the product. How your CBD is applied matters, apparently. Some manufacturers CBD-ify their products by spraying it on, but Lord Jones actually infuses their gummies by hand. I must say, I did notice the difference.
First, I tried the Instagram-ad approved Sunday Scaries brand gummies, which promised a good night’s sleep and relaxation of a wandering mind, and had a pretty meh experience. Sunday Scaries was started by two men, Mike Sill and Beau Schmitt, who wanted to create something that helped with daily anxiety. The name is a cute reference to that feeling of dread that dawns on Sunday night when the reality of Monday starts barreling towards you. The bottle comes with 20 gummies (for $39), similar to a bag of Haribo gold bears, and can be taken when you want to reduce stress and relax, aka what I needed to go to sleep.