CBD, or cannabidiol, is a substance extracted from the oil of the hemp plant. It can be used to make a variety of products like CBD oil, capsules, creams, balms, and of course, gummies.
This generally takes around 30 minutes, but it’s quicker on an empty stomach. If you recently ate, though, you could be waiting up to an hour.
How do CBD gummies work?
There’s no universal “ideal” dose of CBD. If you’re new to CBD, start low at around 10mg, see how you feel, and slowly build up to the dose that feels best for you.
Yes! If you want to experience subtle benefits throughout the day, you can take CBD gummies two or three times a day as needed.
See how it makes you feel over the next couple of hours. It’s important to wait before taking any more as you want to give the CBD a chance to work. But if you don’t feel any effects, try taking 20mg (one full ZenBear) and see how you react.
There is no set number of gummies you should take in a day. The number depends on several factors, including the following.
One way to determine the right dosage for you is to start by buying gummies with a low dosage, like 2 mg or 5 mg. Start by eating one and seeing how it affects you. Increase the number until you feel you are getting the desired effect.
4. You can experiment with different shapes, textures and flavors.
Let’s say you want to make 20 gummies, and you want each gummy to have 5 mg of CBD. This means you need 100 mg of CBD. Now, let’s say you have a CBD oil that is advertised as containing 1,000 mg. And let’s say it comes in a 50 ml bottle. This means each ml is 20 mg (1,000 mg / 50 ml = 20 mg/ml).
Please note that these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and many testimonials by CBD users are purely anecdotal. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
If each gummy’s concentration is on the package, the work has already been done for you. If the package supplies the total amount, just divide the number by the number of gummies to determine how much CBD is in each gummy.
One small study found that consuming CBD in the presence of dietary fat could help maximize its absorption. So consider taking CBD with a meal that contains some healthy fat such as avocado or olive oil, especially if the CBD edible you are using is free of fat.
To date, there is a dearth of peer-reviewed clinical studies conducted on humans which validate a role for CBD in improving athletic performance or health measures. The infancy of science is largely owing to the fact that hemp had, until very recently, been federally classified as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning its production and distribution was prohibited so research was largely put on the back burner. That means there is still much that is unknown about the true and long-term effects of CBD edibles on the body.
Additionally, some advocates will say that we should look for “full-spectrum” CBD products since these contain a range of hemp plant chemicals in addition to CBD resulting in a synergistic health benefit. (Again, no useful research on this matter.) These items may contain trace amounts of THC. CBD “isolate” has had all other compounds of the plant removed, so it’s nearly 100 percent CBD and there is no THC. This can be reassuring if you’re an athlete subjected to doping tests or if your workplace requires drug testing. “Broad-spectrum” CBD is the same as full-spectrum CBD but without any THC.
How Do You Consume It?
But for every runner who broadcasts their love of cannabidiol, there is another one in the background who is meh on the whole CBD hoopla because they have experienced no noticeable benefits when using it. There is the cautionary tale of history being full of dietary cure-alls that turned out to be more hype than hero. Remember the blood-type diet?
In addition to considering if it actually works, there is also the matter of dosage. We still don’t really know how much CBD is needed to be effective, and it’s likely that useful amounts vary from both person to person and from ailment to ailment. Like our genes, receptors in the brain and other areas that CBD binds to could be unique to an individual leading to variable results.
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is believed to deliver its expansive powers on the body by binding to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is a system found in every organ of the body that in theory impacts numerous physiological processes. And, importantly, it does this without the psychoactive “high” and munchie-inducing effects of the most well-known cannabinoid, THC, found in marijuana.
In terms of athletics, hemp-derived CBD was removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibited substances in 2018, which has led to a huge influx of CBD-laced products targeting bodies in motion, and athletes of all stripes seem to have a huge appetite for them. (In 2017, U.S. hemp-derived CBD food and beverage sales totaled about $190 million, and is predicted to keep rocketing upwards as we have yet to hit peak CBD.)