Have you wondered why so many people are choosing to swap CBD oils for sweets lately? Consuming CBD Gummies & edibles is the latest convenient method of enjoying hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). They are fun, easy to dose, discreet and delicious, making them an excellent choice for many people keen to experience the wellness benefits of CBD.
The skyrocketing popularity of CBD gummies lately is indisputable and one of the most popular reasons that people try CBD is to reduce symptoms of anxiety. But do they work? What’s the science behind it? In this article, we explore the claims that CBD sweets can minimise anxiety and stress, how many gummies should be taken for best results and how long it takes for the effects to be felt.
What are CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies are flavoured chewy sweets that have been infused with cannabidiol. CBD is a natural compound derived from the hemp plant and is a non-psychoactive substance. It’s part of a family of cannabinoids that can interact with the human body, resulting in positive effects.
CBD edibles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, flavours and concentrations, but usually taste like popular regular sweets such as gummy bears.
How Does CBD Help With Anxiety?
Several studies, though largely preclinical to date, show that CBD can help with some of the effects associated with anxiety disorders. One 2019 study showed anxiety levels decreasing within one month in 79.2% of patients taking cannabidiol, and anxiety levels remained lower for the duration of the study.
Furthermore, preclinical evidence shows that CBD could be a treatment for several anxiety disorders including generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, it was noted that further studies are required in relevant clinical populations.
Anxiety can occur when the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) is unbalanced. The ECS is a complex cell-signalling system that regulates our mood, sleep, appetite, metabolism, pain perception and more. When the ECS is unbalanced, symptoms can occur such as anxiety, insomnia, lack of focus and headaches. When CBD enters our system, it interacts with cannabinoid receptors of the ECS, helping to achieve a balanced state and reducing symptoms of anxiety and stress.
Symptoms of anxiety and stress can include feeling tense and nervous, an increased heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, trouble concentrating and fatigue. As CBD stimulates endocannabinoid receptors of the ECS, anxious feelings and tension can subside which enables clarity of mind and improved concentration. Breathing rate and heart rate can also slow down and users are often left feeling more alert and less fatigued.
How Many CBD Gummies Should I Take For Anxiety?
The right number of CBD edibles to take for anxiety depends on a variety of factors including your weight, metabolism, age, activity levels and the CBD concentration in your gummies of choice. To start, always read and follow the instructions on your product. As a general recommendation, start with up to 2 gummies per day (assuming a CBD concentration of 10-20mg). If your body can tolerate more, increase the number of gummies gradually.
Choosing the Right Dosage
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommends a maximum of 70mg of CBD per day for healthy adults. Some people will be able to tolerate more, some less. If you’re new to CBD, start with a small dose (10–20mg per day) to understand your body’s tolerance of the cannabinoid. You can increase the dosage slowly if necessary to observe how your body adjusts.
How Long Do CBD Gummies Take to Start Working?
Like all edibles, CBD gummies have to travel through the digestive system. During the digestive process, the ingredients will enter the bloodstream. This process can take around an hour. This is a slower process when compared with some alternative methods of CBD consumption – dropping CBD oil under the tongue, for instance – however, the upside is that the effects can last for a longer period.
Are CBD Edibles Legal?
Yes, CBD edibles are legal in the UK, as long as they contain no more than a tiny concentration of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is a cannabinoid often associated with marijuana that causes intoxicating effects, and it remains illegal in the UK. When purchasing CBD sweets, any reputable brand will be able to provide third-party lab-testing reports to confirm THC concentrations. At Mission C, our Multivitamin + CBD Gummies contain pure CBD isolate and are completely THC-free.
What Else Will CBD Gummies Help Me With?
CBD gummies are commonly taken to ease anxiety symptoms and stress levels, but did you know that CBD is associated with an abundance of wellness benefits? Some early research, plus anecdotal reports, indicate that CBD can help with:
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Immune support
- Energy levels
Some CBD sweets have added vitamins and compounds to further enhance wellbeing. Mission C’s Multivitamin + CBD Gummies are packed with additional vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, 5HTP and Zinc to support immune function, promote healthy digestion, boost white blood cell production and boost the health of hair, skin, eyes and nails.
Preclinical trials, early clinical research and anecdotal evidence all point to the same conclusion: CBD has a positive effect on anxiety symptoms. Whilst further clinical studies are required to fully understand the impact that CBD has on our endocannabinoid system and how it influences stress and anxiety levels, we know that CBD gummies are helping many people better manage their daily stresses.
CBD edibles are tolerated well by most people, but it is worth starting with a small dose if you are new to CBD; you can increase this gradually if necessary. CBD gummies usually take approximately an hour to work, and their effects can be longer-lasting than alternative CBD products.
CBD Gummies are not just beneficial for anxiety; they can help with a number of additional symptoms including poor sleep, low energy, muscle and joint pain and inflammation.