CBD oil has become more and more popular, with scientific research suggesting that it is an effective treatment for everything from pain and inflammation to cancer.
Anxiety affects millions of people in the United States alone, many of whom try medications such as antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and beta-blockers. While these medications do work for some patients, they come with side effects including sexual dysfunction and fatigue. CBD oil may be able to provide similar benefits without negative side effects.
One downside: CBD oil comes in liquid form and many people don’t like having to swallow it. A new product on the market promises to alleviate this problem: CBD gummies.
What Are CBD Gummies?
How will CBD gummies make you feel? CBD gummies are small, jelly-like squares that contain CBD oil and/or other extracts from hemp plants. Unlike some other forms of edible cannabis such as brownies or chocolate bars, which can contain THC (and therefore produce a high), CBD gummies only contain non-psychoactive compounds like cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabinol (CBN). Cannabidiol is the major component of the hemp plant and has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
There’s also evidence suggesting that it may reduce anxiety and depression — common conditions that CBD oil is often used to treat.
Gummies come in a wide variety of flavors and can be eaten just like regular candy or gummy vitamins.
Why Make Your Own? Why Buy Them?
If you’re interested in trying CBD gummies for anxiety, but aren’t thrilled by the idea of buying a new product on the market, consider making your own homemade CBD gummies at home. You can easily make them using ingredients from your local grocery store and it’s surprisingly easy to do so. A quick trip down the baking aisle and you’ll find all kinds of molds that work perfectly with cannabis-infused sugar recipes. There are several downsides, however:
You need to really like experimenting with cooking to really enjoy doing this. You can end up wasting a lot of ingredients if you don’t get the dosage right. Because you’re not buying them, it’s difficult to be sure you’re getting high-quality CBD gummies or edibles. You’ll need to do your own research or buy from someone you trust.
Getting Your CBD Dosage Right Getting your CBD dosage right is one of the biggest challenges with any edible cannabis product. Too little and there are no effects; too much and you may feel drowsy, disoriented, or nauseated. And because everyone will have a different tolerance level their first time out, it’s easy for people to accidentally consume more than they should.