11 Best CBD Gummies and Edibles You Can Buy Online
Get the 411 on CBD. Here, you'll find the difference between THC and CBD, the legality and uses of CBD and where to buy CBD edibles.
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What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the secondary active ingredient in marijuana after tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and therefore doesn’t result in a “high.” Despite this, the calming (albeit not impairing) effects of CBD have made it a popular addition to candy (particularly gummies), oils, topical creams and even butter.
CBD derives from hemp as well as marijuana (the two plants are cousins, if you will), and because hemp was made legal by the Farm Bill in 2018, CBD has become increasingly available.
Editor’s note: CBD’s state-to-state legality remains in flux, so please refer to your local laws before purchasing.
Is CBD safe?
Like many supplements, most CBD products are not FDA approved. However, scientific studies support that the compound is effective in treating insomnia, anxiety and chronic pain. Moreover, the World Health Organization asserts that there is no abuse or dependence potential with CBD.
Minimal side effects include nausea, fatigue and changes in mood. Perhaps the greatest concern surrounds the fact that CBD is marketed as a dietary supplement. Because of this, the FDA does not regulate the purity and safety of CBD, so you can’t be certain that a product’s dosage or contents are listed accurately on the packaging. Always use discretion and buy from reputable retailers.
Find out the questions you should ask to determine if a CBD product is safe and effective in The Essential Guide to CBD.
How much CBD should I take?
In edible (or drinkable) form, CBD has a lower concentration than in tinctures or topical products, making edibles a great entry point if you’re just beginning to experiment with CBD. Because each product has a different formulation, we recommend you follow the dosage instructions on the packaging. When in doubt, start with the smallest dose and gauge your tolerance. Many CBD companies also encourage trying their products for a set amount of time (a month, for example), as the benefits may take time to build in your system.
Read on for our favorite CBD products in gummy, beverage and even honey form!
Calm CBD Gummies
If you’re searching for a product to help with mild anxiety, look into calm CBD gummies. They’re flavored with natural fruit and vegetable juices instead of artificial sweeteners, and each 10 milligram dose helps ease everyday stress.
Unicorn Jerky CBD Candy
These rainbow-colored CBD candies are an adults-only version of the kiddie fave. Each strip contains 10 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD as well as coconut oil. Enjoy them one at a time for total relaxation. Want another sweet treat? Try making CBD brownies.
If candy isn’t for you but you think CBD very well could be, look to this bottle of “liquid gold.” The avocado-based CBD honey is mixed with hemp oil to alleviate irritability and stress. Stir it into smoothies or tea, or drizzle it over toast for a satisfying treat.
CBD Gummy Rings
These CBD ring gummies are made from American-grown hemp plant and contain no THC or pesticides. They come in a delightful, colorful package and have a light melon flavor. Reviewers say these gummies counteract anxiety and provide stress and pain relief. Each soft gummy contains 25 milligrams of CBD, which might be too strong for the first-time user.
Sparkling CBD Gumdrops
These edible CBD gumdrops taste delectable, look pretty and promise to make you feel completely chill. The pomegranate, elderflower grapefruit and pear ginger drops are handmade in small batches with natural fruit flavors and American-grown CBD. Plus, they contain no THC. Choose from a box with either 25 or 50 milligram gems.
These colorful sparkling CBD waters come in drool-worthy flavors like pomegranate hibiscus and blackberry chai. The editor-approved drink is infused with hemp, ginseng, L-theanine and lemon balm and are meant to induce a calm feeling. Try one as a mocktail during happy hour, along with these other nonalcoholic canned drinks.
Tropical CBD Gummies
If you’re a regular CBD user and looking for a more potent product, these CBD gummies contain 30 milligrams of CBD per serving and no THC. Plus, they have a light tropical fruit flavor and are lab-tested for effectiveness.
CBD Sparkling Water
This canned sparkling CBD water, which comes in six tantalizing flavors and is sold in packs of 12, contains no caffeine, sugar or yucky aftertastes. But it does feature 25 milligrams of broad-spectrum hemp extract, L-theanine and vitamin C.
Chill CBD Gummies
The name says it all. These lemon-berry CBD candies contain 25 milligrams of CBD and a blend of GABA, L-theanine and lemon balm to promote calmness as well as focus and alertness. The $50 container has 60 edibles each, making it one of the more affordable options on this list.
Nonalcoholic CBD Spirit
This sleek bottle does so much more than look pretty on your countertop. The non-alcoholic CBD spirit helps you unwind, thanks to its broad-spectrum hemp. The complex, non-alcoholic drink with citrus and herbal botanicals is delicious neat, on the rocks or as a mixer.
Green CBD Gummies
These green-boosted gummies are vegan, gluten free and made from natural ingredients. They are broad-spectrum gummies and contain no THC, but they do include 50 milligrams of turmeric and 20 milligrams of spirulina for added antioxidants and health benefits.
Additional research contributed by Annamarie Higley, Taste of Home Shopping Editor
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