What are CBD gummies?
CBD gummies are chewy sweets that contain CBD. They’re one of the newer CBD products on the market, but they’re quickly gaining popularity as a tastier, more convenient alternative to CBD oils. In fact, we love them so much that we created ZenBears, our own CBD gummies with a health-friendly spin on our favourite gummy bear sweets!
In this article, we’ll explain how CBD gummies work, how they’re made and what types you can buy. We’ll even tell you how you can make your own CBD gummies (and why you probably shouldn’t!).
How do CBD gummies work?
New to CBD? Let’s start with a quick explanation of what CBD is.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s a chemical known as a cannabinoid, and it’s one of many found in the hemp plant. Hemp also contains fatty acids, waxes and vitamins, along with chemicals called terpenes and flavonoids.
Just like plants, we make our own cannabinoids, but these are known endocannabinoids.
They’re the messengers in a complex system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which regulates and balances things like sleep, appetite, pain, mood and… well, everything! And when you take something containing a cannabinoid, like CBD, it acts on your ECS in a similar way to your own cannabinoids.
When hemp oil is extracted from the plant, it still contains all of these compounds, including CBD. The oil is then processed and used to make things like CBD gummies.
What are the different types of CBD gummy?
If you’ve shopped around for CBD gummies, you’ve probably seen labels like “full-spectrum”, “broad-spectrum” and “CBD isolate”. Here’s what they mean…
“Full-spectrum” means that when the hemp oil was extracted, nothing was removed before it was used to make CBD gummies. It still contains all of the cannabinoids and other healthful compounds. This creates what’s known as the entourage effect, where all of the chemicals amplify each other to deliver an even bigger effect.
“Broad-spectrum” means that nothing was removed except for THC. Also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is another cannabinoid found in hemp. It’s also found in cannabis in higher amounts, and it’s responsible for the “high” feeling.
Even though full-spectrum CBD gummies can’t legally contain enough THC to get you high, some people just prefer to avoid it altogether. They still get some of the benefits of the entourage effect from broad-spectrum CBD gummies, but they don’t have to worry about THC.
Finally, CBD isolate means that only the CBD was extracted from the oil and used to make CBD gummies. This is ideal for people who just want pure, concentrated CBD, although CBD isolate doesn’t provide the entourage effect of full- or broad-spectrum gummies.
How are CBD gummies made?
CBD gummies are usually made with gelatin or pectin to give them that chewy texture. Gelatin is an animal product, so if you’re vegan, you’ll want to go for plant-derived pectin gummies instead. Thankfully, most CBD gummies we’ve come across (including ZenBears, of course!) are pectin-based, so you should have no problem finding a delicious, vegan-friendly option.
In your CBD gummies, you’ll also find:
- A sweetener like sugar, syrup or glucose.
- Flavourings and colourings like natural fruit juice.
- A stabiliser like citric acid.
To make CBD gummies, all of these ingredients are mixed together. CBD is usually mixed in with them, but it can also be used to coat the gummy once it’s set, like we do with ZenBears.
Coating the gummy means that more of the CBD is absorbed right away in your mouth. Once you swallow the gummy, the remaining CBD has to go through your digestive system. It takes longer to reach your bloodstream and you lose some along the way – double boooo! With our pharmaceutical coating, you get more CBD, and you get it faster.
Can I make CBD gummies myself?
Yes, lots of people do. Aside from the CBD, you can buy all the ingredients you need at the supermarket or on Amazon, and the recipe itself is fairly straightforward. If you’re interested in making your own CBD gummies, check out our article here with recipes and tips.
Should you make your own CBD gummies, though? Well, we’re not convinced. And that’s not just because we want you to buy ZenBears, we promise!
As you’ll see in our article, it can be quite tricky to get the CBD dosage right. Depending on what else you want to add, you’re probably going to need a fair bit of trial and error to get your gummies to come out right. You won’t be able to pharmaceutically coat them, so they’ll have lower bioavailability. And in our honest experience, the taste and texture never turn out quite as good.
We say: why go to the trouble of turning your kitchen into a gummy factory when you can get delicious, affordable, all-natural CBD-coated gummies right to your door with a couple of clicks?
ZenBears contain a guaranteed 20mg of CBD per bear, so you don’t need a maths degree to get the dosage right. We use natural flavourings and colourings with no unnecessary additives, so they’re every bit as healthy as homemade gummies. They’re made in an ISO-certified facility, so the safety and quality is top-notch. And they’ve been voted the UK’s Best CBD Gummies, so you don’t have to take our word for it!