Edibles like brownies, candies, gummies, cookies, and CBD-infused drinks are among the best, most discreet, and most convenient ways to get your CBD and its benefits. The advantages of CBD edibles include ease of use, delicious flavors, precise dosing, long-lasting effects, portability, and the ability to keep your business to yourself.
It’s easy to find CBD gummies—maybe the most common variety of edibles on the market—but in most dispensaries it’s also easy to find CBD-infused honey, CBD-infused coconut oil, CBD lollipops, chocolate blended with CBD, pancake, cake, and brownie mix with CBD suspended in it, CBD inhalers, and lots of other options you may never have thought of. This level of choice is significant.
It can feel intimidating! Too many people end up settling for something basic, or even panic buying something they don’t want thinking there can’t be much of a difference, anyway.
An even bigger issue is that most shoppers are focused solely on taste and potency—but there’s much more to it than that. There are major variations between CBD edibles in terms of ingredients, effects, intended use, benefits, and serving size, for example.
But guess what: you can make your own CBD edibles at home. It’s the best way to get exactly what you want, every single time, and it’s way easier than you’re thinking.
In this post, we’re going to show you how to make your own CBD edibles by linking you to the basics on making edibles generally. In each case, you can use CBD isolate or other CBD extract rather than a THC product, as we’ll explain. And if you’re just not up to it, we’ll give you a few suggestions for CBD edibles you can buy based on things like customer service, potency, brand reputation, price, flavor, value, and quality.
How to Make CBD Edibles
Here’s how to get this done at home. First, read our post on how to make edibles generally. This post applies to all kinds of edibles, including those made with CBD!
When you want to create edibles that only have the cannabinoid CBD in them, start with CBD isolate. That’s the best and easiest way.
First of all, you don’t need to worry about THC levels. Second, you don’t need to decarboxylate, or anything like that.
You can add CBD isolate right to the ingredients you’re working with. Your other option, generally, is to start with CBD flower and decarboxylate it. However, your results will be less precise, and there is the other cannabinoid issue.
You can buy CBD isolate online. It comes in powdered form, and we like this kind.
How to Make CBD Butter
If you’ve ever made standard cannabis edibles, you probably already know that they often start with cannabutter. It’s not hard to guess that infusing butter with CBD is a great place to start for CBD edibles.
Check out our post on how to make cannabutter. This is also the post to check for how to decarboxylate weed. You can work on the stove, in a crock pot, sous vide, or in a dedicated device for infusions.
And if you really don’t feel like it, check out True CBD Health CBD Ghee.
Ghee, which is really just clarified butter, has many health benefits of its own. It can reduce the risk of heart disease, help heal your digestive tract, and supports overall brain health. Adding in the calming and healing effects of CBD oil makes Blue Ridge True CBD Health’s CBD Ghee a real tool in your good health arsenal.
Use this CBD Ghee on its own with toast, or with jam if you’re a sweet tooth. It works great in bulletproof coffee to keep you feeling great all day, and it’s wonderful in recipes, sauces, and salad dressings—or even just where you’d normally use butter.
It’s best to use ghee within three months of opening. Store it in a place where it’s protected from exposure to moisture and light. Each 8oz jar costs $55 and contains 250mg of CBD, 15mg per tablespoon.
How to Make CBD Gummies
Yes, you can definitely make your own gummies at home—it just takes a little time and effort. The payoff is not only knowing exactly what’s in your gummies and how they’ll make you feel, but also greatly improved flavors.
Here is our post on how to make your own gummies. And if you don’t feel like making your own, here are our favorite CBD gummies if we’re not buying them: Charlotte’s Web CBD Gummies, Recovery Blend.
Charlotte’s Web creates its CBD recovery gummies with a unique formula that is specifically designed to help reduce pain and inflammation caused by exercise. These tasty little gummies contain a one-of-a-kind blend of botanicals, such as ginger and turmeric, which support stronger, healthier joints, and the proprietary Charlotte’s Web whole-plant hemp extract.
Each serving of Recovery gummies contains 10mg of full-spectrum CBD. For less joint pain from exercise and more comfortable moving, Charlotte’s Web recommends users take two gummies daily, before or after exercise. One bottle costs $54.99 and contains a 30 day supply of 60 gummies.
How to Make Your Own CBD Coconut Oil and CBD Supplements
The easiest way to make your own CBD supplements is to infuse oil with CBD and fill capsules with that infused CBD oil. I’ve done it many times, and it’s a great alternative to buying capsules. You can even add food-grade essential oils or things like turmeric or ginger to your infusion, if you want.
My favorite oil for infusing is coconut oil, and I like to fill vegetarian capsules, size 00, with infused CBD oil for a supplement. If you don’t feel like making your own, check out Sunsoil Full Spectrum CBD coconut oil.
Sunsoil full-spectrum coconut oil is just what it says it is: organic, unflavored coconut oil and extract from organically grown hemp, those two ingredients alone. The full-spectrum CBD oil is tested by third-party ISO-accredited labs.
Sunsoil CBD coconut oil delivers 20mg of CBD in every 1ml of oil, so there is almost 600mg of CBD in every jar. You can feel confident about your dose because each jar comes with a 1ml measuring spoon.
Remember, coconut oil changes with the seasons! When it drops below 74 degrees, it becomes solid—but there’s nothing wrong with it, whether it’s solid or liquid. As the environment or temperature change, expect to see changes in viscosity and color.
How to Make CBD Honey
We love infusing our honey with cannabinoids! Here is our post on how to infuse your honey—it’s way easier than you think! And if you use CBD isolate, it truly doesn’t impact the flavor.
If you’d rather buy CBD honey, try Luce Farms Wellness Hemp + Ashwagandha Infused Honey—so good!
Tea isn’t the same without honey, and once you’ve tried it with CBD honey, you may never go back. Luce Farms Wellness Hemp + Ashwagandha Infused Honey takes that experience even further, adding the stress and anxiety reducing power of ashwagandha to the mix.
Made from certified organic coconut oil, certified organic ashwagandha powder, Vermont-grown, top-quality, full-spectrum CBD hemp extract, and naturally sweet Champlain Valley honey, this is an absolutely unique formulation that’s worth buying—if you’re not infusing your own.
There is 10mg of CBD in each teaspoon of honey. The 4 ounce jar contains a total of 240 mg of CBD and costs $45.
How to Make CBD Tea
Check out our post on CBD tea—because it’s not as simple as brewing CBD flower in hot water! But it’s also very easy to brew your own healthy CBD tea. The key is a) using decarbed CBD products and b) some sort of binding agent. This is also why our bulletproof cannabis coffee and chai recipes are so great for infusing!
But if you really don’t want to make your own CBD tea and you’re in the mood to relax while charging up for the day, we recommend Blue Ridge Hemp Drop of Sunshine CBD Tea.
The Blue Ridge Hemp Drop of Sunshine blend is a soothing yet stimulating, caffeine-free CBD tea, delivering the benefits of CBD without any caffeine jitters. You’ll love the delicate, refreshing citrus flavor that comes from all organic ingredients, including organic green rooibos, lemon peel, hemp flower, lemongrass, turmeric root, ginger, black peppercorns, and lemon verbena.
Each package of tea is vegan, non-GMO, packaged in an eco-friendly way, and never animal tested. Select either the large $25 package or the small $15 package.
Benefits of Using CBD Edibles
CBD can relieve symptoms of, and possibly treat, dozens of ailments including depression, anxiety, nausea, sleep disorders, epilepsy, and chronic pain. CBD edibles are a safer and more natural alternative to pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs. They’re an excellent choice for people who want to take a more therapeutic approach to healing.
As we mentioned, edibles are an excellent solution to people who want to use CBD but aren’t fans of the taste of pure CBD oil. They’re also great for people who don’t want to strain their lungs with vaporizers. In addition to being a great alternative to other forms of CBD, edibles can be used to heighten the healing benefits of CBD itself.
CBD is becoming a common alternative to painkillers. Studies show that regular CBD use can reduce pain significantly among users as well as decrease inflammation in joints and muscles. When used to eliminate pain, CBD works with our body’s endocannabinoid system to send signals throughout your body to target pain receptors. CBD can be taken in high doses to relieve pain without affecting any other mental and physical functions. You can consume the CBD and still go about your day without the worry of other side effects.
Since CBD edibles enter your bloodstream gradually after consumption, you can feel more relief over a more extended period without having to take additional doses.
Do CBD Edibles Make You High?
CBD is a naturally occurring compound that works with your body’s existing endocannabinoid system to provide therapeutic benefits and promote homeostasis. It doesn’t create any sort of high or produce any psychoactive effects like marijuana. CBD won’t cause an altered state of mind. Therefore you will not get high from consuming it.
Unlike marijuana, CBD is legal in all 50 states when it contains less than .3% THC. Nearly all of the major CBD brands contain below the legal limit of THC. Some brands even pride themselves on their 0% THC-free blend created for people who are extra cautious about consuming THC or may need to pass drug screenings.
If you are extra concerned with THC content, look for CBD edibles that are labeled as pure CBD isolate. This means they contain no THC and are 99% pure. Most THC free brands will list this benefit right on the bottle.
The cannabinoids within CBD make consumers feel mellow and uplifted, and many users report increased focus, alertness, and lower levels of stress.
Potential Side Effects of Consuming CBD
Whereas pharmaceuticals and prescription drugs come with a long list of potentially harmful side effects, CBD doesn’t have any reported dangerous side effects at all. Its lack of side effects is what makes it such an attractive alternative to traditional medications.
Since CBD edibles don’t contain THC, they are not addictive. They’ve even been shown to help reduce symptoms that come from an addiction to other substances. It is also uncommon for people to build a tolerance to CBD edibles, meaning you’ll still feel the benefits after prolonged use. There have been no reported cases of CBD overdose or any fatalities from taking too much CBD.
A few rare side effects that may affect some users include diarrhea or fatigue when taking too high of a dosage. Users might also experience side effects when using CBD alongside other medications or supplements. It’s important to always consult with a doctor before adding CBD into your routine.
However, even the rare side effects that may come up are considered minimal and are not dangerous or life-threatening.
CBD edibles are a favorite way to enjoy the benefits of this potent cannabinoid. These popular CBD products are easy to consume and carry. They are now available throughout the United States thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill’s passage, which legalized the hemp plant at a Federal level (so long as it has under 0.3% THC content). With so many options out there and an endless supply of other cannabidiol concoctions at your disposal, it can be hard to sift through it all and make an informed choice on the best CBD option. Let’s dive in and take a look at the wild world of everything involving CBD edibles here.
What are CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles are basically any product you can eat containing cannabidiol, one of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. CBD edibles are often made by cooking CBD oil into any sort of edible product. These CBD products can take pretty much any culinary shape you can imagine, but the most common forms available for purchase are CBD gummies and CBD chocolates. There are plenty of other options out there, and widespread accessibility has led to many companies getting creative with what types of products they have to offer.
A high-quality CBD edible will focus on all-natural ingredients that are free of additives like artificial sweeteners and corn syrup. A good product will also be free of pesticides and other harmful additives that are used during the growth of hemp plants that the CBD is derived from. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does regulate some aspects of CBD edible labeling and production, but the choice of purchasing a high-quality option is left up to the consumer. That said, not all CBD gummies are created equal, and you should research what’s in a product if you want to have non-GMO ingredients or a gluten-free option.
What’s the Difference Between THC Edibles and CBD Gummies
Both THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabinol) are potent compounds called cannabinoids that are found within the cannabis plant. These are the two major phytocannabinoids that are known to science and the public, even though there are a growing number of lesser cannabinoids being discovered and researched. The endocannabinoid system in the human body can harness the power of these phytocannabinoids and that results in the benefits provided by CBD and THC.
THC edibles have a higher concentration of this cannabinoid and can have a strong psychoactive effect upon consumption. CBD gummies, and any type of CBD edible, will have high concentrations of CBD and are generally non-psychoactive, so long as no THC is present. If you want to make sure that the CBD edible you are getting has only CBD, you will want to look for CBD isolate. CBD isolate is the isolated version of CBD without any other cannabinoids. If you choose a CBD product that isn’t isolate, chances are it will be full-spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant and will contain other compounds in low doses, such as THC, terpenes, and antioxidants.
Even though a full-spectrum product or broad-spectrum CBD product may contain trace amounts of other compounds, this doesn’t mean that you will feel any psychoactive effects upon consumption. Part of the reason that the CBD industry has been growing so quickly in the United States is because the Farm Bill legalized the hemp plant as long as there is under 0.3% THC content. Hemp extracts are another commonly used term that describes CBD products and industrial hemp production has increased tremendously thanks to this bill.
There is a definite relation between THC and CBD edibles and they can actually work together to provide a variety of benefits that support wellness. This is known as the entourage effect and is becoming better understood as research continues into the ways both cannabinoids work together in the body. But generally, THC and CBD edibles are kept somewhat separate so you can predict their side-effects and benefits before you buy.
The Benefits of CBD Edibles
The benefits of CBD edibles will be basically the same as any other CBD product. CBD oil, tinctures, and topicals are all different methods of consuming cannabidiol and all allow you to harness this plant-based medicine. The power of any CBD product, whether you eat gummy bears, vape CBD oil, or smoke the flowers of the cannabis plant are made possible through the cannabinoids’ interaction within the endocannabinoid system.
Some of the most well-known benefits of CBD include the following:
CBD can help with pain relief and has been shown to be able to help with some types of chronic pain. CBD can inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pain responses, which are two types of chronic pain that some people really struggle with. These same anti-inflammatory benefits can help with more mild forms of pain from sore muscles to arthritis.
Helps with Anxiety
CBD edibles and other products are able to help people suffering from anxiety as well. The receptors that CBD interacts with inside of the body, specifically the cannabinoid type 1 receptor (CB1R) can help regulate fear and anxiety. Research has shown that this enables CBD to help treat anxiety disorders such as PTSD, OCD, and SAD, among others.
Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
CBD products can also help treat insomnia and other sleep disorders. This is somewhat related to how it can help with anxiety, as that condition can lead to trouble sleeping. Some CBD products are now being developed using special formulations that help encourage sleep through the use of terpenes and other beneficial compounds. It can have a similar benefit for anyone suffering from poor sleep as seen in other all-natural treatments like melatonin and l-theanine.
CBD Edibles are Healthier than Other Products
Smoking or vaping any substance can be bad for your health. Even though smoking a small amount of cannabis or hemp may benefit you, it can be detrimental to your health in the long run if you vape or smoke large amounts of it. CBD edibles are much healthier for you in this regard as they won’t give you the negative health impacts of smoking. This is good for anyone who has a sensitive respiratory system or who wants a more wellness-focused method of enjoying CBD.
It’s important to note that you should seek proper medical advice before attempting any treatment if you have any serious medical condition. Even though CBD has few side-effects and can be used as part of a health and wellness routine, expert medical advice is essential for treating any larger issue.
How Do CBD Edibles Work?
Anything that you eat is eventually absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive system. This is true with all CBD gummies, CBD chocolates, and any other edible product that has CBD oil within it. CBD edibles will take longer to kick in than other products because the digestive system can work slowly and differently for each individual. The serving size that you take also has a lot to do with the effects that you will actually feel from CBD edibles. A low dose of under 10MG of CBD may not produce much of an effect, or a slight one. Larger doses in the 50-100mg of CBD range are more common for medicinal benefits such as pain relief or anxiety.
CBD edibles are a safe and easy way to ingest CBD to help you feel less anxiety, pain, or get a better night’s sleep. The wide variety of products on the market means that there’s an edible out there for everyone. And since CBD is legal in all 50 states, CBD edibles are an accessible alternative for people who want the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant without the psychoactive effects that come with THC.
Since CBD remains unregulated, always do your research into different brands and products before choosing which one is right for you. It’s important to know what you’re putting in your body. Choosing a reputable and transparent CBD company ensures that you’re only consuming high-quality CBD and other ingredients.
So if you’re not a fan of the taste of CBD oil or the feeling of vaping, give CBD edibles a try. You may find that they are a worthwhile addition to your daily wellness routine.