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The main advantage of CBD edibles and gummies is that you can take them discreetly. Although CBD is legal across the United States, it can be awkward to smoke a hemp joint in public. CBD gummies give you all the purported benefits you get from CBD while being discreet.
When you pop a CBD gummy in your mouth, there is no smoke, and no one can tell that you are taking a CBD product.
While the gummies appear harmless and fun, it doesn’t mean that you should take them haphazardly — you must be cautious and always exercise caution when taking them. To help you out, here are six top tips to consider for the safe and effective use of CBD gummies:
1. Start Low and Go Slow on CBD Gummies
While CBD gummies often resemble candy gummies, it is inadvisable to underestimate their strength. It’s essential to note on your product package what the serving size is: some more potent brands measure by the quarter-gummy!
When using CBD gummies, start with a low dose and gradually increase it as needed. Low and slow is the way to go. Most brands recommend initially trying 5-10 mg of CBD and increasing it by 5-10 mg every 3-4 weeks until you find the proper dosage. Dosages of up to 1,500 mg have been well-tolerated in trials, but every person is different.
Due to digestion, effects are purportedly delayed about 30-90 minutes before onset.
Those new to the gummies might be tempted to consume more when they don’t feel the effects after a few minutes, but this is unwise. Most brands generally advise waiting at least 90 minutes after taking the first serving before considering further consumption.
2. Follow the Recommended CBD Edible Dosage
As mentioned above, CBD edible brands want you to note the serving size and recommended dosage for consuming CBD gummies. You’ll also want to consider dietary restrictions, such as choosing vegan CBD gummies.
Even if you are used to taking CBD in other forms, always follow the recommended dosage on the product label to avoid unwanted side effects such as drowsiness or changes in appetite.
3. Consult a Healthcare Professional Before Taking CBD Gummies
Consult a healthcare professional with any concerns about using CBD gummies. Consultation is essential if you have a pre-existing medical condition, are pregnant or are taking other medications.
You should also discuss with your doctor if you are considering taking CBD gummies for a specific medical condition such as insomnia. Your doctor will help you evaluate if CBD is an appropriate treatment option for your condition and help you manage any potential risks, side effects, and adverse drug interactions.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate CBD. Accordingly, it’s inadvisable to use CBD to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult a licensed healthcare provider before altering or taking on any new treatment courses.
4. Stay Safe and Tasty with Proper CBD Gummy Storage
To maintain freshness, potency and safety, store your CBD gummies in a cool, dry, dark place inaccessible to pets and children.
If you purchase CBD gummies in bulk, consider dividing them into smaller portions and storing them in separate containers to prevent them from drying out or getting stale.
Avoid storing the gummies in the fridge as the humidity and temperature fluctuations can affect their quality, but if you live in a hot climate and can’t avoid this, store the gummies in airtight containers to keep the moisture out.
5. Buy CBD Gummies from Reputable Hemp Brands
For quality CBD gummies, you must buy from a reputable company. Look for these markers of a quality hemp company:
- The company identifies where its products are grown and processed on the website and packaging
- The company provides links or a QR code to third-party tested certifications of analysis (COAs) for each product
- They are contactable and willing to help consumers answer consumption and usage questions
If you come across a company without this information, it’s best to avoid them.
6. Take Note: CBD Has Potential Adverse Drug Interactions
CBD may interact with certain medications. For example, CBD may inhibit the metabolism of certain drugs metabolized by the liver enzyme CYP3A4. This inhibition can increase the levels of the drugs in the body, which could increase the risk of side effects.
If you are taking any medication, discuss possible cannabinoid interactions before consuming CBD gummies.
Think about these simple tips for safe and effective CBD gummy consumption, and remember to consider consulting a healthcare professional before taking them. For branded, compliant CBD and hemp content, contact NisonCo’s expert team of cannabis creatives here.