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The ABC’s of CBD: The Benefits of CBD Edibles

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Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand cannabinoid supplements on the market. Though it is a product of the cannabis plant, unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not present with a psychotropic high. Let us explore more about the benefits of CBD edibles.

It is ideal for individuals looking to relax and unwind, and not those hoping to have an intense, out of mind experience. Since recreational marijuana usage is now legal in Canada, people are now able to talk openly and freely regarding their preferred ingestion methods. If you are anything like me and prefer to avoid the burn and incessant coughing that often accompanies inhaling, CBD edibles present an excellent alternative.

If you’re still having second thoughts to using CBD edibles, read about the benefits of CBD. Doing so will help you come up with a sound decision:

Long-Lasting Effects

It might take longer for CBD edibles to kick in. Anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours – the result is that the effects last longer than with inhalation. Generally, with edibles, the compound is combined with other food products. As a result, the CBD is released more slowly and over an extended period as food is digested.

Many people make the rookie mistake of ingesting more than they should. Because they don’t believe that the edibles are working, or they haven’t felt anything yet. It’s a lesson we all must learn at least once! With the compound’s longer release time, CBD edibles can last upwards of two to four hours longer than inhaled CBD.

CBD is Non-Psychotropic

Although CBD is a cannabis compound, many are surprised to find that, when ingested, it does not cause a psychotropic effect. The reason for this is because it is incapable of making a person feel high.

CBD is derived from hemp, not marijuana. Unlike marijuana, hemp contains such a minimal amount of THC that it will not get the user high. THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive properties of marijuana, which is also responsible for why people who regularly use marijuana eventually become addicted to it. Cannabis contains at least 50% THC, while CBD only has 0.03% THC content. The amount of THC present in marijuana is not enough to throw the body off of its natural balance. On the contrary, this amount can provide countless health benefits to the human body. 

Instead, the compound offers an easy-going uplift in the user’s mood with a more alert, positive energy. As a result, CBD edibles provide an excellent alternative for those looking to enjoy the benefits of cannabis, but who want to avoid the extreme psychoactive experience.

They’re Easy to Make!

While many choose to make their cannabis-infused butter and cooking oils, CBD edibles are surprisingly simple to make. You can add various CBD extractions to baked or cooked foods to provide an additional antioxidant boost. 

One of the most common CBD edibles available in stores today is CBD oil. This product can be used as a marinade to your meats and dressings to your salads. You can also add a few drops of CBD oil to your favorite drinks, such as coffee, cocktails, and protein shakes. If you’re into baking, take your pastries up a notch by adding a few drops of CBD oil to your brownies and cupcakes! 

Additionally, CBD crystals, made of purified and isolated CBD, are also available in many cannabis dispensaries, as well as online. MCT oil concentrates containing CBD also prove to be useful and easy to use. These products provide a simplified method of dosing while giving users more control over the amount of CBD they wish to have per serving.

Available In Variety

Different people have different preferences as to the form of CBD they want to ingest. While some are fine with using CBD oil, others are looking for easier and more fun ways of adding the product to their diets. If you belong to the latter, don’t worry because CBD edibles now come in different forms. 

Have a sweet tooth? Always looking for snacks? Then start stocking CBD chocolates. If you want to indulge in CBD edibles anywhere and anytime, consider buying CBD gummies in bulk. You can also use CBD edibles like cookies, gums, and even lollipops. 

Regardless of what form you’d prefer using CBD edibles, there will always be one that fits the bill. 

Less Lung Irritation

Gone are the days when your friends point and laugh teasing, ‘I remember when I had my first toke’ or call you “little lungs” while you struggle to breathe. Though the popularity of vaporizer pens is massive and still on the rise, the long-term health consequences of inhaling hot oil are still undetermined. Plus, many vape pens also possess thinning agents, including propylene glycol (PG) and polyethylene glycol (PEG), which could potentially produce harmful carcinogens when heated to temperatures above 224℃.

It is possible to find vapor pens that do not contain these agents. However, CBD edibles present an excellent alternative to inhaling potential toxins.

Pain Relief

One of the most commonly known benefits of consuming CBD is its usage as a pain reliever. Many studies have concluded that regular CBD ingestion can reduce pain a significant amount as a result of its analgesic (pain-relieving) and anti-inflammatory properties.

The analgesic properties of CBD limit the brain’s capacity to receive pain signals from the nervous system. At the same time, the anti-inflammatory characteristics minimize inflammation throughout the body, decreasing pain and swelling. Many people use this cannabinoid as a pain reliever because CBD can be taken daily in relatively large doses without significantly affecting mental functions. CBD also has a far lower addiction risk than other prescribed pain medications.

CBD is an easily regulated alternative to recreational THC usage as well as a preventer of potential abuse of pain medications. As well, CBD edibles present a far safer method of ingestion that could decrease future health complications.

If you are looking for a natural, safe way, ingest cannabinoids either to relieve pain and discomfort or to unwind and de-stress without wanting an out of mind experience, giving CBD edibles a try may be worthwhile.

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Written by Emily Rumball

Emily is a freelance writer, blogger, tea addict, and animal lover based out of Vancouver, BC.

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