Cannabidiol (CBD) gummies and CBD oil are two of the most popular ways to take CBD—and for good reason. If you’re looking to incorporate new ways to take CBD into your wellness routine and are curious about the differences between CBD gummies and CBD oil, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s everything you need to know about CBD gummies vs. CBD oil, including a mini CBD crash course and the benefits and differences between the two.
CBD is one of more than 113 naturally occurring compounds, or cannabinoids, found in hemp and cannabis plants. While tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (the main psychoactive cannabinoid produced by these plants) is often associated with the sensation of getting high, CBD, by and large, isn’t likely to give most people that “fuzzy haze.”
CBD interacts with something in your body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS)—a cell-signaling communication system that plays a vital role in the regulation of various processes and functions in the body, such as sleep, mood, inflammatory response and pain, metabolism, and memory.
The ECS is comprised of two receptor types: the endocannabinoid type I and type II (CB1 and CB2) receptors which are located throughout your body, including the nerve cells in your brain and spinal cord, gastrointestinal tract, skeletal muscles, vascular system, and skin. When consumed, CBD interacts with this system and has the potential to relieve sleeping troubles, alleviate everyday aches and pains and help with muscle recovery, and mitigate mild anxiety.
If you’re new to CBD, here’s a bit of general info on these two popular CBD products:
CBD oil, often referred to as a CBD tincture, typically contains a carrier oil (like MCT oil) and hemp extract. This comes in three different forms: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate and can be purchased with different strengths or concentrations (typically labeled as the number of milligrams in the entire bottle). CBD oils come in a small glass bottle with a dropper so you can measure out your dose.
Similar to the oils and tinctures, gummies will also be found in three forms (full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate). They usually come in a multipack and can have varying strengths. For gummies, the label will likely show how many milligrams of CBD are in the entire container as well as how many mg of CBD per gummy.
When we talk about CBD oil vs. CBD gummies, it’s not really about which one is better than the other—they’re both fantastic. It really depends on what you’re looking for that day. If I’m looking for quick relief from mild anxiety, I turn to my trusty CBD oil. If I’m going to be out and about all day and want the effects of my CBD to last longer, I use my CBD gummies.
Here’s a quick comparison of the benefits of CBD gummies vs. CBD oil.
Long-Lasting Effects: Like most CBD edibles, CBD gummies typically take a bit longer to kick in because of the first-pass effect (a phenomenon during which the body metabolizes a large concentration of the substance before it gets circulated throughout the body), but they also produce longer-lasting effects. While the effects from sublingual consumption of CBD last anywhere from four to six hours, the effects from oral consumption of CBD (like edibles) last anywhere from six to 12 hours.
Consistent Dose Every Time: CBD edibles, such as CBD mints and CBD gummies, remove the hassle of measuring out doses. This way, you get a consistent dose every time.
Discreet and Perfect for an On-the-Go Lifestyle: Some types of CBD products can be rather challenging to bring with you and consume on the go. Edibles are ideal if you want to bring your CBD with you or share it with friends.
Quick Absorption: The effects of consuming CBD oil typically won’t last quite as long as edibles, but if you want to feel the effects quickly, CBD oil is the move. Taking CBD oil sublingually (accomplished by placing the oil under your tongue, holding it there for 30 seconds, then swallowing) produces quicker effects. This is because CBD can bypass the stomach and undergo reduced metabolism by the liver during its first pass through the body. CBD can be quickly absorbed underneath the tongue through small capillaries in the oral mucosa, or mucous membrane, allowing it to directly enter the bloodstream.
Versatility: CBD oils and tinctures offer one of the most versatile ways to take CBD—you can take it under your tongue, put it in your coffee, mix it in with a smoothie, you name it.
Adaptable Dosing: With CBD oil, you can easily make small adjustments to how much CBD you’re taking to hone in on your optimal dose. It’s perfect for the trial and error period we all face when searching for our unique perfect dose. CBD oil is also great if you want to try microdosing CBD.
At Feals, we believe you deserve a better way to feel better, and we’re here to help you find that. Our CBD oil, CBD mints, CBD gummies, and THCV/CBC focus melts are made with only the purest ingredients and are designed to help you find balance and feel at your best.
If you still have questions about CBD gummies vs. CBD oil, or need a bit of guidance on your wellness journey, our customer service team would love to chat. Just give them a ring.
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