The CBD market in 2021 is awash with different ways to enjoy your CBD.
From vaped CBD e-liquids and sublingual CBD oils, to CBD skincare as straightforward as shampoo and skin cream, to pure and unadorned CBD extracts, there are a multitude of ways to indulge in CBD.
Depending on your tastes any of these could be a wonderful choice, but one of the most consistently popular corners of the market is CBD gummies (also known as 'CBD edibles').
Enjoyable, straightforward, with clear dosage guides and no need for any additional equipment, it’s easy to see why CBD gummies enjoy such popularity.
Unlike the brownies and cakes of popular culture, CBD gummies sold by reputable UK suppliers follow UK safety and standards laws and contain only trace amounts of THC.
Without this psychoactive cannabidiol to get in the way, the CBD is free to do its job without having to compete with other compounds.
Of all the many CBD infused products that can be ingested, from cakes and cookies to coffee and chocolates, there’s an edge to production and potential only enjoyed by CBD sweets.
In 2021 these are amongst the most popular products in the UK CBD market, sold in virtually every CBD supporting high street shop and available in swathes online.
If you’re a CBD enthusiast or you frequent these shopfronts, there’s a good chance you’ve seen them in plenty of shapes and sizes, under hundreds of different brands.
So, if you’re thinking about trying CBD sweets, what exactly should you be looking out for?
Let’s get into it.
Why Go For CBD Sweets?
Why should you go for CBD sweets above, say, an oil or e-liquid?
Well aside from the hardware requirements of an e-liquid, which if you don’t intend to get into CBD vaping may not be feasible, CBD sweets enjoy a few key advantages over other CBD products.
For starters CBD sweets are ingested, a method of consumption that can be more pleasant for some than vaping or holding drops of oil under the tongue.
This also means that edibles are digested before getting to work in your body, a process that makes the dosage of CBD more gradual. This is because the CBD has a low bioavailability, a term meaning that it takes longer to enter your bloodstream.
This process, of passing through the stomach and the liver before entering your blood, means that both the eventual CBD hit will be more gradual and any side effects, usually minor fatigue and a slight change in appetite, will be minimised.
The method of oral ingestion also opens up the question of flavour and texture. Like any other sweets, CBD infused sweets have the benefit of a huge range of artificial flavourings, from sours to fruits and classics like cola.
They also come in a wide variety of shapes (particularly CBD gummies), being moulded into everything from cherries to strawberries, bottles to buttons, just like any other sweet.
This is one reason why manufacturers like them so much: CBD sweets are straightforward to produce, easy to adjust to range of strengths and adaptable to new lines of shapes and flavours with minimal change to the production process.
This is a big part of the reason there are so many variations on CBD sweets, particularly CBD gummies, on the market today.
This has the added benefit of discretion. Unlike a vape or an oil, CBD sweets are easily mistaken for regular sweets and can be eaten virtually anywhere without comment.
If you find yourself in a public space or just a place where you’re likely to draw ire for your CBD enjoyment, the odds of a small packet of innocuous sweets being commented on is minimal.
Finally, the individual shapes of various CBD sweets make dosing straightforward and simple.
Whereas oil requires the application of a specific amount of liquid and a vape is a little more feeling-out the right dosage for you, depending on factors like the kind of vape you’re using and how long you drag it for, a single gummy sweet has a set amount of CBD in it.
This straightforward dosage makes the guides included on most CBD sweets even easier to stick too. At the same time, the nature of the sweets tends to give them a long shelf-life, meaning that these sweets can often be purchased in large quantities and stocked up to ensure your dosage for long periods of time.
What To Look For In CBD Sweets?
So, we’ve gone over why CBD sweets are a good choice, but what should you be looking for when buying?
As we’ve already said the CBD market is overflowing with CBD sweets of all shapes and sizes, with dozens of suppliers and brands offering hundreds of different products.
With so much choice, it’s best to get a clear idea of what to look for to avoid disappointment.
Quality of Producer:
This one goes without saying, but you should always make sure the manufacturer supplying your CBD sweets is reputable. A disreputable supplier is more likely to mislead you with packaging, undercut the amount of CBD in the product, or even skirt production laws and include illegal concentrations of THC.
To make sure your supplier is reputable, you should always follow up by checking their website, looking for user reviews as well as seeking out a lab report confirming the quality and contents of the product.
As a further point, it’s worth looking into the manufacturer’s wider range of CBD products. A brand that specialises in multiple different CBD sweets is going to be more reliable than the oil producer that has tried its hand at adding a few mg of CBD to a basic gummy bear recipe.
If a company has spent the time to develop a range of products with good flavours and good texture, chances are they’ve figured out the best way to infuse their CBD too.
A clear list of ingredients should be included on any edible product, CBD infused or otherwise.
If your CBD sweets don’t have a clear list of ingredients, if it seems like there’s something lacking, or if the specifics are just a little too vague, then there’s a good chance you’ve found a CBD sweet lacking in quality.
When you don’t know what the ingredients of the whole sweet are, you can’t be certain that the CBD will be any good either.
Concentration & Dosage Information:
As we explained, one of the primary advantages of CBD sweets over other CBD products is the clear information on dosage. A single CBD gummy bottle will have a set, uniform concentration of CBD in it.
If the packaging of your CBD sweets is lacking a clear indicator, of both the amount of CBD in each sweet or in the product overall, there’s a good chance the production process has been faulty or inconclusive.
In cases like this there’s not only a risk of lower-quality CBD being used, there’s a chance the process has left the product with virtually no CBD at all.
Likewise, if CBD contents are clear then the dosage guide should be clear as well. A product that lacks a dosage guide is likely lacking a consistent and measurable CBD content.
This isn’t a strict requirement of CBD sweets, but it is a surprisingly good way to measure how dedicated a brand is to their CBD sweets.
Conventional gummy recipes use gelatine and other animal products to make their sweets, so any CBD group branching out into CBD sweets is likely to use these recipes for their first products.
If a company has made the choice to invest in vegan-friendly methods of producing CBD sweets, then odds are they’re prepared to put that extra effort into them.
Aside from opening up their product to more people, vegan CBD sweets suggest a higher level of quality and a greater time investment from the manufacturer.
How Should I Dose CBD Sweets?
Dosing is an important part of taking any CBD product, ensuring that you feel the effects of the CBD without going overboard.
Because all legal UK CBD products contain trace amounts of THC the risks of overdosing are virtually nil, but it is still a risk to your health, not to mention a waste of perfectly good product.
When figuring out your dosage we always encourage you to refer back to the FSA guidelines on CBD use and to never exceed the limit of 70mg a day.
Personal taste, not to mention the strength of the sweets, is a big part of determining dosage for your CBD sweets. In many cases trial-and-error is the best way forwards, starting with relatively small doses and working your way up over time to a level you’re comfortable with.
Cases like these are where the wide range of different intensities come in handy, not to mention the larger tubs of CBD sweets that can be purchased for better value.
It’s important to remember that CBD edibles take longer to come into effect than a CBD oil or e-liquid, so be patient when taking your CBD sweets and give them the time to come into full effect.
All of our Orange County CBD sweets contain a general dosage guide and a specific breakdown of the product’s CBD contents, helping you to figure out exactly how much you’ll need to get the most out of them.
So, we’ve addressed what exactly CBD sweets are, why they’re so popular with customers and manufacturers, what you should be looking for in a CBD sweet and a rough introduction to properly dosing them.
- CBD sweets are some of the most popular CBD edibles available, mostly for their wide range of flavours and intensities, plus the benefit of their discretion and ease of dosage.
- When shopping for CBD sweets, always check the quality of the manufacturer, the ingredients and the clarity of dosage information.
- CBD sweets take longer to come into effect than other CBD products, so give them time to take effect before you take any more or write them off as not for you.
- Be aware of how many you’re taking and the accumulative dosage. Don’t exceed the 70mg a-day limit set by the FSA, no matter how delicious the gummy bears are.
CBD sweets are a staple of the UK CBD market, found just about everywhere and with as much choice as regular sweets.
CBD gummies, chocolate, lollypops, CBD sweets take many forms and are enjoyed by people the world over.
If you’re looking for CBD sweets, hopefully our guide here has helped to give you a couple of pointers in the right direction.