Gummies and Oil and Pre-Rolls, Oh My! Plus, A Cannabinoid Cheat Sheet. What Are Edibles? The real question is: what aren’t edibles? If we’re being technical, edibles are food products that have been infused with hemp and/or marijuana and can include baked goods, candies, gummies, chocolates, lozenges and beverages. The CBD gummies vs CBD oil: which should you choose? This article explores the pros and cons of both so that you can make an informed decision.
CBD Gummies Vs Tincture
The real question is: what aren’t edibles? If we’re being technical, edibles are food products that have been infused with hemp and/or marijuana and can include baked goods, candies, gummies, chocolates, lozenges and beverages. They can be homemade (typically infused with hemp or marijuana butter or oil that is then baked, cooked or spread directly onto food) or commercially prepared by brands or dispensaries. Even though a good toke is still the most popular (and efficient) way to feel all the benefits of the plant, eating edibles like CBD gummies are quickly becoming a popular way to enjoy hemp and/or marijuana. That’s good. The bad news is that edibles have a reputation of being a little… intense. But with any flower product, we recommend thoroughly vetting brands and companies to ensure they’re transparent and testing their products using accredited third part vendors. That way you don’t have to worry about sketchy doses or sneaky THC percentages.
What Are Tinctures?
Technically, Tinctures are edibles (just like any form of ingestible product like cannabis-infused beverages, food or candies). Tinctures have been around for almost as long as humans have and are one of the main pillars of traditional herbal medicine. In a nutshell, tinctures, including hemp and cannabis tinctures, are highly concentrated extracts of the medicinal components of plants. These extracts are usually made by soaking the bark, berries, leaves, roots, or flowers (dried or fresh) of plants in alcohol, vinegar or oil. While the word “tincture” traditionally refers to a formula where alcohol, vinegar or oil is the primary solvent, it can also refer to the larger category of concentrated liquid products derived from cannabis. Dad Grass Classic Formula CBD Tinctures are fully oil based, so we use the word “tincture” in the latter sense.
Tinctures are made all sorts of ways, but at Dad Grass, our Classic Formula CBD Tinctures are made from the same CBD-rich 100% Organic Dad Gras s hemp flower you’ll find in our joints . The recipe is pretty simple. Just carefully extracted, full spectrum hemp oil blended with organic MCT oil. When taken daily, there are dozens of CBD and CBG oil benefits that have been known to help people achieve and maintain a state of reliable chill, while keeping their minds sharp and focused for whatever comes their way. And whether they’re used once in a while or as a daily ritual, high quality full spectrum CBD tinctures like ours have proven effective in reducing anxiety, stress, pain and inflammation. There’s also a growing body of scientific research that indicates they can help alleviate certain symptoms associated with chronic illnesses.
Oral v. Sublingual Consumption. Which Is Better?
There are almost endless ways to enjoy cannabis products. Identifying the best way for you to consume CBG, CBD, CBN or THC depends on your specific recreational or medical needs and wants.
- Smoking (Joints & Pre-Rolls) – Smoking and vaping are still the most popular ways to consume cannabis. If you’re looking for fast effects (and a soothing ritual), taking a puff is the best way to go if you want to feel something in as little as five to ten minutes. But if you don’t want to inhale smoke directly into your lungs, or desire a more discreet option, edibles and tinctures are both great options.
- Oral Consumption (Gummies, Chocolates, etc.) – Listen, we all know how to eat a piece of candy. When you ingest cannabis as an edible, the active compounds in hemp and/or marijuana must travel through the body’s digestive system to then be metabolized and released in the bloodstream. That means that the full effects of the plant take longer to kick-in. When ingested, edibles like gummies can have a bioavailability between 4 to 20% due to the metabolizing process in the digestive tract. A big reason why edibles sometimes get a bad reputation of being too intense has less to do with the dose and more to do with the patience of the user. If you want immediate results, stick to joints and tinctures. But if you’re fine waiting a half hour to feel all those amazing benefits, and have the time to feel those effects for longer, then gummies could be perfect for you
- Sublingual Consumption (Tinctures) – The best way to experience the full benefits of Cannabis tincture is to take it sublingually to ensure you’re getting as much of the good stuff as possible. Sublingual consumption, on the other hand, places the therapeutic compounds directly into the bloodstream without having to go through the digestive tract and the liver. We recommend placing your desired dosage of your favorite tincture under your tongue and waiting about 30 seconds before swallowing (if it helps, sing the chorus of Bye, Bye Miss American Pie in your head while you wait). The arterial blood supply under your tongue needs time to absorb the CBD, CBG, CBN or THC to ensure your endocannabinoid system receives all the benefits of hemp. When taken sublingually, tinctures can have a bioavailability between 40 to 50%.
What Does “Bioavailability” Mean and Why Does It Matter?
“Bioavailability” is the name of the game when it comes to hemp. Bioavailability (bi·o·a·vail·a·bil·i·ty /ˌbīōˌəvāləˈbilədē/) is “the proportion of a drug or other substance which enters the circulation when introduced to to body and so is able to have an active effect.” Woof. Let’s break that down.
When it comes to CBD, CBG, CBN (or THC), bioavailability refers to the percentage of these beloved cannabinoids that are actually absorbed by the body. A lot of brands will claim that their products contain tons of cannabinoids. And a lot of people think that the more milligrams they consume, the better they’ll feel. But what really matters is how much actually makes it into your bloodstream. Unless your products are formulated to optimize for bioavailability, your tincture (or gummy, drink, etc) will fall short of delivering you the effects you expect because a good amount of the cannabinoids you’re expecting will end up going down the toilet. Literally.
Are There Side Effects Of Ingesting Hemp Oil or Edibles?
According to Open Access Government , “the general consensus among professionals and even the World Health Organization, is that even in extremely large doses, all three main forms of CBD, CBG and CBN (full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate) are likely to cause extreme drowsiness, lethargy, upset stomach, nausea and diarrhea and other unpleasant, disorienting side effects, not death.” So there you have it, you can’t overdose on CBD oil, tinctures, gummies or joints. What about a hemp + marijuana (THC) overdose? Still no. Even full-spectrum CBD or marijuana with high amounts of THC “will not cause a person to overdose in the traditional sense,” says WebMD.
How Will I Know If A Tincture or Edible Is Any Good?
In today’s world of online CBD shopping and boutique smoke shops, we’re all a little spoiled for choice. To keep things simple, we’re laying out a few things to keep in mind as you embark on your journey to find the perfect product (or are a toking veteran looking to audit your routine).
First things first, find a company and brand that you trust. When it comes to buying tinctures or edibles, it’s important to know how a company sources, treats and delivers the flower in your hemp, because once it’s distilled down, everything that went into the flower will be concentrated in your oil or gummy (or brownie). Make sure the brand that you’re purchasing from consistently tests their hemp and/or marijuana thoroughly in partnership with accredited third-party labs. The word “transparency” gets thrown around a lot these days, but it really is important. You don’t want any secrets when it comes to the products you’re putting into your body. It’s also important to find a company you trust if your goal is to consume only legal, hemp-based or low THC products.
Once you find a company that you can trust, one that is transparent and has proof of third-party testing and also passes tests for pesticides, heavy metals, mold or microbes. Reputable and transparent manufacturers and brands will provide certificates of analysis ( COAs ) for all of their products. These will include an analysis of any additional cannabinoids, terpenes and additional compounds found in your product. It’s also important to consider CBD potency, price and customer reviews.
We’ve Talked Form. What About Function?
CBD, CBG and CBN are three of over one hundred separate cannabinoids found within hemp and marijuana. Cannabinoids are identified chemicals that have the potential to interact with a series of receptors in your body known as the endocannabinoid system .
This is probably the most popular cannabinoid (besides our beloved THC). In recent years, CBD has exploded in the health and wellness categories and is used in everything from skincare and haircare to ingestibles and smokables.
CBD is so beloved because of its ability to reduce stress and inflammation as well as pain and inflammation when consumed and applied as a balm or solvent.
While not as studied as CBD, CBG is the third most-prevalent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. In its acid form within the plant, it is the parent molecule of both CBD and THC (which is why scientists refer to it as the “mother of all cannabinoids” and we call it Mom Grass) . Within the cannabis plant, CBG can be thought of as a waystation. It’s a building block, or base, of other cannabinoids. Cannabinoids like CBD and THC are derived from CBG. This nature of CBG makes it hard to capture for your toking pleasure without specially growing hemp plants bred to have higher concentrations of it. Helpfully, our growers have figured it out.
CBG has been shown to ease anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation. Friends and family tell us that Mom Grass makes them feel grounded, creative and tuned in and are great for starting off the day and unwinding in the evening.
The least studied cannabinoid of our big three, CBN is showing promising results in recent studies. Very small research has suggested that CBN has the potential to reduce pain and act as a sedative, which is why it’s been known to be so great for promoting sleep. CBN actually comes from the breakdown of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC. CBN is mildly psychoactive (as are CBD and CBG), but doesn’t produce a high like THC as it is non-intoxicating.
CBN has been shown to be useful for promoting sleep and for easing pain and inflammation.
CBD GUMMIES VS. OIL: WHICH IS BETTER?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is obtained from the Cannabis Sativa plant. CBD counts among 113 scientifically established cannabinoids derivable from cannabis plants.
Studies have continuously pointed to CBD’s applicability in treating pain, anxiety, and even cognitive disorders. A major attraction of CBD is that it doesn’t have the same intoxicating effects as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana.
Predominantly, CBD is taken either as CBD oil or CBD gummies. CBD gummies are made by combining CBD extracts (derived from the hemp plant) with your regular gummies.
This is different from CBD oil, which is derivable from the combination of CBD extracts with MCT oil and an assortment of secondary ingredients, ensuring an enhanced blend that can be administered independently. The MCT oil performs the role of a carrier, facilitating the CBD absorption into the bloodstream.
There are three primary variants of CBD gummies , depending on the combination of plant compounds constituted in the gummies. These types are the full spectrum gummies, isolate gummies, and broad-spectrum gummies.
Full-spectrum gummies retain the compound composition of hemp and non-psychoactive amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), albeit in trace quantities. The THC component doesn’t exceed the legal limit.
This way, you can still enjoy other hemp plant parts like phytocannabinoids and terpenes. Indeed, the latter ingredients ramp up the therapeutic effect derivable from your CBD gummy.
True to their name, CBD isolate gummies contain no other compound than pure CBD. They can hold up to 99% of pure CBD with no secondary cannabinoids like terpenes or THC.
Given such singularity in composition, CBD isolates contain a more potent dosage than the other two varieties and best serve CBD enthusiasts who want to take CBD with no additives.
CBD gummies come in a variety of flavors and shapes. Due to their edibility, CBD gummies are more ingestible compared to stand-alone CBD products like CBD oil.
While you can choose just any CBD gummy (among the three mentioned), the larger bulk of CBD gummy enthusiasts go with the isolate and broad-spectrum variants. This is because they contain no THC, reducing the possibility of your CBD gummy ingestion affecting a drug test.
CBD enthusiasts regularly compare CBD gummies vs. oil. There is a heated debate as to which one is better.
In fact, there is no definitive superiority of any of these CBD products over the other. Your choice between CBD oil and gummies depends on what exactly you want from your CBD intake.
To settle the raging CBD gummies vs. oil argument, let us measure both products against each other, exploring their respective advantages and disadvantages.
First, how fast do you want the effect?
When choosing between CBD oil and gummies, you must first consider each one’s speed of effect. CBD oil works much quicker than CBD gummies, especially when you hold the CBD tincture under your tongue for about 60-120 seconds before swallowing.
If you correctly follow the instructions on the CBD oil package, you should be feeling the effects within 45 minutes. This is because the CBD oil, when dissolved on your tongue, has faster absorption into the bloodstream.
That is not necessarily the case for CBD gummies, which have a delayed effect. Compared to CBD oil, CBD gummies have a slower effect as it takes longer for the digestive system to process these gummies.
Provided your CBD gummies don’t contain ingredients like melatonin that trigger drowsiness, these gummies can be great candies to jumpstart your day.
Bioavailability is another factor that should determine your choice between CBD oil and gummies. Let’s look into it.
What is bioavailability?
The CBD product’s bioavailability determines the rate – and the magnitude – at which the CBD is absorbed into the body. Expectedly, this bioavailability will vary depending on what means you use in administering the CBD product.
This bioavailability rate is often lower for CBD gummies and candies since the products are first digested and metabolized before being passed to the bloodstream.
Typically, a reasonable fraction of such CBD content is broken down by the liver, leaving a reduced amount to be passed into the bloodstream. This study shows that such oral administration has far reduced bioavailability, making it a meager 6%.
CBD oil has higher bioavailability as a stand-alone product. Specifically, when you administer CBD oil by dissolving it on your tongue (which is the conventional method), the absorption rate increases by 20%.
Other elements, like your general health, body composition, activity level, and metabolism, affect the absorption rate in addition to administration means.
So, if you want a sizable dose of CBD to juice up your routine, you can go for CBD oil. If you want something smaller – especially for CBD enthusiasts new to the product – it is better to start with CBD gummies.
How discreet do you want your CBD product?
Undoubtedly, the level of user discretion matters in the CBD gummies vs. oil debate. Given the incorrect stereotypes still associated with CBD (as many still mistake it for having the intoxicating effects of marijuana), it is understandable if you want a bit of privacy when administering CBD products.
With CBD gummies, you can readily consume your CBD on the go or even in tight workspaces with nosy colleagues. They are often packaged like candies, making them more inconspicuous.
Another perk is portability. Since the CBD gummies are in portable packages, you can easily throw the gummy bottle into your purse when going to work, your backpack when hiking, or even into your luggage when traveling.
The same discreteness or portability doesn’t extend to your CBD oil. Pulling out your CBD oil bottle in public can raise eyebrows. What’s more, CBD oil can get messy, and you wouldn’t want to mistakenly spill it on a nice outfit.
Are you concerned about flavors?
When choosing between CBD oil and gummies, you may want to consider their respective tastes and flavors.
It is advisable to go for CBD gummies if you love gummy candies and prefer your CBD in the form of ready chewable treats.
CBD gummies have an extensive selection of flavors, ranging from lemon to ginger. Consequently, CBD gummies are better suited to CBD enthusiasts with a sweet tooth.
On the other hand, it is advisable to go for CBD oil if you don’t mind unflavored CBD. Alternatively, you can go with creative flavors like orange blossom or more classic flavors like lemon and mint.
CBD oils are better suited to those who prefer holding their CBD’s liquid form in their mouths for enhanced absorption. CBD oil is also more accommodating in terms of what you can take it with. You can mix your CBD oil with your soup, smoothie, or even regular coffee.
What dosage do you prefer?
It is easier to measure the CBD constitution of CBD gummies than of oils. Most of the time, the pure CBD percentage is expressly stated on the label of the CBD gummies.
So, if you have a package of CBD gummies with a CBD composition of 10mg per gummy, for example, you can precisely measure the CBD dosage that you’ll ingest when you eat one gummy. If you are not comfortable with taking as much as 10mg (as in the stated example), you can easily take a quarter of the gummy.
It is not as easy as that when it comes to determining the CBD dosage you consume through CBD oil.
The majority of CBD oils are outfitted with a dropper, stating the liquid capacity. However, depending on the brand and whether the dropper fills fully, some uncertainty remains about exactly how much CBD you’d be taking.
What is your budget?
The cost will often be a crucial determining factor in your choice between CBD gummies and oil. Growing and extracting CBD from hemp plants is relatively expensive. Therefore, you can’t expect premium-quality cannabidiol to come cheap.
Tasty candy-like CBD gummies cost more. Some of the biggest manufacturers sell a package of 25 20mg CBD gummies for around $40. If you do the math, you can calculate that that means ingesting 1,000mg of CBD in those gummies would cost $80.
There are also some high-end CBD chocolates that sell for $30 for 30 x 5mg. This means 1,000mg of such CBD candies would be $200.
CBD oil used to be significantly cheaper than CBD gummies. However, as of late, the difference in cost is fast decreasing. Today, you can expect 1,000mg of some of the best CBD oil products to go for $120-$145.
The frequency at which you restock your CBD products will determine the eventual cost you are spending on CBD oil or gummies.
Commonly, CBD gummies are sold in 30-count bottles (or 60 in some cases), which can last a couple of weeks. Likewise, CBD oil products tend to include a minimum of 30 doses in each bottle.
Either way, one package can keep you satisfied for some weeks. Considering the difference in price, though, the gummies would be the more cost-effective option. But if you’re more concerned with the disparity in the bioavailability of these products, CBD oil will likely give you a higher value for your investment.
Whether you are looking for the best CBD oil for veterans or delicious CBD gummies, we have what you need. Check out our shop and explore the healthiest and top-grade CBD products to suit your preferences.