Amidst the daily demands and responsibilities of everyday life, supporting and maintaining our health and well being, more often than not, ends up at the bottom of our daily to-do-list. Maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle can quickly turn into an arduous task that will only serve to contribute to an already stressed individual. The solution to energizing your day and uplifting your mood has never been simpler. CBD infused edibles have saved and sweetened the day.
What are CBD edibles?
Edibles (containing cannabis hemp/CBD), is a generalised term used to describe foods that are infused/blended with the cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD). The edibles are infused with regulated and varying amounts of raw or processed (tincture) CBD and are available in a large range of different products. In addition, the list keeps growing from basic canna-butter to carefully blended teas, yummy gummy chews, and chocolates. CBD edibles are not just snacks. They are now a healthy, trendy culinary delight, packed with the relaxing benefits derived from industrial hemp, essential oils and minerals and… available in gluten-free options!
More on Gluten
The smell of freshly baked bread or a warm batch of cookies is just about guaranteed to conjure a smile from anyone. Unless you are gluten intolerant, in which case that smile will be upside down. Gluten, a natural substance that is prevalent in many staple foods across the world and even more so in western diets, has been fingered as the culprit and cause of many tummy aches, as well as serious autoimmune conditions, including coeliac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). Prompted by an increase in reports of wide spectrum gluten-related disorders from around the globe, a panel of experts from London announced a classification of gluten-related disorders, which was published in February 2012.
Named from the Latin word gluten (literally meaning glue), gluten is the substance that gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape. However, gluten is not restricted to bread and chocolate brownies. Gluten-containing ingredients are also found in food items such as barley (in the form of malt powder) modified food starch, which could be made from wheat, as well as including a host of everyday consumables.
Benefits of CBD Edibles
CBD infused edibles are a great and easy way, especially for those new to CBD, of incorporating the full spectrum of benefits derived from cannabis hemp. With CBD infused edibles, a little goes a long way. Typically containing highly concentrated cannabis extractions, edibles are known to be potent, and therefore, perfect for those who need support with conditions relating to and associated with chronic pain management.
Another benefit of eating CBD edibles is that the effects have a much longer lasting effect than smoking or vaping CBD. The reason for this is in the way CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream. There is no industry standard for consuming CBD, however, it is suggested to start “low and slow”. An unofficial industry standard for people new to CBD edibles would be to consider starting with 10mg per day.
What are the Effects of CBD Edibles?
Because CBD is not psychoactive, unlike the cannabinoid THC, the effects are very subtle. The effects vary from person to person and are largely determined by a couple of factors including metabolism, the rate of usage, dosage consumed and the quality of the product. One of the major benefits of CBD is that it inhibits the psychoactive effects of THC.
After consuming an edible, your body needs to metabolize the content before you feel the effects. The time it takes for the effects of the CBD to ‘kick in’, will depend on the dose and your metabolism, keeping in mind that different delivery systems are absorbed into the body at different rates. It takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour to feel the effects, and this can last from 2 to 6 hours. Some people experience no notable effects, except for the fact that their body is receiving a healthy dose of fatty acids, terpenes, and natural, easily absorbed phytonutrients. Others simply report feeling relaxed and at ease, and for some it just ‘takes off the edge’.
When smoking hemp for example, although the CBD is absorbed through the mouth and into the bloodstream much quicker, one still has to contend with possible throat irritation (combustion=carcinogenic). Vaping seems to be a safer alternative to smoking CBD, but many vapers open themselves up to the potential of having irritated lungs or a condition known as “popcorn” lungs. The bottom line is that our bodies and lungs are not designed to inhale anything except oxygen, and therefore, eating or drinking a CBD infused product, is a completely natural process easily accepted by the body.
What Types of CBD Edibles Exist?
A quality selection of (UK) manufactured, gluten-free CBD edibles and sweets are readily available to satisfy the most discerning pallets. Premium brands and innovators in the fields of CBD hemp oils have expanded their ranges to include refreshing hemp teas, CBD gummies, and sweets, and of course, we must have chocolate, as well as old time favourites, like the classic brownies.
Conclusion on CBD Edibles
CBD edibles are not a substitute for a balanced and healthy diet but intended to support and promote balanced wellness for our bodies and minds. Getting your daily dose of gluten-free CBD goodness is truly as simple as reaching for your favorite snack or having a cup of tea. Simple solutions that are effective in aiding and supporting natural health and wellbeing.