Choosing from a few options is a task so easy, but when you have a wide selection of options to choose from, the selection process starts taking some time out of your schedule. This is especially true with CBD, as there is a multitude of options in the category making the selection a bit confusing for new users.
CBD gummies and CBD oils are two popular CBD options that share similarities, all the while having differences in terms of potency, bioavailability and duration of effects. In this session, we make a comparison of CBD gummies and CBD oils.
All CBD products are sourced from hemp plants but the product profile varies depending on the parts of the hemp plant selected. The nature of the extract chosen for making a CBD product decides its potency and spectrum. Three spectrum options in CBD are full spectrum, broad spectrum and CBD isolate. Full spectrum CBD contains all the essential compounds like terpenes and cannabinoids. Needless to say, full spectrum extract contains THC but the levels are less than 0.3%. Broad spectrum extract is same as full spectrum except for the fact that it does not contain THC. CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, as it does not contain any plant compound other than CBD.
Full spectrum and broad-spectrum extract offers better benefits than CBD isolate, owing to the entourage effect it produces in the body. CBD oils are manufactured from the whole plant. CBD gummies on the other hand, are made by using CBD isolate or broad spectrum CBD as the ingredient within a traditional gummy candy.
Method Of Intake
Although CBD oils and CBD gummies are ingestible products, the method of intake of the two are different. CBD oils are usually taken sublingually by placing the oil under the tongue for about a minute prior to swallowing it. The method allows the entry of CBD into the bloodstream through the mucus membranes. CBD oils can be added to edibles as well.
CBD gummies belong to the category of CBD edibles and after consumption, the edibles are digested in the stomach before the CBD in them get absorbed into the bloodstream.
Duration Of The Effects
The duration of the effects of a CBD product is decided by its method of intake as well as potency. When we take CBD gummies, it is digested in the stomach, and the CBD has to bypass the liver before being absorbed into the bloodstream. The digestive system and circulatory system works at different pace, which is why the food we take lasts about two hours and more. CBD in CBD gummies is released slowly into the bloodstream, enabling the effects to last longer.
When CBD oils are taken by sublingual method, the CBD directly reaches the bloodstream through the mucus membranes and the effects does not last that longer like in the case of CBD gummies.
Time Taken For The Effect To Be Felt
The duration of time that elapses before the CBD kicks in differs according to the administering method and potency of CBD products. Not all CBD products will produce the effects within the same duration of time. Some kicks in quickly while it takes some time for the effects of others to be felt.
The digestive system processes CBD gummies and thus it takes some time before the CBD in the gummies kicks in. It may take up to 2 hours for the effect of CBD gummies to be felt. In sublingual method of consumption, the sublingual glands under the tongue absorb the CBD in CBD oils directly into the bloodstream, and the effects can be felt faster when compared to CBD gummies.
Ease Of Consumption
CBD gummies are delicious CBD options, owing to the hearty flavors added into them but CBD oils usually come with a raw taste especially when it lacks any added flavors. Gummies infused with CBD can be taken like any traditional gummy and the option has better discreetness than CBD oils taken sublingually. A CBD gummy can be taken easily like any other candy without attracting the unwanted attention of people around you, but the intake of CBD oils is not that easy.
Possibilities Of Getting High
The law has permitted the presence of THC in levels less than 0.3%. Although the allowed percentage is quite small, the intoxicating nature of THC often makes people worry about CBD products causing a high. If you choose CBD oil, gummy or any other CBD product of a reputed brand, the products will be tested by third-party labs, and the THC content will be strictly maintained below 0.3%, alleviating the worries of getting a high.
|Property||CBD Gummy||CBD Oil|
|Ease of consumption||Easy||Moderately easy|
|Duration of effects||Longer lasting||Lasts less longer|
|Method of intake||Taken like normal edibles||Taken sublingually|
|Time taken for the effect||More||Less|
Before choosing a CBD product, you have to compare the multiple properties of the products you are choosing from and arrive at the option that suits you best.