Do CBD Gummies work?
Gummies have recently gained a reputation as a fun, flavoursome way to enjoy cannabidiol. Influencers, brands and retailers have touted the benefits of gummies, presenting them as both delicious and convenient.
In all fairness, it is not hard to see the appeal. Getting used to the taste of oil can take a while for some users, whereas nearly everyone likes sweets and sugary treats. Gummies also offer a quick, easy way to incorporate cannabidiol into your daily routine.
What are CBD gummies?
What exactly is CBD?
Cannabidiol was discovered by Professor Raphael Mechoulam in the cannabis plant back in 1963. Due to its wide range of applications across several different industries, from medicines to skincare.
Cannabis has been mischaracterised for decades. Most know it as a plant to be smoked for a ‘high’ effect. However, cannabidiol is not responsible for this effect, as it is non-psychotropic.
How is CBD absorbed?
It is essential to understand how cannabidiol is absorbed into the body before deciding how to take it.
Cannabidiol has low bioavailability (absorption) when eaten – or ingested – because most of the compound is broken down by the stomach before it gets into your bloodstream. This means that you miss out on much when eating it, as it is not absorbed at a very high rate.
By contrast, cannabidiol is readily absorbed through the millions of tiny blood vessels below the tongue and transported much more swiftly into the bloodstream via this sublingual route.
Just as importantly, cannabidiol is a lipophilic compound that absorbs into the body far more readily in the presence of fat.
Top Tip Our resident expert, Professor Saoirse O’Sullivan, recommends taking cannabidiol just after eating a meal high in healthy fats to maximise absorption.
How do gummies compare to straight oil?
Notwithstanding the added artificial sugar, gummies are inefficient to take CBD. This is because they fail the two critical tests for maximised absorption:
- Gummies are ingested, which means that some content is lost when it reaches your stomach.
- Gummies are made using artificial sugar, as opposed to fat. As CBD is best absorbed alongside healthy fat, a gummy is unsuitable for maximised absorption.
Gummies might taste nice but offer fewer benefits for consumers.
What type of product should I take instead of CBD Gummies?
Fortunately, there are plenty of other great products available to choose from; for example, we know that cannabidiol is best absorbed through the tiny blood vessels below the tongue, alongside healthy fat to speed up the process.
Oil ticks both of these crucial boxes. There is a much greater absorption rate when held under the tongue for up to two minutes. The cannabidiol is transported directly into the bloodstream and then onto receptors all over the body. In addition, CBD oil uses healthy fat as a carrier oil to boost the absorption process.
Dragonfly CBD’s award-winning oil range is made from seed to shelf, using organically grown Cannabis Sativa grown on the Dragonfly Farm. All products are mixed with organic hemp seed oil for an added health boost.