CBD gummies are an edible form of CBD, which is short for cannabidiol. It’s an extract from the cannabis plant and is one of the most popular ways to consume cbd edibles.
CBD can help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression by activating serotonin receptors in your brain. It’s believed that it can also help with insomnia by stimulating receptors in your brain which regulate sleep-wake cycles. Suppose you have other medical conditions or take medication for them (such as antidepressants). In that case, you must talk to a doctor before using CBD gummies to ensure they won’t counteract whatever drug you’re on.
Some people also claim that CBD gummies can help with managing chronic pain. While there isn’t any scientific research to back up these claims (and we should be wary of accepting the testimonies of others at face value), there is some scientific support for the pain-relieving effects of CBD.
CBD gummies come in a liquid form, which you then consume by dissolving them in your mouth. This is why you’re advised not to chew or swallow them, as they may defeat the purpose of using them – i.e., consuming CBD instead of smoking it or vaporizing it.
CBD gummies are made from whole-plant hemp oil, which comes from the hemp plant. Cannabinoids found in hemp seed oil are known as cannabinoids, and their main active ingredients are CBD and CBG. The specific brand names of CBD gummies on the market may vary, but it’s typically made from a combination of one or all of these three cannabinoids:
CBD is the most abundant cannabinoid found in cannabis. It acts on receptors in many parts of your body, including brain cells, muscles, glands, and immune system organs, to regulate how they function. CBG is a water-soluble cannabinoid that helps to balance the effects of THC. It also interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the central nervous system and the immune system.
The widely-held belief that marijuana is a ‘gateway drug’ – i.e., that it encourages people to try other forms of illegal substance abuse – is unfounded. A recent study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence examined the brains of regular cannabis users, comparing patterns to those of non-users who had died of other causes. The research found that the brains of marijuana users were no different they were more similar to those of non-users who had died during their lifetime.
This study doesn’t prove that cannabis is entirely harmless but suggests that it’s a gateway to nowhere. It also means that any negative health effects of marijuana aren’t the result of direct chemical toxicity but rather come from the social conditions surrounding its use.
A common myth about marijuana is that it’s addictive. However, we know from decades of research that this isn’t true – and, like most recreational drugs (including alcohol), cannabis can be habit-forming in a manner that prevents addiction. A drug becomes addictive when its continued use causes changes in the brain that make you want to use it repeatedly – something known as ‘tolerance.’