Who doesn't love a gummy bear? No, seriously. They're cute, squishy, and they remind us of our innocent childhood days.
And while those childhood days may be behind some of us (ahem, we're still very young at heart!), CBD has decided to bring gummy bears back into our lives. And not just for their sugary goodness.
But when it comes to CBD gummies, plenty of folks still have a lot of questions. And those questions are a good thing!
So, like any old childhood friend, we're here to give you the facts about CBD edibles. And steer you in the right direction.
(And when we say childhood friend, we're talking about the kind that made you eat your green vegetables while on our playdate. Not the one who told you a tree would grow in your stomach if you ate a fruit seed.)
How long do CBD gummies last: the short answer
We get that some of you are in a hurry. So let's cut right to the chase.
Generally speaking, CBD gummies last about four to six hours. It can take anywhere between thirty minutes to two hours for you to feel the effects of CBD.
But again, this is a very general rule. Ready for the long, albeit more thorough, answer?
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How long do CBD gummies last: the long answer
CBD absorption varies from digestive system to digestive system. So no one CBD edible will have the same effects. So, what are the other factors to keep in mind? (Seriously, there are so many factors.)
Factors to keep in mind
Maybe you have a faster metabolism in which your body processes food quickly. Or maybe you have a slower metabolism.
Either way, the way your digestive tract processes anything you consume will also influence how long it takes for your CBD product to take effect. So when you ask us, "How long does it take?" all we can say is, "Ask your body!"
It'll definitely know better than us! (Well, facts about you. Your body might not know everything CBD, otherwise that'd be impressive.)
An empty stomach vs. a full stomach
You know how alcohol affects you faster when you haven't eaten anything in the day? Well, the same goes for edibles and CBD gummies.
CBD works when it's absorbed and fully digested. So if you've just eaten a full meal, then taken your edible products, the effects of CBD will have to work harder to break down before everything else does too.
That's why it's typically recommended that you take your CBD edibles on an empty stomach. That is if you're looking for more immediate effects.
Your body composition and exercise routine
You may not know this but CBD and its active ingredients get stored in a portion of our fat cells. That means that people with more body fat tend to maintain said CBD for longer than those with fewer body fat.
That being said, intense and rigorous exercise would definitely expedite the body's processing of CBD. But then again, we're talking about how long gummies last - not how to shorten their effects.
That's a different article altogether. And maybe one we'll write soon... we'll see!
The potency of your CBD gummies
CBD gummies and CBD products will range in potency. And, as you would have guessed it, a higher concentration will take longer for your body to metabolize.
So delta 9 gummies may have a higher concentration than delta 8 gummies. See the difference?
Additionally, the strength of your edibles will also affect how long CBD remains in your system. So if you're taking CBD edibles, just keep that in mind.
(See? Don't we sound like the responsible childhood friend? Or maybe we just sound like your mom... you decide.)
How much CBD you took
This is somewhat related to the last factor we spelled out. But it still deserves to be recognized.
If you take a number of chewable edibles, you're increasing the amount of CBD in your system. So be prepared for your body to work through more CBD content than if you only took one CBD edible.
Simple math, really. But hey, if you need the reminder, we're here to give you that little nudge!
How CBD edibles differ from other CBD products
All CBD products interact with the endocannabinoid system. But not all CBD products interact in the same way. (Aren't we getting better at cliffhangers?)
We've talked about the different absorption times of CBD gummies. But what about other CBD edibles that you don't swallow?
You're scratching your head right about now, huh? Well, there are CBD oil-infused brownies, baked goods, pet CBD oil, lollipops, and lozenges.
And with the last two, you're not actually swallowing the cannabis plant and its natural ingredients. They're getting absorbed sublingually!
Sublingual application is a much quicker way of getting CBD into your system since it gets absorbed through the mucus membranes under your tongue. Sure, that sounds gross when you spell it out like that.
But this way, CBD doesn't have to go through the digestive tract. That being said, CBD gummies do have a longer journey when they get ingested.
And this is where the entire question of "How long CBD gummies last" comes into play. So yeah, you should be all caught up by now.
But don't ask us to go through it all again. That was confusing!
Tinctures are essentially CBD oil mixed with other carrier oils. And like edibles, that CBD oil or CBD isolate can be either ingested or sublingually administered.
So, same as above. We won't repeat ourselves!
But we will say that CBD tinctures perform best when taken sublingually. Just a little tip for you to take with you in your back pocket.
CBD oil-infused topicals are nothing like the CBD gummies and food we've been talking about. So don't eat it!
Instead, these creams and CBD rubs are meant to be applied to certain areas of your body. Skin receptors typically have a low absorption rate in comparison to other CBD products.
So the phrase "a little goes a long way" definitely does not apply! Instead, "the more the merrier" is a much more accurate representation of CBD topicals in general.
Smoking CBD or vaping CBD
Smoking CBD oil is another quick way to get CBD into your system as its active ingredient goes straight to your lungs. AKA a direct line to the bloodstream.
Sometimes, it can take as little as just a couple of minutes to take effect. Yeah, pretty different from CBD gummies. But we wanted you to know how they all stack up.
Don't you feel so much smarter now? We sure do!
FAQs about CBD gummies
We love that you come prepared with all of these questions. But, and not to brag, we've already listed out the questions you were probably going to ask anyway...
(Did somebody say teacher's pet? But if we're the teacher, can we be our own pet? Okay, that's an existential crisis for another day...)
How long does CBD stay in your system?
This question sounds the same as, "How long do CBD gummies last?" but it's actually different. We're talking about how long CBD stays in your system even after you've felt its effects.
And while exact numbers haven't quite been nailed down on this subject, we can estimate that it takes about a day or two. But let's give you something concrete just to say we did, shall we?
Let's say you take a single dose of 100mg of CBD. That means that upon consumption, your body contains 100mg of CBD. Easy, right?
Then, if CBD's half life is 24 hours, for argument's sake, 24 hours after consumption, you'll be left with 50mg. Then 48 hours later, 25 mg. And so on.
We know that was a lot of math (for some of us). But we just wanted to give you a clear picture of what's going on!
How long is the shelf life of CBD gummies?
For the most part, CBD gummies tend to have a long shelf life. But that's only if you store CBD the right way.
In order to lengthen the shelf life of your CBD, make sure to store CBD gummies in cool, dark, and dry spaces. Yes, they do sound like vampires when you put it that way.
But this is the kind of vampire you'll want to keep around, right? So no direct sunlight, no added moisture in the air, and no heat that can expedite the degradation process of your CBD products!
How many edible gummies can I take in a day?
Okay, this is another question that requires both a short and a long answer. The short answer is: a couple of gummies.
The long answer depends on how your body reacts to CBD in general. There's no recommended amount because each body and person is different.
But that being said, it's always good to start with a small dose, then work your way up. So no, we definitely don't condone taking a handful of CBD gummies all in one go.
Instead, space them out throughout the day and see how your body reacts. And always be careful not to take too much CBD - or too much of anything, really!
What are all the edible forms of CBD?
Okay, this is a fun question we like to answer. Because there is, in fact, quite a long list of all of the edible forms of CBD.
Are you ready? Just give us a second to clear our throats and perfect our best auctioneering voice...
We've got brownies, we've got cookies, we've got candies and lozenges, like fruit-shaped gummies, lollipops, and chocolates galore! We've got drinks, that's right, drinks, even popcorn and more! Because CBD edibles come in all types of forms!
Wow... that was pretty good, huh? Even managed to rhyme there at the end. (We'll just pat ourselves on the back for that one.)
Should I take a low dose or a higher concentration?
Again, this is the type of answer that will vary from person to person. But luckily, we already spelled out the factors you need to keep in mind when coming up with your own solution.
For the most part, it is always best to exercise caution. Especially if your body is not accustomed to CBD and its effects.
But again, this will all depend on your metabolism, whether you've eaten recently, your body composition, how much CBD you took, and how strong that CBD is. Wait, what are we spelling this all out for again - you can read it over above!
CBD gummy yummy
If you thought your gummy bear days were over, think again. You might just get to reunite with those cute, squishy friends once more. But this time, they'll give you a little hint of CBD too.
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