If you love jelly beans, and are a CBD user, then you will love CBD jelly beans. Spectrum Confections recently introduced jelly beans infused with CBD in 38 flavors. The company’s founder is David Klein, developer of the Jelly Belly brand of jelly beans. CBD jelly beans from Spectrum are coated with dextrose sugar to mask the flavor of CBD, which is not exactly liked by many people. Those who use CBD products are more concerned with its effects, such as relieving pain, lowering anxiety or easing epilepsy seizures.
With CBD infused jelly beans, cannabis has entered the mainstream so to speak, even if it concerns the non-psychoactive compound of the plant! For now, there is surely a growing interest in CBD products; it was reported last year that Coca-Cola was in talks with Aurora Cannabis to make CBD-infused beverages. CBD jelly beans will offer people a convenient and enjoyable way to consume CBD. Anyone chewing on Spectrum’s CBD beans will be getting 10mg of CBD per bean. The company does not process CBD with THC content higher than 0.3%.
Different ways to consume CBD
There are five routes using which CBD can be administered:
- Sublingual (under the tongue)
CBD tinctures and oils come with a dropper using which you can apply one or more drops under your tongue. You feel the effects within 5-20 minutes and oil/tincture is absorbed into the bloodstream. When consuming a CBD tincture, producers recommend holding the tincture under the tongue for a minute to allow its effective absorption. With sublingual administration, you know how much you’re using, which helps with consistent dosage.
Creams and lotions infused with CBD are applied topically to areas experiencing pain – sore muscles or inflamed joints. Rather than being absorbed into the bloodstream, CBD lotions and creams interact with the endocannabinoid receptors under the skin. Cannabinoid receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in a number of physiological processes, including pain sensation and mood. The receptors are located throughout the body, and offer a mechanism for the body to accept and process cannabis. Topical CBD products take up to an hour to start showing effect.
CBD skin patches also enter the bloodstream. When you apply one of these adhesive patches to your skin, the heat given off by your body activates the patch and stimulates the release of small amounts of cannabidiol over 4-6 hours on an average. You can apply a CBD patch to venous parts of your body such as your arm, ankle or the inside of your wrist. A transdermal patch can offer relief for up to 12 hours. Based on users’ requirements, a transdermal patch can offer CBD/THC in various ratios.
You can vape CBD using a vape pen. Anyone who is already an e-cigarette user should be able to take to this method easily. For others, vaping may initially be problematic as it is not exactly discreet. An advantage of inhaling CBD is the instant effect you get. Vaping is the quickest way to get CBD into your bloodstream.
You can snack on CBD if you so please. The good news is that there is a variety of snacks and edibles that pack CBD to add some extra zing. From chocolate bars, infused almond and dried mango to gummy bears, candies, protein bars and peanut butter cups, there’s something for everyone. Look carefully and you may find CBD-infused honey, vinaigrette and smoothies. There are CBD oils and tinctures that can be added to foods and beverages (read label and instructions carefully). CBD that is ingested may take up to two hours to take effect.
CBD edibles offer distinct advantages. They are discrete, so you can pop CBD jelly beans during work hours without attracting your co-workers’ suspicion. CBD edibles are ideal if you plan on micro-dosing; this is less convenient with other administration routes, particularly at work or in public places.
Being pre-dosed, CBD edibles also give you assurance about how much CBD you’re putting into your body. However, you should also watch out not to binge on CBD edibles, since they may contain quite a bit of sugar, flavoring and preservatives. If you don’t care for sweets, you can consider sugar-free edibles.
Can anyone buy CBD jelly beans?
Customers have to be 18 years or above to buy CBD jelly beans from Spectrum, says the company’s website. The candy can be purchased only in bulk – a minimum of 800 pieces. Following media coverage of Spectrum Confections’ CBD jelly beans, they all sold out. The company has asked customers to fill out forms on the website to place orders when the product becomes available once again.
Keeping CBD jelly beans away from kids’ reach
CBD edibles are undistinguishable from their regular counterparts, so it’s possible that kids may consume it unknowingly.
CBD is used widely by adults, although parents are also giving CBD oils to their children to manage conditions such an anxiety and autism. CBD has emerged as an over-the-counter treatment that parents are increasingly relying on. As CBD does not cause a high and is not addictive, people are encouraged to use it to address anxiety, sleep issues, epilepsy and attention deficit disorders faced by their kids.
Besides the beneficial effects of CBD in managing certain medical conditions in kids, parents are also encouraged by the relative lack of side-effects of consuming CBD in comparison to allopathic medications. Anti-seizure medications can cause drowsiness and behavioral changes, while ADD/AHD medications can cause nausea, agitation, anxiety and nervousness. That being said, CBD is not entirely free of side-effects. It has been seen to trigger changes in appetite, diarrhea and drowsiness.
At the moment, there is not enough research indicating the potential benefits or problems that can come about through CBD consumption. So, parents are advised to exercise caution when choosing to give CBD to their kids in any form, whether that be for therapeutic or other purposes. This includes allowing them to taste a few too many CBD jelly beans. If your kids are taking medications, then CBD can potentially interact with those medications and cause unwanted side-effects. Consult your family physician to understand whether or not it’s a good idea for your kids to eat CBD jelly beans.
If you plan to buy CBD edibles for the whole family, make sure you buy from reputable sources and after reading through customer reviews. Adulterated or low-quality products may have a bigger effect on your child’s delicate system.
CBD/THC edibles come in different THC and CBD ratios. Cannabis consumers will naturally prefer edibles with high THC content. But the trend indicates a growing preference for balanced CBD/THC strains that deliver a fair bit of euphoria without the negative side effects such as anxiety and paranoia. These strains also assist with pain relief and are ideal for those who are sensitive to THC and prefer something more mellow to a feeling of being whacked-out!
A balanced CBD/THC edible may contain 5%-15% THC and CBD. A high CBD, low THC strain will contain 5%-15% CBD and hold THC to under 5%. High THC, low CBD products can have up to 30% THC and trace amounts of CBD.
If you’re only interested in CBD-infused edibles, you can access them easily and without any legal hassles. CBD jelly beans from Spectrum seem like a good bet, and there are many flavors to choose from as well, including strawberry cheesecake, toasted marshmallow, mango and piña colada. For small doses, you can have one a day and plan accordingly for bigger dosages.
Popping CBD jelly beans: How much is too much?
According to a study published in the journal Current Drug Safety, for CBD to have a toxic effect on your system, you would have to consume 20,000 mg of CBD oil. Still, you don’t want to pop CBD jelly beans just like regular candy. While eating one too many CBD jelly beans is unlikely to cause you harm, it may possibly make you feel drowsy. If you’re not eating the sour or sugar-free varieties, you also want to limit your daily consumption of CBD-infused jelly beans for their sugar content. The risk of developing diabetes grows by 1.1% for every 150 calories of sugar. Eating too much sugar can also trigger acne and cause weight gain.
Getting dosage right
There is no such thing as an ideal CBD dosage. Certain factors determine the right dosage for the individual in question. One is concentration or the total amount of CBD in the particular product. You must know how many milligrams you’re ingesting with each dosage.
Also consider your body weight when determining how many CBD jelly beans to eat. Generally, heavier folks need a higher dosage and their lighter peers can experience the same effects at a lower dosage. The specific symptom you wish to address also matters: if your reason to consume CBD is to alleviate severe arthritic pain, then you may need a higher dosage than, say, if you want to reduce anxiety or moderate pain.
What to check when buying CBD jelly beans (or any CBD product)
- What type of ingredients are used in the product? Check for synthetic and natural or organic additives.
- The quality of hemp plays a role in determining the quality of the CBD product. It helps to know where the hemp was sourced from and the cultivation practices used.
- How was the CBD extracted?
- What type of CBD is used in the product: CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD or broad-spectrum CBD?
- What is the amount of CBD in each dosage?