EducationWhat are CBD gummies, and how can they benefit you?

What are CBD gummies, and how can they benefit you?

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What are CBD gummies, and how can they benefit you?


CBD is the abbreviated term for cannabidiol, a phytocannabinoid derived from the cannabis sativa L. genus. It stands as the second most prevalent cannabinoid produced by cannabis plants, following Delta 9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike THC, CBD does not induce a high; it lacks euphoric effects. Nevertheless, scientists classify it as psychoactive due to its potential in addressing psychiatric conditions such as stress, depression, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, anxiety, and PTSD.

Clinical studies have demonstrated the antipsychotic effects of CBD in both humans and animals. Additionally, CBD is believed to possess antispasmodic and anti-irritation properties. It is commonly used to alleviate pain and inflammation and has gained widespread acceptance as a natural remedy and effective complementary treatment option for a myriad of health concerns.

An ever-growing body of research has also shown the potential of CBD to treat symptoms relating to autoimmune diseases such as Crohn's disease, diabetes, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Epilepsy patients have shown positive responses to CBD as it reduces the number of seizures and the damage associated with seizure activity, acting as a neuroprotectant. 

But what about CBD gummies?

Are they a safe and effective way of consuming CBD for medical purposes?

Let's explore the delicious world of CBD gummies and how they may benefit you.

What are gummies?

Gummies, both gelatinous and gelatin-free, are a delightful treat that has evolved to cater to various dietary preferences. They have expanded beyond the realm of traditional candies, now offering a discreet and convenient way to administer medical and health food supplement ingredients. This method carries less stigma compared to conventional cannabis consumption methods, making it more widely accepted.

Moreover, gummies have also become a popular vehicle for delivering other beneficial health food supplements, such as mushroom extracts, vitamins, seed oil extracts, fish oil, apple cider vinegar, and more. Their versatility is their biggest asset, and the addition of CBD to this list has only made them more appealing.

Why CBD gummies?

CBD gummies provide a new option for people looking to integrate the potential benefits of CBD into their medical or health and well-being routine. They are often affordable, easily accessible, and come in different mg doses to help patients quickly and easily manage their desired daily intake. Moreover, they are discreet and can be consumed on-the-go without the need for any additional equipment or preparation. CBD gummies are suitable for people of all ages and open up the possibility to treat many health conditions by integrating CBD into their diet for a healthy or well-being lifestyle choice.  

They are a more suitable option for people who prefer not to inhale anything such as vaporisers due to concerns over lung health, which is perfectly reasonable.

The different types of CBD gummies available in the UK

As with all CBD products, CBD gummies can be split into three main groups.

Full-spectrum gummies

These types of CBD gummies contain all the naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant, including terpenes, flavonoids, trace amounts of THC (<0.2%), and other cannabinoids. Full-spectrum gummies provide the "entourage effect," where all components work together synergistically to enhance the overall effect of CBD.

Broad-spectrum gummies

Broad-spectrum gummies also contain all the naturally occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant, except THC. They are a good option for people who want to experience the "entourage effect" but without the potential risk of ingesting THC, even in the minuscule and safe amounts found in full-spectrum products.

CBD isolate gummies

CBD isolate gummies are made from pure CBD extract and do not contain any other cannabinoids or terpenes. They are a good option for people who want to avoid any potential trace amounts of THC altogether or prefer not to consume any additional compounds besides CBD.

Are they safe?

Extensive clinical research consistently demonstrates the remarkable safety of CBD, with no risk of dependency. CBD gummies produced by reputable companies, adhering to legal THC limits (less than 0.2% THC), are deemed very safe for human consumption.

CBD products were made legal for 'over-the-counter' sale here in the UK in 2017, paving the way for widespread acceptance and use.

What do CBD edibles feel like?

CBD users often experience a sense of enhanced tranquillity, leading to increased contentment and a more relaxed state of mind, particularly for those managing anxiety disorders. Notably, CBD does not stimulate dopamine production, making it non-addictive and lacking any stimulating effects. Many individuals have found CBD gummies to be beneficial for improving sleep quality, whether by aiding in falling asleep, staying asleep, or reducing nighttime awakenings. This could be especially helpful for light sleepers, those with overactive minds, or individuals struggling to unwind after a stressful day at work, similar to the restlessness experienced in restless leg syndrome. 

What is the right dose to benefit from CBD edibles?

Everyone's different; some people have a more sensitive endocannabinoid system and tolerance to others. It may take sensitive people as little as 2.5 mg of CBD to have an effect, but others with more severe conditions or higher tolerance to CBD may require 25 mg – 100 mg or even higher doses. It is best to start low, slow, and gradually build up. Find what works best for you, and also consider seeking the guidance of a doctor who is registered to prescribe medical cannabis products.

In the UK, it is advised by the government that individuals consuming CBD edibles should not exceed a daily dosage of 70 mg. This precautionary measure aims to prevent any potential adverse drug interactions. But, as mentioned, some individuals may benefit from higher doses depending on their condition and tolerance, and CBD has been shown to be safe at even higher doses.

In patients with epilepsy who are prescribed Epidyolex (a CBD-based drug), the recommended dose is 5 mg per kg of body weight per prescribed dosage, which puts the dosage above 350 mg for a 70 kg adult. These guidelines demonstrate that humans exhibit a comparatively high tolerance for CBD, as no significant side effects have been observed even at higher doses than those found in an entire packet of CBD edibles.

Further to this, in a study looking at the antipsychotic effects of CBD on schizophrenia, participants were given 1000 mg of CBD daily without any serious negative reports with an improved outcome.

Can CBD gummies have any unwanted side effects?

The safety data on CBD shows that it is extremely safe and has few side effects. The severity of those side effects is mild and infrequent.

CBD is not lethal and cannot cause fatal overdoses. Too much CBD can cause you to feel tired, sleepy and, uninterested, lethargic.

CBD can, however, interact with several other medications and liver enzymes when taking certain prescription medications. If you are taking prescribed medicine, you should check to see if CBD has a negative interaction before you start taking CBD. It can also cause gastroenteritis, changes in appetite and weight, and diarrhoea. It is always recommended to consult a doctor before starting CBD if you are on any medication.

If you experience any unwanted side effects, discontinue use, and consult a healthcare professional.

How do I know which CBD edibles or companies I can trust?

To determine the legitimacy of a company, the simplest approach is to search for third-party lab test results on its website or scan a QR code on the packaging that directs you to a certificate of analysis (COA). Reliable CBD gummies will clearly indicate the dosage per packet and per individual item in a straightforward manner. When it comes to prescribed CBD gummies, their trustworthiness is guaranteed by the strict regulatory framework they must adhere to as a medicine.


CBD gummies are the fastest-growing form of CBD consumption in the UK and for a good reason. They offer an easy and delicious way to incorporate CBD into your daily routine, providing relief from various symptoms without the stigma or risk of addiction associated with recreational cannabis use, and do so while also delivering a range of health benefits.

However, as with any health supplement, taking CBD responsibly and following recommended dosages is essential. If you are planning on taking CBD for a specific health concern, it is advised that you consult with a doctor registered to prescribe medical cannabis to ensure that it is the right option for you and that it will not interfere with any medications you may be taking.

Releaf understands the importance of medical cannabis in treating various medical conditions. With our tailored monthly packages, specialist consultations for medical cannabis, and a unique medical cannabis card for protection, you can access the treatment you require without worrying about the stigma.

It is important to seek medical advice before starting any new treatments. The patient advisors at Releaf are available to provide expert advice and support. Alternatively, click here to book a consultation with one of our specialist doctors.

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Article written by the Releaf Editorial Team, a group of seasoned experts in cannabis healthcare, dedicated to enhancing awareness and accessibility in the field through their wealth of knowledge and experience.

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