CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) gummies have rapidly become one of the best selling options for ingestion of cannabis. The potential health benefits are an obvious reason for choosing them, but their convenience is what draws most customers to them. These gummies offer a discreet and tasty way to incorporate cannabinoids into daily routines. There are lots of options in both CBD and THC gummies, but there are also a huge variety of options. Additives can expand the benefits of cannabinoids and may help them “lean” more relaxing or more uplifting. In this article we will explore the role of various additives, such as Ashwagandha, Turmeric, CBN (cannabinol), and CBG (cannabigerol). These are found most prevalently in CBD options. In addition, we will touch on the difference between Indica, Hybrid, and Sativa options, which are found in many THC options.
The Benefits of CBD and THC Gummies:
Potential Pain Relief:
CBD gummies may help alleviate chronic pain by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a crucial role in pain regulation. CBD is primarily anti-inflammatory, which means that regular use may be most effective for pain control. This property makes them an excellent choice for inflammatory conditions.
THC gummies may provide pain relief through their analgesic and psychoactive properties, which can alter perception and reduce discomfort. Many of our customers prefer Delta-8 THC for pain relief without quite as much psychoactivity.
Anxiety and Stress Reduction:
CBD gummies have been found to have anxiolytic properties, potentially aiding in reducing anxiety and stress levels. Regular dosing is typically most effective. That said, many customer find that fairly low doses taken consistently are more effective than larger doses occasionally.
THC gummies may offer relaxation and temporary relief from anxiety, although higher THC concentrations may induce anxiety in some individuals. It is important if trying THC for anxiety that you use very low doses at first. Anecdotally, many of our customers find that THC gummies balanced with some CBD may be best for anxiety relief if you wish to use THC.
CBD and THC Gummies for Sleep:
Both CBD and THC gummies can potentially promote better sleep by relaxing the mind and body, reducing insomnia symptoms.
CBD gummies, in particular, may help regulate sleep patterns and improve sleep quality. THC gummies, on the other hand, may be best for helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. If you have never tried either, we recommend you start with CBD first as there are fewer side-effects and you will not have to worry about intoxication.
Vegan Options vs. Gelatin:
All the gummies carried by Blue Lotus Wellness are vegan. This means they use alternative ingredients such as pectin, agar-agar, or tapioca starch instead of gelatin, making them suitable for those following plant-based diets. It also means they have slightly less tendency to stick to dental work, which is a nice side benefit!
Vegan gummies are also free from animal by-products and offer a sustainable and ethical choice for consumers concerned about animal welfare.
A Few of the Helpful Additives in CBD Gummies:
While it is our belief that CBD and THC do most of the “work” in the gummies, there are some additives that may prove advantageous in helping to address specific concerns. A few of the more common ones are listed below.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb known for its potential stress-reducing and mood-stabilizing properties. When combined with CBD, Ashwagandha may enhance the gummies' calming effects, promoting relaxation and overall well-being.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory compound with potential antioxidant benefits. The addition of Turmeric to CBD gummies may amplify the anti-inflammatory properties, potentially benefiting individuals with inflammatory conditions.
CBN is a minor cannabinoid that is believed to have sedative properties and may assist in sleep regulation. CBD gummies supplemented with CBN may enhance the sleep-inducing effects, promoting a more restful night's sleep.
CBG is another non-psychoactive cannabinoid that shows promise in reducing inflammation and combating oxidative stress. CBG-infused gummies, when combined with CBD, may offer enhanced anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Common THC Gummy Versions:
Many THC gummies are available in “strain specific options,” which use the terpenes (plant based aromatic compounds that are prevalent in cannabis). This means they use the terpene blend found in some of the more famous strains. These include strains like the well-known pineapple express and the ever-popular granddaddy purple. Other options use a blend of the most effective terpenes found in a variety of Indica, Hybrid, or Sativa strains. Think Indica – into couch; Sativa – in the Sun; and Hybrid in the middle. Conventional wisdom says that most Indica strains are sedating and best for nighttime, while Sativas are more uplifting and best for day. These leaves Hybrids – a blend of the two – for anytime use.
Indica Terpene Options:
Indica strains are typically associated with relaxation, sedation, and a calming effect on the mind and body. Indica terpenes found in cannabis gummies can provide similar effects. Common terpenes found in Indica strains include myrcene, linalool, and beta-caryophyllene. Myrcene is known for its potential sedative and muscle-relaxing properties, making it an ideal choice for individuals seeking stress relief and a good night's sleep. Linalool, found in lavender as well, offers calming effects and may aid in reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation. Beta-caryophyllene possesses anti-inflammatory properties, potentially benefiting individuals looking for relief from pain or discomfort.
Hybrid Terpene Options:
Hybrid strains are a crossbreed between Indica and Sativa strains, offering a blend of both relaxation and energizing effects. Hybrid terpene profiles found in cannabis gummies can provide a balanced experience. Popular terpenes found in Hybrid strains include limonene, pinene, and terpinolene. Limonene is known for its uplifting and mood-enhancing qualities, potentially boosting energy and creativity. Pinene, found in pine trees, may offer a sense of alertness and focus, making it a favorable option for daytime use. Terpinolene exhibits a unique profile, with potential sedative effects as well as uplifting and euphoric sensations, providing a versatile experience.
Sativa Terpene Options:
Sativa strains are often associated with uplifting and energizing effects, making them popular for daytime use and enhancing productivity. Sativa terpenes in cannabis gummies can provide a similar experience. Common terpenes found in Sativa strains include terpinolene, limonene, and alpha-pinene. Terpinolene, as mentioned earlier, offers a complex profile with potential calming effects while maintaining an uplifting experience. Limonene, known for its citrus aroma, may promote a sense of well-being, increase focus, and elevate mood. Alpha-pinene, found in pine trees as well, has potential anti-inflammatory properties and may aid in respiratory health, making it a favorable choice for those seeking a fresh and invigorating experience.
When choosing cannabis gummies with specific terpene profiles, it is essential to consider individual preferences and desired effects. However, it's important to note that terpenes alone may not solely determine the overall experience of a particular strain or product, as other cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, also play a significant role. Let us know if we can help you find the right terpene options in cannabis gummies that align with your desired effects and needs.
CBD and THC gummies are a very popular choice because of their potential therapeutic benefits, discreet nature, and enjoyable consumption method. Vegan options provide an inclusive choice for individuals following plant-based diets. The inclusion of additives like Ashwagandha, Turmeric, CBN, and CBG in these gummies may further augment their potential health benefits, such as pain relief, stress reduction, sleep aid, and anti-inflammatory effects. As with any cannabinoid product, it is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating CBD or THC gummies into your wellness routine to ensure they align with your individual needs and goals.