It is not usual to see hemp in many products these days. Hemp gummies are a very common product. If you are interested in hemp gummies, but are new to the world of cannabis, you probably have a lot of questions. Not to worry, that is what we, at Panacea Life Sciences, are here for. One thing you may be wondering is where you can find hemp gummies that will not get you high. Well, let’s talk about it.
Hemp vs. marijuana: what is the difference?
To start with, let’s talk about what exactly hemp is and what it is not.
There is a chance that you have always thought that hemp and marijuana are different words for the same thing. Or you have just never really thought about it at all. It is understandable why you would think that, but it is not the case. Hemp and marijuana are in fact pretty different.
Both marijuana and hemp are variations of the cannabis plant. A very important difference between the two plants is in the concentration of a particular chemical compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). You have probably heard of THC before. It is the psychoactive component of cannabis. Meaning that it is the thing that causes the high that is so normally associated with marijuana use. It is also that compound that separates hemp from marijuana.
Marijuana has high levels of THC. Hemp, on the other hand, is defined by having less than 0.3% THC content. That difference has had an impact on another aspect of these cannabis variations. Hemp’s low levels of THC led to the legalization of hemp in the United States. This happened thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. This is a bill that gets reviewed and passed every five years that controls all things agricultural. That year’s version of the bill included a provision that officially legalized the growing and selling of hemp (as long as it is truly hemp and does not have more than 0.3% THC). Marijuana, however, is not federally legal because of its THC content. Some states have legalized it on one level or another (medical or general). But it is still considered a controlled substance on the federal level.
So, what you should take away from this is that there are two very big differences between hemp and marijuana. One is that hemp is low in THC, much lower than marijuana. The other is that hemp is legal across the country, while marijuana is still federally illegal.
What hemp gummies will not get me high?
This is a very easy question to answer because the answer is none. No hemp gummies should get you high. As discussed above, hemp is very low in THC, the compound that creates a high. It is in fact so low that it is very, very unlikely that a hemp product will get you high, including hemp gummies.
However, it is understandable if the presence of any THC is enough to make you worry. So, there are specific kinds of gummies that offer that potential benefits of hemp without any of the THC. Let’s go over what they are.
Gummies made with full spectrum hemp extract have everything in them. This does include the 0.3% THC. So, if you are actively avoiding THC, this may not be the option for you. However, as mentioned above, the THC content is not enough to cause any inebriation.
Broad spectrum hemp extract is similar to full spectrum, but it has one very important difference. Broad spectrum does not have any THC in it. Everything else that is found in the hemp plant is left in, but the THC is completely filtered out. This is a potential option if you are looking to avoid THC.
You may be thinking that this does not sound like it does not have anything to do with hemp, but as we will talk about in a minute, cannabidiol (CBD) is very important when it comes to hemp. The main thing that you need to know is that CBD isolate is hemp extract that has everything filtered out of it except the CBD. This means that there is not THC in it.
But, you may be asking, why should anyone care about CBD? Let’s talk about it.
CBD? What is that?
CBD, much like THC, is a chemical compound that is found in both variations of cannabis. In fact, CBD and THC both fall under the same title as they are both cannabinoids (a specific kind of chemical compounds that are found in cannabis). As a result, many people think that THC and CBD are the same, but they are pretty different. As discussed above, THC is psychoactive, but CBD is not. It does not create any sort of high or inebriation.
CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana. However, manufacturers of CBD products use hemp to extract the cannabinoid rather than marijuana. This is because hemp not only has low levels of THC, but it also has high levels of CBD. Marijuana, meanwhile, has low levels of CBD. Of course, it also helps that hemp is federally legal.
The reason why you may be interested in a hemp gummy that only has CBD in it is because CBD has many potential benefits to offer. Recently, research on CBD has really taken off. There are have been many studies looking at several different areas may be able to help with. One particular area that many researchers have looked into is CBD’s potential ability to help people achieve a greater state of calm. This study tested this by having test subjects participate in public speaking, arguably a very stress-inducing activity. Some of the test subjects were given CBD and others were not. The researchers concluded that the subjects given the CBD were able to face the public speaking more calmly and as a result, handled the challenge better.
Another area that has been looked at often with CBD is inflammation. For example, this study wanted to look at inflammation caused by oxidative stress specifically. The researchers found that CBD was greatly able to help reduce the inflammation. This is promising as oxidative stress-caused inflammation is a symptom of many conditions including depression and Alzheimer disease.
Other studies have focused on skin health issues such as acne. It does make sense, as inflammation is a symptom of chronic acne. But what could CBD do, beyond just helping to reduce inflammation? One study suggests that it could help with plenty. The researchers in the course of their study found that CBD was able to reduce the production of sebum. This is the oil that is produced by the skin to protect it. While a certain amount of sebum is required for healthy skin, too much can clog the pores and cause acne. CBD’s potential effect on sebum production could mean that CBD could help reduce acne.
These are just a few examples of what potential benefits the cannabinoid could bring, without the potential of getting high.
What is so great about gummies?
So, now that we have cleared a few items up about hemp and the active component of the plant, it is time to about why someone should chose hemp gummies. Especially when there are so many other options available.
Hemp gummies are probably one of the more popular products within the industry. One of the reasons why is because of the taste. As you may have guessed, most oral hemp products taste like hemp. They have that distinct earthy taste. Some people do not mind that flavor, but for others it is nearly unbearable. Many of these products are made with other oils to help with the flavor, but that is not enough for some. Hemp gummies are usually made with a strong fruit flavor. This makes the product taste like any regular gummy candy. It almost makes them too easy to take.
The other appeal of hemp gummies is the ease of control. Every gummy is made with exactly same amount of hemp extract. This makes it so that you always know exactly how much hemp you have taken. Some other hemp products, like tinctures for example, can be a little bit harder to control. With tinctures, you have a good idea of how much hemp extract is in each drop. However, sometimes while measuring out your drops, an extra drop or two may come out of the dropper before you can stop them. While hemp extract is not considered to be dangerous, it is still a good idea to not take too much of it. Gummies make it easy to control the amount you take.
Every product has its advantages and disadvantages. Gummies are clearly no exception. So, when deciding whether or not gummies are the right hemp product for you, you just need to weigh what is laid out for you above. If the digestion time seems like too much to wait for, then you should look into a hemp tincture or tablet instead. Those you place under your tongue, allowing the cannabinoids to absorb into your system through the thin skin that is under the tongue.
How many hemp gummies should I take?
This can be a bit of a tricky question to answer. Everyone responds to hemp a little bit differently. Some need a lot of it to notice any sort of effect, others need very little. So, you will have to experiment.
First let’s talk about what you should keep an eye out for. As mentioned above, hemp extract is not considered too dangerous, but you do not want to take too much of it. This is because it does have some negative side effects. These usually consist of things like gastrointestinal upset and fatigue. These are not necessarily dangerous side effects, but they still are not fun. They are normally associated with taking too much hemp, so they are easily avoided.
The best way to go about finding the right amount for you is by starting out low and slow. This means, start out with a low amount of the hemp gummies (maybe half a gummy for example) and see how that sits with you. If does not give you any negative side effects, then you can up it a bit. The lowest amount of hemp that gives you the effect that you are looking for without any negative side effects is the right amount for you.
Most companies that make hemp gummies would recommend sticking with only one gummy per day. However, this may vary from person to person, and from gummy to gummy. Some hemp products are going to be made with a higher concentration than others. All of it requires a certain degree of diligence and control.
You should note that hemp does not always mix well with medications. There are some medications that do not work as well, or stop working entirely, in the presence of some of the cannabinoids found in hemp. If you would like to start using hemp gummies, but are on medication already, you should consult with your healthcare provider first. They should know how the gummies will interact with your medication.
To sum all of this up, no hemp gummies should get you high. Hemp has such a low THC content (less than 0.3%, if you remember), that it should not cause any intoxication. However, because hemp has a high CBD content, there is plenty of good the gummies may do you. If you are ready to give some hemp gummies a try, why not try some of ours? Here at Panacea Life Sciences we sell Cherry Bomb gummies, which are delicious, cherry-flavored gummies made with CBD isolate, so that you do not have to worry about the presence of any THC. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns feel free to contact us either through our contact us page or by emailing us at [email protected]