August 20, 2022 5 min read

HOW TO MAKE CBD EDIBLES

CBD edibles are a great way to enjoy the cannabinoid without feeling the earthiness or the bitter taste of CBD oils and tinctures. Preparing the edibles on your own helps you control the ingredients that get into the picture and the concentration of the product. This article explains that you can easily prepare CBD gummies, brownies, chocolates, and coffee/ beverages.

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has risen on the popularity ladder for many reasons, including its purported therapeutic effects. There is not yet enough research to prove the claims are true beyond any reasonable doubt. There are many ways of consuming CBD, including CBD tinctures, edibles, topical, vapes, and capsules. Each has its pros and cons. Many people especially relate to CBD edibles since they are sweet and mask CBD oil's bitter and earthy taste. Still, they have a con, including compromised bioavailability. Since CBD is expensive, you may want to prepare CBD edibles at home to save cost and possibly make some income out of the edibles. This article shares thoughts on CBD edibles and how to prepare them.

Understanding CBD

Massi et al. (2006) described CBD as the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis plants, specifically hemp and marijuana. Psychoactive means that it does not cause the 'high' effect linked to THC, another active compound in cannabis. There are more than 113 cannabinoids or active compounds in cannabis, and CBD is one of them. CBD comes in three formulations; isolate-based, full, and broad-spectrum. The three formulations depend on the individual compounds in them and the presence or absence of additional compounds in the form of terpenes and flavonoids.

Understanding CBD Edibles

According to Watt & Karl (2017), CBD has therapeutic effects and may help with inflammation, as noted by Hammell et al. (2016). These claims are on the rise every other day, and people get more convinced that there is much that CBD can offer. In fact, Vučković et al. (2018) reviewed CBD studies from 1975 through 2018 and concluded that it might help with pain, especially cancer, neuropathic, and fibromyalgia pains. However, CBD is not directly absorbed as a compound as it is.

To help the body benefit from CBD, brands infuse the cannabinoid so the bloodstream can absorb it. They are known as CBD delivery methods, including CBD edibles and CBD-infused products with taste and flavor meant for ingestion. As the name suggests, CBD edibles are strictly for ingestion and are not consumed otherwise. Common CBD edibles include gummies, chocolate, and brownies. You can also have CBD-infused drinks to deliver the cannabinoid to the body. Other than ingesting the cannabinoid, you can also administer it to the body as follows;

Sublingual Administration

Most CBD users that take the cannabinoid to manage pain or serious health issues sublingually administer it, as in CBD oils and tinctures, for increased bioavailability and absorption rates.

Inhalation

You can inhale CBD by smoking high-CBD cannabis flowers or vaping CBD.

Topical Application

If you don't want the cannabinoid to interact with the blood directly, you may want to administer them sublingually. They include CBD creams.

Why CBD Edibles and Why Prepare Them?

CBD edibles are great for masking the bitter taste of CBD oil. Many people would like to draw into the benefits of the cannabinoid. Besides, they have great dosage precision and are ideal when you need to measure out CBD dosages accurately. Still, they have their fair share of cons, including minimized bioavailability. However, you can solve this by focusing on products rich in CBD.

CBD Gummies

CBD gummies are the most common CBD edibles. Many people relate to them since they come in different shapes, sizes, strengths, colors, and compositions, allowing CBD users to have many options to choose from. As many as they are, CBD edibles are easy to prepare, making them one of the best edibles. It only takes gelatin and CBD, either as oil, tinctures, or isolates. You can add other ingredients to enhance taste, but the two are the must-include. Other ingredients you might wish to add include fruit juice, colorants, and honey. To prepare the gummies, heat gelatin and mix it with CBD. Afterward, transfer it to the molds to cool and form gummies.

CBD Chocolates

Another common CBD edible product you may prepare is CBD chocolates. They are sweet and can take different flavors, making them great for masking the bitter taste of CBD oil. Heat chocolates and add CBD oil, tincture, or isolate to prepare CBD chocolates. Mix the two and transfer them to a mold. The mixture dries into CBD chocolates that one can bite to benefit from the cannabinoid.

CBD Coffee (Drinks)

Preparing CBD drinks is as easy as adding CBD oil or tincture to beer, wine, tea, or freshly brewed coffee. As a rule of thumb, keep the CBD amounts low until you know how many cannabinoids you can consume.

CBD Brownies

Brownies are among the many baked products that can take CBD into account and mask its taste while allowing the user to benefit from it. They include butter and oil, which mix well with CBD, making it possible to prepare high-quality CBD-baked products. It only takes heating the butter and the oil, mixing them with CBD, and transferring the mixture to molds. Alternatively, you can buy brownies mixed with oil and butter, heat and mix them, after which you can feature CBD oil to make better versions of CBD brownies.

Conclusion

CBD edibles are ingested. They feature different flavors, shapes, strengths, and colors, allowing CBD fans several options to choose from. Many CBD edibles in the hemp space, including CBD gummies, chocolates, and brownies. CBD drinks can also fall in this category since they are ingested. Preparing CBD edibles is a simple process, as detailed in this article.

References

Hammell, D. C., Zhang, L. P., Ma, F., Abshire, S. M., McIlwrath, S. L., Stinchcomb, A. L., & Westlund, K. N. (2016). Transdermal cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviors in a rat model of arthritis. European journal of pain (London, England), 20(6), 936–948.

Watt, G., & Karl, T. (2017). In vivo evidence for therapeutic properties of cannabidiol (CBD) for Alzheimer's disease. Frontiers in pharmacology, 8, 20. 

Massi, P., Vaccani, A., Bianchessi, S., Costa, B., Macchi, P., & Parolaro, D. (2006). The non-psychoactive cannabidiol triggers caspase activation and oxidative stress in human glioma cells. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS63(17), 2057-2066.

Vučković, S., Srebro, D., Vujović, K. S., Vučetić, Č., & Prostran, M. (2018). Cannabinoids and pain: new insights from old molecules. Frontiers in pharmacology, 1259.