Edibles are a delicious and accessible way for you to enjoy CBD’s benefits. People take edibles to help them sleep, treat anxiety, and manage physical pain, among other things. There are thousands of different cannabis vendors online and in brick-and-mortar stores, but you need to know exactly what licenses and assurances to look for to protect your health. This short guide will cover the most essential things to know when you’re buying CBD edibles for the first time.

Check the COA

Every CBD product should have a certificate of analysis from a verifiable third-party source that confirms that the products are free of harmful chemicals and other risks. One of the most important pieces of information to look for is the breakdown of CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids in the product you’re interested in. Some edibles have a mixture of CBD and THC that can produce a less intense but still noticeable high.

Make sure you understand exactly what type of results you hope to gain from each product, and read the labels and COA accordingly. If a vendor does not provide any proof of certification and license, do not buy from them.

Know the Types of CBD

All edibles come in variations that impact the potency of their effects. If you want something that solely produces the effects of CBD, then you should look for edibles that are CBD-isolate. CBD edibles can come as almost anything you enjoy, but the most common ones are gummy candies, chocolate, baked goods, and teas. 

Broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD edibles feature trace elements and possibly low quantities of THC. The type of CBD found in your edible should be listed on the packaging or product description. Because of some of the additional elements found in broad-spectrum strains, you may still experience a subtle high due to something known as the entourage effect. If you want to avoid this, you can look for CBD-isolate edibles.

Start Slow

Check the dosage found in each product, and only consume a small amount. Do not eat more than a recommended serving at once, and follow any additional instructions or warnings on the packaging. For first-time consumers, half of a CBD cookie may be enough to provide the effects they’re looking for. Make sure that you choose a low-grade product initially, and avoid eating multiple edibles or combining products at one time. Choose a product and flavor you like that you can savor rather than devour.

CBD comes in many forms. While you can experiment to find which forms work best for you, edibles are popular. They’re much more accessible than oils or tinctures, especially for beginners, and they have the added benefit of tasting good too. If you’re considering CBD edibles, keep the above tips in mind.

About the author

Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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