What is CBD Gum, and Is It Worth the Hype?
The cannabidiol market is positively booming, and we see imaginative new CBD-infused products virtually every day. Users are, doubtless, better acquainted with traditional CBD oils or edibles like CBD gummies. But the rabbit hole goes much deeper, and from time to time, a genuinely innovative option pops up. CBD gum is one such product.
In today’s article, we’ll be covering the ins-and-outs of CBD and hemp oil gum. From the basics of “what is CBD gum” to more in-depth questions regarding its effectiveness, its similarities and differences from other CBD products, and more, we’ll provide everything you need to know to decide whether this convenient new treatment option is right for you.
What is CBD Gum?
As its name so clearly suggests, CBD gum is a type of traditional bubble or chewing gum with an added cannabidiol (CBD) infusion. As with any CBD edible, CBD gum is taken by mouth. Unlike traditional edibles, but like conventional(non-CBD) gum, it is meant to be chewed but not swallowed.
As with any CBD-infused product, CBD gum can offer a host of therapeutic benefits. The most well-researched and understood include:
- Pain management
- Improved mental health, including:
- Reducing anxiety
- Managing stress
- Improving sleep
- Reducing the frequency and severity of seizures and other symptoms of epilepsy
Is Hemp Oil Gum the Same Thing?
You may also be aware of another, very similar sounding product: “hemp oil gum”. While hemp oil and CBD are, in some situations, synonymous, hemp oil gum may not be identical to CBD gum — and may not offer the same potential benefits.
While CBD gum is made with a hemp plant extract featuring cannabidiol (whether full spectrum, broad spectrum, or CBD isolate), “hemp oil” gum may be made with a form of hemp extract that does not contain CBD or any other cannabinoids. Most commonly, that’s hemp seed oil, which is (predictably) made from the seeds of hemp plants rather than fully developed hemp. Such products contain only the smallest trace amounts of hemp compounds and will not deliver the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
Is CBD Gum Just Another CBD Edible? Yes and No
While, strictly speaking, CBD gum is a form of CBD edible, it bears one striking dissimilarity from others in this category — a difference that may make it more effective for some users.
Unlike virtually all other edibles, CBD gum is absorbed, at least in part, sublingually (meaning under the tongue). Sublingual absorption is one of the most efficient methods of dosing CBD or other substances due to the high-density of capillaries under the tongue, which gives CBD a direct line into the bloodstream.
Although CBD gum is not held under the tongue, chewing on it releases the CBD extract into your saliva. If held in the mouth before swallowing, this “CBD spit” can be far more rapidly and efficiently absorbed, increasing your dose’s bioavailability and effectiveness.
By contrast, traditional CBD gummies and other edibles must be swallowed and digested before their CBD content can take effect. This process subjects the CBD to “first-pass elimination”, which reduces the concentration and, as a result, the dose's effectiveness.
As a result, CBD gum may be more effective than other CBD edibles. However, the difference is unlikely to be significant; after all, most users will simply swallow their CBD-infused saliva, which will subject the dose to first-pass elimination and make its efficacy more akin to that of other edibles or beverages.
Of course, CBD gum also tends to have lower potency than many other CBD edibles. As a result, CBD gum’s effectiveness is something of a mixed bag, offering higher theoretically higher bioavailability than a traditional edible but at a lower overall dose.
Why CBD Choice Doesn’t (Currently) Carry CBD Gum
Although CBD gum is an exciting new treatment option that may be very convenient for some users, CBD Choice has not elected to carry any brands of CBD gum at this time.
At CBD Choice, we hold each and every one of our products to exacting quality standards. From third-party laboratory testing to responsible hemp sourcing, we take great care to ensure that every product on our site is of truly unimpeachable quality.
Of the CBD gum products we’ve looked into so far, we’ve found most to be lacking. Whether from an absence of testing, the possibility of contamination in the supply chain, or use of improper and unapproved materials, we haven’t found a CBD gum that we’re comfortable carrying. Yet. However, we are in discussions with a number of other manufacturers, and we’re hopeful that we’ll be bringing world-class CBD gum to our site in the near future. We’re dedicated to being your best choice for CBD online, and bringing the full range of CBD treatment options is an integral part of that.
If you choose to shop for CBD gum, be sure to research the manufacturer's reputation carefully. Most importantly, ensure that they can provide laboratory-proven Certificates of Analysis that guarantee the purity, potency, and safety of the products they sell. When it comes to your health and wellness, a bit of research goes a long way.
As always, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. If you have inquiries about our product selection process, other innovative CBD solutions, or any other question, reach out to our knowledgeable customer support staff.