Materials & Use

What Are Hemp CBD Gummies?

Gabi Antunes

Sep 5, 2019

Hemp CBD products are a growing multi-billion-dollar market that’s expanding rapidly and producing new innovations and iterations every day. Why is it, then, that something as classic – and as basic – as a gummy remains one of the most prevalent industrial hemp-derived CBD products in states that allow several product types? In this blog, we’ll dive into what hemp CBD gummies are, how they’re made, and why consumers keep these tasty morsels in high demand.

What is Hemp CBD?

“CBD” stands for Cannabidiol, one of many compounds found in the cannabis sativa L. plant. High concentrations of this cannabinoid can be found in industrial hemp, which is why you may see it referred to as “hemp CBD” or “hemp-derived CBD” in the marketplace, although smaller amounts may be found in cannabis strains cultivated for their high Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. This compound interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is found in all mammals.

CBD vs. THC

The main difference between hemp CBD and THC is how the consumer feels after these cannabinoids enter their system. Hemp CBD is well-known for being a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis plants, while THC has an intoxicating effect. Gummies and other candy products are widely available in both hemp CBD and THC variants, depending on the locale and retailer. Hemp CBD gummies are available in nearly all states that have implemented regulatory programs, while THC gummies are only available in states with adult-use or medical marijuana programs.

CBD and THC coexist within the same cannabis sativa L. plant species at varying levels and concentrations. The CBD-dominant and THC-dominant plants are referred to by different names. Colloquially, “marijuana” refers to a cannabis plant with higher levels of THC. “Hemp” refers to a cannabis plant with higher levels of CBD. Industrial hemp, by law, must have 0.3% or less THC.

From a legal standpoint, there are major differences between CBD and THC. CBD extracted from industrial hemp, often referred to as “hemp CBD,” is a de-scheduled substance as of December 2018. This means that the compound can be sold across states lines and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) no longer regards extracts from industrial hemp as federally illegal. THC, however, remains an illegal Schedule I substance according to the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Multiple states have made THC-containing products, including gummies, legal for medical or adult use.

How are Hemp CBD Gummies Made?

As an infused product, hemp CBD goes through a manufacturing process before it makes it onto store shelves. Just like “regular” peach rings and gummy bears, hemp CBD gummies begin with a gelatin base. The base may be made from animal products or it could be made from a vegan gelatin substitute such as agar-agar. Flavoring, coloring, sweeteners, and other ingredients are mixed into the gelatin.

Hemp CBD isolate, broad-spectrum hemp CBD, or full-spectrum hemp CBD is stirred into this flavored gelatin mixture. Sometimes, pre-made tinctures are stirred in, a popular choice for those making their own gummies at home. The gelatin is poured into molds, where it is placed in designated equipment such as refrigerator to firm up, cool down. Once they’re popped out of the molds, the gummies are ready to get packed up and distributed.

Each gummy can contain anywhere from 10mg to 25mg or more hemp CBD. Only consume one gummy at a time and wait for at least 1 hour before assessing if you would like to consume another.

Why are Hemp CBD Gummies so Popular?

Even with all the unique, groundbreaking, and innovative products on the market, these little gems are still the preferred way by many consumers to take hemp CBD. Why is that?

  • Gummies make it easy to discreetly consume hemp CBD. Some consumers aren’t comfortable with carrying around a bottle of oil and consuming it, nor do they want to use a vaporizer in the presence of others who may not appreciate it. A gummy is the perfect way to eat hemp CBD without inviting any unnecessary or unwanted attention.
  • Flavorings mask the taste of hemp CBD. Sometimes, just a bit of sugar is all that’s needed to help something go down. The earthy taste of hemp CBD is not a pleasant one for some.
  • It’s easy to measure how much hemp CBD is being consumed. Hemp CBD oil and vaping hemp CBD can be difficult to measure. A hemp CBD gummy is straightforward: a certain number of milligrams is contained in each gummy. A consumer can take as little or as many as necessary.
  • Gummies are much neater than other hemp CBD products: Oils, topicals, and other products can be messy. Consumers don’t risk a spill or a greasy after-effect when taking hemp CBD gummies.

Hemp CBD Gummies: An All-around Winner

It’s no mystery why consumers keep stocking up on CBD gummies, in states that allow them. These tiny, pre-measured products are discreet, easy to measure, and don’t require extra tools or a complicated process to use. Best of all, they are downright delicious!

From vegan-friendly recipes, to sugar-free varieties, to creative shapes, the hemp CBD gummy audience is demanding variety – and the market is providing. No matter how you slice it, CBD gummies are one of the most convenient, simple, and delicious ways to consume hemp CBD.