Whether you’re brand-new to cannabis or a seasoned vet, you’ve probably seen CBD gummies at some point. You might’ve even spotted some at your drugstore today!
You also might have noticed that the CBD market evolves a lot these days, hence the ever-growing supply of products.
So what’s the hot product for 2022?
CBD + THC gummies!
These gummies take a few familiar elements and make them into something new. And if you might’ve had CBD gummies and THC gummies before this, be prepared for something else entirely.
CBD + THC gummies may be more effective than your average gummy, but with milder side effects from THC like paranoia or drowsiness, which gives them bonus appeal.
If you’re curious about the benefits of CBD + THC gummies, keep reading!
First of All, What Are CBD Gummies?
If you haven’t been too keen on the CBD industry before now, you might be a bit lost.
So what exactly are CBD + THC gummies?
Like CBD gummies, CBD + THC gummies are a chewy, tasty kind of treat that’s been infused with CBD. But here, of course, we’re getting the bonus of THC.
CBD + THC gummies give users a couple of different perks: not only taste, but also discretion and easy handling, not to mention all of the different formulas available, including vegan and sugar-free options.
THC in CBD Gummies
While delta-9 THC is still banned from several states for recreation & medical use, delta-8 and delta-10 have become an interesting way around these laws.
This is because delta-8 and delta-10 can be made from industrial hemp, and they contain less than 0.3% delta-9 THC which, as per the 2018 Farm Bill, has left manufacturers interpreting them as legal.
And as we’ll discuss more later, THC and CBD may be extra beneficial when combined.
But first, let’s talk about delta-8 and delta-10 individually.
Delta-8 THC is an extra-mellow isomer of THC, and while it’s psychoactive like delta-9, it’s considerably less potent; in fact, it’s often regarded as half as much.
Still, delta-8 produces an effect when taken in high enough doses. According to some individuals, delta-8 was said to have helped increase their sense of bodily awareness, while boosting feelings of euphoria and calmness.
Delta-10 has been gaining traction as the newest cannabinoid to hit the market, and it’s believed to bind with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain, allowing it access to a wide range of physical and cognitive functions.
Through this interaction, it’s said that delta-10 can create a pleasant, cerebral high and rush of euphoria. It’s also been reported by users that delta-10 tends to have a more uplifting quality than delta-8, and might appeal to those who wish to chill a bit, but still need to hustle.
Benefits of Combining CBD + THC
In some instances, sticking with CBD alone may be the best option for you and your needs, but it’s becoming increasingly popular to use it combined with THC, as well.
Some research has indicated that CBD and THC may be more effective when used in tandem—not just together, but on their own, as well. That being said, this could be said about combining CBD with any and all of hemp’s compounds.
The idea behind this is rooted in the entourage effect, which theorizes that all of the naturally-occurring compounds in hemp plants are designed to work in harmony, creating a unique type of synergy that may improve hemp’s overall benefits.
For instance, coupling CBD and THC may help reduce both THC’s psychoactive effects and side effects like anxiety, creating a far more mellow, relaxing experience.
It’s important to note, though, that the entourage effect is still considered a theory, and more research is still in the works.
What’s the Difference Between CBD and THC?
In a way, you can think of CBD and THC as siblings: they come from the same family, and they look pretty alike, but they definitely have their own sets of behaviors.
This “family” that CBD and THC come from are known as cannabinoids, which are compounds commonly found in hemp.
Cannabinoids make up a fairly large family with over 113 different types, but CBD and THC are consistently the most talked about, and they share a few key differences.
First, they have different chemical structures. Both CBD and THC have closely resembling structures, with 2 oxygen atoms, 21 carbon atoms, and 30 hydrogen atoms.
The difference between the two is how these atoms are arranged, and this is what creates different effects when they interact with the endocannabinoid system (more on this later).
While researchers are still working to uncover the functions and benefits of cannabinoids, CBD and THC are said to have a positive effect on similar issues, though their benefits do differ in some areas.
Generally speaking, CBD is associated with managing chronic pain, inflammation, and anxiety, and with the FDA approval of the CBD anti-seizure medication epidiolex, it’s known that CBD can help with seizures, as well.
Meanwhile, THC is often associated with chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, and inappetence.
CBD and THC have a few differences with the law, as well.
Cannabis laws are still changing, but as per the 2018 Farm Bill Allow for THC on a dry weighted basis not to exceed .3 THC, CBD is federally legal, and the same has been interpreted for delta-8 and delta-10.
This is because the bill defines all hemp products as federally legal, under the stipulation that they’re completely hemp-derived and contain less than 0.3%.
And it’s been argued that this bill makes delta-8 and delta-10 legal, since they fall under this definition.
All our CBD+THC gummies have less then .3% THC on a dry-weighted basis. Although these gummies are under.3 THC on a dry weighted basis will feel the effect, and we suggest starting slow if you are not used to THC. Also you will fail a drug test if you consume these gummies.