What is a CBD gummy?
Gummy bears, gummy worms, gummy sharks, even gummy vitamins and supplements, gummy stuff is everywhere because it’s fun! Why take a foul-tasting dose of liquid melatonin, for example, when you can chew a couple of strawberry gummies before bed?
Full spectrum CBD gummies offer all of your cannabidiol (CBD) goodness in gummy form. They are fruit flavored snacks that provide you with a dose of CBD and all of the related cannabinoids in the hemp plant, including delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These cannabinoids work together to help bring balance to various systems in your body.
Full spectrum CBD gummies can vary in form, taste, and strength depending on the manufacturer.
CBD vs THC
CBD is one of at least more than 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, along with THC. THC is psychoactive and produces the “high” associated with smoking marijuana but it is also therapeutic in nature and works well with THC. In a CBD gummy, however, the amount of CBD must legally be very small– just 0.3 percent of the dry weight of the gummy.
Generally speaking, the type of cannabis we call “marijuana” produces larger amounts of the THC compound, and the type of cannabis we call “hemp” produces larger amounts of the CBD compound. CBD gummies are made with hemp, not marijuana.
The main difference between THC and CBD is the end result that they bring to the consumer. THC is a cannabinoid that has been used by many people as a means to find a euphoric escape, otherwise known as “getting high.” On the other hand, CBD reportedly does not produce the same euphoric feeling that THC does.
Hemp vs Marijuana
The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp cultivation legal. It achieved this by defining hemp to distinguish it from illegal marijuana. If a cannabis plant contains less than 0.3 percent THC content, it is considered hemp and is now federally legal.
Hemp plants look and smell the same as recreational marijuana strains, the only difference is the amount of THC in the plant. The only way to tell the difference between hemp and marijuana is with a chemical analysis.
So do full spectrum gummies get you high?
Even though full spectrum CBD gummies contain trace amounts of THC, this THC level is far below the amount needed to actively cause psychotropic effects. It is enough, however, to work with the other cannabinoids for the most health and wellness benefits.
They can make you feel comfortable, even euphoric.
Can full spectrum gummies make you fail a drug test?
If you take CBD, you should be aware that ingesting doses of CBD may cause you to fail a drug test. Any drug test that tests for THC levels to detect marijuana use will trigger the test.
While THC-free products might seem safer than full spectrum CBD products, your workplace may use a drug test that can’t tell the difference between the cannabinoids from cannabis and hemp. So THC-free products like broad spectrum and CBD isolate could still cause a positive test result.
If you think you might be subjected to workplace drug testing, talk to your HR department before beginning a CBD regimen.