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Anxious times call for palliative measures such as exercise, Netflix and chill, meditation, and in some cases CBD edibles. Major states in the US declared cannabis business as essential with local cannabis dispensaries selling both medical and recreational cannabis to people nationwide. The sales spiked and along with pharmacies and grocery stores, the CBD industry saw an influx of new customers. While millions of Americans were sent home, the fear of staying within the confines of four walls gave birth to anxiety and stress. Perhaps why more and more new customers were seen purchasing cannabis either with the help of a medical cannabis card or simply through a state-issued ID proof.
Interestingly, the fear of smoke and inhaled products also started cropping up. Slowly and steadily, reports regarding COVID-19 impact on the lungs emerged. So, consumption methods like vaping and smoking went out of the window and many consumers started enjoying the flavors of cannabis-infused edibles. To date, thousands of CBD edibles have been delivered and sold to both patients and recreational users. So, with the rise in use of edibles we decided to delve a little deeper to find out what is all the buzz about, and here’s what we found.
Edibles Are More Attractive Amidst A Respiratory Illness
There is no doubt about the fact that edibles sales have spiked in the past few months and sales still continue to skyrocket. According to a report published in the New York Times, it was revealed that people did not know the uncertainty of the virus. After several months into the pandemic, everyone around the world knows that the coronavirus is a respiratory illness. So, it is natural for some people to switch to alternative forms of consumption. And somehow edibles top that list.
Not only this but from the reports that emerged in the New England Journal of Medicine, it was revealed that patients with a history of smoking are more likely to fall severely ill from the impact of the virus. The reason for the same is that the coronavirus affects the respiratory tracts and the lungs. So, it is quite evident for people to switch to a non-inhalable form of consumption. In addition to this, the fear of not knowing how long will the virus last? Will cannabis be available for the months to come? The fear of running out of stock has caused people to binge buy cannabis edibles. Their best bet is buying flowers and infusing them in homemade edibles. However, a packet of CBD gummies with added THC can make all the difference.
For some people fear of running out and for others, smoke-related side effects have caused them to switch to edibles. The bottom line is that the hype of both CBD and THC edibles is quite real. While some are using them to treat chronic pain others are simply finding ways to keep the quarantine blues at bay. That said, let’s dive a little deeper and look into the CBD edible trend.
Edibles Are Better Suited For Solitary Consumption
The cannabis edibles market is filled with varied types of edibles. Yes, we have lollipops, candies, gums, cookies, and other types of edibles. But, in the past few years, gummies have ruled the market. This major shift seems to focus on the tangible relationship between edibles and consumer consumption. In other words, when a person consumes edibles the effect lasts long and it's quite powerful. The edibles are metabolized inside the liver and the reaction is more powerful. The only difference is that THC edibles cause a high whereas CBD edibles provide relief from anxiety and pain without the feeling of intoxication.
Interestingly, the hype about CBD edibles in the pandemic times clearly states that people need something to get rid of anxiety, pain, and stress. After all, edibles have quite a powerful impact. Plus, sharing gummies is not similar to passing a joint. This also means that you are following the social distancing rules to help flatten the pandemic curve. Notably, most people in the US purchase cannabis products using cash. So, it’s likely that they want the best for their money. Given the fact that both CBD and THC gummies are in high demand. The companies are ensuring offers and reducing the price to attract a wide range of consumers. All in all, you can get a box of gummies delivered at your doorstep to get momentary relief from a 10mg product.
CBD Edibles Are Cheaper Than CBD Flowers
There are several advantages of purchasing CBD edibles. The most important one is that CBD edibles are affordable and they add value to your money. You see, if you buy a CBD flower or any other product, it will cost you a hefty amount. In contrast, you can get edibles in bulk for an affordable price. Also with the offers companies provide these days, it is possible to purchase a stock of your favorite edibles. Besides this major advantage, CBD edibles also provide relief from pain. They are a quick, convenient, and discreet way to get relief from chronic pain. For those seeking immediate relief should consider purchasing CBD edibles.
Which Edibles Should I Consume?
Let's face it, gummies are most popular among edible consumers. But, products such as cookies and chocolates also top the list for most consumers in the US. If you want to choose the best edibles, here are some things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, edibles are divided into two categories. The famous gummies, chocolates, cookies, and food-infused edibles. The second category includes sublinguals like lollipops and gums. The only difference between both of them is that the former products have a powerful and long-lasting effect. Whereas, the latter brings out the psychoactive effects instantly. So, choose your poison carefully.
Second, CBD and THC are two different components of the same plant. The only exception is that of the source. Simply put, CBD derived from hemp and marijuana vary in terms of THC content. Ideally, CBD derived from hemp has less THC than the one derived from the marijuana plant. When choosing the products you have to keep the requirements in mind. Do you want CBD for wellness benefits or THC to feel a little lighter in the head? If you are looking for a THC experience then you can opt for a THC dominant product with a little balance of CBD. For CBD medicinal benefits, purchase products that have full-spectrum CBD with less than or equal to 0.3% THC.
Lastly, make sure you look at the lab report. These days the products lying on the top shelves of cannabis stores have different ratios of THC and CBD. A lab report will help you identify how much THC or CBD an edible contains. Luckily, some companies have the lab report on their website. In other cases, you can always request one. You’re not being a cannabis snob, you’re smartly finding value for your money.
CBD edibles have definitely made it into the top shelves of dispensaries this year. Looks like the rest of the year will be a good one for companies marketing and investing in CBD edibles. The hype is totally real but the only thing you as a consumer have to keep in mind is that edibles are derived from different parts of the cannabis plants. To be precise, CBD edibles have three types - full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate. While both full and broad-spectrum CBD have traces, and sometimes even significant amounts of THC, isolates consist of nothing but CBD. So, make sure you look at the label before buying CBD edibles from state-licensed dispensaries.