What are the Health Benefits of CBD Edibles?
There are numerous ways to get your CBD. CBD edibles are one of the more popular ways. Edibles are convenient, they travel well, they’re pocket-sized, they contain an exact, premeasured dosage of CBD, and some are just downright tasty and fun to eat.
There is a wide range of edibles to choose from including candy, baked goods, beverages, and much more.
Below is a brief overview of some of the specific health benefits of edibles. At the end of the article, you’ll find a list of scientific studies involving CBD for those who would like to delve deeper into these mechanisms.
CBD edibles are long-lasting.
Unlike vaping which has an almost immediate effect, or tinctures which are also fairly fast acting, edibles take a while to kick in. They need to be completely digestest before the CBD they contain is fully released into the body.
Some kinds of edibles are digested faster than others. For instance, hard candy merely needs to melt in your stomach to start working, whereas a cookie makes its way through your entire digestive system, taking much longer for the CBD to completely absorb. Generally though, you’re looking at a half hour before edibles start to take effect, and an hour or more before all the CBD is available to your body.
The upside of that slow release is that edibles’ effects tend to last longer. A puff on a vape pen will take effect immediately but you’ll have to take a puff periodically to maintain a steady level of CBD. (That makes it hard to dose.) Edibles may last for up to four hours as they work their way through your digestive system. So if you need a steady supply over the course of a few hours, edibles are just the trick.
CBD edibles are great for your stomach.
CBD is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. If you’re suffering from stomach ulcers CBD’s anti-inflammatory effect not only reduces symptoms but also help in the healing of ulcers.
Meanwhile, CBD's antioxidant properties help to protect cells from molecular damage that can sometimes result in cancer. CBD does this by latching onto free radicals (molecules that can damage cells and DNA) rendering them harmless.
CBD edibles are great for your intestines.
CBD edibles are great for your intestines for all the same reasons above, but there are added benefits that can help with treating intestinal disorders such as IBS and Chrohns Disease which is caused by the auto-immune response. (Immune cells mistaking healthy tissue for invaders.)
The exact mechanism of how CBD effect the immune system is not fully understood yet but studies in animal models show a definite reduction in symptoms such as inflammation and pain as a result of administering CBD. (See studies below.)
The cells of the intestines are also packed with CB-2 receptors which have an affinity for CBD. When CBD attaches to these receptors, it helps cells to regulate a variety of functions such as metabolism and pain response.
CBD edibles are great for nausea.
CBD is known to reduce nausea. Nausea is the body’s response to toxins in the stomach. It’s also produced when the body is stressed, such as when you’re in danger.
When nausea reaches a certain level, we all know what happens, the stomach empties its contents. It does this so that it can spend its energy dealing with other stresses. (Digestion is extremely energy intensive.) This an evolutionary trait that has been developing for billions of years, but it’s not always as helpful to modern day humans as it was to our ancestors.
Check out these studies on CBD’s effects on the digestive system.
There have been numerous studies into each of the benefits listed above. If you’d like to get into more detail on the physiological effects of CBD, ProjectCBD.org is a great source for finding CBD studies. Below are some of the links they’ve gathered under categories such as IBS, ulcers, cancer, and nausea.
Of course, the CBD in edibles also provides medicinal benefits for your whole body, not just your digestive system. Edibles have all the same benefits of other methods of taking CBD. But when it comes to treating disorders of the stomach and intestines, edibles are the way to go.