What are CBD edibles?
It may not occur to you immediately, but any regular food can be a CBD edible. A warm autumn bowl of soup; a tasty pumpkin spice latte; even your bring-to-work tuna mayonnaise sandwich. So how do you do it? Easy, just add Mee CBD. Perhaps mix some water-soluble CBD into your favourite stew recipe, a Mee Drop into your morning orange juice or some Mee Powder into the cookies. Creating and cooking a CBD edible really is that simple.
What’s best about using edibles is that they’re the healthiest and most natural form of consumption. We need food to survive, so if you take CBD too, why not combine them both? As you’re controlling the dose too, and as long as you finish your plate, you should get the desired effects!
Whether you add the CBD to the butter for brownies or infuse CBD into your olive oil to drizzle over your salad, the opportunities are endless. But before you understand more about CBD edibles, let’s dive into what CBD is.
What is CBD?
Well, first up, CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s a part of the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family. Though the hemp plant produces a bunch of other compounds, CBD is the one that has recently gained popularity as an alternative remedy in the wellness industry. Its medicinal properties help tackle and treat a range of common and rare conditions. From workout recovery, to digestion, to anxiety, CBD can help many different users with many different things.
“What form is CBD in?” we hear you ask. Well, it comes in many different ways. However, at Mee CBD, our water-soluble formulation technique makes it more effective for consumers. But more on that later.
But how do you ingest it? Well, either add some Mee Powder to a glass of water or plop a Mee Drop on your tongue. Or, read a little deeper and find out more interesting ways of consuming CBD. One of our favourite ways? Well, CBD edibles, of course.
Are CBD Edibles legal in the UK?
Maybe you saw the word CBD and thought – “ILLEGAL!” It’s a fair and innocent mistake. After all, CBD does come from the same plant as THC, the illegal, psychoactive element that produces a high when inhaled or consumed. But THC and CBD are very different.
Due to the health benefits and therefore, the increasing popularity of CBD, many high street shops and reputable retailers sell the compound across the UK. That can be as water-soluble products like Mee CBD, or as CBD edibles like gummies.
First we should warn you that CBD – despite its many health benefits – isn’t legal everywhere, including in Europe. In 2015, the European Union made CBD legal when they began to consider it as a novel food (a food that was not consumed significantly in the EU before 1997). That means when you’re walking down a street in Rome or avenue in Austria you can probably buy it. However, we always advise you to research the law surrounding CBD before taking your CBD products or CBD edibles with you.
How long does it take to feel the effects of CBD edibles?
CBD edibles and other CBD products take different amounts of time to kick in. Some people can feel the effects of CBD oil or CBD vapes after just a few minutes. CBD edibles generally offer a longer-lasting alternative to inhaled CBD products. But ultimately, no two people are the same. So really, there’s no way to measure it with complete accuracy.
A number of factors can affect how long it takes to feel the effects of CBD edibles. Your gender, your weight and even your cannabis tolerance could impact the time from ingestion to impact.
However, when taking CBD edibles, most people feel the difference between 30 minutes to 2 hours. Some quicker, some longer. It depends! But because CBD edibles are broken down in the digestive system, everyone’s individual metabolism has an effect. CBD is metabolised in the liver then released back into the bloodstream. From there, it is sent to the brain. That’s when the CBD edibles kick in.
Say you’ve just eaten a carbohydrate-heavy five course meal then finish it off with a CBD edible. Well, it may take you slightly longer than normal to feel the effects.
What if you skipped lunch? Well, you will probably feel the difference quicker because your body will metabolise it faster. Surprisingly, if your CBD product contains fats, it may need less time to act because fats actually improve the absorption rate of cannabinoids.
The type of CBD edible you choose will change the onset time too. Maybe you checked out our popping CBD lollipop recipe? The CBD effects might kick in faster because some of the CBD content is absorbed by your tongue. This process, called sublingual absorption, means the CBD bypasses the first-pass metabolism in the liver. And that means, faster effects.
If you chew your edible, rather than sucking on them, the onset may be a little delayed. Because the absorption happens in the digestive tract first it takes longer for the CBD to reach the liver. And that means, slower effects.
However, the main thing to note is, once again, that no CBD edible affects anyone the same. But what’s important to work out is what CBD dose is right for you!
Are CBD gummies the same as CBD edibles?
You live in a cave? As a reminder, kids and adults love them so, the happy world of Haribo!? Remember now? Well, a CBD gummy isn’t too different, except it contains CBD, obviously. To keep it easy, a CBD gummy is just a form of CBD edible. And they’re one of the most popular options of CBD edibles – we even have our own recipe!
They provide an easy, discreet and tasty way to consume CBD and can help us to feel more in control and supported. When we need a little pick-me-up on the go, when we don't have time to take a full Mee Powder dose, or when you don’t want the hassle of mixing a traditional tincture or spray. They’re one of the most accessible and within reach ways of consuming CBD edibles.
Are you getting the maximum benefits from your CBD edibles?
There’s been a bunch of research on the consumer health benefits of CBD. From pain relief to digestion to sleep, CBD edibles will be able to help. However, when ingesting CBD, there are some ways better than others.
All compounds of the hemp plant – including CBD – are fat-based in their native state which sadly means they are often poorly absorbed when ingested. That means consumers are less likely to feel the full benefits CBD offers. And that’s annoying. But that’s also why more research is taking place.
Many researchers are studying cannabinoids to understand the rate, onset and duration of CBD absorption when consumed. The researchers’ main discovery was that converting CBD from fats into water-based formats drastically improves both absorption amount and rate. The second thing they found was that the ingredients and processes used to convert the CBD into water-based formats has a massive impact on how quickly consumers absorb the CBD.
One study found water-soluble CBD formats increased blood absorption by as much as 434% over oil-based formats. That means many water-soluble formats take 10-45 minutes to absorb. In contrast, oil-based formats can take as long as four hours! That’s a long time to wait. Researchers also found that CBD in water-soluble formations also positively impacts the body faster and more effectively. That means they can provide the intended health benefits to users in a more predictable and dependable way.
That’s why we at Mee CBD listened. Our products are up to 9x stronger than standard CBD Oils. Their increased bio-availability means consumer’s body absorbs more of the active ingredient and takes the CBD to where it’s needed. Why wait ages for the effects of your CBD edible to kick in? Water-soluble is the way.
What Are Our Favourite CBD Edibles?
Now you know a little more about CBD edibles, let us share a few of our favourite recipes we use regularly at Mee CBD. And I’ll tell you, we’ve prepared a full menu for you here.
If you want to get your day off to a great start? Why not check out our own version of the Hailey Bieber Smoothie CBD Edible Recipe. You might have seen it when Hailey Bieber partnered with an American supermarket chain to launch a new smoothie drink which went viral on Tik Tok. Some of the ingredients were pretty hard to find, so we came up with a recipe you can make quickly at home. With CBD too!
For a healthy 11am caffeine boost, try our CBD Edible Turmeric Latte. We love the spicy, uplifting warmth of this drink which is perfect for the autumn season.
Next up, for a delicious post-lunch snack give our CBD Edible Cookies a shot. Try the Air Fryer Cookies, No-Bake Cookies with oatmeal or standard Oven Baked cookies for the best way to treat yourself in the early afternoon.
And now the fun starts. It’s 6pm, and that means its time for Spicy & Fruity Gin CBD Edible Cocktails. Try the Ginger and Mint Infused Snow Burn, the Elderflower and Thyme Father Time or our favourite, the delicious Olive and Basil Infused ‘La Med’ for a taste of summer. Just to forget winter is around the corner!
But for those who are ready for the cold, brisk days, dinner is on the way. Our CBD Edible Spicy Squash Soup makes for a super nutritious addition to your favourite winter warmers, and adds a little kick to this December classic.
Why stop there? Alternatively, you can turn any dish into a CBD edible by adding Mee CBD’s tasteless powders or drops. Either add a drop, mix in powder or incorporate it into the butter. We love CBD edibles, and hope you will too.