Health & Wellness

Best CBD Gummies [2019 Buyer's Guide and Top Picks]

By Melena Gurganus

People are taking CBD (cannabidiol) to help relieve pain, improve sleep, and treat anxiety. While research on the efficacy of CBD is limited, anecdotal evidence is strong. Every day more people flock to natural alternatives. Folks believe CBD products make them feel better.

The difficult thing about CBD is knowing what to buy, how much to take, and what brands are best. It seems like there are new products and new brands on the market each day—and with the passage of the recent Farm Bill this pace of production will only increase.

So, let’s talk about CBD edibles. In this article we’ll explain to you what edibles are, how to pick the best edible for you, and how to get a proper dose.

To start, here’s a few of our top picks for CBD gummies. 

Editor's Pick

FabCBD

This is a cool and sleek brand that continues to impress customers with the taste and quality of their CBD gummies. FabCBD also has a strong CBD potency given the price, with one 30ct. jar containing 750mg of CBD. 

Best Value

Green Roads

The possibilities are essentially endless at Green Roads. Not only do they sell CBD gummies at a fair price, but they have over 10 different types of gummy products to choose from, including small packs with only a few gummies for those trying CBD for the first time.

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Strongest Gummy

The CBDistillery

CBDistillery is an increasingly popular brand that sells vegan CBD gummies—some of the strongest ones on the market. Their 30ct. bottle holds a whopping 900mg of CBD, so you’ll be eating less of these throughout the day without compromising quality.

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1. First, Let’s talk about how to buy the right CBD edible.

Edibles are a mainstay of the cannabis community. They are a discrete and tasty option that many people love. The great thing about CBD gummies, specifically, is that you can achieve a relaxing feeling without the psychoactive effects of a gummy that has THC in it.

CBD edibles come in many forms, too. There are gummy bears, chocolates, caramels, and hard candies, to name a few.

The tricky thing about edibles is knowing how much to take. We have said that CBD works differently for everyone. Your body will respond differently to a dropper of CBD than your neighbor. But with edibles we’re adding in another variable: your metabolism. Edibles will take effect when they are digested. If you digest slowly, an edible may take a while to work but that feeling will linger for a long time. For others, an edible may hit them quickly and dissipate soon. Everyone is different.

Be smart:

Most people are taking CBD to achieve some therapeutic value. People want to empower their endocannabinoid system and achieve more physiological balance. Don’t you think the restorative power of CBD is offset if you eat a handful of sugar? Think about how much CBD is in a gummy. If you need to eat a handful of candy to get a proper dose of CBD then you haven’t taken a supplement—you’ve had a snack. 

The best way to vet a CBD brand is to:

  • Look for test results: All brands should post recent, detailed test results on their website. Because testing is unregulated and irregular, Remedy Review does its own testing. If we have recently tested a product and it passed, you’ll see the Remedy Review Seal.  
  • Call the brands: A brand should stand by its product. Some brands offer full refunds if you’re not satisfied. If it’s hard to get ahold of a real person at a cannabis brand, move on to another. There’s plenty of caring people out there who want to help you get better.
  • Do some math: Look closely at price and CBD content on edibles. If you’re buying gummy bears that have 1mg of CBD each you might need to eat 20 to feel any relaxation. If you’re taking CBD to sleep, you don’t want to eat a bag of gummy bears before bed.

To help us compile this buyer’s guide we spoke with

  • Product managers
  • Consumer advocates
  • Patient and consumers

The common theme of all our conversations is that buyers need to be careful. You should do your research and try multiple brands. CBD as a market is growing much faster than regulations or oversight. It’s up to consumers to protect themselves.

You should consult a professional when making decisions about your health. You should also know that despite strong anecdotal evidence to support the impact of CBD, clinical trials are limited and these products are not FDA-approved. We aim to be a measured voice, to help you get good info. But our advice is editorial—not medical. Talk to your doctor.

2. Our CBD Gummies Review Methodology

People are taking CBD edibles for sleep, pain, and anxiety. They are looking for relief. We believe products with this kind of health potential should be safe and of great quality. We also believe the brands that make edibles should be transparent.

We also understand comparing brands is difficult. That’s why we want to point out 6 Core Principles that you can use to easily review CBD oil brands. Use these key differentiators to make simple, personal decisions about what CBD brand is right for you.

Principle What it means to you
Value ($/mg) By dividing the price of a gummy pack by the milligrams of CBD in that pack, you can make a more simple cost comparison.
Strength (mg/ml) All edibles are different. By dividing the milligrams in a pack by the number of pieces, you should get a simple way to compare the strength of each edible.
Source (USA/European/Other) We believe in American hemp. Brands that source hemp from Europe can make perfectly fine products, but we support hemp grown in the U.S.A.
Flavor Flavor is an important differentiator when you’re buying a piece of food. A lot of these products taste like hemp, which is very natural and earthy. Others taste like candy. Often, the better the taste the more sugar that’s added, as you can imagine.
Transparency We believe all brands must clearly post or make easily accessible recent third-party test results. They should also be open and clear about the extraction methods they use.
Corporate Citizenship We will provide notes on customer service, buying experience, and brand mission. As well as notes on non-profit or assistance initiatives that can help distinguish brands.

These are the 6 things we believe customers should use to compare CBD brands that sell gummies. But this information only provides a foundation. We’ve added an additional layer of scrutiny to the buying process.

Once you narrow your list of brands, consider some other things.

Is the CBD edible full-spectrum or an isolate? We believe full-spectrum products have greater therapeutic value. Some people talk about the “entourage effect,” or multiple cannabinoids working together. Experts we talk to support the idea of whole-plant therapy. Look for brands that believe in full-spectrum.

Does this brand operate in a state where marijuana is legal? States that have legalized marijuana have more standardized regulations. The industry in these places has infrastructure and processes in place. States that only allow limited cultivation of industrial hemp simply have less resources to scrutinize product development. 

Do I want a brand that does one thing great or has everything I need? Consider product diversity. Some people like to shop brands who have a very narrow expertise. Other people like access to a wide variety of CBD products all in one place. The main thing to look out for is white labeling. Is the company who sells everything accountable for the manufacturing of those products or are they a storefront?

Does this brand have assistance programs and military discounts available? Medicine and supplements are expensive. We like seeing brands who make access to their products easier.

3. Our Top 8 CBD Edibles and Gummies

CBDfx

As a company that is always looking for new and innovative products, CBDfx sells gummies containing 5mg of CBD in each. You can enjoy berry flavored gummies or opt to try their new spirulina and turmeric gummies, which are formulated specifically to enhance the antioxidant properties of CBD.

What we love: CBDfx is constantly adding new products to their inventory, and they have smartly combined CBD with other natural ingredients to create their antioxidant gummy bears.

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Green Roads World

With multiple different gummy products to choose from, Green Roads World offers 10mg, 25mg, and 50mg CBD gummies, and it’s easy for customers to search through their products and determine how potent one gummy is (and there are plenty of flavors to choose from as well).

What we love: Green Roads World has some of the most potent gummies on the market, and customers can purchase packs with only a few treats, or a bottle full of them.

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CBD Essence

With unique flavors like peppermint, orange zest, and chocolate mint, CBD Essence candy and taffy are a tasty way to get a 10mg dose of CBD. These chews are sold in bags containing anywhere from half a pound to 2 pounds, depending on the customer’s preferred choice.

What we love: CBD Essence taffy will have you chewing for longer, and potentially enhance the absorption of CBD before you even swallow the treat.

Proleve

Perfect for anytime of day, Proleve gummies each contain 25mg of CBD, are vegan and gluten free, and can be purchased in either a traditional formula or a “PM” version that incorporates the use of melatonin to promote sleep.

What we love: Not many brands have gummies specifically formulated to encourage a better night’s rest, but Proleve’s PM gummies are definitely worth a try for those that have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.

Fab CBD

A quickly growing brand within the CBD market, Fab CBD offers chews that are non-GMO, all natural, and vegan, with each bottle containing 30 chews with 25mg of CBD in each.

What we love: Fab CBD is perfect for anyone who’s curious about trying CBD gummies for the first time, because they taste great and pack a good dose of CBD.

HempLucid

Made with organic and natural ingredients, HempLucid sells gummies that each contain 25mg of CBD, and can be purchased in a 30 count bottle or a 5-pack of gummies for beginners that just want to give them a try.

What we love: Hemp Lucid’s gummy bears are made with CBD extracted from the whole hemp plant, and this brand is ready to help customers with any questions or concerns that they may have.

CBDistillery

A popular CBD brand among many consumers, CBDistillery sells two different types of gummies. They have their original formula as well as gummies formulated specifically for nighttime, with each gummy containing 30mg of CBD.

What we love: CBDistillery is hard to beat in terms of CBD potency, especially for the price. They sell some of the most concentrated CBD gummies on the market within the same price range as many other edible products. 

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PlusCBD Oil

A cool CBD brand known for their quality and consistency, PlusCBD Oil gummies come in two different flavors: cherry mango and citrus punch. You can also choose between a 30 count or 60 count supply, with each gummy containing 5mg of CBD.

What we love:  PlusCBD Oil gummies are formulated with naturally occurring phytonutrients from hemp for added nutritional value. They are also gluten-free, non-GMO, and made without any artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners.

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4. What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis. It exists in marijuana and hemp. We’re focused on CBD as a derivative of the hemp plant. Cannabinoids like CBD work by empowering your endocannabinoid system to regulate physiological and cognitive functions like appetite, anxiety, mood, pain-sensation, and inflammation.

If you talk to someone who has studied cannabis, they will tell you that cannabinoids (or phytocannabinoids, in plants) were part of the human diet for a very long time, dating back centuries. Your body even produces its own cannabinoids that are called endocannabinoids. Adding cannabis derivatives to your wellness plan gives your body more cannabinoids to use.

5. Why buy CBD edibles?

People are taking hemp-derived CBD because it is an easy-to-use dietary supplement that may offer the healing potential of cannabis without the high. Many of us have heard of the medical applications of marijuana but we can’t get high each time we feel an ache or get overwhelmed. CBD-infused gummies simplify the delivery process and can ease many people into their first experience trying CBD.

6. How many CBD edibles do I take?

Understand product concentrations

Concentrations vary from 1 mg CBD per edible to 50 or 100 mg per edible.

If a bag of edibles has 500mg of CBD and 30 edibles in the bottle, you can get an estimate of the number of milligrams in a milliliter. In this case about 17 mg/ml.

Other times you will see brands list the milligrams in a “serving.” Often a serving is 1 piece of candy or a square of CBD chocolate.

Take time to get your dose right

Dosing guidelines are limited. The best advice is to start low and work your way up to a dose that is right for you. One online resource suggests 1-6 mg of CBD per 10 lbs of body weight. So a 200-pound man might take 20 to 120 mg of CBD. This could be broken out through the course of a day.

Consider concentration when dosing for different conditions. Dosing for anxiety (regular, lower doses) may be very different from dosing for sleep (single, higher doses). That’s not medical advice. It’s what we hear from people who use CBD.

Dosing is the #1 question brands get. It’s the question we get most often. This point can’t be overstated: there is no clear or prescriptive answer.

How your body reacts to CBD is unique. How your body reacts to edibles is especially unique. Also, whether you want to “feel relaxed” or simply take a daily supplement is up to you. A capsule may give your body cannabinoids that steadily absorb into your body over time. A CBD vape you’ll feel right away. Oils are closer to vapes in how quickly they work, but they take time to get into your system. Don’t immediately take more. The impact of CBD may be cumulative.

7. How to pick the right type of CBD gummy

Like most other CBD edibles, gummies are made by breaking down industrial hemp plants and extracting their valuable active compounds. Heat is an important factor in this process, but temperatures that are too hot can degrade the amount of CBD that actually makes it into a gummy. Temperatures should not exceed 200 °F during the creation of CBD-infused gummies, although it’s very hard for consumers to find out how a particular product was specifically made. If you’re serious about your CBD consumption, contact reputable brands or search their websites to see if they have information about how their CBD gummies are produced.

Other than purchasing from a company that properly heats their CBD, here’s what else you can look for when choosing a CBD gummy that’s right for you:

  • Non-GMO products with organic sugars, flavors, and natural colors
  • Third party testing, which provides an accurate description of ingredients
  • Clearly stated CBD potency so you know how many milligrams are in each gummy
  • Whether the CBD was extracted from hemp or marijuana (each one is a different strain of cannabis, but marijuana has more THC)

CBD Gummies—What’s Real and What’s Fake

There’s a lot of misleading information on the internet that makes it even more confusing to find important details pertaining to CBD products. For example, several different websites claim that CBD gummies will take effect in a certain time frame. Some say it can take up to 2 hours, while others say you won’t feel anything from CBD until 4 to 6 hours after consumption. Clearly, there are some discrepancies that need to be addressed.

The real answer is that everyone has a different metabolism, and there is no guarantee that CBD will have a certain effect on you. Generally, you can expect CBD gummies to work faster on an empty stomach than after eating a big meal, but it could take anywhere from half an hour to 3 hours (possibly more) for your endocannabinoid system to absorb all of the CBD.

Once you eat a CBD gummy, it may not always be apparent when it has started to work. CBD doesn’t necessarily elicit a particular feeling, instead it reduces unwanted symptoms for a sense of overall well-being. The effects from a CBD gummy can last for hours, but exactly how long will depend on the potency of the product and how quickly your body absorbs the compound.

FAQs about CBD gummies

Is CBD safe?

According to the World Health Organization, CBD “is generally well tolerated, with a good safety profile.” You should speak to your doctor about how CBD may interact with any medications you’re currently taking.

Are CBD gummies legal in the United States?

In a word, yes, but there can be some confusion depending on where you live. For the majority of the country, it is legal to sell and purchase CBD as long as the THC percentage is less than .3%, and you’re at the age of 18 or older.

Will I get high from eating CBD gummies?

No, CBD gummies are different than edibles made from marijuana and they will not get you high. There is little to no THC in these small treats. You may feel a sense of relaxation or notice that your symptoms have been alleviated, but you will not have any psychoactive effects like other THC-heavy edibles.

How many CBD gummies should I eat?

The answer to this question is going to be different for every person, and it will also depend on the type of gummies that you use. If you are new to CBD, start with gummies that have a smaller percentage of CBD, and only take one at a time. You won’t feel the effects of CBD until your digestive system has started to break down the gummy. For this reason, it’s important that you don’t ingest too much CBD at once. It won’t start to take effect until some time afterward, and after you eat a gummy there’s really no way to undo the digestive process once it has started.

Will I fail a drug test if I eat CBD gummies?

Drug tests are looking for THC, and CBD contains no more than 0.3% of THC. This makes it highly unlikely that you would test positive for marijuana on a drug test. Most CBD is derived from hemp plants rather than marijuana plants, which further decreases the likelihood that THC would affect a drug test. However, if you consume a massive amount of CBD, there is a chance that trace amounts of THC are present in your urine. This could result in a false positive, even though no amount of CBD produces psychoactive effects like THC. According to the U.S. Drug Test Center, as long as you take less than 2,000 mg of CBD in a day you should be safe.

If you’re still worried about a drug test and want to stay on the safe side, you can ensure that you’ll pass with THC-free gummies and CBD isolates. These products only contain cannabidiol, rather than other terpenes and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant.

Where can I buy CBD gummies?

It’s easy to find CBD hemp products all over the internet, just make sure that you are doing your research before purchasing anything that you intend to eat. Lab test results and accurate ingredient lists are a good place to start. This way you’ll know exactly how much CBD is going into your body, along with anything else that was used to make the gummies.

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