Did you ever eat a gummy bear or sour gummy worm and instantly fall in love with the sweet, tangy taste and chewy consistency? Well, CBD sour gummies are pretty similar — with one obvious exception.
They have CBD inside, the compound found in hemp with reported health benefits.
Sounds like a killer combination, right? We think so too.
If you want to learn more about CBD chewables, like sour gummies, then keep reading. This article will walk you through some of the differences you’ll find amongst the various brands and products available today.
1. Isolate vs Full-Spectrum
One of the best questions to ask yourself when it comes to CBD gummies is, “what hemp extract do I want”? If you’re not familiar with the term ‘hemp extract’ we’ll explain it.
The cannabis family of plants, which includes hemp, has more than 100 cannabinoids, 200 terpenes, and several phytonutrients like vitamins, trace minerals, and fatty acids.
And Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of the major cannabinoids in the hemp plant. To make a CBD product, manufacturers can leave the hemp extract in its full-spectrum state to capture the wide array of phytonutrients mentioned above.
Or, they can process the plant and extrapolate the CBD until it’s in a pure, isolated form.
Let’s analyze each of these extract options.
Full-Spectrum CBD Sour Gummies vs CBD Isolate Sour Gummies
Full-spectrum gummies include CBD, terpenes, omega fatty acids, minerals, and trace amounts of THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive compound in cannabis. Yet, for CBD products to remain federally legal in the United States, they must contain less than 0.3% THC.
So, even if you opt for full-spectrum CBD gummies, the level of THC is not high enough to be psychoactive.
People love full-spectrum CBD products because they promote the ‘entourage effect’. Scientists coined this term to represent the synergy of cannabis plant compounds working together to create stronger effects.
In contrast, CBD isolate products don’t promote the ‘entourage effect.’ Yet, people enjoy them because they contain 0% THC. This is good if you regularly undergo drug screenings, or if you have any kind of intolerance to THC.
Additionally, CBD isolate is a pure form of CBD. Meaning, it’s easier to track exactly how many milligrams of CBD you’re getting because there’s no other plant compound in the gummy formula.
2. Infused vs Sprayed
CBD companies generally make CBD sour gummies in one of two ways. They either spray CBD oil on the outside of the gummy or infuse CBD oil with the main gummy ingredient, such as gelatin.
Spraying CBD on the top or all over the gummies makes the dosage less consistent. For instance, when you buy a bottle of gummies with 10mg of CBD in each one, you expect that dose to be accurate. But, the consistency is hard to guarantee with this method.
However, gummies that are sprayed with CBD usually cost less, making them more budget-friendly.
Alternatively, when companies infuse CBD into their gummies, the dose will be more consistent. This makes it easier to track how much CBD you’re actually consuming on a daily basis.
3. Flavors: Sour vs Sweet
Another major difference in CBD gummies is the flavor profile — sour or sweet. CBD sour gummies have a tangy and mouth-puckering taste during the first couple of chews. Then towards the end, you’re left with fruity and sugary notes. Yummy!
Since a sour gummy has a dominant taste (in a good way), it can masque the taste of hemp, which is naturally earthy and grassy.
The second flavor option is sweet. Sweet gummy flavors include strawberry, mango, peach, fruit punch, grape, and so forth. Because sweet gummies don’t masque the taste of hemp as well as sour gummies, it’s more common to see sweet flavors used in a CBD isolate formula.
Searching for CBD edibles, especially CBD sour gummies, can be exciting. What’s not to love about a tasty treat that can actually be good for you!
But, before going online to track down a product, review the three main points outlined in this article. Then, you’ll know precisely what to look out for.
Best of luck and let us know what you find by leaving a comment below!