Medically reviewed by Dr. Jen Palmer, ND – Naturopathic Doctor,
Director of Education for Charlotte’s Web™
What are CBD gummies? Before we can answer that, let’s quickly touch on CBD in general.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It’s one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp and is known for supporting the body and mind in various ways.* CBD comes in many forms: tinctures/oils, capsules/pills, topicals, isolate, and even CBD for dogs. And, of course, there are also gummies.
So, what are CBD gummies?
To us, CBD gummies offer an exciting new way to venture into the world of hemp extract and add CBD to any lifestyle or wellness routine. Charlotte’s Web™ CBD gummies, in particular, are flavored with natural flavors to deliver botanical goodness you can taste, and also feature our full-spectrum hemp extract and nutraceutical blends to help support you, day and night.
Simply put, if you’re interested in trying CBD, gummies are a great alternative to getting started with options like capsules and oils and offer an easy, rather delicious way of working it into your routine. If you’re already using CBD as part of your daily wellness routine, CBD gummies are a good way to increase your CBD and other nutraceuticals during key parts of the day.
How does CBD work? The human body has a vast network of receptors, called the Endocannabinoid System. The purpose of this system is to help our bodies stay balanced and in good overall health, even when external factors and certain lifestyle choices diminish our wellbeing. CBD and other cannabinoids support the receptors of the Endocannabinoid System, helping the body complete its efforts to maintain good health by supporting many of the body’s physical processes.
Benefits of CBD Gummies
You may be asking: “What are the benefits of CBD gummies and whole-plant hemp supplements?”
Many people integrate CBD into their health routines to support their wellbeing.* CBD is just one of many cannabinoids that can be extracted from hemp. In fact, scientists found that these plant compounds have a better effect on the body when they work together, rather than alone. This means that CBD and all those other great compounds can support the body more fully than just CBD by itself.
And how, exactly, do they provide support to the body? Our users experience many benefits such as a sense of calm for focus; relief from everyday stresses; help in recovery from exercise-induced inflammation; and support for healthy sleep cycles*.
Charlotte’s Web is a full-spectrum hemp extract with CBD and other cannabinoids and beneficial plant compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids. Since research shows that using the whole plant maximizes benefits delivered throughout the body and supplies additional wellness components, we make sure to give you as much of Mother Nature’s goodness as we can.
However, Charlotte’s Web gummies are not candy; while they are delicious, vegan, not-too-sweet, and all-natural, we recommend following the serving guidelines which are listed on each package.
Good things from the Earth can come from a gummy.
CBD Gummies for Sleep
With our CBD Gummies for Sleep, we’ve paired the renowned sleep aid, melatonin, with the power of our Charlotte’s Web CBD and the rest of hemp’s naturally occurring phytocannabinoids to support sound, quality sleep, and regular sleep cycles. Our gummies are formulated with 10 mg of full-spectrum hemp extract and contain 3 mg of melatonin in every serving to help you float off to dreamland.*
Our premium plant-powered hemp extract gummies help maintain:
- Regular sleep cycles*
- A better and more sound sleep*
CBD Gummies for Helping to Calm Everyday Stress
Our CBD Gummies for Calm were formulated to help you meet life’s stressful situations with ease and better focus. Counter everyday stresses while supporting a sense of calm and relaxation* with a botanical blend of lemon balm and whole-plant hemp extract by Charlotte’s Web.*
While you can’t always plan for every tough or hectic moment in your day, you can take our Calm gummies with you for on-the-go support when you’d like to tone down everyday stresses. Formulated with our proprietary hemp genetics that features naturally occurring phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids and lemon balm in every bite, our hemp extract gummies help:
- Support you when facing everyday stressors*
- Encourage relaxation, without drowsiness*
CBD Gummies for Recovery
Our CBD Gummies for Recovery are not only squishy and delicious, they help support recovery from exercise-induced inflammation as well. These gummies are specially formulated with a botanical blend of ginger, turmeric, and our proprietary whole-plant hemp extract with CBD to support joint health.*
Turmeric has been used throughout history to support healthy joints, while ginger is another powerful natural product known for its ability to support a healthy inflammatory response. We’ve paired our premium hemp extract with ginger and turmeric in gummy form to help you move easier and feel good, providing help to:
- Support healthy joints*
- Help to maintain joint mobility*
- Help support healthy recovery from exercise-induced inflammation*
Products that are made with ingredients grown in nature sometimes vary slightly from batch to batch. Ours are not made with additives or dyes to standardize the natural color of our hemp extracts.
Do CBD Gummies Get You High?
With CBD still being a relatively new product for folks, we get the following questions all the time:
- Do CBD gummies get you high?
- Is Charlotte’s Web marijuana?
The short answer to both of those questions is a resounding no—Charlotte’s Web comes from hemp plants, not marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are close relatives, but not the same. By definition, hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive compound that is found in higher concentrations in marijuana. By contrast, hemp naturally has higher levels of CBD, a non-intoxicating compound known for helping human bodies maintain health and overall wellness.*
Are CBD Gummies Legal?
Here’s another set of questions we see all the time:
- Will Charlotte’s Web CBD show up on a drug test?
- Are CBD gummies legal?
As a full-spectrum cannabinoid extract, in addition to CBD and many other potential cannabinoids found in hemp, Charlotte’s Web may contain a trace amount of the cannabinoid THC, less than 0.3%. Much like the consumption of poppy seeds may lead to a positive drug test for opioids, the consumption of certain hemp products may lead to a positive drug test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is inherently present in trace amounts in hemp plants.
The legal limit of THC in hemp, as touched on up above, is no more than 0.3%. It’s important to understand that the underlying science behind the conversion of certain cannabinoids to other related cannabinoids when consumed is not yet fully understood. If you are subject to drug testing we strongly suggest consulting your healthcare provider before consuming any hemp products because of individual biochemistry, the potential for the conversion of cannabinoids, and the possibility of trace, but legal, amounts of THC inherent in hemp products are all factors to consider.
Full Spectrum vs. Isolate CBD Gummies
Why would you want full-spectrum hemp vs. isolate CBD gummies? First, it’s beneficial to understand the difference between the two.
Hemp plants offer a symphony of over 400 compounds like cannabidiol (CBD), secondary phytocannabinoids, as well as terpenoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. These compounds work synergistically to heighten the positive effects of cannabidiol, which is known in scientific circles as the Entourage Effect. That’s why we believe so strongly in creating whole-plant hemp extracts and using them in our CBD gummies.
We also have a line of CBD Isolate, if you’d like to enhance your full-spectrum hemp supplement routine. Our THC-free Isolate or our lineup of full-spectrum hemp extracts in Oils or Capsules allows you to personalize the level of hemp extract in your daily routine to support overall wellness, when and how you want it.
How Many CBD Gummies Should I Eat?
Now that you understand how CBD works and what the potential benefits of CBD gummies are, you might now find yourself asking, “How many CBD gummies should I take?”
Studies show that hemp extract with CBD can be well-tolerated by many. Since the most common results of taking it are calm and focus; relief from exercise-induced inflammation; support for healthy sleep cycles; and relief from everyday stresses, anyone looking for balance in these areas might benefit from a cannabinoid extract with CBD and additional plant compounds.*
We provide serving details on our product packaging and in the product details on our site.
In terms of what product to start with, that depends on your personal wellness goals. Regardless of which product that is, take the recommended serving as indicated on the package for 4 to 6 weeks. If you’re still not where you want to be, we suggest adding more CBD gradually. Be consistent: For any dietary supplement to work properly, it must be taken regularly.
For best results, here’s what we recommend as far as our CBD gummies go:
- Good for relaxation.*
- Adults: Take 2 gummies daily.
- Helps maintain more regular sleep cycles.*
- Adults: Take 30 minutes before bed for a better night’s sleep.
- Melatonin may cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate machinery after taking this supplement.
- Great before or after exercise.*
- Adults: Take 2 gummies daily.
CBD is generally well-tolerated and considered safe. As with any other supplement, be sure to consult your physician before use if you are pregnant, nursing, have or suspect a medical condition, or are taking any medications. These products are not intended for use by children.
In terms of what CBD feels like once you take it, that depends, meaning it depends on what your body needs. Each body is different, so everybody will have a different response. Since hemp extract with cannabinoids works with the body’s internal Endocannabinoid System to maintain good health, the effect is personalized based on what is going on internally. That being said, quite a few people mention a feeling of relaxation, while others note that hemp extract helps them feel focused.* The best way to find out how CBD will work for you is to try it for yourself!
Where to Buy CBD Gummies
Now that you have a deeper understanding around all things CBD and CBD gummies, specifically, the last thing to do is determine where to buy gummies to ensure you’re getting the highest quality products. Charlotte’s Web gummies can be purchased online or at retailers throughout the U.S.
The most important factor in choosing a brand is knowing the quality of the product. A Certificate of Analysis, or CoA, helps ensure that a manufacturer’s products are made to specification and indicates the quantity of cannabinoids found in each product, like CBD. In addition to cannabinoids, a quality manufacturer will also test for heavy metals, pesticides, solvents, and THC found in each individual batch of products, which should be reflected on the certificate. CoA’s are meant to keep customers safe and informed, but they also help emphasize quality. It’s one of the reasons we are an industry leader in terms of product quality, safety, and consistency.
Before you buy, it’s important to identify a source you can trust. That’s where the transparency of CoA’s come into play. If you’re interested in exploring the CBD products we carry, you can get information about the phytochemical profile and test results for your Charlotte’s Web items by getting batch results here.
Charlotte’s Web is committed to making every single product the best possible extraction of Mother Nature, and we do so by overseeing the entire production process. This starts by testing soils, testing the plants as they grow to ensure correct phytochemical profile, testing the final product, and more testing in between.
Wellness isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, but that’s what we’ve been led to believe. Through the power of science and nature, compassion and curiosity, discover a new truth about CBD, hemp extract oil, and their benefits for you.