Whether you want to try CBD for the first time or are looking for a new way of consuming it, CBD edibles are a convenient and tasty option.
In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about CBD edibles.
What are CBD edibles?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant species.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD doesn’t cause a ‘high’. This, coupled with growing interest in its potential therapeutic effects, has driven a surge in popularity and a booming CBD market.
CBD products are now readily available on the UK high street and online, in many different forms including oils, tinctures, capsules, vape products, cosmetics – and CBD edibles.
CBD edibles are simply foods or drinks that have had CBD added to them. Gummies are one of the most popular types of edible, but there’s a huge range available including tea and chocolate.
CBD content varies between different edibles, so please read the label carefully so you can work out your dosage.
Are CBD edibles legal in the UK?
CBD products – including edibles – are legal in the UK as long as they don’t contain THC, which is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. This means it’s illegal to possess, produce or distribute a product that contains more than the legal limit of THC.
CBD products must contain less than 1mg of THC per pack to remain legal. Any product containing more THC than this would be classed as a controlled substance. For more information about CBD and UK law, check out this article.
Since 2019 CBD has been classed as a novel food. Novel foods are foods or food ingredients that have not been consumed to a significant degree in the UK or EU before May 1997.
All novel foods must go through a safety assessment and authorisation process before they can be sold. You can find out more about the novel food authorisation process for CBD here.
What types of edible are available?
There are plenty of different CBD edibles available, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find
something to suit you. Here are some of our favourites:
- CBD gummies: CBD gummies are one of the most popular types of edibles, and come in a variety of different flavours and shapes. Gummy bears, fizzy worms, peach rings, sour cherries – whatever your favourite type of gummy sweet, chances are you’ll be able to find it in CBD-infused form
- CBD baked goods: baked goods, such as cookies, brownies and flapjacks, are one of the easiest ways to consume CBD
- CBD chocolate and sweets: you can find CBD-infused chocolate bars, mints, lollipops, hard candies and more. Not only do they taste good, but they’re also an easy way to consume CBD discreetly in public
- CBD protein bars and protein powder: if you’re a fan of protein products, you can now get a dose of CBD at the same time by opting for a CBD-infused protein bar or powder
- CBD tea and coffee: replacing your usual hot drinks with CBD versions is a convenient way to introduce CBD into your daily routine. You can either buy ready-made CBD tea and coffee products or simply add CBD oil or isolate to your favourite hot drinks
- DIY edibles: if you fancy going the DIY route, it’s easy to make your own CBD edibles at home by adding CBD oil or isolate to your recipes. Baked goods are a great option, but you can also make your own gummies, hard candies, drinks, chocolate, nut butters and more. There are plenty of recipes available online, or you could get creative and make up some of your own
What should I look for when buying edibles?
Not all CBD edibles are made equal, and it’s important to know you’re getting a high-quality product. Here’s what to look out for:
- Clearly-labelled CBD content: CBD edibles from reputable brands should clearly state the CBD content on the label. It’s important to know how much CBD is in the products you buy so you can accurately measure your dosage. If you find a product that doesn’t provide this information, steer clear
- Easy-to-access lab report: reputable CBD brands should have their products tested by independent labs, and publish the results publicly. When choosing CBD edibles, we recommend opting for products with lab reports that are easy to access, detailed and simple to read. Check that the lab results back up any specifications on the packaging, including CBD and THC content. Look out for any heavy metals, solvents or other unwanted contaminants that may have been detected in the lab tests
- Type of CBD: CBD products generally contain CBD in either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum or isolate form. These terms refer to the type of plant compounds the CBD contains. Full-spectrum CBD contains a range of naturally occurring compounds from the hemp plant, including THC (up to the legal limit), terpenes, flavonoids, lipids and other phytonutrients. Broad-spectrum CBD also contains several different plant compounds but is usually THC-free – although sometimes it may contain trace amounts. CBD isolate contains no other plant compounds – it is generally over 99% pure CBD
- Taste and usage: if you want to try CBD edibles, it’s best to choose products you’ll enjoy eating or drinking. Luckily, there are so many to choose from that it shouldn’t be too difficult! It’s also a good idea to consider how you want to use them. For example, if you plan to consume your edibles on the go, something discreet and easy to carry may work best, like gummies, flapjacks or protein bars
- Customer reviews: as with any product, customer reviews can be invaluable when looking for CBD products, especially online
- Price: CBD products can vary significantly in terms of price. We recommend shopping around to see how similar edibles compare – it may be useful to work out the price per serving of CBD so you can see what’s the best value. However, we would always advise opting for high-quality products with clear labelling and readily available lab reports
Are CBD edibles safe?
Research suggests that CBD is well tolerated by humans and has relatively low toxicity, even in high doses. However, in some studies, CBD has caused side effects in some people, including:
- Mood changes
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in weight
We recommend talking to your doctor before trying any CBD product.