In an age of rapidly-advancing legalization and commercialization of marijuana, it sometimes seems like there are new products hitting the market every week. One of the most talked-about in recent years is Cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD, like THC, is one of the more than a hundred chemical compounds in the cannabis sativa plant, and one that’s been the focus of a lot of research and excitement lately.

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Those looking to get started with CBD right now can choose from a wide range of delivery mediums, from beverages to tinctures to pills, but one of the easiest and best-tasting ways to consume the miracle cannabinoid is in CBD gummies.

CBD Gummies for Everyone

As you may have noticed at your last trip to the dispensary, CBD gummies come in as many shapes, sizes, and flavors as they did at the candy store when you were a kid. You can even find sour straws, rainbow belts, and other fanciful delights.

They can look indistinguishable from real candy, so before purchasing any gummies make sure you have a plan in place to keep them out of reach of children and pets. Always use a child-proof container and store your cannabis products well out of reach, and never leave unwrapped cannabis edibles lying around unattended.

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CBD & THC Chemistry

Much like with THC, the intensity and consistency of CBD products can vary based on the strain they were sourced from and the extraction method. The most potent CBD products on the market today are made with CO2 extraction, a complex and, for the moment pricey technique that maximizes the amount of CBD retrieved from the flowers.

Whatever method you use, read the packaging carefully and consult with the staff at your dispensary before buying, especially if you want to make sure you aren’t consuming THC along with the CBD. You may prefer a product that’s 100% organic and not artificially flavored, and luckily there are a lot of options that meet those criteria.

Most importantly, only buy from manufacturers who post their lab results online. Consistent, well-vetted production is the only way to ensure you’re getting a safe and effective product. CBD gummies can be a little pricey even compared to THC edibles, so it would be a big disappointment to buy something that turns out not to have as much CBD as advertised.

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Hemp Bombs Certified Pure CBD Gummies

A great brand to start off with is Hemp Bombs Certified Pure CBD Gummies. They’re classic bear-shaped gummies that come in five different flavors, and the package sizes range from five to sixty servings, so they’re a great option if you just want to buy a small amount to try out. They also have a stronger formulation, the Xtra Strength HP Formula, which has 25 mg of CBD and is popular with people using CBD to treat insomnia.

Premium Jane CBD Gummies

Another 25mg option is Premium Jane CBD Gummies, which are small, sugar-dusted cubes that come in clean, modern packaging. Premium Jane Gummies are certified 100% vegan, organic, and pesticide-free. The hemp used to process the pure CBD isolate comes from Pilot Hemp Farms in Oregon, a trusted and transparent grower.

Diamond CBD Chill Gummies

CBD seekers whose tastes run sourer than sweet will like the Diamond CBD Chill Gummies, which come in bear, worm, ring, snake, and a shape very familiar to anyone who liked a certain candy brand featuring kids… who liked to hang out in a sour… patch. Chill Gummies are full-spectrum CBD, sourced from industrial hemp, and come in budget-friendly 100-serving packages.

Relax Gummies Extreme Strength Cola Gummies

For something a little different, try Relax Gummies Extreme Strength Cola Gummies, familiar soda bottle shapes with delicious cola flavoring and 200 mg of organic CBD per package.

Chong's Choice

Even celebrities have gotten in on the CBD game. Tommy Chong’s Chong’s Choice brand has a range of CBD edibles, including high-quality watermelon slices in a 100 mg jar. Sourced from 100% natural premium hemp and real watermelon flavor, these full-spectrum CBD gummies also include a dash of melatonin, making them especially popular for those looking for a good night’s sleep.

Liquid Gold Gummies

Can’t decide what gummy shape is your gummy favorite? Then try Liquid Gold Gummies Sweet Mix or Sour Mix. This extra-strength offering has all your favorite gummy formats, from fruit slices to worms to certain Scandinavian-style fish, all in different flavors and all, regardless of shape or size, packing a hefty 2.1% CBD by weight. At 550 mg per bag this can be a great budget buy, especially for experienced CBD users who like to keep a steady supply on hand.

KushyPunch CBD Gummy Edibles

If the kiddie stuff isn’t really your bag, you might be interested in our top-rated selection, KushyPunch CBD Gummy Edibles. Don’t let the groovy logo fool you. Featuring a lightly sweet peach flavor with no artificial sweeteners, KushyPunch gummies come in a compact, square package with unfanciful square gummies inside. Like all KushyPunch products they’re non-GMO and produced in a gluten, peanut, and dairy-free facility.

Whatever brand, shape, or flavor you choose, be sure to shop smart. CBD products sourced from industrial hemp, rather than cannabis flowers, are legal to ship in all 50 states, so if your local dispensary doesn’t have the selection or pricing you’re looking for, feel free to shop online. Do your research and find the strength and style of CBD that’s right for you, and start enjoying CBD’s many benefits today.