Does the flavour of CBD oil stop you from trying it? Are you getting tired of holding drops under your tongue? Are you looking for a sweet treat that is also good for you? Then CBD gummies are for you. These aren’t the sugar laden chewy candies you might expect, they have a surprisingly soft texture, intense fruit flavour and include a healthy dose of cannabinoids.
CBD has become a global phenomenon; it’s benefits to health and the unprecedented demand of consumers has resulted in the creation of a diverse range of products including oils, balm, capsules and CBD gum. One of the most surprising are CBD edibles and particularly gummies. Adding a health supplement to sweets may have started out as a clever gimmick but their popularity has continued to rise.
Gummies come in all shapes and sizes, you can choose from bears, lozenges and even flowers. Whatever style you go for, they all provide a tasty, discreet way to take CBD. This list will introduce you to the best the UK has to offer and show you why everyone should have at least one pocket filled with these zingy little jellies.
The Benefits of CBD Gummies
CBD gummies are well-loved because of their impressive combination of flavour, convenience and discretion. Their soft and tasty design masks the hemp flavour, allowing you to experience a wide range of benefits, without a bitter taste in your mouth.
Hemp gummies look like any other jelly sweet, making them discreet and perfect to take with you wherever you go. Kept in a bottle or packet, there is no risk of leaks or spills. When you need a CBD top up you can put one straight into your mouth, without drawing any unwanted attention.
Because it is so easy to take a precise amount of CBD with gummies, they are often used for depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. Not only does the gummy itself give you an uplifting hit of flavour, it couldn’t be easier to take the right amount needed to improve your mood, relax your mind or deepen your sleep.
- They come in lots of fruity flavours and taste great.
- Each gummy provides a pre-measured amount of CBD.
- They are one of the easiest methods to take CBD.
- Gummies are portable and leak free.
- When CBD is eaten, less of it reaches your blood stream (low bioavailability) than with other methods.
- Gummies are designed to be eaten, this means that they aren’t as versatile as CBD oil which can be taken under your tongue, added to food, rubbed into your skin or made into vape juice.
Bioavailability is the amount of CBD that can be absorbed into your body and transported to your blood stream. How you take the CBD, affects how much arrives and how fast it takes effect. For example:
- Holding it under your tongue takes 15-25 minutes to take effect and 12% to 35% of the active ingredient reaches your blood.
- Vaping is an even more efficient method, it takes 10 – 20 minutes to work and up to 56% can be used.
- Swallowing CBD in gummy form will allow it to be absorbed through your gut in about two hours, with as little as 4% available for use by your body.
To make sure you get the most out of each gummy there are other ways to increase its bioavailability.
Hold It Under Your Tongue
CBD gummies are soft so they melt in your mouth, the CBD is released into your saliva as you chew them. This results in a gooey juice that can be held under your tongue to increase the amount that reaches your blood stream. While you may not want to do this with every gummy you take, it gives you another option if you need a quicker result.
Consume With Fat
Taking CBD with fat allows a larger percentage of the cannabinoid molecules to pass through the digestive system and liver without being broken down. Most gummies contain some fat, but you can easily add more by eating them alongside a fatty snack or beverage such as peanut butter on toast or coconut oil coffee.
How to Take CBD Gummies
The most effective method to take gummies is to chew them, then let them rest under your tongue before swallowing. If you have never taken CBD before it is important to find out how it will affect you so start with a small amount. Most gummies contain between 5 and 10mg of CBD, start by taking one 5mg gummy two or three times a day.
After a couple of days, increase it to between four and six gummies daily, for a week. Two or three in the morning and another two or three in the afternoon/evening works well.
You can continue to increase the number of gummies each week, until you find an amount that suits you. CBD affects each person differently, so, pay close attention to how you feel and persevere until you get the result you want.
Herb Reviews Selection Criteria
To ensure that we recommend only the best product from trustworthy retailers, we apply a strict criteria for selection.
Certificates of Analysis
Certificates of analysis are records of lab tests carried out by third party labs and are usually available on the product page of online stores. They should display a clear cannabinoid profile that can be used to verify that the labelling is accurate.
Certifications and Awards
Awards, such as organic certifications, are given by official bodies and require the recipient to have met specific standards. Companies often use the phrase ‘officially certified’ but this shouldn’t be taken at face value, check the awarding body’s website and confirm that they list the product you are looking at.
Whenever possible, we choose gummies that have been certified organic. Organic certifications are awarded by independent organisations who often inspect farmlands, manufacturing premises and occasionally even employment practices. The certification carries the reassurance that the product will be free of toxins and pesticides.
Full-Spectrum or Broad-Spectrum
We only include products made with full-spectrum or broad-spectrum hemp extract in our lists. These contain a range of other cannabinoids as well as CBD which can interact with each other to produce a better range of results. This is known as the ‘entourage effect’.
A full-spectrum gummy contains all the cannabinoids that are found naturally in hemp. Gummies labelled as broad-spectrum contain a full range of cannabinoids except for THC.
Best CBD Gummies in the UK
These are the best gummies that we have found for sale in the UK. Each one meets our strict quality standards and are among the top CBD edibles available today.
1. CBDfx Gummy Bears
A jar of CBDfx berry flavoured CBD gummy bears holds 60, each containing 5mg of CBD. They are flavoured with natural fruit juices and are gelatine free and certified organic. The lab certificates are available at the point of purchase and display the amount of CBD found in the batch. No other cannabinoids are present in large enough amounts to register on the analysis but that is common, even for full-spectrum extracts.
At £44.99 per jar they are more expensive than the Love Hemp gummies, but their flavour, quality and attention to detail make them a good value option.
Price: £44.99 for 60 x 5mg gummies. 75p per gummy. 15p per mg of CBD.
2. Sun State Hemp 500mg CBD Gummy Bears
These neon gummies give you 500mg of CBD per jar and you have the choice of bears, worms and sour strips. They include artificial colours and gelatine so aren’t suitable for vegans. Of all the gummies on our list these are the closest to the sweets you can find in sweet shops or the confectionery aisle of most supermarkets. However, Sun State Hemp’s have the bonus of CBD.
Sun State Hemp say that all their products are rigorously tested and undergo third party analysis. According to these reports the gummies contain just over 20mg each. The extract they use is full-spectrum and shows levels of CBD alongside traces of CBN and THC under standard analysis.
These may not be as healthy as some of the naturally sweetened gummies on our list but they are well worth a look because of the higher amounts of CBD. They also give a true dose of fun that you only get from a fluorescent, worm shaped, sour sweet. A jar with 500mg of CBD costs £20 which is incredible value, when compared to other products like oils and capsules. With these you get the most CBD for your money.
Price: £19.99 for 500mg CBD. 4p per mg of CBD
3. Love Hemp CBD Gummy Bears
The lab certificates aren’t currently available on the for the Ageless website where we recommend purchasing (we asked and were told they will be coming soon). They state that the gummies are full-spectrum also sugar free. A true full spectrum product contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids. Having lab test results available to the public would be a massive plus.
At less than £20 for forty bears, they are great value and compare well to other 5mg gummies. Despite the lack of lab certificates Love Hemp have an excellent reputation and these gummies are some of the best I’ve tried.
Price: £19.99 for 40 x 5mg gummies. 50p per gummy. 10p per mg of CBD.
4. Koi Tropical CBD Gummies
Visit their US site to have full access to all their lab certificates. The detail on the lab tests are some of the best I’ve seen, they cover everything from cannabinoid and terpene profile, to microbial and pesticide analysis.
Their sour tropical fruit gummies include pomegranate, lime and tangerine flavours with 10mg of CBD each. The lab results show CBD and traces of CBDV and no detectable levels of THC. With 20, 10mg gummies for £25, they are great value and only slightly more expensive than the Love Hemp bears.
Price: £25 for 20 x 10mg gummies. £1.25 per gummy. 13p per mg of CBD.
5. Creating Better Days CBD Gummies
These gummies are a blend of nano CBD and multivitamins, making each one a tasty health boost for your whole body. A jar contains 30 dome shaped gummies, in a range of fruity flavours. They have a soft texture and more than enough flavour to mask the hemp extract.
Lab certificates are available on the Creating Better Days website but usually by request on UK sites. Ideally these should always be displayed on site, but it is good that they can be accessed even if you have to visit the official US site to do so. I did find conflicting claims the UK sites claim ‘full-spectrum’ and the official site say ‘THC free’. Looking at the US certificates THC levels are not detected so it is possible it is full-spectrum but there is nothing to go on.
£40 for thirty 10mg gummies is quite expensive, but if the nano treatment works, the value for money is greatly improved. When you consider the added vitamins, these are a bargain.
Price: £40 for 30 x 10mg gummies. £1.33 per gummy. 13p per mg of CBD.
6. Synerva CBD Gummy Bears
For £32.95 you get a jar of 60 gummies with a total of 300mg CBD. This makes them very reasonably priced and an affordable way to add good quality hemp to your diet. These are great gummies but to make them even better, the lab certificates should be present and the claims of ‘zero THC’, ‘organic’, ‘non-GMO’ and ‘pesticide free should be backed up with third party certification.
Price: £32.95 for 60 x 5mg gummies. 55p per gummy. 11p per mg of CBD.
It would be easy to write off CBD gummies as a novelty item, or as another short-lived health trend. This couldn’t be further from the truth; the convenience and flavour of these gummies continue to make them a firm favourite among CBD consumers, new and experienced.
In addition, new developments aim to improve flavour, consistency and bioavailability, mean that they are only going to get better. With so many great options available in the UK why not give them a try and let us know your favourite.