Cannabis edibles have come a long way from homemade space cakes.
These days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when shopping for any kind of edible. There are seriously hundreds, maybe even thousands, of different products and flavors to choose from. However, one thing has been consistent: gummies have easily been the most popular edible of choice.
There’s data to back it up: according to a 2022 report by Headset, a data analytics firm, gummies saw the biggest growth in the edibles market in the United States. They note that it’s the edible of choice for new cannabis users. Gummies contributed almost $1 billion in sales in 2021, making it responsible for over 70% of edible shares in 6 recreational cannabis markets: Colorado, California, Oregon, Michigan, Nevada, and Washington state.
It isn’t surprising: cannabis gummies are literally everywhere these days. But they’re among dozens of different types of edibles one can readily buy where cannabis is legal.
What are gummies?
Cannabis-infused gummy edibles are just like the chewy, juicy candies we all loved as children – and many of us still enjoy them to this day. They come in a huge variety of flavors, colors, and shapes. Consumers can also choose from a variety of THC and CBD formulations; some with just THC to get you high while others have just CBD, then there are those that have a ratio of both in each gummy for patients who want to enjoy the best of both worlds.
The benefits of using gummies
When you break down how cannabis gummies are made, it’s easy to see why they are the preferred edible for so many people:
While you can always opt to buy or make your own space cakes, gummies these days are manufactured using state-of-the-art technologies, such as nano emulsification. These ensure that the cannabinoids in cannabis get you high quicker, as compared to other infused foods.
Nano emulsification is just one of the many production methods that are used to make all the different gummies out in the market. Various types of cannabis are also used to infuse them; some edibles are infused with concentrates, hemp CBD, distillates, terpenes, oils, and others. Meanwhile, others are infused with additives such as gelatin, pectin, melatonin, tapioca, fruit flavorings, organic sugar cane, and much more. In addition, there are vegan gummies, organic gummies, sugar-free gummies… the choices are literally endless. There are gummies for everyone!
Generally speaking, most candies have a longer shelf life compared to baked goods. They don’t easily melt, especially when the gummies are made with pectin. Gummies can be taken anywhere and everywhere: you can travel with them, go hiking with them, go skiing, to the movies… they’re so versatile and delicious, reliable enough for calming you down or giving you a good buzz anywhere you go.
Gummies are also convenient because each of them are already pre-dosed. Dosing is one of the trickiest aspects to figure out with edibles, but when you know what and how much of it goes into an individual gummy, it makes it simpler (and safer) for both recreational and medical patients to dose based on their individual needs. Cannabis gummy labels will already tell you if they contain 10mg of THC in each or so; this way, you’ll know what to expect when you consume one, two, or three of them.
A little goes a long way
Gummies also pack a punch when it comes to the hit. You don’t need a lot to feel its effects, and they’re much lower in calories and sugar compared to baked goods. In many cases, you just need one or two gummies to give you what you need, if you buy gummies that contain 5 or 10mg in each unit.
Best gummies on the market
If you’re new to the world of cannabis gummies or simply want to try something new, check out our guide to the hottest gummies in the market:
Budpop CBD + Ashwagandha Gummies: Containing 25mg topped off with 150mg of Ashwagandha for the ultimate in relaxation. These gummies are vegan, non-GMO, and have undergone third party testing. For discerning cannabis users who want only the best quality CBD for relaxation, these gummies are highly recommended.
Five CBD CBD+THC Gummies: With various CBD and THC ratios available, these delicious gummies are full-spectrum, offering the best of what the plant has to offer. Minor cannabinoids and terpenes are present too for maximum health benefits. These are made with extracts, plus vegan and all-natural ingredients. They come in tasty flavors and varying effects to choose from such as buzz and sleep.
Area 52 Delta 8 Gummies: The hype around delta 8 is real: this amazing cannabinoid has powerful relaxing properties. Area 52’s version is vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and low in sugar; they’re made with hemp-derived delta 8 for a delicious sedating experience.
Kiva Confections Camino Sours Watermelon Spritz: These are uplifting gummies with tasty watermelon flavors that will definitely give you an energy boost. Kiva has long been a household name when it comes to edibles, and for good reason: each of them is carefully made with mood-enhancing ingredients and cannabinoids.
Wyld Canna Huckleberry Hybrid Gummies: One of the most famous and top-selling edibles in the US, Wyld Canna’s Huckleberry Hybrid Gummies are renowned for their amazing juicy flavors that are made using real fruit and quality cannabis extracts. Each gummy has 10mg of THC, which you can consume half or whole for easy dosage.
These are just some of the many famous cannabis edibles that have won the hearts of medical and recreational users around the country. Which ones are your favorites?