What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the words “CBD sour gummies”? Does a big smile come over your face, just thinking about their mouth-watering, tangy goodness? We get it, our reaction’s exactly the same.
It’s hard to resist the sour, yet sweet flavors of CBD gummies. But, before you buy anything, check out these tips to help you identify a 5-star product.
1. List of Ingredients
One of the most popular CBD edibles on the market today are CBD gummies. Either in the sweet (regular) or sour variety. Why? Because of their delicious taste. Hemp gummies can be a guilt-free way to enjoy a little sweet treat that’s actually good for you.
Yet, not all companies make gummies with a respectable list of ingredients. The point of CBD gummies is to get a nice dose of CBD (cannabidiol), not to drench your taste buds in loads of sugar. So, carefully examine the list of ingredients on a container of gummies before you buy.
Be warned: the worst type of ingredients for your health include high fructose corn syrup and agave syrup. These two ingredients rank high on the glycemic index (GI), which measures the impact foods have on your blood sugar levels. Naturally, you’ll want to avoid any CBD sour gummies with these ingredients.
Next, look out for artificial flavors and preservatives. Stay away from products with these ingredients as well.
Finally, if you’re vegan, don’t buy gummies with gelatin. This is an animal-derived product and is often used as a thickening agent in gummy-type candies. Vegan-friendly thickeners include pectin, tapioca, and cornstarch.
2. CBD Potency
Luckily, most CBD sour gummies have a low to medium potency, from 10 mg to 30 mg of CBD per gummy. So, it’s hard to ‘over-do it’ per se. But, if you’re a CBD veteran and want a stronger dose, look for a product that has 50 mg or more CBD per gummy. This is considered very potent.
You can take half or a full gummy at a time depending on the CBD dose. Start with 10 mg of CBD once or twice a day, then gradually increase the amount as preferred.
Before clicking the ‘buy’ button make sure the CBD potency per gummy is an amount you feel comfortable with.
3. Certificate of Analysis (COA)
Listen. If you read any of this article, let it be this section. The Certificate of Analysis (COA) is the report you want to look for. It shows the results of lab testing.
The most common test is the cannabinoid profile. This section lets you know if the CBD potency is accurate (matches the product label) and if the amount of THC is below the legal federal limit of 0.3%.
Also, if the company elected to test for contaminants and impurities, those results will show up on the COA.
Examples of contaminants include heavy metals, pesticides, residual solvents, mycotoxins, etc.
We don’t recommend buying CBD sour gummies that weren’t third-party lab tested for potency and purity.
4. Type of Hemp Extract
Another consideration to make when scouring the web for the best CBD sour gummies is — the hemp extract type. Your options include CBD isolate, broad-spectrum, and full-spectrum.
Let’s go over each of these categories now. Gummies made with CBD isolate only contain the gummy-related ingredients and pure isolated CBD. Every other molecule in the hemp extract gets removed. So these are ideal for someone who wants an uber concentrated form of cannabidiol with zero THC.
Broad-spectrum CBD gummies don’t contain THC either, but all the other beneficial plant compounds found in hemp are included.
Lastly, there are full-spectrum CBD gummies. It’s harder to find these compared to the other two options, but they do exist. If you want the synergistic effect of all the phytonutrients in hemp working together for a greater impact, then full-spectrum is for you.
5. Where Is the Hemp Grown?
The final item on the list is to find out where the CBD company sources its hemp. This matters because high-quality hemp is the difference between a good product and an excellent product.
Here’s a fact you may not be aware of. Hemp is a bio-accumulator, so it will absorb any impurities and contaminants from the soil, such as heavy metals. This is why farming practices and growing methods really matter.
Before farmers can grow hemp in the United States they must have a license or an authorization to do so. Either from their State Department of Agriculture or the USDA. Even more, the hemp they produce must undergo testing to verify THC levels are less than 0.3%.
The strict regulatory environment for hemp in the U.S. ensures reliable and good quality hemp. States with the longest histories and best reputations for growing hemp include Colorado, Kentucky, and Oregon. Well, there you have it.
Now go ahead and find some CBD sour gummies using these five smart-buying tips!