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Hemp Gummies vs CBD Gummies: A Comprehensive Guide

Written By Ellese Symons Apr 4th 2024
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According to a recent Forbes Health publication, CBD gummies have surpassed CBD oil tinctures in popularity.1 It's not surprising. Gummies are sweet, available in multiple flavors, and deliver a consistent amount of CBD per serving. Not only is it easy to see why so many CBD users find gummies so appealing, they're also quite accessible – they're sold in specialty shops, convenience stores, and direct-to-consumers from brand websites. 

If you've spent any amount of time comparing prices online, you've likely realized that several prominent retail marketplaces sell gummies that appear to have exceptionally high concentrations of hemp for a lot less than most CBD brands charge for gummies with less. After reading the product descriptions on those websites, it often appears as if hemp oil gummies and CBD oil gummies are essentially the same. Are they worth the investment? Before you decide, it's important to know how hemp gummies and CBD gummies compare. 

What are CBD Gummies?   

CBD is the widely recognized abbreviation for cannabidiol, the most abundant of the more than 113 cannabinoids in hemp flower. Once mature crops are harvested, the oil is separated from the plant matter. Reputable manufacturers rely on food-safe extraction methods that preserve the plant's many potentially beneficial minor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients.2 The oil extracted from hemp flower is used to make an impressive selection of products, including CBD gummies. 

What are Hemp Gummies?  

Hemp gummies are made with nutrient-rich oil from seeds harvested from hemp flowers. Like many other natural oils, the seeds are cold-pressed to retain their most sensitive compounds, components that can be compromised at temperatures exceeding 120° F.3 Unrefined, cold-pressed hemp seed oil has a rich, deep green color, a nutty flavor, and is a significant source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and other nutrients.4 Once the oil is refined, however, it loses most of its nutritional value. 

Key Differences Between Hemp Gummies and CBD Gummies  

Knowing that hemp gummies and hemp-derived CBD gummies are made with oil obtained from different parts of the plant is key to ensuring you're purchasing the type of gummies capable of delivering the effect you're hoping for. If you're expecting to achieve the same results as a friend or neighbor who appreciates the overall effect of adding CBD to their health and wellness routine, it's important to keep the following points in mind while you shop. 

How Hemp Flower Extract Contributes to Overall Health and Wellness  

The CBD in hemp extract is an active plant element that interacts with multiple molecular targets, including the receptors of the largest regulatory system in the human body, the ECS (endocannabinoid system). Based on decades of study, cannabis researchers believe CBD's impact on those receptors supports the processes involved in homeostasis.4 

How Hemp Seed Oil Contributes to Overall Health and Wellness   

Hemp seed oil is not a source of CBD. However, multiple studies suggest topical application could be just as beneficial as other plant oils for moisturization due to its fatty acid content. Since hemp seed oil has three essential fatty acids, vitamin E, beta carotene, vitamin C, multiple minerals, digestible protein, and fiber, it's often used as a dietary supplement.5 

How and Where to Buy CBD Gummies  

If you're most interested in purchasing hemp gummies to supplement your diet, you'll probably have to purchase online from a large marketplace or directly from a vendor. Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil, on the other hand, are sold in most grocery stores and are relatively inexpensive. If you've determined that CBD gummies are the better option for your needs, you'll probably find them locally, but you'll need to be selective. 

The purity, potency, and overall quality of the hemp extract used to make CBD gummies can vary by brand. Since a brand's quality control standards can significantly impact your overall experience, it's important to confirm any claims suggesting products are third-party tested by viewing the certificate of analysis (COA.) Of the 75% of companies claiming their products are tested, only about 13% test at least 90% of their products.6 

Why Choose CBDistillery® CBD Gummies?  

CBDistillery® gummies are made with the cannabinoid-rich oil extracted from naturally cultivated hemp flower and we rely on the cleanest food-safe extraction methods in our industry. Plus, our gummies are vegan, made with 100% clean ingredients, Leaping Bunny certified, and backed by our hassle-free 60-day satisfaction guarantee. 

As you're browsing our product pages, you'll find a link to a downloadable certificate of analysis. When you find our products locally, you'll get the same information by scanning the QR codes printed on our labels. Whether you're an experienced CBD user or browsing your options for the first time, you're sure to find CBD gummies with just the right combination of cannabinoids for your needs, preferences, and lifestyle while exploring our product line. 

CBDistillery® ahhh distilled Full Spectrum CBD Gummies  

Full spectrum gummies contain all the minor cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phytonutrients in the same ratios as hemp flower. Their 15-20:1 CBD to THC ratio ensures there's no risk of intoxication. With full spectrum gummies, you gain the potency-maximizing potential of a property cannabis is known for called an "Entourage Effect"..8 Our vegan-friendly CBDistillery® ahhh distilled Full Spectrum CBD Gummies have a subtle strawberry flavor and 30mg of CBD per piece. 

CBDistillery® ahhh distilled and shhh distilled Broad Spectrum CBD Gummies 

Broad spectrum CBD gummies have the minor cannabinoids and terpenes needed for an Entourage Effect, but their THC is reduced to non-detectable levels. CBDistillery® ahhh distilled Broad Spectrum CBD Anytime Gummies have a delightful tropical fruit flavor. For better sleep, consider CBDistillery® shhh distilled Broad Spectrum Sleep Gummies. They have 2mg of melatonin per serving. 

CBDistillery® ommm distilled GBG + CBD Gummies  

CBDistillery® ommm distilled CBG + CBD Gummies give you another way to experience an enhanced Entourage Effect with a product formulated for calm and clarity. Our CBG-infused CBD gummies have just enough orange flavor to complement the terpene profile of our full spectrum hemp extract. Every naturally flavored gummy gives you 15mg of CBG and 15mg of CBD. 

CBDistillery® shhh distilled CBN + CBD Sleep Gummies 

CBDistillery® shhh distilled CBN + CBD Sleep Gummies are made with our high-quality full spectrum hemp extract and just enough of the minor cannabinoid CBN (cannabinol) for rest, relaxation, and an enhanced Entourage Effect. Every elderberry-flavored gummy gives you 5mg of CBN and 15mg of CBD, the amount determined to be ideal by our expert botanists. 

CBDistillery® ommm+ distilled THC + CBD Gummies   

CBDistillery® ommm+ distilled THC + CBD Gummies could be just what you need at the end of a busy day. Each berry-flavored gummy gives you everything our full spectrum hemp extract offers, plus just enough Delta-9 THC for relaxation, an enhanced Entourage Effect, and a mellow, uplifting buzz. In each gummy, you'll get 25mg of CBD and 5mg of THC to help calm your mind and alleviate tension. 

CBDistillery® shhh+ THC + CBN + CBD Deep Sleep Gummies  

CBDistillery® shhh+ distilled THC + CBN + CBD Gummies are made to help you get the rest you need to wake feeling refreshed. They have an enticing dreamberry flavor and a rigorously tested blend of cannabinoids working together to help you drift off naturally and remain in slumber mode: 5mg of THC, 5mg of CBN, and 25mg of CBD. CBN (cannabinol) is well-known for its sleep-promoting potential.9 

Which CBDistillery® CBD Gummies Could Be the Best Fit for Your Daily or Nightly Routine?  

Hemp gummies are inexpensive, accessible, and made with cold-pressed hemp seed oil, a fact that may not be immediately apparent reading a vendor's product descriptions. Although hemp seed oil is great for adding a nutty flavor to your salad, could soften your skin, and is the ideal carrier oil for CBD pet products, hemp seeds are not a source of CBD. 

The oil extracted from hemp flower, on the other hand, contains an ample amount of CBD, a cannabinoid with considerable health and wellness potential. Based on a 2019 CBDistillery® survey of 1,900 customers, most respondents report positive results using our hemp-derived CBD products for relaxation, better sleep, mild or temporary anxiety, and discomfort and inflammation after physical activity within 7-14 days of consistent use. 

If CBD gummies are the better fit for your health and wellness routine but you're not quite sure where to begin, consider taking our 3-minute CBD Quiz or scheduling a personal consultation

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