Are CBD Sweets Worth the Hype?

CBD is in everything but are sweets really worth it?

CBD seems to be added to everything these days but in sweets? Some studies show it can still be very beneficial. Image Credit: By linlypu on shutterstock

Experts have predicted that CBD-infused sweets (like cupcakes, cookies, and candies) will be one of the biggest foodie trends of 2019. But as they pop up in restaurants, bakeries, and supermarkets across the country, people are asking themselves: Are CBD sweets worth the hype?

Unlike THC treats that have a psychoactive effect and get you high, the biggest selling point of CBD edibles is the potential health benefits that they’re touted as having. The media has jumped on the medicinal qualities of CBD oil, and you’re probably aware of the fact that it’s supposed to be pretty great for the body and mind. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation online about CBD, and it can be hard to find trustworthy information amidst all the empty marketingspeak.

On the other hand, there is a clinically-proven upside to using CBD. Studies have found that CBD can have a whole host of positive effects on the body and mind. Among its many benefits are the ability to relieve pain and inflammation, treat skin conditions, improve sleep, and reduce stress and anxiety. However, although the current research points to all of the above, CBD research is still very much a new field and there remains much that scientists don’t understand about how it works, so keep that in mind.

One of the benefits of ingesting CBD through delicious sweets and treats is that the effects of the oil can be felt throughout the body. Consuming CBD in this manner means that it’s spread across the entire body, as opposed to focused on one specific area. Although treating a condition like eczema might be more effective with a topical CBD product, CBD edibles are a great choice for people who just want to enjoy a more generalized effect.

But what about taste? Well, the truth is that CBD oil itself is categorically not the most delicious thing on the planet. Many people take the oil sublingually, which means they drop a few drops of the oil under their tongues. This is a really effective way to get the oil into the bloodstream quickly, but the general consensus is that it doesn’t taste great.

Thankfully, adding the oil as an ingredient to food works quite well to disguise the taste, allowing people to enjoy the benefits without subjecting themselves to the flavor. Food writer Claire Voon, recently went on a CBD sweet tasting expedition (solely for research purposes, of course) and came away pleasantly surprised. She reported that she tried “a double chocolate chip cookie and a brownie; both were cakey, with a nice coarse crumb, and packed with decadent chocolate chunks — and not a hint of pot flavor.”

Still, there’s no doubt that buying CBD sweets is something of a gamble when customers simply can’t be completely sure of the quality of the oil used. It’s hoped that as CBD foods become more popular, regulation of the product will catch up and things will become more transparent for the customer.

However, in a recent surprise move by the Department of Health, CBD food products have begun to be confiscated from coffee shops and other eateries across the country. So it’s hard to tell how this is going to pan out. For now though, we can confirm that CBD sweets are a trend that is going nowhere. And it’s no wonder when they have the potential to make your body and mind as happy as your tastebuds.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

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