What better way of using CBD than to eat it with your favorite foods?
Here are the best CBD edibles to try in 2020.
Edibles open up a wide spectrum of possibilities for CBD consumption.
From sugary treats and energy drink replacements to those classic brownies your parents used to make back in the 70s — without the psychoactive twist, of course.
Not all CBD edibles are a good value, and many of them should be avoided for having poorly thought-out ingredients or CBD concentrations too low to be effective.
We’ve done the research so you don’t need to.
Here are some of our top-rated CBD chocolates, gummies, coffee, tea, cooking oils, honey, syrups & more for 2020.
Who doesn’t love honey? This delicious nectar of life can be spread on toast, stirred into a hot tea, or used to sweeten virtually anything you want.
Honey is also excellent as a topical for dry, cracked, irritated, inflamed and infected skin. It’s one of the best-kept secrets in the herbal medicine world.
Honey also just so happens to make for an excellent solvent for making CBD-infused edibles. The folks over at Gold Bee are paving the way in the CBD-infused honey space with these honey sticks.
Each CBD honey stick provides 10 mg of active CBD diffused in a delicious organic honey sourced from the Amazon rainforest. These sticks are a perfect addition to a hot cup of herbal tea before bed to help with sleep.
Royal CBD makes several premium CBD products spanning virtually all categories.
These edible CBD gummies are made from a high-grade CBD isolate, and a vegan-friendly gummy base. Compared to other CBD gummies, this line comes with exceptionally high value for the money. You’re essentially paying industry-average prices for a premium CBD gummy product.
There are two potency options for these gummies — 10 mg per piece and 25 mg per piece.
I recommend going for the higher, 25 mg gummies to get the best value for the money. If you need a smaller dose, just cut the gummies into halves or quarters.
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Pure Science Lab offers three CBD edibles in the form of these CBD-infused chocolates — a dark chocolate bar (140 mg CBD per package), dark chocolate bites (75 mg CBD per package), and dark chocolate peanut butter bites (60 mg CBD per package).
We thoroughly enjoy all three of these delicious CBD chocolates but especially like the dark chocolate bar when it comes to using CBD for more than just its general health benefits.
Each square of the dark chocolate bar contains 5 mg of CBD — making it really easy to calculate exactly how many squares (or half squares) you’ll need to hit the right dose of CBD for you. With 28 squares per bar, you’ve got quite a few doses in each package.
Mixing dark chocolate with CBD is becoming more popular all the time. The active ingredient in dark chocolate that provides the stimulating effect on the central nervous system (makes us feel awake) is synergistic with the added CBD. Many of the side-effects of taking a stimulant like dark chocolate are alleviated with the relaxing effects of the CBD.
The term ‘CBD edibles’ covers any CBD product that comes integrated with common food or beverages — including coffee.
There aren’t many companies on the market today that make CBD coffee — and most of the ones currently in operation are a CBD company first, coffee company second.
What I mean by that is most CBD companies are buying low-grade or cheap coffee and infusing it with whatever CBD extract they can wholesale the cheapest. Then they mark the price up substantially as a ‘specialty’ product.
There are few companies that focus on offering quality coffee that actually tastes good.
Buddha Beans Coffee Co. is one of the few exceptions to this. Any of these coffees could easily compete with other high-end coffees — the CBD is just an added bonus.
Adding CBD to tea blends is a relatively new idea, and while it’s hard to get very high doses with this type of product, there’s really nothing like a relaxing cup of hot tea to relax. The addition of CBD gives these products an added kick.
The Brother’s Apothecary teas are especially notable — offering several different types of tea blends, each infused with high-grade organic hemp leaves as the source of CBD and other cannabinoids.
All of these CBD teas are top-notch, and offer competitive prices overall — but my favorite is the Mystic kava to help me sleep.
There are few companies that can compete with the low cost of Lazarus Naturals products — especially for the level of quality you’re getting for the price.
One of the more unique products this brand carries is this CBD coconut oil.
This is a very versatile product — you can use it in your cooking as a way to add CBD to your meals or baked goods, apply it directly on the skin as a topical, or eat it as-is.
This is one of the most affordable ways of using CBD, and offers an impressive dose of around 50 mg per teaspoon of oil.
CBD-infused syrups are just like a CBD oil, but use a sweet sugary or glycerine base in place of a carrier oil.
This CBD syrup from Hemp Bombs is made from a sweet sugary base, CBD isolate, and several other relaxing nutritional and herbal ingredients.
This syrup contains ingredients including GABA, L-theanine, skullcap, melatonin, passionflower extract, and lemon balm — all of which are potent relaxing agents.
This syrup is perfect for making a nice relaxing, sleep-supportive cocktail at the end of the day, or as a sedative sweetener to a cup of tea.
The term “CBD Edibles” covers an exceptionally broad range of CBD products. Any edible (or drinkable) application of CBD is considered an edible. This includes everything from CBD gummies and chocolates, to teas and coffees… and more.
Edibles are one of the oldest ways to consume the cannabis plant. Humans have been using the seeds, leaves, and flowers of the plant in cooking for centuries.
A good reason for this is that in order for the psychoactive effects of marijuana to become active, the plant needs to be heated to 220 degrees Celsius (428 F). Therefore, cooking the plant in food provided the necessary heat to activate the molecules that produce the psychoactive effects.
Although CBD edibles don’t have any of the THC and therefore aren’t psychoactive, the plant still needs to be heated to provide the bulk of its effects. This makes cooking with hemp plants an excellent method of administration.
CBD edibles begin and end wherever the imagination of CBD producers can go. This form of CBD flourishes in creativity.
The caveat with edibles is that you often get less CBD content than other forms, and it can be difficult, if not impossible, to accurately dose these foods.
CBD edibles are the first choice for a lot of people just starting out with the supplement because of the familiarity of the medium — vape oils, tinctures, and concentrates can be intimidating if you’ve never used the herb before. Especially with the negative connotation that still weighs over the plant from days past.
Edibles are a friendly, and relatively harmless way of consuming CBD for the first time.
You can take CBD edibles just about anywhere and they’re highly discreet. Nobody bats their eyes when you pull out a CBD snack at work, but if you started vaping you’re likely to get some contentious stares.
Full-spectrum CBD oils generally have an earthy taste that some people find unpleasant. Edibles are the best way to mask or improve that flavor.
One of the best things about CBD edibles is the culture behind it — everything you love about gastronomy can be translated into this medium. It creates a new community of people who want to share and discuss their favorite CBD edibles.
CBD edibles are a broad term — so choosing the best type of edible outside of CBD content is an entirely different endeavor. It really comes down to your personal preference over anything else — each method is going to be virtually the same to your body as everything that goes in is broken down and absorbed anyway.
With that said, the most efficient means of consumption for CBD edibles are the foods high in fatty acids. This is because the CBD is a fat-soluble compound and will follow the absorption of fats through the digestive tract. When we consume foods high in fat, our body prepares by secreting copious amounts of enzymes designed to improve the absorption of fat so that the body can make the most of the meal.
CBD is able to piggyback with the fat into the bloodstream faster, and more completely.
With that said, don’t worry too much if you decide to go with a CBD product that contains more of a sugar base, or water-base than fats — you’re still going to get a healthy dose of CBD as long as the product had enough CBD content to begin with.
Let’s cover some of the most popular categories of CBD edibles and nominate one of our favorites for each category.
Chocolate is actually a perfect vector for CBD for three main reasons:
CBD chocolates are one of the most rapidly expanding category of CBD treats we’ve seen. Just make sure you spend your hard-earned money on products that contain reasonably high doses of CBD, and use real chocolate rather than the all-sugar imposters being sold as chocolate these days.
CBD gummies were one of the first CBD edibles to enter the mainstream market — and for good reason.
CBD readily dissolves in the sugary gummy base used to make these treats and can be made to provide a reliable dose of CBD for every gummy.
However, there are a few issues with gummies to be aware of.
For starters, CBD gummies are made in molds. If the CBD is added to each mold, we can guarantee that each one contains the same amount of CBD as the other. But this isn’t how many companies are making their gummies. Instead, a large batch of the gummy mix is combined with CBD extract (usually isolate) and stirred around. This is then poured into the molds. Most of the time this is a non-issue, but if the batch wasn’t mixed thoroughly enough, you’re going to get gummies that have lots of CBD, and others with very little — making it difficult to dose them correctly.
The second issue with gummies is the fact that they’re made primarily of sugar — which is well-known to be a bad snack to eat too often. If you’re taking higher doses of CBD every day from gummies, it’s easy to overdo your sugar intake.
With all of that aside, gummies remain one of the best and most popular methods of ingesting CBD in the world. They taste great, are highly affordable, last a long time on the shelf, and provide relatively accurate doses of CBD with every gummy.
Coffee and CBD pair exceptionally well together. Caffeine is a well-known stimulant and nootropic, helping to support energy levels, improve focus and concentration, and delay the onset of mental fatigue or exhaustion.
Unfortunately, caffeine also comes with some side-effects — including jitteriness and shaking, anxiety episodes, and spikes in blood pressure.
CBD has the unique ability to address most (if not all) of these side-effects without negatively impacting the beneficial effects of the caffeine. The synergy between coffee and CBD can’t be understated. We often take CBD oils or capsules along with our coffee for this very reason, and the results are nothing short of amazing.
Pre-mixing CBD with coffee is nothing new in this regard but adds a layer of convenience to the process. You no longer have to think about your supplementation in the morning, just make your pot of coffee as you do every morning and you get both.
CBD coffees tend to be slightly higher priced than other forms of CBD, which is fair enough — you have to remember that this is a specialty item. If you want the most cost-effective option just take some CBD oil along with your regular coffee.
But if you’re a connoisseur of sorts, this is something you simply need to try.
Much like coffee, CBD teas are becoming more popular as a means of using CBD as the years go on. Companies are adding CBD to all sorts of tea formulas from green tea and matcha, to fruity or powdered teas.
We’re big fans of tea — and actively seek out every CBD-infused tea we can get our hands-on.
To tell the truth, we’ve only found a small handful of products we actually like, and many of the best ones are way overpriced for what you’re actually getting. But things are certainly improving in this space, with companies like Buddha Teas, and Pure Science Labs putting out some real top-notch CBD-infused teas at a reasonable price.
One of the downsides of tea is that it’s water-based instead of oil-based. This is a problem because CBD is a fat-soluble compound and therefore doesn’t dissolve well in water. In order to get all the CBD out of the tea sachets, you’ll need to use boiling water and allow the tea to steep for long periods of time — which isn’t ideal for the tea itself. Green and black teas will easily over-brew in these conditions, leaving the beverage tasting highly astringent and bitter.
For this reason, we prefer using CBD-infused herbal teas to traditional green or black teas because they allow you to use hotter water, and let the tea steep for longer periods of time (around 10 or 15 minutes). This allows the CBD ample opportunity to dissolve into the water as much as possible before you drink it — producing stronger effects and giving you more for bang for your buck.
Cooking oils and butter infused with CBD is a great way to use CBD with your cooking at home. The highly fat-soluble cannabinoids in the hemp plant dissolve efficiently in various cooking oils — including butter, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, and hemp seed oil.
In fact, the first step to making a CBD edible is to first make an infused oil just like this. Products in this category simply perform the first step for you so you can just start cooking right away.
There are all kinds of products in this category. You’ll be able to find virtually any cooking oil you prefer — however, most experts agree that using saturated fats like coconut oil or butter are the best for this. They’re more stable under heat and have a greater ability to dissolve CBD and other cannabinoids — allowing manufacturers to make stronger oils than they could with polyunsaturated oils like olive, avocado, or hemp seed oil.
Whenever using CBD cooking oils, make sure you’re aware of the potency of the product your using as they’re available in a wide range of potency options. We recommend finding something with higher potency and diluting it with non-active cooking oil to get the right dose.
It’s easier to dilute a high-potency cooking oil than it is to boost a low-potency oil.
CBD syrups are just like a CBD oil or tincture but use a sweet, sugary base instead. They’re great for making alcoholic cocktails infused with CBD, or for adding to tea or coffee as a sweetener. Some companies are even making CBD-infused cough syrups — formulated with high-potency CBD, antiviral, antibacterial, and antitussive (stops coughing) herbs and nutrients.
There aren’t many CBD companies making CBD syrups yet, but every year we see new products entering this space.
Some of these syrups are made from premium ingredients like maple syrup, but most of them use corn syrup as the base. There are even a few stevia-inspired low-calorie options for people trying to avoid sugar — but a simple CBD oil is still better as a low-calorie form of CBD.
CBD-infused honey is an excellent natural alternative to CBD syrups. They use the same concept of infusing the active CBD with a honey base, which can be added to teas, coffee or spread over foods.
The best CBD honey is made from organic wildflower honey and provides at least 2 mg of CBD per mL of honey.
You don’t want a product that’s too strong here or you will only be able to use a few drops of this delicious nectar.
CBD honey sticks are probably the most popular method of using CBD honey. They come in premeasured doses of both the honey and CBD and a convenient stick format that slowly diffuses into a hot cup of tea as you let it sit.
Alcoholic beverages infused with CBD are brand new to the market. There really isn’t much in this category, and most of them have yet to become legal internationally.
However, there are some really big players stepping into this scene like Molson Coors (a Canadian beer corporation). This space is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years, so keep your eyes open — we’ll be reporting regularly about the advancements in this space as it comes.
In the meantime, the best way to get started with alcoholic CBD cocktails is to use CBD honey, tinctures (preferably alcohol-based), and glycetracts made with CBD. You can simply mix these products into your cocktails as you would a syrup.
Interestingly, CBD tinctures added to beer provide a pleasant “hoppy” taste that compliments the flavor of the beer almost perfectly. Hops are one of the only other members of the Cannabis family of plants — so it comes to no surprise that these two plants combine so well together.
Dosing can be difficult with edibles but there are ways to figure it out.
With something like baked goods, teas, or coffees all you can reasonably calculate is a range of dose for each product. There are a lot of factors that can affect the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids contained in these products. For example, with baked goods, the heat of the oven can convert some of the CBD into other cannabinoids like CBN. The oven temperature and time spent under heat can all affect the amount of CBD that gets converted. This makes it incredibly difficult to know exactly how much CBD you’re getting.
With other forms, like coffee or tea, the amount of time the product was steeped can also affect how much CBD you end up getting.
CBD gummies and candies are much easier to calculate since the manufacturer will provide the exact amount of CBD contained in each piece. You can simply add them up to reach the desired dose.
Here are some tips for calculating the amount of CBD for different types of edibles. You can then use this information to match up with your target dose (more on this below).
|Type of Edible||Notes on Calculating Dose|
|CBD Chocolate||Chocolates will list the amount of CBD in the entire bar, which you can divide for each block to get the dose per block.|
|Gummies||Gummies are the easiest to dose because the manufacturer will list the exact amount of CBD contained in each gummy.|
|Coffee||Coffee can be roughly calculated by dividing the total CBD content of the bag, with the number of servings listed on the package. You will need to adjust this if you prefer stronger or weaker brewing.|
|Tea||Teas will usually list the amount of CBD per tea bag — but you have to consider that unless you’re brewing your tea very strong, only a fraction of the CBD contained in the tea bags will enter the water.|
|Alcoholic Drinks||Alcoholic drinks should be calculated from the source of CBD you’re using to make the drink. For example, if you’re using a tincture or syrup to add the CBD, use the potency (mg/mL) of the syrup to measure out the correct amount.|
|Cooking Oils||Cooking oils can be calculated by dividing the total CBD of the bottle with the volume of the container. This will give you a measurement in mg/mL. Once you know the amount of CBD you want, you can easily figure out the amount of oil you need in mL.|
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that many of these edibles aren’t meant to be used for any specific medical conditions — they serve more as an interesting way to use CBD for general health support. If your goal is to address specific symptoms of any kind, we recommend going with something more precise like an oil, capsules, or stick to gummies with standardized CBD concentrations.
For more information on dosing, visit our Beginner’s Guide To Dosing CBD Oil.
If you’re not sure how much CBD you may need, here are some of our guidelines based on your weight, and the desired strength of CBD you’re looking for.
|Weight (lbs)||Low Strength||Medium Strength||High Strength|
The other major decision you need to make is deciding between using a product made from a CBD isolate or a full-spectrum extract.
Full-spectrum edibles are made to preserve the natural cannabinoid profile found in the plant. All cannabinoids contained in the hemp plant will end up in the final product for this type of product.
This is generally preferred by purists looking to get the benefits of the cannabis plant as a whole, rather than just one compound produced by the plant. There is a natural phenomenon called the entourage effect — which suggests that the entire phytochemical of the hemp plant work together to produce stronger effects than any of the individual components in isolation.
In most cases, full-spectrum edibles are a better option. They’re stronger acting and produce a broader range of effects than isolated compounds. Most health practitioners with experience in herbal medicine prefer full-spectrum edibles over CBD isolates.
CBD isolates are made by concentrating the CBD content in hemp extracts by removing everything else — including the waxes, alcohols, esters, terpenes, and all other cannabinoids. This isolate is then used to make the edible by adding directly, or by first dissolving the CBD isolate in a carrier oil.
A lot of manufacturers choose to use isolates because they’re cheaper than most full-spectrum extracts, and are much easier to control the dose.
If you take 100 mg of pure CBD and add it to a 30 mL bottle, it’s easy to state that this bottle has 100 mg of CBD. Trying to do this with a full-spectrum extract is a lot more difficult because the concentration of CBD can vary significantly from one batch to the next.
CBD isolates are useful for people looking for simple, cost-effective CBD edibles, but often fall short when trying to address specific symptoms or health complaints.
While researching CBD edibles, make sure none of these issues are present:
If you’re brand new to the CBD industry or trying to find a new CBD supplier, it can be tricky to navigate the loosely regulated CBD market.
Here are a few important points to look at before making your decision.
While price is important, it’s better to look at the overall value of a CBD product.
As you shop around you’re going to see all sorts of CBD concentrations and prices.
Many CBD edibles are expensive (over $80), while others seem cheap (under $30). So what gives? What makes some products so cheap and others expensive?
The biggest difference in price with CBD products is the potency of CBD inside. Cheap products tend to have very little CBD or use a low-quality hemp extract for the starting material. These products have a low cost, but often deliver really poor value for the money.
Expensive CBD products tend to provide much higher doses of CBD, and usually offer much better value for your money.
The best way to assess the value of a CBD product is to look at the “cost per milligram” of CBD. This metric will show you how far your money is going in terms of the active ingredient — CBD.
To find this number, divide the total cost of the product by the total CBD. You should end up with a number between $0.07 and $0.50. This means you’re paying between 7 and 50 cents for every milligram of CBD in the product.
You should always double-check the potency of your products.
You’ll see many products with the same amount of CBD but in different sized containers. This can affect how much product you need to use to get your desired results.
As an example, a pack of 10 gummies with 500 mg of CBD (50 mg per gummy) might be better for experienced users than a pack of 5 gummies with 200 mg of CBD (40 mg per gummy).
Whatever your goals are, it’s always good to look at the actual CBD content per serving before you buy.
Edibles come with another layer of consideration from other forms of CBD. We also have to look at the other ingredients of the edible itself on top of the CBD or other cannabinoids.
For example, what’s the quality of the brownie itself outside the CBD content? The hemp extract used might be top-notch but if the brownie itself isn’t any good — we can’t reasonably recommend it can we?
This step is much more difficult to assess because there are so many different variables involved depending on the specific edible you’re looking at.
We usually start by taking note of the other ingredients used in the product. This allows us to assess if the other aspects of the edible look good or not.
CBD edibles provide by far one of the most enjoyable ways to use CBD. There are a ton of options available for nearly anyone’s preferences.
Searching for the best edible for you can be a challenging endeavor. With so many options, it can be overwhelming.
We recommend having a look through some of the recommended products in this guide, and deciding on the edible you’re looking for using the information we’ve provided above to assess the company and the product, along with your own personal preferences for flavors and types of edible that interest you.
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