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CBD Gummies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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By Ana Reisdorf, MS, RD

CBD dietary supplements come in a variety of forms, from tablets, to liquid shots, to oils. But gummy supplements have become increasingly popular due to their taste and ease to consume. 

What about CBD gummies? Are they equally as beneficial as the traditional form of CBD, which is usually a tablet or oil? How do Zebra CBD gummies compare with other products available on the market? Can you get all the same benefits of CBD from a gummy?

CBD Gummies: The Good

CBD gummies taste better than pure CBD oil, which has an earthy taste that can take some getting used to. This makes gummies appealing because they are easy to take and enjoy. Also, they are a great option for those who have difficulty swallowing pills. 

Gummies are also convenient for busy people. You don’t need a glass of water to take them, you can just pop a gummy and move on with your day. 

Since we know many people choose gummies for the taste, in manufacturing our Zebra CBD gummies we have removed some of the bitter-tasting chlorophyll, the compound that makes plants green, from the CBD. This improves the flavor of the gummies, giving them a milder taste compared with other brands. 

CBD Gummies: The Bad

One of the biggest issues with CBD gummies is dosage. Many products either spray or roll their gummies in CBD isolate, which  results in inconsistent amounts of CBD on the surface of each gummy. 

Each Zebra CBD gummy provides a consistent CBD dose of 25 mg. Most of our competitors’ gummies contain only 5-10 mg, which means you have to take up to five gummies to get the same result — and that’s IF you can be assured the products actually contain the dose listed on the label. All Zebra CBD products are covered by our Label Accuracy Guarantee™, so you can be confident that you are getting the dose listed on our labels.

We also use full-spectrum hemp extract, found to be more effective than CBD isolate due to what’s referred to as the entourage effect. When all of the cannabinoids are present in a CBD product, they work together to improve overall results. Including full-spectrum hemp extract in CBD products is significantly more labor-intensive than simply spraying them with CBD isolate, but much more beneficial for your health.

CBD Gummies: The Ugly

The ugly secret behind many CBD gummy products is that the undesirable ingredients are added to make the taste acceptable. Many brands load up their products with corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors. 

Our Zebra CBD gummies are sweetened with tapioca syrup, a small amount of granulated sugar (2 grams per gummy) and contain no high fructose corn syrup or food coloring. Each gummy has just 10 calories.

Finally, many CBD gummies are made with gelatin, which can melt when exposed to heat. This may impact the effectiveness of the CBD, but can also create a big mess, rendering the product unusable. Gelatin is also not vegan. 

Zebra CBD gummies are made with 100% vegan pectin, which has a higher melting point than gelatin.

CBD gummies are a convenient and flavorful way to enjoy the benefits of CBD, but if you choose this option, always check how they are made and how much CBD they actually contain before you buy.