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A Guide to Hemp Ingestibles

Nov 23, 2022Customer Service
Hemp ingestible products are derived from the hemp plant and are either absorbed sublingually (under the tongue), or through the digestive tract. Many scientific studies show promising results regarding the daily use of hemp products and their effect on the endocannabinoid system which regulates many major systems and functions in the body. The idea is that compounds in the hemp plant interact with receptors in the endocannabinoid system (or ECS) and promote the ECS to remain in homeostasis causing improvement in symptoms of certain chronic ailments and helping bodily systems function seamlessly and at their highest potential.


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Different types of Hemp Ingestibles

Tinctures: Tinctures contain hemp extract oil and a carrier oil (such as MCT oil) that helps the hemp to be more bioavailable, or more easily absorbed by the body. Tinctures are absorbed fastest when dropped and held under the tongue for 30-60 seconds before swallowing.

Soft gels/capsules: Soft gels resemble over the counter liquid gels that one might find in a drug store and are filled with hemp tincture. The only differences between tinctures and soft gels are going to be that softgels are pre-dosed, and flavorless, whereas tinctures must be measured for the dosage and have a slightly hemp-y flavor unless other flavors are added. 


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Edibles: Edibles are foods (usually candies) that are pre-dosed, made with extracted hemp oil and are absorbed through the digestive tract. They come in a wide variety of flavors and textures. Some of the most popular edibles are made in the form of gummies, lollipops, hard candies, and chews.

Ingestibles might be a good option for someone who…

-Has a chronic condition. Consistency is key when it comes to taking hemp products and achieving desired effects. For folks who deal with ongoing chronic symptoms, taking an ingestible hemp product daily might help maintain homeostasis in their endocannabinoid system and to keep pesky symptoms at bay. Results are most effective when products are taken consistently, similar to a daily multivitamin or supplement. Pain, insomnia and anxiety are some of the most common conditions hemp products are sought after to help relieve.

-Needs longer lasting relief. Although every body metabolizes hemp differently, most effects from ingestible products last anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. For most people, the effects of combustible methods such as vaping and smoking typically kick in quickly (within about 10-15 minutes), but only last about two hours. People experiencing pain or needing help with sleep tend to prefer products that last longer.

-Has asthma or other respiratory conditions that prevent one from smoking or vaping. Unlike smoking and vaping, ingestible hemp products pose absolutely no risk of harm to the lungs. This is especially helpful for folks who deal with asthma, other chronic lung conditions, or who are simply sensitive to smoke. Ingestibles are also more discrete and convenient as most public spaces are not smoke or vape friendly and can be offensive to others.

-Needs a specific dosage. All ingestible hemp products are either pre-dosed or easy to measure a specific dose (like tinctures). This can be helpful for someone who has just begun their hemp regimen journey to pinpoint their ideal dose for relief and stick to that dose consistently. Ingestibles are the only method where individuals can be fully aware of the dosage as it is difficult to accurately determine a specific dosage amount when someone is smoking/vaping hemp or applying a hemp topical product.


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Final Thoughts

Ingestible hemp products are some of the most popular ways in which people choose to incorporate hemp into their daily lives. In addition to their convenience, longevity in effects, and precise dosage, they boast a lengthy list of possible benefits and relief from several ailments and conditions which make them a great choice for hemp novices and experts alike. Here is what some of our customers have to say about our full spectrum hemp tinctures:

“I use this blend for chronic pain, and it helps lessen the aches. 10/10 recommend. I’m able to do a bit more than I used to, and I’m forever thankful.”

“Taken nightly, this has changed the game with my fibro pain. This helps me wind down at night and keeps my pain in check. If I go without it, I can definitely tell.”

An ESSENTIAL!! Can’t live life without it. I take this every night and it has changed my life. I struggle with severe OCD and anxiety and since using the tincture, my mental health has improved so much! Highly recommend!”

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Written by Rachel Hunter

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