Testing different CBD products is something I do constantly. I like to know what's out there so I can recommend the absolute best products on the market. I take this process seriously and keep track of how I feel and how much time has gone by.
This past week I tested two new products. One was a flavored tincture which I will write about in a future post, and the other was a pack of CBD gummy worms.
The company that sells this line of gummies is very popular, I'm guessing because they're easy to find online and are very well branded. I was excited to try their product to see what the hype was about, but my experience fell short by a wide margin.
I paid for these gummies with my own money, but I don't like railing on companies unless it's absolutely necessary. I don't think it is in this case, so the company will remain anonymous.
Gummies From Hell
The gummy worms I tried were the worst CBD product I have every tried by far. They were horrible all the way around. I was really surprised by their flavor and effects.
The first thing I noticed before even opening the package was how they felt. They were really hard and tough feeling. I expected them to be soft and a little floppy, not stiff and hard. When I would pinch one with my fingers and hold it straight out, it didn't bend. I was confused as to how infusing a gummy with CBD oil could result in a tough consistency, but I was still open to trying them.
Biting into the gummy wasn't as bad as I expected. They were tough, but the sweet/sour coating on the outside is always something that I enjoy. The toughness of the gummy was not enjoyable, but the sugary coating was.
As I began to chew and the gummy began to liquify, things got weird. The flavor on the inside was not very enjoyable. It tasted like it had something unnatural in it. You know how there's always an aftertaste with something like diet soda or medicine? It has a similar flavor as that. The initial enjoyment from the sugary coating dissipated fast.
On the side of my mouth where I chewed the gummy, it felt like there was a coating on my teeth and cheek. I didn't know what it was, so I brushed my teeth directly afterwards. The feeling was strange and felt chemically.
1 hr later…
After the gummy kicked in, I started feeling weird. I began to feel sluggish and found myself wanting to take a nap. This was the opposite of how CBD usually makes me feel. When I take my normal CBD edibles, I usually feel more alert, less anxious, and find it easier to focus. After eating these new gummies, I couldn't focus on anything because I was too busy trying to fight off drowsiness.
Then just a short while later, a slight headache came over me. This wasn't a migraine or a pounding headache. It just felt like my head was uncomfortable or irritable. Just talking about it is making me relive the feelings, ugh. Inducing drowsiness and giving me headaches is not really what I look for in CBD products. But I was still open to them working, so I gave one to my wife.
She felt similar effects, minus the headache. She found herself wanting to take a nap and having trouble focusing. I was really confused as to how CBD could cause these effects, so I did something I should have done before trying them. I read the ingredients.
The Surprise Ingredient
These gummies had a lot of weird ingredients, but one stood out to me as super odd, melatonin. My wife and I have never taken melatonin before, or at least not knowingly. I was very surprised to see it in CBD-infused gummy bears, especially since it wasn't advertised as containing melatonin.
Melatonin has many known side effects, not surprisingly, headaches and sleepiness are on the list of side effects on WebMD. Now things began to make more sense. These gummies had hardly any CBD so they added other chemicals to get people to feel something. Anyone new to CBD would think that's how CBD felt. And of course, not everyone will get headache. Probably the majority of people won't get a headache.
I did not think that was a very ethical thing to do, but I also blame myself for being an ignorant consumer. I bought into the hype and decided to give a company a try that didn't deserve my business. All that glitters is not gold. Lesson learned.