You may want to try a stronger CBD gummy if you’re not noticing any effects. Not all high potency gummies passed our vetting due to regulatory issues, but these three got the green light.
Whether you’re taking cannabidiol (CBD) to help with sleep, chronic pain, or anxiety, the right dose can vary from person to person.
High potency CBD might be a fit for you if you’re not seeing noticeable effects at lower doses. Generally, high dose CBD refers to a product containing at least 25 milligrams (mg) of CBD per gummy.
What feels strong to you, though, might not affect someone else in the same way. The type of CBD can alter its effectiveness, too. Full-spectrum products, for example, are more likely to produce obvious effects because of the interaction between CBD and THC. This phenomenon has been dubbed the entourage effect.
It’s important to point out that stronger full-spectrum gummies also come with a greater amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which can increase your risk of experiencing side effects.
Keep reading to learn more about the strongest CBD gummies and how to safely use them.
Each gummy product pick contains at least 25 mg of CBD per serving (typically 1 or 2 gummies). We used the following criteria to narrow down our picks and select products that meet our standards for safety and quality.
Each product in this article:
is made by a company that provides proof of third-party testing by an ISO 17025-compliant lab
CBD isolate contains no other cannabinoids other than CBD and is a good option for people who want to steer clear of THC. But because CBD isolate products don’t contain the full range of terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids, they may not produce as strong an effect as products that do.
Full-spectrum CBD includes all the cannabinoids along with THC, which helps produce the entourage effect. U.S.-grown hemp can’t contain more than 0.3% THC legally, but it’s still a good idea to read labels and check a product’s COA to ensure there isn’t more THC than listed.
Broad-spectrum products typically contain some cannabinoids but no THC.
CBD gummies might also contain other ingredients like flavorings and sweeteners. Some may also contain added ingredients like vitamins, but there’s not enough research to say that mixing CBD with vitamins and supplements is safe.
If you’re vegan or have any other dietary restrictions, make sure to check the ingredient list.
You’ll want to look for gummies that contain non-synthetic, organic ingredients.
If there’s no COA readily available, that’s a red flag. The FDA doesn’t regulate CBD like it does prescription drugs, so it’s kind of the Wild West out there.
A COA lets you know a product has been tested by a third-party lab for contaminants and that the label is accurate.
Many studies looking into the effects of CBD involve higher doses.
One 2017 study found that CBD doses of between 300 and 600 mg helped decrease public speaking-related anxiety. However, the researchers of another study looking at the effects of CBD on sleep point out that lower doses seem to produce enough of a clinical effect, and higher doses in the hundreds of milligrams are cost-prohibitive.
Keep in mind that what works for someone else, might not work for you. Some people may respond well to lower doses without needing to try higher potency products.
It’s also important to note that CBD isn’t a cure-all, and it may not produce any effects for some people. Plus, more research is necessary to fully understand the benefits and full range of effects that CBD can provide.
You probably don’t want to take a 50 mg gummy when trying CBD for the first time. It’s a good idea to work your way up to stronger gummies. You may even discover that a lower dose does the trick.
What’s strong for one person may not be for another, but high potency gummies typically range from 25–50 mg per serving.
A higher dose may be just what you need to get noticeable effects from CBD, but keep in mind that it’s best to start small, especially if you’re new to CBD.
And always talk with a healthcare professional before adding a supplement like CBD to your routine.
Is CBD legal? The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the legal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. This made some hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC legal at the federal level. However, CBD products containing more than 0.3% THC still fall under the legal definition of marijuana, making them illegal at the federal level. Some states have legalized CBD, so be sure to check state laws, especially when traveling. Also, keep in mind that the FDA has not approved nonprescription CBD products, and some products may be inaccurately labeled.
Last medically reviewed on February 15, 2024
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