The Product Rundown: General Thoughts
These gummies are some of the most fun-looking edibles we’ve seen in our CBD sampling -- they’re brightly colored gummy worms coated with a crystalline white powder. Each flavor (and there’s an assortment) is delicious, the texture is the perfect balance of soft and chewy, and they have a pleasantly sour bite to them.
In theory, the dose of 50 mg per gummy worm (300 mg per package) should be pretty intense for most of us. However, that didn’t end up being our experience -- and we’ve been taking CBD long enough to know how we should feel at different doses. These gummies didn’t aid sleep or alleviate pain and anxiety the same way others we’ve had in the past did, and they didn’t work as well as the same dosage strength in an oil or capsule.
Why We Don’t Recommend This Product
We honestly thought there was something wrong with us the first time we tried these gummies. We took a gummy before bed to help aid sleep, as we so often do. We should note that this dose is higher than what we usually take (closer to 25-30 mg for most of us) for sleep, but we figured it would just be extra effective.
We did not have an easier time sleeping at all -- it took forever to fall asleep, we woke up multiple times in the night, and we noticed more pain while we were trying to sleep compared to our normal bedtime dose of CBD. This was weird to us, so the next night, we tried two -- and experienced the same thing. It was like we hadn’t taken any CBD at all.
We have a theory as to why this might be, but we have no way of proving or substantiating the idea. However, we suspect that the CBD within the gummies was in the powder on their surface, rather than in the gummies themselves. Since CBD needs to be attached to a fat molecule to be absorbed by the body, this would explain why we felt little to no effect from the gummies we consumed.
That’s just a theory -- again, we don’t have a way of knowing exactly what happened. However, our experience with the gummies certainly gave us pause. We know how we generally respond to edibles and oral doses of CBD, and these gummies did not produce those results. At this dosage strength, we expected pain and anxiety relief, mood enhancement, and relaxation, but we didn’t feel much of anything.
Is the Issue With the Brand As a Whole, Or Just This Product
To be completely frank, we didn’t have the most positive experience with Savage CBD’s product line. Their vapor products, while flavorful and potent, contain PG (a compound that breaks down into known carcinogens like arsenic and formaldehyde when vaporized), their labels are confusing, vague, and difficult to read, and the only product we had good results with was the lemon-lime tincture. Everything else ultimately ended up being a miss, and that makes it hard for us to stand behind Savage CBD as a brand. They’re not the worst CBD company out there, but they’re certainly not the best, either.
Alternatives: What We’d Use Instead
If you’re in search of CBD gummies, we suggest the vegan gummies by cbdMD. Available in an assortment of flavors (including an especially mouthwatering raspberry) and varying dosage strengths, the gummies from cbdMD are effective and delicious, making taking your daily dose of long-lasting CBD simple.
We also like to use CBD tinctures for lasting relief -- the unflavored full-spectrum extracts from Ambary Gardens are especially good, while Joy Organics offers a broad-spectrum option without THC in an excellent lemon flavor and cbdMD carries isolate-based products in a wide array of flavors. A tincture can be taken directly or added to food and beverages according to your needs and tastes.
You could also choose to smoke or vape a bowl of organic hemp flower from Canna Comforts. Each strain of high-CBD flower looks, smells, tastes, and smokes just like the top-shelf cannabis strains that inspired it. Canna Comforts’ non-GMO hemp flower is sustainably grown under organic conditions and is batch-tested for quality, purity, and potency.
Alternatives: What We Like From Savage CBD
Unfortunately, we didn’t have the most positive experience with the products we tried from Savage CBD. While we like some aspects of the brand (their independent testing and sourcing of organic hemp for their CBD extracts) and appreciate the attention to detail and consideration that went into developing their vapor range, there’s not a lot we’d reach for again. We did have good results with Savage's CBD tincture, but not better results than we’ve had with other products from more reliable brands.
The inclusion of PG in vapor products, combined with the unclear (and sometimes unreadable) labeling and mixed results with products themselves lead us to suggest, ultimately, that you spend your money elsewhere. While their CBD tincture is effective and affordable, there are other alternatives available from brands that are more consistent.
We like the idea of this product, just not the execution. We would love to see Savage revisit the formulation of these gummies to make the CBD they contain more bioavailable. Hopefully, this would yield more powerful effects that would be more in line with the dosage within them.
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