How to include CBD products in your diet

Published Apr 19, 2019 01:20 p.m. ET
Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz

Cannabinol is a cannabinoid that is produced by both cannabis and hemp plants, but the majority of pure CBD products are derived from hemp plant which remains illegal in much of the developed world. This has kept the use, access, and information surrounding CBD products and supplements incredibly restricted to the general public who might benefit from introducing cannabinol in various forms into their daily diet. Here we will talk about what CBD is, how it is different than THC, why you might want to consider trying some, and six different ways to incorporate CBD products in your diet with ease.

What is CBD?

CBD is the short form for Cannabinol which is a cannabinoid that is naturally produced by both cannabis and hemp plants but is found in the highest quantities in certain industrial hemp strains. CBD is one of the hundreds of known cannabinoids and is non-psychoactive which means it won’t get you high. Therefore, CBD is most often taken for medical reasons, rather than recreational ones.

What is THC?

THC is naturally produced in large quantities by cannabis plant’s and is psychoactive in nature. What that means, is that this cannabinoid is the one responsible for creating the euphoric high that is sought after by recreational user’s, but also holds medicinal quantities for pain, mood management, and many other ailments.

Benefits of CBD products

A lot of people wonder why you would want to consider spending money on a product that isn’t yet entirely backed by the medical establishment. The truth is that there are many beneficial qualities to introducing CBD into your diet including both prevention and treatment of symptoms.

  1. Anti-inflammatory - CBD is an anti-inflammatory which helps to reduce inflammation and therefore pain caused by swelling. Sometimes this is due to an injury or strain, while others it might be caused by an illness such as Arthritis.
  2. Anxiety & depression - Cannabinol has shown to have the ability to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression in humans.
  3. Cancer - CBD products can help to alleviate common symptoms from both cancers, and it’s traditional treatments including pain, appetite, nausea, and sleeplessness.
  4. Acne - Just under 10% of the world's population will experience an acne breakout at one point or another in their lives. CBD can reduce swelling and also helps to reduce sebum production which is believed to be a significant influence on the health of a person’s skin.
  5. Neuroactive properties - CBD has proven to be an effective treatment for those with neurological disorders and muscle spasticity issues. It’s also shown to be useful for Parkinson’s epilepsy, and Alzheimer's due to its anti-seizure properties.
  6. Lowers blood pressure - Unlike its psychoactive counterpart THC, which is known to increase blood pressure, CBD has the opposite effect and can help to manage chronic blood pressure issues lowering the risk for heart attack, stroke, and metabolic syndrome but as much as 35%.
  7. Antipsychotic - Recent CBD research suggests that CBD can help to manage schizophrenia along with many other mental disorders as it can reduce the number of episodes by up to 60%.
  8. Addiction - CBD products are able to mend brain circuitry that had been modified due to substance abuse which lessens the person’s felt dependency on drugs better than any other prescribed pharmaceutical options that are available today.
  9. Diabetes - Though so far clinical trials have only been conducted on mice, the results showed that the introduction of CBD products in mice reduced adverse diabetes incidents by just under 60%, and also alleviated inflammation that was causing discomfort or pain.
  10. Antitumor - CBD products have demonstrated beneficial anti-tumor effects in animal trials, including the ability to prevent the spread of some cancers including colon, lung, breast, and prostate cancer.
  11. Vitamins - CBD is great for treating conditions of different sorts, but it is also an excellent nutritional supplement on its own. CBD products include vitamins A, B, C, and E, and also contain essential minerals such as potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus.

Possible side effects of using CBD products

  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Change in diet or appetite
  • Fatigue

How to incorporate CBD into your diet

Regardless of the reason that you initially decide to try using CBD, it is a simple additive that can be used in the kitchen to boost almost any recipe you can imagine.

  1. Use as a butter replacement
    CBD loves to bind to essential fatty acids and works perfectly as a replacement at least in part for butter in all of your favourite recipes
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  2. Use as an oil replacement
    You should never fry with CBD oil, or you might damage the cannabinoids before you get to consume them. Instead, it can be added to low temp recipes like eggs, cookies, brownies, cakes, gravy, pasta, and other dishes that don’t go above 350 F.

  3. Smoothies
    Smoothies are pretty much the best way to add almost any type of supplement to your diet with ease. That is mainly because smoothies have a creamy manipulatable texture that typically includes strong flavors like berries which are great at masking tastes and smells. Add some CBD oil drops, or CBD crystals to your drink for a heart healthy boost any time of day.

  4. Snacks
    Though we mentioned baked good of sorts above, snacks we tend to view as a lighter option. Some of the best and most popular CBD products consist of fun and easy to eat CBD edibles like suckers, gummies, or hard candies which can all be made at home with a few drops of CBD oil to customize the dosage.

  5. Hot drinks
    Not everyone loves coffee, but most people have a fondness for some sort of hot drink be it expresso, tea, lattes, etc. Add a few drops of CBD oil to any warm cup of brew for an instantly medicated hot drink that will be both long-lasting and effective.

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