Anyone with an Instagram has gotten lost in the vortex that is #foodie or #foodporn a time or two. Our shareable food pics have made one of the human race’s favorite pastimes that much more enjoyable…eating! We all need food to survive. So, you might as well enjoy the food you consume. Thanks to CBD, this pleasure has gotten even more pleasurable!
Until recently, products derived from hemp plants were only allowed in certain states. In areas where CBD has been legal for a while, locals have already started brainstorming different ways to enjoy the benefits of the Cannabis sativa plant. One of these breakthroughs is by adding CBD to your food.
In late 2018, the federal government lifted its long-standing ban on hemp-based products. That means CBD may become a regularly featured item on menus across the nation. While the rest of America catches up, restaurateurs are already crushing it in the CBD realm. With cannabis-based dishes guaranteed to impress the most uppity of foodies, here are the 4 best CBD restaurants in the nation!
Why Eat CBD?
CBD is such a unique ingredient. Not only does it have a distinctive (and delicious) nutty flavor, but it comes with a load of benefits. Full spectrum hemp-based products are what we call complete proteins. That means CBD contains all of the essential amino acids.
Amino acids are the building blocks of life. There are 21 of these critical fatty acids known to humankind. The human body can naturally generate all but nine of them. These other amino acids are considered “essential,” and must be consumed through diet.
Foods that high in these essential amino acids are animal fats. This makes it harder for vegans to get all the nutrients that they need. With that being said, vegans may be onto something. After all, an average person should be consuming 50 grams to 60 grams of protein per day. According to the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, the average person eats between 75 grams and 100 grams. That’s a lot of animal fat!
Amino acids are great and all, but high levels of animal fat comes with an abundance of omega-6 fatty acids. In order to run optimally, our body should have an omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio of 3:1. Suffice to say, filling up on animal fats leaves little room for much else. As a result, we get much fewer plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.
Luckily, CBD is rich in omega-3s. It’s a plant-based complete protein that helps bring balanced nutrition to carnivores, omnivores, herbivores…and everyone in between!
On top of being a rich protein source, CBD is also the greatest wing-person in the history of food! Studies on CBD show that cannabinoids have an entourage effect on other phytochemicals. That means when plant-based minerals come into contact with CBD, cannabinoids heighten the effect of the phytochemicals. By adding CBD to any meal, it will increase the bioavailability of all the micronutrients in the dish. In a meat-heavy society, we need all the micronutrients we can get!
How CBD in Food Works
Ever hear of the word “edibles?” Yeah…the marriage of CBD and food is a natural union!
Now, what is the main purpose of eating? Sure, grubbin’ tastes great. However, humans eat for the nutrients in the food.
Our digestive system breaks down the solid food matter. When this happens, the micronutrients and macronutrients present in the cuisine are dispersed into the bloodstream. This is how we absorb CBD.
As the food particles become waste, CBD dissipates into the microbiome. Here, it travels through your bloodstream in search of receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are essential for so many everyday functions.
These little messengers control many things, including:
- Hormone Production
- Pain Sensations
The main goal of CBD is to bring balance to an upset system. Therefore, if the receptors are sending out SOS signals to the brain, cannabinoids will intercept the message. They will seek out the receptors and cause a sedative-like effect. As a result, your brain receives a brand new message. Depending on the ailment you were suffering from, with CBD in the system your brain may do anything from halting the production of stress hormones to cutting off your desire to binge eat.
Ways Restaurants Incorporate CBD into Their Menu
CBD is a unique ingredient — it must be handled with the utmost care. Anytime you heat a particle, it changes the structure’s composition. Every ingredient in this world has its own unique boiling point. This is a sweet spot where the potency of the ingredient will begin to dwindle. For CBD, cannabinoids begin to lose their punch around 320°F to 356°F.
With that being said, a majority of CBD-infused foods are done through the use of CBD tinctures. In this liquid state, CBD can be added to any dish. Typically, drops are used in beverages, frostings or on top of a garnish.
If you want to bake with CBD, the phytochemicals are extracted with a fat. Fat absorbs molecules. This is handy because the CBD won’t seep out into the atmosphere and disappear into the ether. Instead, the fat acts any other edible would. It shields the CBD on its way down the digestive system. Once the fats are broken up by your stomach acids, the CBD is free to make its rounds in your body.
Usually, CBD is infused into an oil (like extra virgin olive oil) or added into a butter. From there, you can bake and cook with CBD as you see fit. Just be sure not to go over the boiling point!
Is that too much to think about? Then forget about it! Let others do the worrying. Just visit one of the top 4 CBD restaurants. What are these culinary oases? Let’s take a look!
Monarch & The Milkweed
This is a very farm-to-table-esque name perfect for a Vermont-based eatery. The Burlington staple rolled out a bevy of CBD desserts that will have any foodie uploading to Insta quicker than you can double tap an Ariana Grande post.
While CBD products may be new to the Monarch & The Milkweed menu, they’re not new to their chef. Head Chef Andrew LeStourgeon worked in dispensaries for three years honing his craft. Waiting for the moment for CBD to legal, Chef LeStourgeon was ready to roll out some of the best CBD treats you will ever feast your buds on!
Their list is ever-changing. However, there are some staples that you must try when you’re in Burlington, Vermont. Be sure to stop by Monarch & the Milkweed and scope out these CBD options:
- Strawberry Blondes
- Bon Bons
- White Chocolate Truffles
In Vermont, marijuana is legal. While not all of their products have it, some may contain THC. This is the psychoactive component that landed marijuana on the list of schedule 1 controlled substances. Therefore, be sure to ask their friendly staff for CBD-only goodies before consuming!
Want to get your sweet tooth on? Head to Oregon and swing by Grön Cafe for some tasty CBD treats. After all, CNN did name them the “Willy Wonka of Cannabidiol!”
The main two CBD ingredients at Grön Cafe are everyone’s two favorite vices — chocolate and caramel. These staples are then used to craft some of the most delicious beverages and sweets you will ever taste.
Need help on what to choose? You can’t go wrong with any of the following Grön Cafe delicacies:
- Chocolate-Filled Crossaints
- Hot Chocolate w/ Homemade Whipped Cream & Shortbread Cookie
- Caramel Latte
- Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Bar
At Grön Cafe, you will not only feel good when consuming CBD confections, but you will feel good about eating them as well. All of their chocolates are from fair-trade beans. In addition, many of their products are vegan-friendly, making these treats guilt-free!
Being named Zenbarn, you’d almost expect CBD to be on the menu! This is another Vermont-based restaurant. CBD aside, the first thing that will captivate you about Zenbarn is its charm.
Zenbarn is a rustic barn that pushes the “farm-to-table” lifestyle. In fact, they want you to feel so at home, there is even an upstairs yoga studio that plays live music at night. Not to be outdone by the whole zen experience, you will be treated quite often to amazing Grateful Dead cover bands.
Now, from the ambiance to what we’re all here for — the food! Zenbarn makes every dish CBD friendly based on the dressing and marinades they infused with cannabinoids. You can add the following to any burger or salad:
- CBD Aioli
- CBD Butter Bun
- CBD Honey Vinaigrette
- CBD Caramel (For desserts, but we won’t judge if it ends up on your salad!)
On top of CBD-infused toppings, there’s also a line of CBD beverages. Popular cocktails include:
- Gin and Chronic
- Le Verde
- Up in Smoke
In the advent of social media, so many of our needs are changing. This continuous evolution has altered the way we do everything. These switch-ups include how we shop, what we eat and the ingredients we use. PopCultivate celebrates all three of these evolutionary habit-changes.
This California-based company takes on the growing trend of pop-up shops, renting out space all over Los Angeles. Organic chemist-turned-chef, Chris Yang, took this unique concept and used it to transform how he serves food. He completed this vision by offering a food source not many are familiar with — CBD.
What makes PopCultivate so exciting is that you feel like you are a part of something exclusive. To get invited, you must join their newsletter. From there, they will tip you off on their next event. It’s up to you to RSVP! By the time it’s said-and-done, you may find yourself feasting in a courtyard or chowing down at the back of a brewery.
Just as the venue is ever-changing, so is the menu. Chef Yang uses his complex palate to pair CBD as well as THC with seasonal and fresh ingredients. In the past, PopCultivate has created CBD infused dishes such as:
- Strawberry Crumble
- Honey Pork
- Sesame Tofu Triangles
- Curry Cauliflower
- BBQ Ribs
For those who don’t want THC, you can opt out in the invitation. You must let them know that you intend on eating from the non-infused menu.
When you show up for the event, just be aware that their events are BYOB and smokers-friendly. Therefore, you may be in the presence of those consuming recreational marijuana. That aside, you are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that only Los Angeles can provide!
Think you can only benefit from hemp by vaping, smoking or using a CBD tincture or topical? Think again. There are some serious benefits that can be found by consuming raw hemp leaves. Raw cannabis is actually so good for you that some might even consider it a superfood.
It’s true. And not very surprising when you think of the myriad of benefits the hemp plant contains.
When we look at the Cannabis sativa plant (which includes both marijuana and hemp) from a nutritional perspective, it’s more “leafy green vegetable” than it is “weed,” and it’s actually extremely healthy.
If cannabis is so good for you, can you eat raw hemp leaves like you would spinach or kale?
Let’s take a closer look.
The Health Benefits of Raw Hemp Leaves
Nature truly provides us with almost everything we need to maintain great health. There are several medicinal plants that can be found throughout nature, and as we all know, cannabis is certainly no exception.
Not surprisingly (considering the myriad of benefits contained in CBD), hemp leaves pack a powerful nutritional punch. The leaves of the cannabis plant are full of iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, fiber and phosphorous.
Raw hemp leaves are also full of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants known for their effects on aging skin as well as their ability to protect against the development of several different diseases. Raw hemp is also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and rich in digestible globular proteins.
To say that raw hemp is healthy is almost a bit of an understatement.
Let’s take a closer look.
What Makes Raw Hemp Healthy?
Aside from its amazing nutritional profile, there are a few components of the raw hemp plant that make it such an amazing plant to consume in its natural state. These include:
The primary cannabinoids in raw cannabis leaves are CBDA and THCA. The “A” at the end of these cannabinoids stands for “acid” and denotes that the cannabinoid is in its acidic state. In order to experience the psychoactive effects of marijuana, THCA must be heated, a process known as decarboxylation.
Raw hemp leaves are primarily dominant in CBDA. While CBD is known for some serious therapeutic benefits of its own, CBDA also contains beneficial properties. While more research is certainly warranted, preliminary studies show that CBDA could contain some serious health benefits including:
Aside from super-beneficial CBDA, raw hemp leaves are still full of the natural terpenes contained in the plant itself. Terpenes are the aromatic chemicals found in several different plants that provide a distinct aroma and taste. Earthy sage. Zesty orange. Spicy cinnamon. It’s all in the terpenes.
Smell and taste aren’t all terpenes are responsible for. They also contain some serious therapeutic benefit. Dr. Ethan Russo, board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher and Director of Research and Development of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI), says that terpenes provide increased therapeutic value to cannabis that can be helpful in conditions like anxiety, depression, inflammation and more.
Some of the most common terpenes found in raw cannabis and hemp include:
- Myrcene (fruity, earthy aroma with anti-inflammatory, anti-insomnia, antispasmodic, analgesic and antibacterial properties)
- Linalool (spicy, floral scent with antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, sedative and anxiolytic properties)
- Pinene (a bronchodilator with a piney scent and antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidant properties)
- Caryophyllene (spicy aroma with analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, neuroprotective and anxiolytic properties)
- Limonene (strong citrus aroma with antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and anxiolytic properties)
Chlorophyll is what’s responsible for giving hemp is green pigmentation. While typically chlorophyll is removed from CBD products, hemp leaves are packed with it. What makes chlorophyll so good for your health? Research shows that chlorophyll is beneficial for the following:
- Wound healing
So, Can You Eat Raw Hemp Leaves?
If you can get your hands on some, raw hemp leaves can be an amazing addition to an already healthy lifestyle.
Dr. William L. Courtney is an expert in raw cannabis, whose area of special interest is in the dietary uses of cannabis to achieve 250-500mg cannabinoid acids, which he contends is an essential nutrient in the diet of individuals in their 4th decade and older.
Courtney, who has provided critically-ill medical patients with high servings of raw/juiced cannabis, believes that the “raw” version of cannabinoids helps activate the endocannabinoid system more effectively than when it is dried, cured and heated.
How to Eat Raw Hemp Leaves
Ever tasted raw hemp?
It’s a bit bitter, to say the least. For those of you who enjoy a bitter green (think dandelion, arugula, endive and others), raw hemp leaves could be a welcome addition to a fresh green salad. For those of you who can’t stomach bitter greens, we feel you. That’s why adding raw hemp leaves to a smoothie or juice is our favorite way to consume raw hemp leaves.
If you’re into juicing, think of raw hemp leaves as a huge powerhouse of nutrition. Whatever your favorite juice recipe may be, simply add a handful of hemp leaves (1-2 cups) along with your other ingredients. You’ll get all the benefits of the raw hemp leaves without their bitter taste. Our go-to juice contains a healthy amount of raw hemp leaves, cucumber, carrot, apple and ginger.
Not a big fan of juicing? Try adding your raw hemp leaves to a smoothie instead. We love smoothies. What an easy and great-tasting way to get the nutrients you need! You can experiment with CBD superfood smoothie recipes by tossing a handful of raw hemp leaves into the blender. The other ingredients blended into these drinks mask the bitter taste of the raw hemp leaves, while the hemp leaves offer increased nutritional benefits.
Of course, if you wanted, you could always just eat them raw right off the plant itself.
Are Raw Hemp Leaves Right for You?
While raw hemp leaves aren’t likely to be sold in your local produce section anytime soon, eating raw hemp leaves offers some pretty significant health benefits. Raw hemp leaves are such a powerful source of nutrition that some even consider them a superfood.
Full of fiber, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and more, raw hemp has you covered as far as nutrition is concerned. Add the rich amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids combined with the antioxidant effects of the polyphenols raw hemp leaves contains, and you’ve got yourself an extremely healthy addition to your juice, smoothie or salad.
If you can get your hands on some raw hemp leaves, go for it.
Not only can you 100% eat raw hemp leaves, but your body will likely thank you for it.
Here’s to your health!
Can CBD benefit your feline friend?
If you’ve discovered the benefits of CBD and just so happen to be one of the millions of people who own a cat, you might be wondering if CBD could also benefit your kitty companion. If so, you guessed correctly. CBD is wildly beneficial for pets, cats included.
If you’re a cat owner and interested in learning how to use CBD oil for your cat, this article is just for you. As it turns out, CBD can help out cats as much as it can humans. Let’s take a look at how it works.
Using CBD Oil for Your Cat
Were you aware that all animals have an endocannabinoid system? And that the endocannabinoid system of your cat works very much the same as your own? Like humans, cats have an endocannabinoid system found throughout the body that regulates several important physiological functions, such as pain, immunity, mood and sleep.
To put it very simply, CBD has a strong influence on these cannabinoid receptors, which is responsible for the myriad of health benefits it contains. Because a cat’s endocannabinoid system is so similar to that of our own, CBD is known to elicit similar effects in our feline friends.
How CBD Could Help Your Cat
While there is limited clinical research on CBD for pets, studies are slowly advancing. Since 2016, there have been two clinical studies completed on using CBD oil for dogs with osteoarthritis or epilepsy.
Conducted by Dr. Stephanie McGrath at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the initial investigation found CBD to be well-tolerated in 30 research animals. Results of this study were actually so promising that McGrath received a $350,000 grant from the American Kennel Club to conduct a three-year crossover study.
One of the most recent studies on the effectiveness of CBD for pets was conducted by Cornell University. Results of the study found that 2mg/kg of CBD oil twice daily helps to increase comfort and activity levels in dogs with osteoarthritis.
For the study, researchers examined the efficiency of CBD oil for pain management using a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover study. Dogs were given either a placebo or 2mg/kg of CBD oil every 12 hours for four weeks (as well as a two-week washout period). The dogs’ owners completed questionnaires, which was followed by veterinary assessment.
Results of the study strongly supported several anecdotal reports of the benefits of CBD for pets. Assessment by veterinarians showed that CBD oil reduced pain, while the Canine Brief Pain Inventory and Hudson Activity Scores showed “clinically significant reduction in pain and an increase in activity with CBD treatment.”
Aside from this study, researchers at Cornell are wrapping up a pharmacokinetic and safety study in cats. They also plan to conduct additional studies on the effectiveness of CBD oil for cats, including how it could benefit acute pain management, behavioral issues, feline pain and simultaneous use with chemotherapy in oncology patients.
Can CBD Help Your Cat?
Whether your cat is suffering from pain, anxiety, aggression, or arthritis, CBD could help. Remember, studies on cats are limited, but there’s plenty of preliminary and anecdotal evidence that supports its use for various kitty conditions. Some of these include:
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased energy
If your cat is seriously sick, we’re sorry. Seeing our furry friends suffer is never easy. There are several reports from pet owners online, however, that have seen big improvements in their cats after using CBD. However, you should always speak to your veterinarian first about incorporating CBD into your cat’s life, especially if they might require medical attention.
Some of the conditions cat owners say CBD helped with include many common feline diseases, such as arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatitis.
How to Use CBD Oil for Your Cat
If you think that CBD could be a good option for your kitty, it’s important to understand just how to use CBD oil for your cat. There are plenty of CBD oil products for pets available on the market to choose from, just not many specifically made for cats. Any CBD oil for pets, however, can be administered to both dogs and cats. You can also use CBD oil that is intended for human consumption. It’s just really important that you follow proper dosing recommendations.
What is the Best Serving of CBD for Cats?
Our feline companions are much smaller than us, meaning that they typically require much smaller servings of CBD than we would take. While the World Health Organization (WHO) did release a report in 2017 that CBD is safe and well-tolerated in both humans and animals and there have been ZERO reported overdoses or fatalities from CBD, your cat doesn’t need much CBD to receive its therapeutic effects.
How much CBD you give your cat will ultimately depend on how much your cat weighs, as well as the particular condition kitty is suffering from. It’s always best to start with low servings at first to see how your cat reacts.
Think of CBD servings for your cat like this. A regular serving should be used daily for minor to moderate problems and health issues twice a day. Cats that are suffering from more serious health complications should receive a stronger serving of CBD twice a day.
While some veterinarians won’t recommend CBD for your cat or might not even be familiar with it, there is an increasing number of vets that do.
A good serving size to start with is about 2mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight. Remember, individual serving size will vary considerably when it comes to the particular condition your cat is suffering from. More serious conditions will require a stronger serving (4mg/10lbs), while minor to moderate conditions can be given a lower serving.
How Do You Give CBD Oil to Your Cat?
Once you’ve figured out the exact serving you want to give your cat, the best way to administer CBD oil is directly under your cat’s tongue or lip. Oral administration of CBD for your cat will offer the most rapid relief as it is absorbed by the mucous membranes in the mouth and then moves directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract altogether.
But as any cat owner knows, administering anything orally to a cat can be much easier said than done. Cats have a tendency to put up much more of a fight than dogs when it comes to sticking a dropper in their mouth and being force-fed medication.
If your cat refuses to take their CBD oil from a dropper, you can alternatively add it to their food or water. Just keep in mind that it will take longer for your pet to feel the effects, as the CBD must past through the digestive tract and liver before reaching the bloodstream.
Using CBD for Your Feline Friend
CBD doesn’t typically work overnight and it could take a couple weeks for you to see the difference it makes in your own cat. Observing your kitty each day after you begin giving him or her CBD oil can help you determine the best serving, as well as if CBD is an effective treatment for your furry friend.
There are several cat owners who have found success using CBD for their cat. Will CBD work for your cat? If you’re interested in using CBD oil for your cat, start them on a twice-daily serving schedule and watch them for a couple weeks. We believe there’s a big chance your cat will thank you for it.
Not long ago the only way to take CBD was in a tincture. The CBD market itself was just beginning and a few companies dominated the market with a limited selection of CBD oil tinctures and drops. Since then, the CBD market has exploded.
Welcome to the modern world of CBD, where new products and methods of delivery are hitting the market on an almost daily basis. These days people are vaping CBD, eating CBD and even mixing CBD into coffee drinks and cocktails. In fact, the CBD beverage market is becoming so popular that it’s estimated it will be worth $260 million in the U.S. by 2022.
Rapidly expanding interest in CBD beverages has led to increased interest in water-soluble CBD.
What exactly is water-soluble CBD, though?
And are there increased benefits to water-soluble CBD compared to regular CBD oil?
We know that there are a lot of different CBD terms out there, which can make it difficult to understand exactly what’s what when it comes to the beneficial cannabinoid. Here we’ll take a deeper look at what exactly water-soluble CBD is and the potential benefits it contains.
What Is Water Soluble CBD?
It’s a well-known fact that oil and water don’t mix. Seeing that the adult human body is made up of 60% water, CBD oil has a bit of difficulty absorbing into the bloodstream. This is something that decreases the bioavailability of most CBD products that are available on the market.
What exactly is bioavailability? And what does it have to do with taking CBD oil?
Bioavailability is defined as “the proportion of a drug or other substance which enters the circulation when introduced to the body and so is able to have an active effect.”
What does this mean when as far as CBD is concerned?
Seeing that the body is 60% water, when we take CBD oil not all of it makes it into the bloodstream. Whether taking a tincture, capsule, edible or drink, it’s important to understand that you’re not getting as much CBD as you might think.
For example, a 2012 study showed that the bioavailability of taking CBD orally was around 6%. On the other hand, the bioavailability of smoking CBD was found to be around 31%, which is why vaping CBD is considered one of the fastest and strongest delivery methods of CBD that exists.
The low bioavailability levels of oral administration are what led scientists in the industry to come up with a solution to increase how much CBD actually makes its way into the system.
Thus, the creation of water-soluble CBD — something that could just revolutionize the CBD market forever.
Note: Water-soluble CBD does not essentially dissolve in water. Instead, CBD molecules just become more “compatible” with water.
How Is Water-Soluble CBD Produced?
Water-soluble CBD is produced through a method known as nanotechnology, a field of research and innovation concerned with “building things” on the scale of atoms and molecules. Nanotechnology uses sound waves to break up CBD clusters into micro-sized particles.
To date, nanotechnology is the best way of creating water-soluble CBD. Using this proprietary technology, CBD is broken down into droplets that are 10-100 nanometers in size. At Joy Organics, the nanoemulsion technology used in our process to create our water-soluble CBD breaks down the particles in some of our products to 25-60 nanometers.
Okay, but just how big (or small) is a nanometer? A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. To put things into perspective, the diameter of the average human hair is 80,000 nanometers. A nanometer is so small, it’s almost incomprehensible.
Once it’s broken down into these microscopic particles, it becomes more compatible with water because it’s now at a size that allows for it to dissipate into the water molecules.
Seeing that some experts say water-soluble CBD will completely revolutionize the CBD market, it’s bound to come with a few benefits.
Let’s take a look at what they are.
The Benefits of Water Soluble CBD
- It Offers Increased Bioavailability — By far, one of the biggest benefits of water-soluble CBD is that it offers increased bioavailability. The nanoemulsion process we use, for example, makes our water-soluble formulas three times more bioavailable than oil-based products. So, what exactly does this mean for you? That you can take less to achieve the same results. Less really is more. This is because more CBD is making its way into your system, which means less of the product is wasted, which can ultimately decrease the frequency that you purchase CBD.
- It Can Be Mixed Easily into Beverages — Something that adds to the excitement of water-soluble CBD is that it can be easily mixed into any beverage. Want to take your CBD on the go with your to-go cup of coffee? Easy breezy. Just add your desired serving size of water-soluble CBD oil to however you do coffee and you’re good to go. Water-soluble CBD will also mix seamlessly into water and can make an awesome addition to your regular workout routine. Just add however much water-soluble CBD you want to your water bottle or sports drink, put it in your gym bag and enjoy it pre or post workout. Better yet, check out our CBD Energy Drink Mix, making it easy as ever to get the most out of your next workout.
- It Works More Rapidly Than Other Delivery Methods — Because of the increased bioavailability of water soluble CBD, it works more rapidly than other CBD products. But how exactly does this work?
When taken orally, CBD oil must first pass through the digestive tract and liver before making its way into the bloodstream. Known as the first pass effect, this dramatically decreases how much CBD you actually “get.” While this in itself is enough to slow down how quickly you feel the effects of non-water soluble CBD, because it doesn’t mix well with water it simply has a longer onset time.
What do the experts have to say about the benefits of water-soluble CBD?
For one, they believe it will make the CBD beverage industry boom.
In a recent interview with Cannabis Business Times, Ronan Levy, a chief strategy officer at one of premier emerging biotech companies in the water-soluble CBD industry, spoke about how water-soluble cannabinoids could change the cannabis beverage market.
When asked about his overall outlook for the cannabis infused beverage market, Levy had the following to say:
Someone described it to me the other day, and I think it was appropriate. The guy I was speaking to was instrumental in developing gluten-free foods in Canada, and he said version one gluten-free foods, they were by and large, pretty bad. They didn’t taste good, they had terrible texture, but if you had Celiac’ s Disease, it gave you an option. But with time, technology, investment and more people flooding into the market of gluten-free foods, the quality of gluten-free foods has increased substantially and now the gluten-free breads are comparable with other breads.
The cannabis industry is the same way. There are drinks out there that people are consuming because they like the format, but they don’t taste very good, they have an unpredictable effect, and I think the first line of products coming out are probably going to be bad to OK. But with time, investment and technologies that address a lot of the fundamental issues around the existing technologies that make mediocre drinks, you’re going to see the quality of beverages improve.
Final Thoughts on the Benefits of Water Soluble CBD
We believe there’s something to be said about embracing proprietary technologies that offer the highest-quality CBD oil available. Nanoemulsion is one such process that transforms your “standard” CBD oil into nano-sized emulsions that allow for the most bioavailable CBD you can find.
The high bioavailability of water-soluble CBD means you can use less product to achieve the same level of benefits of non-water soluble CBD.
Using less to achieve the same results? We’d like to think that’s a HUGE benefit.
Then there’s the fact that water-soluble CBD works more rapidly than most other methods of administration. Quicker onset means quicker results.
While water-soluble CBD is something fairly new to the CBD market, it’s something that’s rapidly gaining increased attention.
Still have questions about the benefits of water soluble CBD? Please contact us any time. We’re always here to help.
CBD has shown promise in combating the unpleasant symptoms of countless conditions. With interest in CBD products continuing to gain momentum, the wellness circle is beginning to shed a light on the many uses of CBD. One of these is to fight off nausea.
While nausea can be unpleasant for those on a yacht ride, it shouldn’t be a chronic condition. You should take frequent bouts of nausea as a warning that something else is going on. If nausea persists, please contact your physician.
With that being said, some of us have been diagnosed with conditions or prescribed medications where nausea comes with the territory. Remember all those side effects they list in those long pharmaceutical commercials? Yup, nausea’s right up with the rest of them.
So, let’s take a look at why we experience nausea. With that understanding, we can better explore the wonders that are CBD. From there, you can make an informed decision as to whether CBD products are the right choice for your nausea concerns.
What Is Nausea?
Sounds simple enough, right? Think again. How would you explain nausea? I think a good many might say it’s the sense of needing to vomit. Others may cite feelings of spins. Yet, others might claim they get bouts of hot flashes.
We all have a general concept of what is nausea. However, we all experience nausea in different ways. The reason for such a spectrum of symptoms is that nausea is a blanket term to describe a feeling associated with an even broader range of conditions.
In the short-term, bouts of nausea and vomiting are quick fixes for your body. Whether it’s the flu, food poisoning or too much alcohol, your body is trying to expel toxins. Once the evacuation is complete, you need to rehydrate yourself. Afterward, you should feel a-ok.
However, if the trigger of this nausea is unknown, then there could be something worse going on. Nausea tends to subside after a couple of days. Anything that lasts longer than that window is a cause for alarm. You should seek medical help immediately.
What Causes Nausea?
So, what triggers such an unpleasant feeling in our bodies? There are a number of triggers that will cause you to experience bouts of nausea.
Some conditions include:
- Ear infections
- Anxiety/Panic attacks
- Viral infections
- Side effects of medications
- Motion sickness
- Morning sickness
- GI disorders
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
This list is just the most common. There are many rare conditions where chronic nausea is a symptom. That is why it’s imperative you get checked out if symptoms persist.
What Happens to Our Body to Cause Nausea?
In order to understand how CBD can help nausea, you should have a solid foundation on why we feel nauseous in the first place.
There are four major factors at play when we have bouts of nausea that conclude in a vomit session.
These areas are:
- GI tract
- Chemoreceptor trigger zone (CTZ)
- Vestibular apparatus
- Cerebral cortex
Kind of like a storm rolling in, when these powers collide, it’s boom! Vomitus Maximus.
When there’s an invader in your body that warrants an immediate evacuation, these four areas go in defense mode. They meet at the epicenter where vomit is ejected…the medulla. Let’s discuss how the body works together to dispel toxins!
How the Body Fights off Toxins
Whenever there are toxins in the system, your body takes a “better be safe than sorry” approach. Instead of letting these foreign substances take over, your body tries to rid them ASAP. They do this by causing us to feel sick and, eventually, throw up the culprit.
They say your gut is the second brain, and with reason. This is our first line of defense. When toxins enter the system, they stimulate two important receptors:
- Chemoreceptors (chemical sensor)
- Stretch receptors (causes muscular reactions)
When the chemoreceptors and stretch receptors receive the messages from the toxins, it triggers a negative response to the system. As a result, your brain secretes our pain receptors, Substance P.
Substance P travels to two areas of the body. It binds onto the neurokinin 1 receptors in the gut. This will cause the nauseous feeling in your stomach. The pain protein will also attach to molecules in the medulla. Stimulating the medulla is what causes you to vomit.
In order for our body to see the vomit through, it needs a gauge. The body uses an apparatus aptly known as the vestibular apparatus. This apparatus oversees our equilibrium. That is why we vomit (and can’t walk a straight line) when we’ve had too much drink.
Alcohol can be considered a toxin. However, there are some non-toxins that cause us to vomit. Let’s take a look at how our body reacts to these instances.
What Happens to Your Body When You’re Nauseous from Non-Toxins?
Sometimes we just feel nauseous! One second you’re on a nice boat ride and the next you’re heaving overboard. In other cases, you may have a condition that’s hindering your hearing. As a result, your equilibrium may become compromised.
This is when your vestibular apparatus steps up to the plate. When these moments happen, your body turns to its uncomfortable situation go-to, nausea and vomiting.
The last cause of nausea and vomiting has nothing to do with infections, motion sickness or toxins. It has to do with your mind. Our olfactory bulb is home to the strongest receptors in our body. That’s because scent triggers a hoard of memories and emotions.
Have you ever gotten a bit misty-eyed when you smelled your grandma’s old cookie recipe? Perhaps you’ve whiffed a past loved one’s cologne and felt a bit nostalgic? This is your cerebral cortex at play.
Your cerebral cortex is closely associated with the limbic system. Within the limbic system lies the amygdala. This is where we store our reactions to memories. The amygdala is responsible for that warm feeling grandma’s cookies give you, or that flutter of heartbreak an ex’s scent can bring.
Your amygdala remembers how you reacted the last time you were in a similar situation. This shapes how you (and your body) react to the current scenario. Did you once go too hard on tequila and the mere smell of it made you want to throw up for months after? Have you ever had a bad experience with a certain food and smelling it in the future made your stomach turn? That’s your cerebral cortex playing with you!
How CBD Can Help Nausea
While we know all the areas of the body that cause nausea, that’s not all the pieces of the puzzle. Sure, toxins set off receptors but your body needs back up. That’s where many of our neurotransmitters come to the rescue. Studies have shown that dopamine and serotonin play a big role in vomiting.
The reason for this is that these hormones are known as the “happy neurotransmitters.” When your system is unhappy, they want to turn that frown upside down immediately. For those who don’t want to experience vomiting, a good way to curb this involuntary action may be CBD.
While serotonin means well, it’s being a bit selfish. It’s doing all it can to protect a body under attack. Supplementing with CBD is like bringing in a clear-headed third-party.
The purpose of CBD is to bring homeostasis to the system. Cannabinoids seek out the receptors that are upset and stimulate them to produce a sedative-like effect.
In addition, CBD can bind to serotonin receptors. This will slow down the abundance of this neurotransmitter in your system. As a result, it won’t trigger the sensations of nausea or cause you to vomit.
CBDa and Nausea
While CBD has shown promise in combating nausea, another phytocannabinoid might be the most effective. We’re talking about the precursor to CBD, CBDa. Studies with CBDa show, “induced vomiting and abdominal retching are dramatically suppressed.”
CBDa is most abundant in plants that are bred to have a high content of CBD. That is why we work with local Colorado farmers at Joy Organics. Our relationship with them allows us to carry some of the most potent full spectrum hemp oil on the market.
How to Use CBD for Nausea
There are many effective ways to combat nausea with CBD. Perhaps the easiest would be to inhale a CBD Vape Pen. Seeing as nausea starts in the gut, you are inhaling the cannabinoids directly to the source of the problem. Not to mention, there isn’t any physical matter to break down. For someone experiencing nausea, a CBD Vape Pen would be easier to digest than a CBD edible.
Another great way to get quick relief is with a CBD tincture. We recommend Joy Organics tranquil mint. Studies have shown peppermint oil is effective in aiding with digestion issues. Why else do you think they serve you an after-dinner mint? At Joy Organics, we use all-natural peppermint oil and CBD to bring your stomach lasting relief.
Lastly, cut up some ginger and let it soak in warm (not boiling water). After a few minutes, add in a few drops of Joy Organics lemon CBD tinctures. This makes for a delicious tonic that will help fight inflammation in the gut that may be causing nausea.