CBD products are new to the masses and many don’t know how to tackle this new tool in the world of wellness. The subtleness of CBD is one of its strongest assets, but it may lead some to believe they are not feeling a difference with CBD use. The goal of CBD is to promote homeostasis, or internal balance. That’s why ou The research has found that CBD oil combined with food high in healthy fats increases the amount of CBD absorbed into your system. You can take CBD with or without food, but your choice influences bioavailability. Should you take CBD on an empty stomach, or is it better to have a meal first? Read to find out how to consume your CBD for maximum effectiveness and potency.
Not Feeling a Difference With CBD Use? These Reasons Might Be Why
CBD products are new to the masses and many don’t know how to tackle this new tool in the world of wellness. The subtleness of CBD is one of its strongest assets, but it may lead some to believe they are not feeling a difference with CBD use .
The goal of CBD is to promote homeostasis, or internal balance. That’s why our CBD is non-psychoactive and comes without intoxicating side effects. However, there may be many other reasons why you are not feeling a difference with your CBD use. Read up to see if any of these tricks can help you feel the optimal benefits of CBD that you long for.
How CBD Works
To get a clearer understanding as to why you might not be feeling the effects of CBD, it’s good to have solid foundational knowledge of CBD.
The human body is lined with cannabinoid receptors. These receptors gauge the environment that is brewing throughout different areas of your body. This includes your skin, your brain and your gut.
There are many ways to consume CBD. However, they all fall into the following categories.
Oral supplementation includes CBD tinctures. You can take tinctures directly by mouth or you can add the liquid to food or drinks.
Using a CBD tincture or CBD vape pen are the quickest ways to enjoy CBD’s effects. With that being said, you will also burn through the cannabinoids faster.
As for edibles, most effects happen through the digestive tract.
When you consume edibles, your body must break down the solid material surrounding the CBD. Whether it’s a brownie or a gummy bear, you won’t feel the effects until the CBD oxidizes into the bloodstream.
With that being said, you don’t digest a full edible immediately. While the effects may take a while to kick in, they will last longer than a tincture. In the same breath, your stomach acids may destroy some of the cannabinoids. This comes with the territory of eating. The nutrients in a salad have the same struggle. Therefore, edibles may not pack as intense of a punch as a CBD tincture.
Digestive CBD products aren’t just edibles. They also include CBD softgels. Instead of food surrounding the cannabinoids, you get a capsule. Capsules are not as dense as an edible, so you will most likely feel the effects sooner with CBD softgels than eating food infused with CBD.
Remember how we said your body was lined with cannabinoid receptors? The largest organ boasts a hoard of them. In fact, studies find that the skin has its own endocannabinoid system.
Skin is very porous and yet we try masking those pores with makeup and other harsh chemicals. Well, we shouldn’t. This porous surface soaks up everything we put on it, including CBD. You can apply CBD salve to muscles after a workout or try a CBD serum to promote a healthy complexion!
While it takes a bit longer than a CBD tincture, the effects will come quicker than the digestive method.
Now that you have a solid foundation on the workings of CBD products, let’s figure out some of the reasons you may not be feeling the benefits of CBD.
Get Out of Your Head
One reason you might not be feeling anything is that you’re thinking too much about it. While many understand CBD doesn’t get you high, there’s still a cognitive correlation to the other cannabis plant that does. Many who are new to CBD expect to feel this great sense of euphoria. That’s not what CBD is meant to do.
In fact, if you are feeling a bit light-headed, then you probably consumed too much CBD. Don’t fret. There have been no medical instances of a CBD overdose that required hospitalization or ended in death.
Check Your CBD Serving
In uncharted waters like CBD, many say start slow. That’s a great idea. Just as you dye one strand of hair first before dyeing the whole head, you need to test the waters with cannabinoids.
With that said, our livers are pretty solid and you can most likely metabolize low servings of CBD with ease without feeling the effects. After you see how you feel after one tincture dropper or one piece of CBD chocolate, up the ante. Once you feel the effects you desire, you’ll know it. Trust your body. It knows more than you do!
Don’t Consume CBD on an Empty Stomach
Any time you take a supplement, you should have a little something in your stomach. Your stomach acids are extremely potent. If the first thing your CBD comes into contact with is stomach acid, the cannabinoids won’t stand much of a chance.
By having a slight bite to eat, you create a raft on your stomach acids. That way, the CBD in the edible/CBD-laden saliva/softgel you consumed has something to land on.
As your acids break down the solid material, the CBD is free to oxidize. That means the compounds within the CBD dissipate into the contained atmosphere that is your body. From there, CBD will bind onto receptors throughout your system.
Consume CBD with Healthy Fat and Complex Carbs
Sure, you shouldn’t take CBD on an empty stomach. However, you shouldn’t take it on a stomach full of sugary, starchy or fried foods either. Ideally, you should consume CBD with healthy fat and complex carbs.
CBD to fat is like a moth to light. Fat soaks up CBD. This makes a nice little cocoon for the cannabinoids as the fat flops into your stomach acid reservoir. With that being said, you don’t want a big, fatty steak that will clog up your system.
Instead, consume fats that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These are found in lean proteins, seeds and legumes. What’s great is that you can find omega-rich foods that will work at any time of the day. Try consuming CBD with foods such as:
- Hemp seeds/hemp oil
- Flax seeds (ground)
- Free-range chicken eggs
- Free-range chicken
- Chia seeds
- Organic coconut oil
- Organic extra-virgin olive oil
To ride the wave of effects even longer, be sure to eat some complex carbs. These are fibers that your body takes a long time to digest, which means they will create a blockade in your system that allows the CBD more time to oxidize.
Now, blockade might sound scary, but complex carbs are okay. Consuming complex carbohydrates strengthens beneficial bacteria that help you better absorb nutrients.
Some of the best complex carbs to have with CBD include:
- Sweet potatoes
- Steel cut oatmeal
- Whole wheat pasta
- Brown rice
- Whole wheat bread
Complex carbs are preferred over starchy ones like white rice and potatoes because they are packed with micronutrients. When your beneficial bacteria break down these foods, they release a multitude of phytochemicals into your system.
These benefits will be further enhanced by CBD. Studies have shown that broad or full spectrum CBD has an entourage effect — when it’s in the presence of other phytochemicals, it gives their benefits a boost.
You Haven’t Tried Long Enough
Rome wasn’t built in a day! Nothing in this world is a cure-all and most things take time to work.
CBD has been getting so much mainstream attention that many are expecting mountains to be moved within one use. Not to mention, those who are new to the concept still have the marijuana stigma looming in the back of their minds. Consumers have a tendency to envision the instantaneous high that comes with the other cannabis plant. These preconceived notions are a natural storm of unreachable expectations.
Are You Using Low Quality?
Perfumes have cheap rip-offs in gas stations. “Healthy” granola bars are laden with sugars and artificial ingredients. When something strikes it big, there are bound to be imitations. CBD is the new belle of the ball in the world of wellness. While still in its infancy, subpar products are already popping up. Don’t fall for the scam.
CBD products are not currently well regulated, so you’re going to want to do your due diligence when selecting CBD products. Make sure you opt for a brand that offers either “full spectrum” or “broad spectrum hemp oil.”
This means many of the 100+ unique phytochemicals in hemp are present in the product. That sets the entourage effect into motion. By using a higher quality CBD product, you are getting a load of benefits that go beyond just CBD.
Lastly, you want to make sure the company you are buying from is using strict farming methods. Pesticides are synthetic chemicals — that means they have reactions with everything they come into contact with. When you’re adding synthetic ingredients into the mix, they do nothing but dilute the overall potency.
That’s why you need to opt for a brand like Joy Organics. Not only do we use hemp grown by U.S. farmers, but we also test the purity of each formula through a third-party laboratory. In the CBD world, transparency is important. Otherwise, you might not feel the desired effects of your CBD products.
If you’re still unsure why you aren’t feeling a difference after using CBD products, feel free to contact us so we can talk through it.
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Should You Take CBD Oil Before or After Meals?
CBD oil is consumed in various ways, including as oil or tincture, in capsules and in food. When consumed with food, there are benefits to taking CBD after eating fatty foods or eating CBD edibles with ingredients known to have healthy fats. Though you can take CBD oil at any time, using it after meals may deliver maximum benefits.
How Does CBD Work in the Body?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is one of the more recent discoveries concerning the human body. The surprising discovery was how much the ECS regulates important bodily functions, including pain, body temperature, immune responses, pain and more. The ECS is comprised of cellular receptors located in the brain and throughout the body, and the receptors process chemical signals as their regulatory process. The body produces endocannabinoids, molecules similar to cannabis plant molecules, to activate the receptors, so they regulate the various bodily functions mentioned.
There are two main receptors called CB1 and CB2. The brain has more CB1 receptors than other kinds of receptors. CB1 receptors regulate the other neurotransmitters, helping them adjust as necessary to control things like hunger and body temperature. CB2 receptors are found mostly in immune tissues, so they assist immune functioning.
Activating CB2 receptors with cannabis (hemp plant) cannabinoids does not produce a high. Stimulating CB1 receptors does lead to experiencing a high. CBD does not bind directly with CB1 or CB2 receptors. It acts indirectly, and in that way, CBD influences how the receptors work. CBD is called an antagonist because it modulates the effects of stimulating the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Medical research is ongoing to determine if CBD could be useful for doing things like reducing pain and hunger. Though more research is needed, there are labs and medical institutions regularly conducting clinical trials to determine exactly how CBD works in the body because CBD offers promise as potential drug therapy in the future.
Should You Take CBD Oil With Food?
Can you eat CBD oil? If so, should you take CBD oil with or without food?
A Singlecare survey found that 33 percent of Americans have used CBD at least once. Millions of people are already regularly using CBD, and many prefer taking CBD oil with or in food.
There are two things to understand about CBD consumption, either in a carrier oil or as CBD oil added to food.
- The first is bioavailability. The term bioavailability refers to the amount of CBD that enters the circulation system. The amount of CBD influences the effects experienced. Bioavailability also refers to how long it takes a substance to enter your circulation system.
2. The second term is “first-pass metabolism.” When you orally consume drugs, food, drinks or other substances by swallowing, they must go through the digestive system. As the substance is processed, some are metabolized by your body’s tissues before reaching the liver for processing into the circulation system and eventually the brain.
This process takes time, so any effects felt from swallowing CBD oil or consuming edibles are delayed. The one exception is that taking CBD oil sublingually bypasses the first-pass metabolism process and increases the amount of CBD that enters the system.
Swallowing CBD oil leads to low bioavailability for these reasons. Also influencing bioavailability is your personal metabolic rate and the way CBD is consumed, like in a capsule or in food.
Should you take CBD oil in food?
There is research that found taking CBD oil with high-fat foods can increase CBD bioavailability. One study reported that bioavailability can be increased four-fold by taking CBD with a high-fat and high-calorie meal compared to taking CBD on an empty stomach.
The reason is that cannabis cannabinoids are lipid-soluble, so taking the CBD oil with or in foods with dietary lipids like butter, whole milk or vegetable oil increases bioavailability. You can also take CBD oil mixed with oil like sesame oil to increase bioavailability. Researchers found the primary mechanism for the increased bioavailability is due to the transport of the CBD via the intestinal lymphatic system rather than the liver.
What Foods Work Best With CBD Oil?
The question then becomes the best high-fat foods to take with CBD oil combined with food. Some fats are good for you, and those are the fats you want to concentrate on. You do not want to eat a lot of fatty foods that lead to health problems. CBD cookies make a great snack and may contain high-fat ingredients, but you cannot live on cookies. Healthy fats are found in oils like sesame oil, coconut oil and MCT oil. Foods rich in healthy fats include:
- Fatty fish, like trout and salmon
- Nuts, like walnuts and almonds
- Dark chocolate
- Yellow yolk in eggs
- Hard cheese containing the most fat
If you love cookies, choose CBD edibles purposely made with healthy high-fat ingredients, like ones made with peanut butter and palm oil. The intentional choice of ingredients increases CBD bioavailability while helping you avoid consuming unhealthy fats.
The best time to take CBD oil is right after eating a meal because the CBD remains in your digestive system longer as your body processes the food. Taking CBD after eating food gives you the best chance of increasing bioavailability by four times, as mentioned earlier.
Do you swallow CBD oil? Yes, you can swallow it. You can also take CBD oil on an empty stomach. However, to maximize bioavailability, you would want to take a CBD tincture sublingually, so the CBD is absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the capillaries under the tongue. You hold the CBD oil under your tongue for 30-90 seconds before swallowing the oil.
You can take CBD with or without food, but your choice influences bioavailability. You want to achieve the highest bioavailability, so using CBD oil with food makes sense based on medical research to date. The research has found that CBD oil combined with food high in healthy fats increases the amount of CBD absorbed into your system. Taking CBD after a meal slows down absorption, which gives the CBD more time to reach your circulation system.
- https://www.singlecare.com /blog/news/cbd-statistics/
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Is It Better to Take CBD Oil Before or After Meals?
According to a Gallup poll, approximately 14% of Americans stated that they use CBD products.Of that population, about 11% say they use it for sleep, 20% for anxiety, and a whopping 40% for managing various types of pain.While data for Gallup polls is all user-reported, meaning it’s anecdotal evidence, it gives us a peek inside what people are using CBD oil for and how it’s benefiting them.
With the popularity of CBD oil and other CBD products at an all-time high, estimates about its surging use are only growing.There are still a ton of unanswered questions about cannabidiol and how well it can work for a variety of issues.
The question of the day is this: How do you decide when to take CBD? Also, should you be taking CBD on an empty stomach? These answers may have a bigger impact on CBD’s benefits than you might think. We’ll tackle these questions and more in our guide on what the best time is for taking CBD oil.
CBD OIL INSTRUCTIONS
On most CBD oil bottles, the label has directions for how to use the oil. Most say to take the oil with food but never specify when to take CBD, whether it should be taken before, during, or after the meal. Some labels, including that of our CBD tinctures, suggest taking the oil sublingually, or under the tongue, and holding it in the mouth for up to 60 seconds before swallowing.
Despite the conflicting instructions, we want to clear the confusion about whether or not to take CBD on an empty stomach once and for all.
Remember how we’ve mentioned the bioavailability of CBD and how it varies depending on the delivery method? Here’s a summary:
Unlike what you may think, we don’t absorb the full amount of CBD in each serving. Rather, we can only absorb as much CBD as is possible according to the bioavailability of the product.
When it comes to ingesting CBD products, edible products such as our gummies must first pass through the digestive system then on to the liver in what is called “first-pass metabolism.” This is why sublingual application reigns supreme. By dropping CBD oil under the tongue and holding it in your mouth for up to 60 seconds, your sublingual glands can effectively absorb cannabidiol and completely bypass the first-pass metabolism.
WHEN TO TAKE CBD?
So when exactly is the optimal time to take CBD oil? First of all, you should never take CBD on an empty stomach. CBD oil should always be taken with food in your system, but there’s not just one reason behind this fact. While you can take it immediately before or after your meal, we strongly recommend taking it after.
Taking CBD oil after eating optimizes your chances of it having the highest bioavailability. With food in your stomach already digesting, the CBD oil that is swallowed has a greater chance to be absorbed by the liver without losing too much of its efficacy seeing that MOST of its effects were already absorbed sublingually.
In short, taking CBD on an empty stomach is a waste of valuable product. You’re not optimizing the opportunity you have by taking CBD on an empty stomach; instead, you are degrading the potency of the oil. This is what can cause users to have to use more CBD for the same effect, or even think that their product is ineffective. Knowing when to take CBD can optimize its effect for maximum potency.
FEEDING YOUR CBD APPETITE
Did you know that the food you eat before you dose up with CBD oil may further impact how well it absorbs into your body? CBD as a compound cannot be absorbed by the body without a carrier oil. For Envy CBD’s tinctures, we use a combination of MCT oil, hemp seed oil, and ActivAloe, all of which the CBD can bind to as these oils are fat-rich.
Eating foods that contain medium-chain and long-chain fatty acids serves as the best binding agent for CBD and other cannabinoids, which are then more easily and directly metabolized through the liver. First pass metabolism may still be present, but it’s limited with the right factors, thereby increasing bioavailability.
A team of researchers conducted a study published in 2013 that assessed the effect that food has on the bioavailabilities of both CBD and THC. The study concludes that the bioavailability tends to be four times higher in CBD products if they were taken after a meal instead of before, or on an empty stomach.
WHAT FOODS WORK BEST WITH CBD OIL?
Now that we know not to take CBD on an empty stomach, what is the best way to feed your CBD appetite? As we mentioned above, foods that are high in medium and long-chain fatty acids help to bolster the bioavailability of CBD oil. While we already mentioned that MCT oil, hemp seed oil, and ActivAloe all play a large part in the synthesis of our CBD tinctures, we also recommend coconut, olive, soybean, and sesame oils.
Other foods rich in fat include eggs, meat, fish, avocados, and nuts. These healthy fats that do the body good are an excellent suggestion for what to eat before you take your serving of CBD oil. As a bonus, these types of fats are well-known for having other health-centric benefits, so you put your well-being first when you try to optimize CBD’s bioavailability like this.
THE BEST METHOD FOR TAKING CBD OIL
Under the tongue, also known as sublingual dosing, is the best way to take your CBD oil.This increases the bioavailability of that product to its full potential, so you don’t have to worry that you’re wasting product or not getting the most out of it.Even though it doesn’t go through your digestive system, you still shouldn’t take CBD on an empty stomach when dosing sublingually. Retain almost all the potency that CBD oil has to offer by eating foods rich in fatty acids, then sublingual dosing before you swallow.
Non-psychoactive CBD oil is an excellent way to get the benefits of cannabinoids without the high from THC. Stick with a trustworthy brand, such as Envy CBD, that has standard lab reports to demonstrate that each batch of CBD oil is THC-free as well as free of heavy metals, pesticides, and other pollutants.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU JUST SWALLOW CBD OIL?
Technically, CBD oil is an ingestible product that can be swallowed directly or even added to food or a beverage. Although we know you shouldn’t take CBD on an empty stomach, if you just swallow CBD oil after eating without sublingually dosing, the effects will not be experienced as quickly or last as long. While you can swallow CBD oil if you don’t like the taste, it becomes as effective as an edible or capsule when you do this, thus ushering in the first-pass metabolism process that effectively digests the CBD before distributing its total potential benefit to the rest of the body.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Should you take CBD on an empty stomach? No, studies show that it should be taken after eating. Maximize your CBD appetite by having a meal or snack rich in medium-chain and long-chain fatty acids before you take your CBD oil. Take your CBD oil by placing it under your tongue for 60 to 90 seconds, then swallow – this sublingual serving shows the highest bioavailability, saving you on product, time, and effort.
Happy dosing and good luck in finding the ultimate experience of relief with CBD.