How To Get The Most From Your CBD
Looking for a safe and natural way to maximize your CBD benefits?
You’ve discovered CBD as a reliable and natural source of relief for your sleep, anxiety, pain, headaches or other chronic condition. But is there a way we can naturally boost the benefits CBD?
Furthermore, how is CBD even absorbed and process exactly? What can we do to help our bodies absorb more CBD? Are there also other compounds that we can take which can further enhance our CBD experience?
In this blog, we will answer all these probing questions and set you up with some simple and easy changes you can make to get the most out of your CBD.
So How Does The Body Process & Absorb CBD?
When you swallow CBD, it must first pass through your digestive tract, where it then gets absorbed into your bloodstream before being metabolized by the liver.
The processes in the liver are quite complex, but essentially the CBD compounds are broken down in what’s called the “first pass effect”. The liver’s CYP450 enzymes break down the CBD, but in the process the concentration of CBD is reduced significantly. This leftover CBD then passes into the bloodstream where it is finally distributed to the body’s endocannabinoid system – where it then works to help regulate our pain, stress, anxiety and sleep.
Ways to Maximize Your CBD Benefits
So knowing that CBD is lost in this “first pass effect”, how can we help reduce the loss of CBD during this first stage of absorption? What are some strategies that we can use to minimize this loss and are these also other ways to help maximize our CBD benefits?
Here are a few simple and easy tips we suggest:
Consuming CBD With Healthy Fats
CBD is fat soluble, which means it binds to fat and that fats can act as helpful “transporters” for CBD. As one study noted: by consuming CBD along with fatty acids, it may help us to bypass this “first pass effect” and minimize the loss of CBD as it’s first processed in this liver.
Indeed, another study looking at epilectic patients using CBD found there was a significant difference when patients consumed CBD with high fatty foods. Compared to those who fasted and took CBD, those who consumed a meal high in healthy fats found an increase in CBD levels by as much as 4-14 times more.
It seems then, that one of the best ways to maximize your CBD levels is to simply have your CBD along with healthy fats in foods like eggs, avocados, fish, nuts, dark chocolate, and cheese.
Getting Your Terps’ On (Fruits & Vegetables!)
In addition to healthy fats, adding a more terpene rich diet may help to boost your overall CBD benefits.
What are terpenes? Terpenes are the natural taste and smell compounds found in fruits, vegetables and spices. They are what make lemons taste like lemons and strawberries smell like strawberries.
How can terpenes help? With CBD and other cannabinoids, there is something called the entourage effect in which consuming CBD along with other cannabinoids or terpenes can help create a synergistic effect where the benefits of CBD are enhanced by these other cannabinoids (in the case of Full-Spectrum CBD) and with terpenes (in the case of fruits, vegetables and spices).
So an easy way to create this entourage effect is to simply have a varied diet full of fruits, vegetables and spices rich with terpenes.
Three common household terpenes include caryophyllene, limonene and myrcene.
Caryophyllene is found in herbs and spices like black pepper, basil, oregano and of course in cannabis. It’s that spicey, powerful scent that gives pepper its kick. Caryophyllene has been suggested to have anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Limonene is responsible for the distinct, citrus smell in fruits like lemons, oranges and limes and in cannabis strains like Lemon Haze. Limonene has been suggested to have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, pain-relief, relaxative and antioxidant effects.
Myrcene is responsible for the sweet, tangy smell of fruits like mangoes and nectarines. Myrcene can also be found in plants like bay leaves, hops, lemon grass, basil and rosemary. Myrcene has been suggested to have anti-pain, anti-inflammatory and sleep benefits.
Combine With Melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone that plays a key role in our daily sleep cycle. Normally, our melatonin levels should begin to rise about two hours before bed. However, this melatonin production can be disrupted by factors such as stress, insomnia, caffeine, alcohol or too much arfiticial light.
Supplementing with melatonin may be a way to help your body get the melatonin it needs to maintain a stable sleep cycle, and get you to sleep at the right time.
While CBD alone can be quite beneficial for sleep, adding a dose of melatonin (a small one or even just a microdose) could be a way to further help your body in getting to sleep on time and alleviate symptoms of insomia. This synergestic effect can even be further enhanced by combining CBD + Melatonin + CBN (the sleep cannabinoid) all together in one sleep product.
Place CBD Under Your Tongue
Underneath our tongues, we all have a “sublingual gland”. This is a gland that helps produce saliva and is widely used in medicine as a way to more directly absorb compounds into the bloodstream. Purchase a bottle of melatonin and you’ll likely see instructions to place it under your tongue.
By placing the CBD Oil under your tongue, we can maximize our CBD absorption by letting it absorb directly into our bloodstream – skipping the costly “first pass process” in the liver.
So to maximize your absorption, we recommend placing the oil under your tongue for at least 30 seconds to 60 seconds before consuming.
Final Words On Maximizing Your CBD
On that note, it’s time for us to wrap up today’s guide on how to maximize the benefits of CBD.
Whether you are dealing with issues like Fibromyalgia, Scoliosis, Anxiety or Low Mood, Sleep Issues, Pain or Digestive Issues, CBD can be a safe and effective source of natural relief for your chronic and severe symptoms.
By adding small changes like more fruits and vegetables in our diets, we can help our bodies to maximize the benefits of CBD through compounding, synergistic effects. We can also combine CBD with other compounds like melatonin, which can further enhance our benefits in regards to sleep. By consuming CBD with healthy fats and placing the CBD oil under our tongues, we can also help our body to maximize the absorption of CBD.
Lastly, we always suggest speaking to a medical professional if you are looking to include CBD into your daily routine. CBD is not a magic cure that is guaranteed to solve your issues. But it is certainly worth giving a try, as millions of people depend on it as a trusted source of daily relief.
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