When you’re vegan, navigating the aisles of a supermarket can be a minefield when you first start out. The same applies when you’re wandering through your local pharmacy looking for things like skincare and supplements. If you’re looking to add CBD into your diet and daily regimen, there are a number of ways you can do it, all while still being vegan friendly.
Skincare and Topicals
Plenty of people are adapting to a vegan diet for their skin. Giving up dairy and meat often works wonders for some, as does taking up a more natural skincare routine. If you’re looking for skincare products that adhere to the rules of veganism - the most common ingredients you’ll want to avoid in cosmetics are honey, beeswax and lanolin. A popular substitute for beeswax and lanolin is Candelilla wax. It helps bind products and make them a little thicker, but still melts at human body temperature. We can recommend a couple of skincare products that are totally vegan friendly - one for your body and one for your face.
The Honest Hemp body butter has a luxuriously thick base of shea and mango butters to hydrate parched skin. It also has jojoba, vitamin E oil and essential oils to make for smooth application and to give it a light citrus fragrance. It’s incredibly rich, meaning a little goes a long way and it’s got the added benefit of CBD to soothe red, dry and cracked skin.
For your face, we recommend the Hyaluronic and Peptides Day Cream from MGC Derma. This one is suitable for most skin types - for anyone with normal to dry skin. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid to leave skin hydrated but not oily as well as the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD.
CBD for Stress or Sleep
Most people are picking up CBD for things like everyday stress or to help with poor sleep. If this sounds like you, there are two obvious options. The first is a product we’d recommend to just about anyone wanting to incorporate CBD into their diet and lifestyle which would be CBD tinctures. These are almost certainly always going to be vegan as they’re a simple but effective blend of CBD suspended in oil.
The most commonly used oils are hemp and MCT oil (derived from coconut). They’re a simple and easy way to use CBD on a daily basis, you just need to place a few drops under your tongue morning and night. If you’re not sure how much your dosage should ideally be, you can check out our guide.
Your other option for oral administration is with capsules. If you’ve been vegan for a while, you’ll know there are a surprising number of products that use gelatin. Some of the capsules you’ll find on World of Hemp aren’t vegan-friendly, but there are plenty that are. The capsules from Somnio and Love Hemp are both vegan-friendly and free of animal derived gelatin with each capsule containing 10mg of CBD. They’re an easy way to track your dosage and are discreet enough to take during the day too.
Incorporating CBD into your diet
If you’re an active vegan, chances are you’ll know getting a high volume of protein into your diet to sustain muscle growth can be difficult. When it comes to training, protein is what your body needs most for recovery but you may also find CBD beneficial in speeding up your muscle repair between workouts.
By incorporating more plant based protein and CBD into your diet you can support your body’s ability to recover more quickly and make better progress with your training. CBD works with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) by targeting CB1 receptors in your brain, nervous system and vital organs. When your ECS is working properly, issues like inflammation and pain can be reduced. The other benefit is that unlike over the counter anti-inflammatory tablets, CBD won’t affect your stomach lining so is safe for prolonged use.
To get your protein up as well as getting a daily dose of CBD, we recommend a fruity vegan smoothie. Using plant based protein powder (like hemp or a vegan blend that combines hemp, pea and rice protein) with CBD you’ll be able to give your body the boost it needs. CBD is fat soluble, so using something like CBD infused coconut oil is a great way to get a slow release of CBD into your system that also makes it easier for your body to absorb.
Recovery smoothie recipe:
- 3 scoops (30 grams) hemp protein powder
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 250ml of your plant milk of choice (we like oat or coconut)
- 1 tablespoon of CBD coconut oil
Blitz all of the ingredients together in a blender and enjoy post-workout or the evening before you go to the gym for an energy boost.
Vegan ways to microdose with CBD
Edibles are a great way to get a small dose of CBD throughout the day, regardless of whether you’re using it for frazzled nerves or for general aches and pains. One of the most common forms of edible are sweets like chocolate, gummies and mints. While you might need to check for gelatin in the supermarket if you’re picking up a sweet treat, there are plenty of vegan options infused with CBD.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we recommend something like the CBD infused jelly domes from Love Hemp. Or, you could try the CBD gummies from Creating Better Days with the added benefit of being your daily vitamin too. They each have 10mg of CBD meaning you’ll only need a few throughout the day. If you want something more refreshing and a little lighter on the CBD, you could also try the Tillmans Tranquils Peppermints with a 5mg CBD serving each.
Regardless of why you opted to live a plant based lifestyle, there’s a myriad of options available to you if you want to use CBD. If you’re unsure which product range might be best for you, we’ve got a comprehensive guide for choosing a CBD product. No matter which range or route you go down, your lifestyle won’t be barrier to experimenting with the ways that CBD could benefit you.
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