There are plenty of ways you can incorporate CBD into your lifestyle, each with their own benefits. For now, let’s focus on how best to add CBD and hemp into your diet - and why you’d want to. Many people are becoming increasingly focussed on their diet and what they’re putting into their bodies. With that in mind, some of the dietary products you can get from hemp are worth considering. Whether you’re looking for a discreet way to incorporate CBD into your usual foods or are taking it for a specific dietary reason, there’s a broad spectrum of products allowing you to do just that.
CBD can help normalise digestion and gut function
If you’ve been under the weather recently, sometimes you can lose your appetite a bit and getting back to your usual meal size can be difficult. Or, maybe you’re training for a big sports event and need to bulk up but are having trouble getting enough calories on a daily basis. Due to its calming properties, CBD may be able to help.
CBD has an “antiemetic effect” which in simple terms means it helps with the feeling of nausea and triggers for vomiting⁽¹⁾. When you’ve had a stomach bug you might not be quite ready for full meals again but taking away the worst of the rolling feeling nausea causes can get you back to feeling a little more normal, a little more quickly. Terpenes in broad spectrum CBD tinctures and capsules can also help to boost your appetite, making it easier to increase your calorie intake over time.
A healthy gut helps with a better mood
You might have heard of the brain-gut axis, which is essentially the connection between your gut and your nervous system (connecting your brain to your spine). What not a lot of people know is just how many of your body’s essential hormones are created in the gut⁽²⁾. It’s an incredibly important relationship because imbalances in your gut can affect how well you feel, your mood and your immune system. This is part of the reason that people suffering from conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s can have symptoms of increased stress, depression and mood swings.
Taking things like a daily probiotic and eating a more alkaline diet with less processed food are often recommended for these kinds of health concerns. They can help alleviate some of the inflammation in the gut as foods lower in animal fats are easier to digest and an alkaline pH is more gentle on your intestine. Another thing you can do to support your gut health is taking CBD, either in capsule format or with oral drops.
With like Crohn’s and IBS, your intestine gets inflamed and irritated which is what can lead to discomfort and the disruption of normal function. Taking a CBD supplement like capsules allows the CBD to pass through the stomach and gut so it can help activate the cannabinoid receptors in your intestine. In doing so, it can maintain more normal function as well as alleviate some of the pain⁽⁴⁾ and inflammation caused by inflammatory diseases⁽³⁾. CBD also helps regulate mood and anxiety⁽⁵⁾ meaning aside from the physical symptoms, you can also target some of the neurological symptoms of these diseases too.
Different ways to incorporate CBD into your diet:
- Drops. Drops, also referred to as tinctures, offer one of the highest absorption rates as well as being easily absorbed when administered sublingually. If you’re looking for nausea relief and something to regulate your appetite, these are the best choice for you.
- Hemp tea bags. If you’d like something that’s settling for your stomach after a heavy meal as well as a caffeine free option for before bed, hemp tea bags are a wonderful choice. If you’d like to boost the amount of CBD you’ll get from each cup, you can add a few drops of your usual CBD tincture too. As CBD is fat soluble, we’d recommend adding a little milk or coconut oil to increase your absorption if you’re using this method.
- Capsules. Capsules are a slower release method of administering your CBD but they’re also a good way to enjoy the benefits of a broad spectrum hemp carrier oil too. If you’re interested in using CBD to support gut health, capsules are a simple and discreet way to take your daily dose.
Hemp for your diet:
CBD isn’t the only beneficial thing you’ll find in the industrial hemp plant. This fast growing crop can also yield things like hemp seeds which can be used in cooking, pressed for their oil and milled into protein powder.
While hemp protein powders don’t contain any CBD, they are a great source of plant protein. They’re high in essential fatty acids, are easy to digest and are a dairy-free alternative to conventional whey protein meaning hemp can be a perfect addition to add to smoothies and baking. Hemp seed protein powder is also a naturally more fatty source of protein than pea protein for example, meaning if you want to blitz a smoothie with hemp protein and a tablespoon of CBD coconut oil, the fat content will help with your CBD absorption rate.
Hemp seed oil:
It’s not just hemp protein and CBD that are wonderful additions to your diet, hemp seed oil is too. Mix it into salad dressings, add a drizzle over vegetables or pop a teaspoon into your smoothies and juices for a more filling and healthy drink. Your body needs omega 3 and 6, they’re important for your heart’s health - both of which can be found in hemp seed oil.
Hemp salad dressing:
You can use it in summer over your garden salad but it’s equally as tasty over fresh pasta for a simple dinner.
Per serving you’ll need:
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tbsp of hemp seed oil
- The juice of ½ of a lemon or white wine vinegar
- Chilli flakes (to taste)
To make your dressing, start by mincing the garlic and grind together with the chilli using a mortar and pestle. Put the garlic and chilli paste into a glass jar and add your hemp oil and either lemon or white wine vinegar. Seal the jar and shake it to mix. We’d recommend letting it settle for an hour or so to give the flavours time to meld. Give it another shake up before pouring over your salad.
Regardless of whether you’re looking to support your body’s digestion and alleviate some of the unpleasant symptoms of things like IBS or just want to add a nutritious new ingredient to your diet, there’s a hemp based option for you.
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