Should I Take My CBD with Food?

November 20, 2018
Science

You may be able to boost how much CBD is absorbed if you take your supplement with certain types of foods.

If you’re taking CBD to naturally encourage better athletic performance and support faster recovery, you already understand the importance of being committed to your CBD routine. You want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to help CBD get to where it’s needed to interact with your native systems.

In some cases, taking your CBD supplement with food allows for more CBD to reach your system, giving you the most bang for your buck and offering greater natural balancing effects.

Why Taking Your CBD with Food May Be Beneficial

Taking your CBD with food rather than on an empty stomach can help improve how well the cannabinoids are absorbed. This is referred to as greater “bioavailability.”

Bioavailability is the degree and rate that a substance, in this case CBD, is absorbed and delivered to the bloodstream.

For athletes, physically active folks, and anyone else taking CBD, bioavailability is crucial. Its once CBD reaches the bloodstream that it can begin to interact with receptors of the body’s endocannabinoid system and begin encouraging balance and peak performance.

When you swallow any supplement, its active ingredients are absorbed through the digestive system. In the case of CBD supplements, for example, the compounds are first broken down in the stomach before being absorbed by the small intestine and then sent through the portal vein directly to your liver.

It’s at the liver that certain foods can become beneficial to the absorption rate of CBD.

At the liver, a family of enzymes called cytochrome P450 (CYP450) acts on CBD, metabolizing the cannabinoids before they’re distributed through your circulatory system. During this process, a phenomenon called first pass metabolism breaks CBD into more than 100 different metabolites. Many of these metabolites are not used by the body and quickly excreted. This diminishes the concentration of CBD.

In short, less CBD reaches your bloodstream. Therefore, less CBD is available to stimulate the endocannabinoid system.

When you take CBD with certain foods, however, you help CBD bypass the first pass metabolism process. Certain foods act as carriers of CBD, protecting the cannabinoids from being broken into metabolites. More CBD reaches your bloodstream, which means greater natural balancing effects.

Food considerations can be helpful with any type of edible CBD supplement or product that is swallowed. This includes Dixie Botanicals® CBD Gel Caps, our Kicks energy chews, and in the case you opt to infuse our CBD Isolate into protein bars, peanut butter, and other foods.

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Best Types of Food to Take CBD With

Not all foods are equal when it comes to boosting absorption of CBD. The best types of foods to take with CBD contain medium- and long-chain triglycerides, which are fatty acids.

Medium-chain fats have between 6 and 10 carbons. Long-chain fatty triglycerides have 14 or more.

These particular types of fatty acids serve as a strong binding agent for CBD so that the cannabinoids can bypass first pass metabolism. They’re also directly metabolized into energy by the liver.

This means only a limited loss of CBD concentration through first pass metabolism. It also means that your body can burn those fats and put them – and the CBD they hold – to use right away.

So what types of foods contain medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) or long-chain triglycerides (LCTs)?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Nuts
  • Fish
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Goats milk
  • Cheese
  • Butter

Pro tip: Add your CBD supplement and a bit of coconut oil into a post-workout recovery smoothie.

Here are some additional ideas of how to add CBD to your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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When Food Considerations Aren’t Necessary

Would you rather not have to worry about taking your CBD supplement with the right types of food?

Any food considerations related to your CBD routine are only important when you swallow to ingest your supplement. The bioavailability benefits of taking CBD with MCT oil and other fats are in play when the CBD compounds are absorbed through the digestive system.

That means that food doesn’t need to be a consideration with other CBD consumption methods — such as inhalation (vaping or dabbing), sublingual administration (under the tongue), and topical application (directly onto the skin).

When you vape or dab CBD, the cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the alveoli of the lungs and delivered right to the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. Products like Dixie Botanicals® CBD Vape Cartridge and CBD Vape Liquid are designed to be vaped, and Dixie Botanicals® Dab Oil can be used for dabbing.

When taken under the tongue, CBD diffuses through the tissues in your mouth and right into your bloodstream. This sublingual method also bypasses the digestive system. Products like Dixie Botanicals® Dew Drops tinctures and CBD Isolate can be placed under the tongue and absorbed in 60-90 seconds.

When CBD topicals are applied to the skin, the cannabinoids are absorbed through the epidermis and pores of your skin, where they can interact with nearby receptors without ever reaching the bloodstream. Dixie Botanicals® Salvation Balm is a CBD topical designed to be rubbed into troubled skin areas and tight muscles and joints.

Learn More About CBD

You can learn more about how best to incorporate CBD supplements into your training and fitness routine through the Dixie Botanicals® blog.

Shop the Dixie Botanicals® online shop to get started with CBD supplements today.

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