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At the liver, a family of enzymes called cytochrome P450 (CYP450) acts on CBD, metabolizing the compounds before they’re distributed through the circulatory system. During this process, what occurs is a phenomenon referred to as first pass metabolism, which breaks CBD into more than 100 different metabolites , many of which are not used by the body and quickly excreted. This diminishes the concentration of CBD and therefore reduces its bioavailability. In short, less CBD reaches your bloodstream due to first pass metabolism.
The best types of foods to eat with CBD oil include medium and long chain triglycerides, which are fatty acids. These types of fatty acids serve as a strong binding agent for cannabinoids like CBD, and are directly metabolized into energy by the liver so the loss of CBD concentration through first pass metabolism is limited. This means that your body can burn those fats and put them – and the CBD and other trace cannabinoids they hold – to use right away.
Don’t Want to Worry About Food?
When you take any product orally, its active ingredients are absorbed through the digestive system. If we’re looking at specifically CBD oil, the CBD and other 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 having certain foods in your system can become beneficial to the absorption rate of CBD.
Should you use your CBD with food? In short, yes . Using CBD oil with food may improve how the body interacts with its active compounds like CBD.
Taking your CBD with food can improve the compound’s bioavailability, and eating certain types of food can improve it further. Bioavailability is the degree and rate that a substance, in this case CBD, is absorbed and delivered to the bloodstream where it can interact with the body’s native systems.
So what types of foods should you take with CBD oil? Medium chain fatty acids have 6 to 10 carbons, while long chain fatty acids are those with 14 or more carbons. They’re found in most fats, oils, and certain foods, including:
Some people find that certain methods help them more. Combining different CBD products is a completely safe thing to do as long as you pay attention to your body, watch out for side-effects and control your dosage.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying to go eat a double cheeseburger every day before taking your CBD, but when taking CBD half an hour after a fatty meal (good, healthy fats), people were exposed to nearly 5x more CBD. The peak plasma concentration of CBD was 14x higher when participants ate first. This suggests that eating before taking CBD might reduce the required dose
People shouldn’t be too caught up with bioavailability. It’s our recommendation and a best practice that when starting with CBD, you should micro-dose. Very simply, start with a low dose and take multiple times throughout the day and or night rather than a single large dose.
When someone ingests CBD, in its purest form, less than 10% gets into their blood stream. This is one of the primary reasons that high fat content oils are used to formulate CBD products. The fat content in the oil, actually helps the body to absorb CBD. A recent study from pharmacologists at the University of Minnesota examined how eating a meal affects the absorption of CBD. Normally researchers have people fast and take CBD in the morning before eating — this reduces variability, but it also changes how well your body can absorb the CBD. On a full stomach, CBD will stay in the gut for longer and have more time to be up-taken. If the meal is particularly fatty, the body will try to collect the oils, and CBD might get caught up along with them. This is exactly what the researchers found!
Pay attention to how you are feeling throughout the day after taking your initial dose and top-up using your choice of consumption methods when you feel the effects wearing off. Something to note here is that different consumption methods work in different ways. Here’s a rough idea of how long you can expect it to take;
If you’re looking to add more CBD products to your regimen and have questions, never hesitate to reach out to us with questions.
The question of the day is this: should you be taking CBD oil before or after you eat? This answer may have a bigger impact on CBD’s benefits than one might think. We look to answer this question today and more with our guide on what the best time is for taking CBD oil.
According to a Gallup poll, approximately 14% of Americans state 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 results of a Gallup poll is all user-reported, meaning, it’s all anecdotal evidence, it gives us a peek inside what people are using CBD oil for and how it’s benefiting them.
A team of researchers conducted a study published in 2013 that assessed the effect that food has on 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 without.
Despite the conflicting instructions, we want to clear this misinformation once and for all.
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 in mouth for up to 60 seconds, your sublingual glands can effectively absorb cannabidiol and completely bypass the First Pass Metabolism with ease.