What if we were to tell you that your favorite nighttime chewable CBD supplement could be causing inflammation and wasting your money?!
We hate to break it to you, but those sweet chewy gummies you’ve been eating for your daily dose of CBD, are full of junk. Okay, we said it.
As you may have noticed, CBD is available in many different forms including: roll on salves and lotions, convenient tinctures, on the go capsules, mushroom-charged supplements and more. Each of these different forms requires a different usage method, typically come in multiple concentrations of CBD and are absorbed differently.
For example, 10mg of CBD taken with a vaporizer is not the same as 10mg of CBD taken orally. Again, substances are naturally more bioavailable (degree and the rate at which a substance that is absorbed into the bloodstream) through the lungs than through the digestive system.
In addition to the amount and strength of a substance, bioavailability determines how much of what you took is actually present to provide your levels of effect. With that said, the bioavailability of CBD varies based on the consumption method and concentration of CBD in the product… which leads us to an important question:
What Hinders Bioavailability of CBD:
Heck, you’ve double checked the hemp sourcing and confirmed the CBD in your product is third party tested, to come to find out that you’re consuming only 10% of the CBD you pay for. To top that off, in the very clear fine print the product that claims to reduce your stress and ease your joint pain could actually be causing an increase of inflammation levels in your body!
First, let’s break down exactly what’s in these CBD infused candies:
Common CBD infused edible candies, like gummies, include ingredients like artificial flavors and colors including Red 40, Yellow 5, and Blue 1 along with ingredients like titanium dioxide, and corn syrup …now those are not mother nature’s secret miracle.
It’s no secret that processed sugar is bad for you. It rots your teeth, packs on pounds around your belly, and provides zero nutrients.
But you know what? We consider these to be the least of CBD candy crimes. In fact, the biggest reason you should say goodbye to sugar infused gummies containing process sugar is that it’s one of the most pro-inflammatory foods.
Research suggests that chronic, body-wide inflammation is associated with many modern diseases, like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. In addition, this inflammation can age you rapidly, contributing to everything from painful joints to dry, wrinkled skin.
So what role does a high-sugar diet play in chronic inflammation? It constantly spikes your blood sugar, leading to three very bad consequences:
- When your blood sugar rises, your body cranks out greater numbers of pro-inflammatory molecules called cytokines.
- In addition, high blood sugar levels cause your body to produce molecules called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs. These are destructive molecules that trigger inflammation.
- When you have high blood sugar, your cells become insulin resistant. This means that they refuse to accept insulin and its cargo of sugar. As a result, this sugar gets stored as visceral fat. Visceral fat, in addition to giving you an unsightly belly, churns out pro-inflammatory chemicals.
In short, consuming your daily dose of CBD with ingredients like artificial colors and flavoring in combination with processed sugar seems a bit counterintuitive!
Now what about its bioavailability?
Although they may be tasty, they can lead to inflammation, and might we add — your body likely only uses about 10% of the CBD that is listed!
For CBD consumed orally, for example through an edible or capsules, it first must pass the metabolism effect (Pond 1984). Some of the CBD is metabolized by enzymes, mostly in the liver, but also in the digestive system before reaching the bloodstream. However, this isn’t the only factor leading to low oral bioavailability.
CBD is a lipophilic molecule, meaning that it is attracted to and dissolves in lipids, oils, and fats. This means that it does not dissolve well in water, if at all. The human digestive system is water-based but does have the ability to breakdown and absorb lipids as well. If CBD is not attached to some sort of fatty molecules, like theFull Spectrum CBD Oil or the Full Spectrum Gel Caps (carried with MCT oil), it has an extremely low absorption rate and most of it will simply pass through the digestive system without ever reaching the liver. This is the reason many oral CBD products have lipid-based absorption enhancers (think MCT or hemp seed oil). (Cherniakov 2017).
What’s The Best Way To Consume CBD For A High Bioavailability?
Now, if you want to get the most bioavailability out of your CBD, we’d suggest to take your daily dose sublingual. Meaning, place your daily dose (or two) directly under your tongue and hold for one minute. Holding the CBD beneath your tongue allows it to be absorbed by your sublingual gland, through which it can enter the bloodstream and begin working its effects. While not quite as expedient as the inhalation method, sublingual administration of CBD still provides effects fairly quickly, within 20 minutes or so.
While we are still fans of CBD edible goods, a few key things you should keep in mind:
- Fat carrier (tablespoon of nut butter anyone?)
- Minimal ingredient list (think high quality, wholesome ingredients / oils)
- High quality, third party tested products (this should be a no brainer)
Just So You Know….
You do not have to compromise the price you are paying for only 10% of your CBD nor your sweet tooth! If you are one who likes to ease stress away with a little sweet treat, try a dropperful of our Classic Mint Oil in your cocoa or tea, or if you simply need sweeter dreams and a more restful night’s sleep, try our mushroom + CBD blend called Zen.
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