Just like many other supplements, CBD is better absorbed when ingested with food. Certain medication or vitamins can cause nausea or discomfort when used on their own. CBD could induce these unfortunate side effects when used alone. Further, more research has been led to show how CBD has a higher bioavailability when paired with food. Its effectiveness could even be impacted by certain specific types of food.
What is bioavailability and how can it affect the way CBD is absorbed? First, a high level of bioavailability is crucial for good absorption. The higher the bioavailability is, the less CBD you need to reach your ideal dose. Bioavailability is simply the ratio between how much CBD you need to get the fastest and best results.
Secondly, the reason why an oral consumption of CBD has a lower bioavailability than other methods like vaping or topical applications is that our bodies need more time to get CBD to our bloodstream. When ingested orally, the CBD must go through our digestive system before entering the liver and finally attain the bloodstream.
Because CBD is highly lipophilic (meaning soluble in fat), adding fat when ingestinging it provides a "protection" when it goes through the digestive system. This is also why CBD oil is usually sold within a carrier oil like MCT, grape seed oil, or hemp seed oil. Without these oils, most of the CBD would be broken down in pieces by our digestive enzymes before getting to our bloodstream.
A new study made by the University of Minnesota took a closer look at the relationship between CBD and food. The experiment consisted to observe a small group of epilepsy patients. The patients were taking 99% pure CBD capsules. Half of the group were taking their CBD dose on an empty stomach and the other half after having eaten a high in fat breakfast burrito. The first part of the experiment lasted two weeks then they switched the groups. The ones taking CBD alone started to eat a burrito with their CBD dose and the others started to take the CBD on its own. The result is astonishing. The researchers found that the patients eating a burrito with their CBD had up to four times the amount of CBD in their bloodstream than the patients who took CBD singularly.
The author of this study mentioned that patients with epilepsy would highly benefit from the combination of CBD and food. Because food improves the delivery of the compound it can even reduce their medication costs.
Patients using CBD for other conditions such as inflammation, pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness can benefit from this powerful combo as well. The ingestion of food with a higher percentage of fat will be more effective. Although, food with a higher fat percentage doesn't mean unhealthy food. Here is a list of good fat to which we can add CBD and get a better bioavailability.
More research is being made on the different delivery methods of CBD. The fastest way to feel its effect is by vaping. Although the effect won't last as long. Using a balm or a lotion can also deliver relief fast but it will deliver the CBD only locally where it was applied on the body. Finally, ingesting CBD through tinctures, gummies or capsules is the best way to have longer-lasting effects. However, to get the effect faster make sure you eat a little something before or with it. This will help the CBD to get to your bloodstream faster and under a more concentrated form.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are in no way intended to treat or diagnose any physical ailment or disease. Please consult your Doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your diet. Most workplace and competitive sports drug screens focus on delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not screen for Cannabinol (CBD) or other legal and natural hemp-based compounds. Be advised, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods or oils can cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens. Therefore, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening. We recommended (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest CBD or hemp oil before consulting your healthcare practitioner or your drug screening testing company or employer.