Want a Burger With That CBD?

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Feeling guilty about all those fatty foods in your diet? A new study suggests maybe you don’t need to be that guilty about it…

…At least where CBD is concerned.

The study suggests your body may actually absorb more cannabidiol more effectively when it’s paired with a fatty food like a breakfast burrito or cheeseburger. It sounds silly when you put it that way, we know, but finding out how CBD interacts with food has been an incredibly important topic with researchers.

What the CBD Study Shows

This particular study was conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota. In the study, scientists tracked how epilepsy patients taking a 99%-pure CBD capsule responded after fasting and after eating a fatty breakfast.

The study found that the amount of CBD in the body after a high fat meal was four times higher and 14 times higher in the blood than when fasting. The study found that patients had no variation in mental function, regardless of if they had eaten or fasted before taking CBD.

What This Means for CBD Users

The important thing to walk away with is that CBD absorption isn’t a process that happens in a vacuum. The body reacts differently based on what foods are present, so different fat concentrations will lead to different absorption rates.

This creates a challenge for epilepsy patients (note: certain CBD capsules received FDA approval for patients with seizures in 2018). Study co-author Angela Birnbaum says an epileptic’s goal is to have a consistent blood concentration of CBD. “This study shows that CBD concentrations could vary significantly if patients take it differently, sometimes with or without food,” Birnbaum says. “Variations in blood concentrations could leave a patient more susceptible to seizures.”

There is some good news, though. Study co-author Ilo Leppik says medication costs for epilepsy patients could potentially be lowered by this information. Patients who are looking for a specific concentration of CBD could potentially reach that level with fewer milligrams of CBD depending on which foods they pair it with.

What Does this Mean for Me?

It’s important to note the specificity of this study: the researchers were studying CBD absorption by epilepsy patients, using CBD for its only FDA-approved use. We have information on how CBD absorption and concentration affects this one condition, but that is it. Whether other factors impact absorption or not is something that needs further investigation as well.

While this is promising news, it’s important to remember that it is only one study. The results still need to be reviewed and replicated by multiple research teams before we can say it’s a confirmed effect.

In addition, we need to stress that epilepsy is the only condition with an FDA-approved use for CBD. If you’re suffering from epilepsy, it’s important to see a doctor. Do not attempt to self-medicate with CBD or any other product. Only certain products have been approved by the FDA for any medical application. The products available at Smoke N Brew are not intended to treat or diagnose any medical condition.

It is promising, though. Every new piece of the puzzle we gain through research like this helps us understand hemp plants and their many unique properties. Knowing how diet affects CBD intake could be a significant step forward for the industry as evolves and creates new products and works to discover new applications for this interesting compound.

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If you’re looking for CBD products, your best bet is to stop in at Smoke N Brew. Our three locations in Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina carry a wide variety of CBD tinctures, salves, and more. We have a selection of products from American-grown hemp, made by the leading names in the CBD industry. If you want to learn more about CBD, be sure to check out our blog or visit one of our locations.

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