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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.

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.

Ideal Foods to Take CBD Oil With

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.

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You can also increase CBD bioavailability by using different methods of consumption . Try taking your CBD oil sublingually, letting it sit under the tongue for 60-90 seconds, before swallowing.

Unlike what you may think, we don’t absorb the full amount of CBD in each serving, but rather, we can only absorb as much CBD as is possible according to the bioavailability of the product.

On most CBD oil bottles, the label has directions for how to use the oil. Most say to take the oil with food – but never specifies on whether that should be taken before, during, or after the meal. Some labels, including that of our CBD Tinctures, suggest to take the oil sublingually, or under the tongue, and hold in mouth for up to 60 seconds before swallowing.

Despite the conflicting instructions, we want to clear this misinformation once and for all.

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.

Eating foods that contain medium-chain and long-chain fatty acids serves as the best binding agent for CBD and other cananbinoids, which is then more easily and directly metabolized through the livery. First pass metabolism may still be present, but with the right combination, is limited; therefore increasing the bioavailability.

According to new findings, consuming CBD with food could bypass the first-pass process, thus improving its overall bioavailability. Don’t just take our word for it though; let’s take a closer look at the research in question.

Improving bioavailability is crucial—the lower the bioavailability, the more of a substance you would need to consume for comparable effects to a more bioavailable alternative. If we can improve the bioavailability of CBD by doing something as simple as taking it with food, then it is a small act that could have significant results.

Should you take CBD with food?

That leads us nicely to the second important concept—first-pass metabolism. The reason orally administered CBD has relatively low bioavailability (slow rate of absorption, and not all of the compound reaches our bloodstream) is because it takes time for CBD to pass through digestive enzymes before entering the liver.

In a small clinical trial, CBD was found to display improved bioavailability when consumed with or on a full stomach of fatty foods such as fish, avocado, nuts, red meat, and coconut oil. Improved bioavailability means more CBD reaches the target area, and at a faster rate. If you are someone who takes CBD first thing in the morning, or last thing at night without food, it may be worth considering a change in habit.

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