Here at Treat Trunk we love snacks with superfood ingredients. We think snacktime should always be about nourishing your body. We always choose healthier options made with wholefood ingredients such as dried fruits, nuts, oats and wholegrains. Some snacks also have an extra boost added in the form of superfoods, such as maca, goji, turmeric and matcha. These ingredients have known health benefits and including them in your diet can be a great way to manage your health and wellness. Today we’re going to look more closely at the benefits of a brand-new snack ingredient: CBD oil. Strictly speaking it isn’t a superfood, it’s a supplement. But more and more CBD oil snacks are coming onto the market, as this can be an easy, convenient and tasty way to take it. So, let’s learn more about CBD oil and why you might want it in a snack.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol, is a botanical extract taken from the cannabis plant. It’s part of a group of substances called ‘cannabinoids’. In the UK, this usually comes from a variety of the cannabis plant known as hemp. This crop is completely legal to grow and harvest. It’s commonly used in clothing, bags, paper and beauty products. You may have already eaten hemp in the form of foods like hemp seeds, hemp milk or hemp protein powder.
CBD oil is a new product that has been developed from this versatile plant. CBD oil is regulated in the UK and must be tested to prove it doesn’t contain the psychoactive substance found in cannabis plants that can make people feel ‘high’. People have already reported a number of health benefits. Although research is still in its early stages, research is underway for a number of therapeutic uses. There is already evidence that it can be an effective treatment for certain forms of epilepsy. Anecdotally, people report that it has helped them with a huge range of conditions and symptoms, including:
- Chronic pain and inflammation
- Anxiety and depression
- Drug-resistant infections
- Schizophrenia and psychosis
- Skin conditions including eczema and acne
- Fragile-X syndrome
From a health and wellbeing perspective, CBD oil may also help with both weight and stress management. It also acts as an antioxidant and protects against neurological damage from environmental toxins. Plus, it may help you sleep better, and there is some evidence that it may help to prevent cancer.
Is CBD Oil Really a Cure-All?
So why is CBD oil reported to have so many benefits? Is it to good to be true? To answer this question, we need to look more closely at how it works.
In the 1990s, scientists discovered a whole new organ system in the body. You’ll remember from school learning about the digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system, reproductive system… Well now there is a whole new system that we didn’t know about before! It’s called the endocannabinoid system. This system’s job is to keep your whole body in balance, internally. It’s like a fine-tuning system that keeps everything running smoothly. This is why it may work for such a wide range of apparently unrelated conditions.
Cannabinoids in the Human Body
Your body actually produces its own cannabinoids, and has more receptors for cannabinoids than it does for serotonin and dopamine! Scientists don’t fully understand how it works yet, but they have noticed changes in the endocannabinoid system associated with a number of different diseases. And taking plant-derived cannabinoids (i.e. CBD oil) seem to help regulate this system. This is why it’s considered a good target for so many research studies.
So how do you get more cannabinoids into your system? Firstly, you can take CBD oil internally as a supplement, either as a tincture, tea, capsule or as an ingredient in snacks. You can also apply directly to your skin in the form of creams. In the long run, you can actually increase the amount of cannabinoids your body produces naturally by upping your intake of Omega 3. Prolonged aerobic exercise can also help.
Taking CBD Oil
You can buy CBD oil supplements from health food shops and online. These supplements contain much lower doses than those used in clinical trials. CBD oil snacks contain even smaller doses still, which means you can start slowly and build up gradually until you feel the effects. CBD edibles also slow down how quickly the cannabinoids get absorbed into your system, so it lasts longer. These edible CBD snacks have precise dosing, so you’ll know exactly how much you’re getting. Here at Treat Trunk HQ, we are big fans of Nooro CBD snack bars.
In 2018, the World Health Organisation reported that CBD oil is generally considered safe to use; you can’t get ‘high’ by taking it; and you can’t get addicted to it. In other words, it’s safe to experiment with it as a supplement and see if you feel any benefits.
Have you tried CBD oil? How do you like to take it? What benefits have you found? Leave us a comment – we’d love to hear from you!
Final Note: Precautions and Side Effects
There is a risk that CBD oil may interfere with prescribed medications. Known side effects (from clinical trial doses) include dizziness, sleepiness, diarrhoea and loss of appetite. There are no studies (yet) into the long term effects of taking it regularly, or into the use of CBD oil in children.
So what do you think of CBD? Would you like to see some CBD snacks appearing in your boxes or are you still wary?