CBD Infused In Coconut Oil - The Most Powerful And Efficient Way To Consume Cannabidiol
As awareness of the health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) increases every day, people are keen to understand more about what is the best way to take it.
CBD is a fat-soluble cannabinoid, meaning it breaks down and is stored in fat rather than water. Enter coconut oil, the Queen of healthy fats.
With over 80 percent saturated fat content, coconut oil is the perfect medium for CBD. (For comparison, butter has about 50% and olive oil only 20%).
Saturated fats are considered “healthy fats” due to their key role in supporting cardiovascular health, their proven ability to help improve immunity, and they even contribute to healthy brain functioning.
These fatty acids in the coconut oil create a strong binding agent for the cannabinoids, producing a potent elixir which can be efficiently absorbed into the blood stream and carried to every part of the body.
More specifically, about 2/3 of the fats in coconut oil are high in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are shorter than most other fats, so can be converted into energy immediately without having to go through any processing.
In fact, these MCFAs are well worth noting for their health benefits even before being bound to CBD, as studies have shown they can significantly increase metabolic rates, leading to increased weight loss. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of MCFAs.
50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. Our bodies convert lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties. Coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid on Earth, with breastmilk being the second highest provider.
Long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) require special enzyme proteins to break them down, but MCFAs are directly metabolized by the body. For those seeking the best way to consume CBD, this translates as a relatively rapid release of the cannabinoid into our endocannabinoid system.
The abundance and purity of the fat in coconut oil gives cannabinoids plenty of material to work with.
Populations That Eat a LOT of Coconuts Are Healthy
People who get a large percentage of their calories from coconuts are far healthier than Western nations. Multiple studies on Pacific Island populations, who get 30-60% of their total caloric intact from fully saturated coconut oil, have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease.
An added benefit of having CBD infused in coconut oil is the versatility it provides. As well as being able to eat it raw, mix it into your favorite hot drink or add it into your meals, it can also be applied topically. By rubbing it straight onto the body’s largest organ – the skin, CBD infused coconut oil can be used to effectively treat many skin conditions as well as provide local pain relief.
A solid state at room temperature, the CBD coconut oil is easy to work with, and yet liquefies quickly upon touch which is perfect for use in massages. When applied topically, CBD never reaches the bloodstream but can be absorbed through the skin’s surface to interact with nearby cannabinoid receptors, which are located throughout the body.
The topical application of cannabinoids allows them to be absorbed directly into the affected area for faster and more focused relief, which is especially useful for those with joint pains or athletes seeking a muscle-relaxing massage.
Topical application may provide quicker uptake of CBD, but the effects of taking it orally last longer – up to several hours at a time.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY CBD HELPS ATHLETES RECOVER QUICKER
Yair "Pantera" Rodriguez, ranked in the top ten of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) voiced his support of using CBD Coconut Oil to help increase his recovery time in between training sessions.
Yair currently holds a 10-2-0 professional Mixed Martial Arts record, and was the featherweight winner of TV show The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America. Posting recently to his 165,000+ followers on Instagram, Yair showed his support for CBD's health boosting properties.
A cannabinoid found in the hemp plant, CBD works with the body's endocannabinoid system to help regulate homeostasis, improving a variety of biological processes including appetite, immune responses, mood, and sleep.
Project CBD explains the science behind CBD's ability to reduce inflammation:
CBD’S ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS ARE IN PART ATTRIBUTABLE TO ITS INHIBITION OF ADENOSINE REUPTAKE. BY DELAYING THE REUPTAKE OF THIS NEUROTRANSMITTER, CBD BOOSTS ADENOSINE LEVELS IN THE BRAIN, WHICH REGULATES ADENOSINE RECEPTOR ACTIVITY.
A1A and A2A adenosine receptors play significant roles in cardiovascular function, regulating myocardial oxygen consumption and coronary blood flow. These receptors have broad anti-inflammatory effects throughout the body."
The CBD binds to the fatty-acids in the coconut oil, which allows for superior absorption of the cannabinoid into the blood stream after being processed by the liver.
Announcing he felt the 100% organic supplement was "amazing for recovery after a tough training session", Yair added that the CBD Coconut Oil had benefited his rest at night.
Cannabidiol (CBN) is now permitted to be used by athletes in all sports since the governing body for anti-doping in sports (WADA) removed it from their banned list as of 1st January 2018.
With this recent rule change, and the vast amounts of positive and ongoing research into the far-reaching health benefits of CBD, we can expect to see a lot more elite athletes, both professional and Olympic, to begin incorporating this cannabis plant extract into their training regimes.
Athletes and their coaches are recommended to only use CBD products from reputable sources, made with organic hemp and who have their products independently lab tested to ensure accurate CBD and THC content.
For further reading into studies on the effect of CBD on inflammation:
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are removing cannabidiol (CBD) from their banned-substances list from January 1st 2018.
CBD is an non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. WADA, who coordinate anti-doping policies globally for over 600 sports, including all of the Olympic sports, have approved use of this natural compound by professional and elite athletes.
This cannabinoid is in the spotlight worldwide, as awareness of its far-reaching health benefits is rapidly expanding.
David Bearman, one of the most clinically knowledgeable physicians in the field of medicinal marijuana states, “CBD is a powerful anti-epileptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseate, sleep aid, muscle relaxant, sedative and anti-proliferative”.
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recently released a report stating that CBD showed “no public health risks or abuse potential”.
Nick Osipczak, a former professional athlete (UFC) says, “CBD is perfect for athletes because it significantly speeds up recovery. Due to the intense and demanding training involved at the highest levels in sport, all athletes inevitably receive injuries at multiple points during their careers. CBD is anti-inflammatory, relieves pain and muscle spasms, and helps provide conditions for a deeper sleep. Some athletes are even using it to help with the anxiety that can come with competing at the highest level.
Elite athletes are generally well educated on nutrition – given the choice, with all other factors being equal, they will choose a natural supplement over a synthetic one every time.”
Cannabinoids such as CBD interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS, found in all mammals, is a complex system that controls a variety of biological processes like appetite, immune responses, mood, and sleep.
By connecting with cannabinoid receptors found on cells throughout the body, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, helping it in striving to achieve homeostasis - the body’s natural state of balance.After the US Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) shed light on the number of companies selling CBD products that contained inaccurate levels of the advertised cannabinoid, athletes are cautioned to use products only from trust-worthy suppliers.
“A lot of damage can be done to an athlete’s career after testing positive for a banned substance, and sometimes this is due to the negligence of the supplement manufacturer”, said Nick Osipczak. “I have known about the health benefits of hemp for many years. Athletes and their coaches deserve to be able to source CBD products that are 100% safe. My advice is to only buy CBD that has been grown organically, and that has been laboratory tested by independent bodies to ensure accurate CBD and THC content.”
With CBD set to become increasingly prevalent in sports from the start of 2018, it will be interesting to see the knock-on effect this has on the cannabis industry, as this is often the way supplements go on to become everyday house-hold products.
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