CBD seemed to be the hottest word on everyone’s lips in 2018, but is the buzz real? Well, according to research by Brighton Group, the CBD market could reach $22 billion by 2022. This surge in popularity happened thanks to its capability to ease anxiety, PTSD, migraines, and so on without getting you high, but also thanks to the relaxed hemp regulations.While we see new studies about its impact on health and tips on how to use it, the question that still remains mostly unanswered is: do CBD products align with a vegan diet?In this article, we’ll go through everything you need to know about these products and their main ingredient, but we’ll also try to see how you can fit them into your plant-based diet.
What’s all the buzz about?
Due to the strict regulations, there are not many studies researching the positive and the negative effects of CBD, but the ones that exist, mainly show encouraging results.
For example, a study published in the European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience (2019) suggested that CBD in combination with other medications improved symptoms of anorexia, PTSD, dementia, Tourette`s disorder, anxiety, and other conditions.
The journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry (2019) published research on how CBD affects adults with ADHD, and the effects on impulsivity and hyperactivity were positive.
One study showed that CBD produces significant changes in patients with depression.
Furthermore, there were many studies finding positive results in cases of epilepsy, glaucoma, cancer, autism, and aging effects.
Is CBD vegan-friendly?
CBD is short for cannabidiol which is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant, which, in its essence, makes it a vegan-friendly compound. Unlike THC, it is a non-psychoactive share of the plant, so – no – it won’t get you high.
Hemp, one of the plants that contain CBD could be a perfect food for vegans, since it contains more protein than lamb or beef, and it wins the battle with another popular alternative protein source – flax seeds. It also includes vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
There are several ways to use CBD, and they include using CBD oil directly, smoking or vaping CBD (all of which is without a doubt vegan-friendly), and eating CBD edibles. The latter one is the trickiest because many CBD edibles contain animal-origin ingredients, so they are not suitable for vegans. This means that you need to read your labels well when buying CBD products that are supposedly vegan.
CBD oil, on the other hand, is a dietary supplement that delivers all the good sides of CBD and the natural benefits of hemp. It is non-intoxicating and, therefore, federally legal in the United States. It interacts with the organism via an endocannabinoid system thus encouraging balance in the organism and keeping the crucial functions (memory, immunity, mood, and metabolism) working optimally. The fact that it offers vitamin B complex keeps you energized. Not to mention that it is an animal-free source of iron.
Isolate or full-spectrum CBD?
Before you begin consummating CBD, you need to be aware that there is not a single type of this compound. There is a significant difference between CBD isolate and full-spectrum, and it reflects mostly in their ingredients. The isolate type is the purest form of CBD, while full-spectrum contains other compounds found in cannabidiol. The latter one can be more effective and it has a stronger sedative effect.
Can you “cook it up” yourself?
There is a reason we mentioned isolate and full-spectrum CBD in the previous paragraph. CBD isolate is more often used as a food ingredient than the full-spectrum, and it can be added to the food because it most frequently comes in the form of a powder and it is THC-free.
The CBD isolate is tasteless (it can be somewhat bitter) and odorless. It is easily dissolved in liquids. A quality product will contain no preservatives, no additives, and no solvents. Most importantly, it will be made from organic (non-GMO) hemp.
Most recipes with CBD focus on sweets, because if you get stuck with a bitter powder, it is easy to cover this taste with some sugar. However, there are ways to do the same in savory dishes, especially if you are using oil-based ingredient (coconut oil is a great choice).
It is important to note that CBD should not be placed on direct heat and that it begins to evaporate at temperatures higher than degrees Fahrenheit. Overheating it will make it lose its valuable properties and it will make the bitterness come out to the surface even more.
If it is your first time cooking with CBD, start with small amounts and serve in smaller batches.
There are many vegan recipes where CBD isolate can make the difference by infusing additional minerals, vitamins, protein, and fatty acids. You can make CBD chocolate mousse, brownies, and cookies. As for the savoury dishes, you can try with pesto, vegetable soups, pasta, guacamole, and sauces.
To answer the question above all the question: Yes, CBD aligns with a vegan diet. However, if you are buying CBD edibles, you need to make sure they do not contain any animal products. Do you know what the safest way to be sure is? Well, you can cook the edibles yourself, according to various recipes you can find online.