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should cbd oil be taken on an empty stomach

The University of Nottingham conducted a study in which they concluded that CBD is best taken alongside foods that contain fatty acids, or medium and long-chain triglycerides. These fats are helpful because ingesting more fatty acids alongside CBD will help to bypass the first level of digestion, so the CBD isn’t broken down immediately. This buffer gives the CBD more time to digest, and it becomes more bioavailable to the body. Many everyday foods contain these kinds of oils and fats, including olives, donuts, fish, avocados, or eggs.

Like any other medicines you might take, CBD passes through the digestive system. When you take CBD, it is absorbed in the stomach and intestine but gets actively broken down by your body along the way. This process is why it’s crucial to prep your digestive system before taking CBD, ideally with foods that will maximize CBD’s effectiveness. Without prepping your digestive system with the appropriate foods, taking CBD could result in some unwelcome side effects.

CBD oil can be one of the quickest and most bioavailable ways to ingest CBD. Also, it can be tolerated by almost everyone and isn’t nearly as noticeable or pungent as smoking. While CBD doesn’t have many significantly harmful side effects, many people wonder when the best time is to take CBD. Should it be taken after eating or before? Full stomach or empty? This blog post will explain why CBD is best taken on a full stomach, and why you should always eat before taking your daily dose of CBD.

Many people experience nausea as a side effect after taking CBD, and sometimes it is because they took too high a dose for a beginner. More often, however, nausea is caused by taking CBD on an empty stomach. When the only thing in your stomach is CBD oil, your body may have trouble processing it. To counteract this effect, be sure to take CBD between 30 minutes to an hour after having a meal, as this is the optimal time for its bioavailability.

Some CBD users who have weaker stomachs have cited diarrhea as a side effect of CBD use. However, this is very rare for the average user and typically only happens to those who take CBD on an empty stomach. Again, to counteract this possible side effect, CBD should be taken 30 minutes to one hour after eating for the most comfortable absorption rate.

CBD also becomes more bioavailable when taken sublingually, as opposed to smoking it or taking it in a capsule form. Whatever food you decide to eat alongside your CBD, be sure to consult with a doctor before you take it for the first time. CBD isn’t right for everyone and talking to a medical professional can confirm whether or not it will help you. Also, be sure to always buy any CBD product from a reputable website or dispensary and read up on any customer reviews.

People shouldn’t be too caught up with bioavailability. It’s our recommendation and a best practice that when starting with CBD, you should micro-dose. Very simply, start with a low dose and take multiple times throughout the day and or night rather than a single large dose.

Pay attention to how you are feeling throughout the day after taking your initial dose and top-up using your choice of consumption methods when you feel the effects wearing off. Something to note here is that different consumption methods work in different ways. Here’s a rough idea of how long you can expect it to take;

When someone ingests CBD, in its purest form, less than 10% gets into their blood stream. This is one of the primary reasons that high fat content oils are used to formulate CBD products. The fat content in the oil, actually helps the body to absorb CBD. A recent study from pharmacologists at the University of Minnesota examined how eating a meal affects the absorption of CBD. Normally researchers have people fast and take CBD in the morning before eating — this reduces variability, but it also changes how well your body can absorb the CBD. On a full stomach, CBD will stay in the gut for longer and have more time to be up-taken. If the meal is particularly fatty, the body will try to collect the oils, and CBD might get caught up along with them. This is exactly what the researchers found!

Some people find that certain methods help them more. Combining different CBD products is a completely safe thing to do as long as you pay attention to your body, watch out for side-effects and control your dosage.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying to go eat a double cheeseburger every day before taking your CBD, but when taking CBD half an hour after a fatty meal (good, healthy fats), people were exposed to nearly 5x more CBD. The peak plasma concentration of CBD was 14x higher when participants ate first. This suggests that eating before taking CBD might reduce the required dose

If you’re looking to add more CBD products to your regimen and have questions, never hesitate to reach out to us with questions.