Nutrition

How CBD and the Keto Diet Can Work Together

By Harris Wheless
CBD and keto

While the keto diet has been a known player in the health space for a while now, CBD and its potential health benefits may be less familiar to some people, since it has only taken off in the U.S. in the last year or so. What’s more, it might surprise you to know that the two may complement each other when used together, and produce fuller effects than they would on their own.

CBD and keto when used in tandem can operate with a synergy that promotes better overall wellness, as well as more effective relief from any symptoms you may be experiencing. To help you learn how the two can work when paired together, we made this brief guide.

How does CBD work?

CBD, or cannabidiol, has become popular as a wellness supplement with a variety of health benefits. It is a compound found in cannabis plants which, along with THC, comes from a class of compounds called cannabinoids. Marijuana, or high THC cannabis, produces a psychoactive effect, while CBD products, usually derived from hemp with low THC levels, do not.

CBD and other cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. This system regulates the other systems in the body and help them to maintain a state of equilibrium and optimum functioning.

Researchers have found that the endocannabinoid system does a better job if it is exposed to multiple cannabis compounds at once, a phenomenon that has been dubbed the entourage effect. This is brought about if a full-spectrum CBD product with multiple compounds is used. CBD isolate products, on the other hand, contain CBD and no other compounds, and may not have the same effect that whole plant therapy does.

Although research has shown that CBD has a lot of potential, more studies still need to be done so we can further understand how it works and what its specific effects are. Because of this, the FDA has yet to approve CBD and has emphasized that the cannabinoid is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. However, it may be of some help when it comes to alleviating certain symptoms.

A brief overview of the keto diet

The keto, or ketogenic diet, is a dietary regimen that entails eating foods that are high fat, moderate protein, and low carb in order to lose weight or regulate certain health conditions like epilepsy. While at face value it seems strange to enter into a weight loss program that requires you to intake more fat, the effects force the body to burn fat instead of carbs.

When someone is on the keto diet, their body experiences a few short-term effects. First, the body enters a metabolic state and is able to quickly use stored body fat as fuel. This can result in weight loss, decreased appetite, increased energy, and some fatigue or difficulty with physical performance.

Being in this state has a number of benefits, among them the potential for reduction of epileptic seizures. The keto diet may also provide relief for people with neurological disorders, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

How can CBD and keto supplement each other?

With the CBD industry booming, and retailers stocking store shelves and online marketplaces, CBD products are widely accessible, making it easy to incorporate them into your routine. Taking them alongside the high-fat foods associated with the keto diet is very manageable and can result in the two regimens boosting each other’s respective effects.

CBD has taken off among those seeking relief from symptoms connected with anxiety, insomnia, depression, pain, and inflammation. CBD and the ketogenic diet have produced similar outcomes in anecdotal evidence and in studies. Both can independently promote better regulation of the body processes that increase energy and mood. Another benefit of CBD and the keto diet working together is that they both have anti-inflammatory effects, essential for those with certain conditions that cause inflammation and chronic pain.

Although cannabis use is known for causing an increase in appetite, CBD products have no such effect. Taking CBD can actually help those on a keto diet regulate their appetite, because of the endocannabinoid system’s ability to promote homeostasis and balance in the body.

If you’re considering the keto diet, CBD, or both together, it’s important to ask a doctor how to implement them into your routine and how to stay safe while using them. If you’re taking an existing medication, be sure to ask about possible drug-on-drug interactions. Consulting a medical professional can help you optimize your health regimen and find what best fits your needs.

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