Yo, what’s good, it’s ya boy Dan, and today we’re talking about CBD, or cannabidiol, the hottest dietary supplement out there. People use this dope product every day to support their healthy lifestyles. But hold up, just because it’s a dietary supplement doesn’t mean it’s all good for you. So, what are the real effects of CBD oil on your body?
It ain’t just about the CBD itself, it’s also about the nutritional content of the product you’re consuming. Different products like tinctures, edibles, and vapes all affect you in different ways. For example, some edible gummies have more sugar than a straight-up CBD tincture.
So listen up fam, I’m here to break down the nutritional info for most CBD tinctures.
What’s in CBD Oil?
Every brand tries to offer something slightly different, but most CBD oil tinctures have the same basic ingredients. You gotta investigate the brand by reading their product descriptions and lab reports to find out exactly what it contains.
The main ingredient in any CBD tincture is CBD itself. Most often, it comes from the hemp plant. Manufacturers take raw hemp and remove the cannabinoids, including CBD, using an extraction method like CO2 extraction.
Depending on the brand, the oil may be full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. If it’s an isolate, it only contains CBD and nothing else. At the other end of the spectrum is full-spectrum oil, which includes all of the cannabinoids from the plant – including THC. But don’t trip, it can’t contain more than 0.3% THC to follow most laws. Some brands specify that their products are broad-spectrum if they’ve removed the THC but still contain all the other cannabinoids.
By itself, CBD has no real nutritional value. Neither do the other cannabinoids.
Broad- or full-spectrum tinctures will also contain terpenes. These are aromatic compounds from the cannabis plant that affect your experience with the product. Certain terpenes are more common in hemp than in other plants like myrcene, humulene and limonene.
Most CBD oil on the market is unflavored and has a bitter taste that many users find unpleasant. Some people can handle it but others can’t even think about taking it without gagging. So now many brands add flavorings to make them taste better. Flavored oils are super popular with an enormous variety of flavors available for sale.
Different companies use different ingredients when adding flavorings and it can affect the nutritional value of the product. For example, using cane sugar to sweeten the oil will obviously change the sugar content of the product. Many brands now use stevia as a healthier natural sweetener in contrast to processed varieties.
When taking a CBD oil, most of the nutritional info is down to the carrier oil being used. Again, flavorings also come into play but since many products are unflavored, carrier oils are vital.
Each brand has its own choice of carrier oil and research varies as to which one is most effective and which one is healthiest so you gotta come to your own conclusion on that one.
MCT Coconut Oil
MCT coconut oil is perhaps the most popular CBD carrier because it may increase a CBD tincture’s efficiency but it’s high in saturated fat which raises some concerns about whether or not it’s bad for your heart.
Olive oil is what’s known as a ‘pure fat.’ It contains no protein or carbs – just fat – but is considered healthier than saturated fats.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is a firm favorite for many CBD oil manufacturers because they can use all parts of the plant in their products.. The massive downside of a hemp seed oil tincture is that it tastes terrible and amplifies bitterness in cannabinoid extract.
Avocado oil is also considered really good for you and has a relatively mild taste compared to hemp seed oil but isn’t used as much as other oils as some folks may be allergic to it.
Can CBD Affect Your Weight?
It’s unlikely that taking CBD oil will make you gain weight since those who use it usually take only 1-2 drops per day which is a pretty low amount compared to other foods containing fat.
As for whether or not it leads to weight loss – research is conflicting so we don’t know for sure if it will help you lose weight but at least we know that taking it won’t make you gain weight.
Final Thoughts: What’s Really in Your CBD Oil?
CBD itself has almost no nutritional value; instead, users take it for its effects on overall wellbeing. It’s important to read labels carefully and avoid brands that use artificial flavorings or processed sugars if health is a significant concern.
That’s all from me now, fam!