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Spread It All Over: The Best-tasting CBD Spreads Edition
Table of Content:
- What is CBD?
- Nutrition facts and health benefits of spread
- CBD spreads: yay or nay?
- What’s the verdict?
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a phytonutrient that comes from the cannabis plant. There are more than a hundred natural compounds (also known as cannabinoids) within the cannabis family, and CBD is one of them. Most commercial CBD products are usually extracted from a cannabis subspecies called hemp because it contains little to no amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol - the main psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for the ‘high’ feeling).
With a lack of THC levels, hemp is not capable of creating any intoxication. In other words, hemp-based CBD products won’t likely get you stoned whatsoever regardless if some of them are infused with THC. Some places, including the UK, allow CBD products to contain THC, as long as they do not exceed the maximum suggested amount of THC (which is 0.2%).
Nutrition facts and health benefits of spreads
Spreads are basically used to enhance the flavour and texture of certain foods, in addition to many other solid ingredients like bacon and salami. Some people like to use spreads in many specific recipes. But generally, bread slices, crackers, and other snacks that taste a bit bland are best partnered with spreads.
What we love about these condiments is that there’s no shortage of exciting flavours to choose from. Some of the most common spreads include dairy products (such as butter, soft cheeses, creams, etc.), plant-based margarine, jams, jellies, meat-based spreads and more.
Aside from being delicious and readily obtainable, spreads are also packed with potential wellness and many rewarding health benefits. Vegetable oils, such as sunflower, olive, and avocado oils, are the main ingredient for most spreads. These oils are rich in polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which our bodies essentially require to enhance brain function and cell growth.
Spreads are also good sources of calories. While too much calory intake may lead to excessive weight gain, calories aren't really that bad for our health. In fact, our body needs calories to gain more energy. As long as you burn enough calories off through physical activities, it should be fine to enjoy calories in spreads at reasonable amounts.
Most spreads contain lots of minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. On top of that, meat-based spreads are generally high in protein - which is essential for many physiological functions, such as fluid balance, muscle repair, and the production of many hormones and enzymes.
CBD in spreads: yay or nay?
CBD-infused spreads are a classic beginner condiment that you may use in a variety of snacks and recipes. Of course, having these products on hand can be a fantastic (and tasty!) way to obtain the many potential benefits of CBD - all of it from the comfort of your kitchen.
Similar to any regular spreads, CBD spreads have an abundance of polyunsaturated fats. Our bodies are not capable of making their own essential fatty acids, so we can only receive them from the food we eat. Typically, plant-based ingredients like CBD oil are the best sources of polyunsaturated fats simply because they are natural, organic, and vegan-friendly.
Over the past few years, cannabidiol has become a trendy supplement for the treatments of many symptoms and discomforts related to various health conditions. Some people have anecdotally reported using CBD oil for pain management, anxiety relief, and sleep quality enhancement.
One recent study even suggests that CBD may also influence our ability to lose weight. All these mentioned possibilities of CBD are due to its unique ability to interact with our multifaceted homeostatic regulator known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is composed of endocannabinoids (in a sense, these are counterparts of plant-based cannabinoids like CBD and THC). CBD is thought to have an intriguing talent for imitating these endocannabinoids in order to communicate with the cannabinoid receptors responsible for regulating many functions in the body, such as mood, memory, metabolism, and pain perceptions. CBD is reported to interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors that are present in our nervous and immune systems. These receptors play an important role when it comes to enhancing our metabolism, reducing appetite, and encouraging the ‘browning’ of fat cells in our bodies. This could explain as to how CBD, preferably when infused into a wellness dietary plan, might be fairly beneficial for maintaining a healthy weight.
What’s the verdict?
Our collection of CBD spreads might just be a good place to start when beginning your journey with CBD. Here at Alphagreen, we prioritise quality ingredients, which may offer some nutritional value that works within your wellness and dietary needs. You may wish to try out some new sandwich recipes now that the best CBD spreads in the market are at your fingertips! However, limitation and moderation are important reminders when it comes to CBD. If in doubt or under some influence of medications, the option to discuss your CBD intake with your doctor is always open for a much better CBD experience.
How do you use CBD spreads?
There are plenty of ways to enjoy your prepared CBD spreads. For instance, you may use CBD butter as a natural alternative for any traditional butter or margarine when making pastries and even in everyday cooking, from pan-frying some eggs to sautéing some vegetables. Likewise, you can simply spread CBD on your toasts or sandwiches just like how you use any regular spreads on your bread.
Can you get high from too much CBD spread?
Although some experts suggest that CBD is well-tolerated by humans (even in high concentrations), it may be best not to go beyond your sweet spot when it comes to CBD. If you’re new to CBD, it pays to check the product’s label to see how much CBD is present in every single serving. Doses may vary among different forms of CBD, but beginners are generally advised to start around 15 to 20 mg of CBD per serving. You may wish to increase your CBD intake after a few weeks of microdosing, provided that you don’t exceed the recommended daily dose of no more than 70 mg.
What does a CBD spread taste like?
Our CBD spreads differ in appetising (yet nutritious) flavours, ranging from nut butter and milk chocolate to Himalayan pink salt and turmeric. All these palatable flavours are exclusively added to our CBD spreads in order to mask the natural ‘earthy’ taste of CBD oil. You may want to try these flavours for yourself, and tell us your favourite!
Does CBD upset your stomach?
First of all, it is crucial to understand that experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea due to CBD does not occur very often. Several factors could be contributing to the onset of this common adverse side effect of CBD. These may include metabolism, an incorrect dosage, an individual’s tolerance to CBD, or a specific ingredient that could be present in the product. CBD typically helps manage (not causes) gastrointestinal issues. Hence, it should be fine to take any CBD products as long as you're following the suggested amount per dose and you’re under a qualified physician's care.
How long do CBD spreads take to kick in?
CBD spreads are classified as edibles, which usually take around 30 to 60 minutes to potentially work inside the body. Still, the onset time may depend on a variety of factors, including your metabolism, the amount of CBD taken, and the active ingredients present in the product. Some users suggest that CBD products containing THC concentration and other essential compounds might take effect much faster due to their purported ‘entourage effect’. This phenomenon indicates that CBD may work synergistically with other cannabinoids and chemical compounds found within the hemp plant, including terpenes, flavonoids, essential oils, and more - thereby offering some maximum potential results when compared with products containing isolated CBD.