Foodies and wellness lovers, rejoice: CBD olive oil might just be the best invention since… ever. Here are the bottles we're buying up by the armful… Cannabidiol, a chemical found in marijuana, is being used to treat a number of different ailments, from epilepsy to inflammation. Combining CBD with olive oil… What is CBD? Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a chemical compound derived from the hemp plant. Unlike THC or marijuana, CBD is legal and does not produce a "high." Much interest has been seen around CBD and its potential health benefits, which include reduced pain and inflammation, reduced anxiety, and faster r
5 Excellent Bottles of CBD Olive Oil to Drizzle Over Everything
CBD. Olive. Oil. Could there be anything better? We take CBD daily to keep our mood leveled, our inflammation down, and our body aches at bay. Combining this potent plant medicine into an edible ingredient we’re already using daily is kind of genius. Why? CBD works best when we let it accumulate in our systems, so by drizzling a little CBD olive oil onto every meal we’re using the healthy ingredient in a savvy way.
Professional foodie and cookbook author, Kat Odell has done the noble work of testing some of the most exciting CBD olive oils on the market right now. Take a peek at her findings…
One of the hottest buzzwords in the wellness world is CBD or cannabidiol (the non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant), and it’s everywhere right now, for good reason. You’ll find it in skincare products, drinks and, of course, food. Ongoing scientific research continues to link the plant to a laundry list of health benefits, from combating inflammation to improving sleep and countering pain.
High-quality olive oil seems to be the preferred delivery vehicle for a number of CBD brands, such as Plant People, House of Spain and Lily. “These oils are intended to be lifestyle products,” explains House of Spain co-founder Amanda Gillies. She hopes her customers will use CBD olive oil as one would any other olive oil.
How To Use CBD Olive Oil
In terms of dosing CBD oil, everyone’s body is different, so there is not one right answer. Pot d’Huile founder Yannick Crespo suggests a starting dose of around 20 to 30 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD, but he calls out the importance of use over time: “The key here is that [one] use[s] CBD regularly for it to be more effective.”
Full-spectrum CBD means that the oil contains not just CBD, but the hemp plant’s other naturally-occurring terpenes and flavonoids. CBD isolate is just that, the isolated CBD compound. Legally, CBD can not contain more than .3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound that will get you high. Full-spectrum CBD is believed to offer a higher level of relief thanks to the entourage effect, which is teamwork between the plant’s myriad terpenes to yield a stronger product.
Below are five great CBD olive oils to drizzle on avocado toast or toss into a summer salad:
Plant People (100ml/$35)
Strength: 200mg of CBD — full-spectrum
Varietal: Arbequina, sourced from San Joaquin Valley, CA
Tasting notes: Smells rich and buttery, tastes smooth, creamy and mildly buttery.
House of Spain (250ml/$49)
Strength: 250mg of CBD
Varietal: A blend of Picudo and Hojiblanca, harvested from 500-year-old olive trees in Andalucía, Spain.
Tasting notes: Smells buttery and spicy, with a butter-flavor characterized by a hint of bitterness.
Pot d’Huile (125ml/$37)
Strength: 125mg of CBD — full-spectrum
Varietal: Frantoio, sourced from Santa Cruz, CA
Tasting notes: Smells creamy, rich and fresh. Tastes bright, vegetal, buttery with a bitter tingle in the back of one’s throat on the finish.
Wonder Valley x Lily (100ml/ $39)
Strength: 150mg of CBD — full-spectrum
Varietal: A blend of Leccino, Frantoio, Maurino, Pendolino and Coratino. This collaboration oil was produced with California olive oil brand Wonder Valley, who sources olives from Lake County.
Tasting notes: Smells like cannabis with a rich olive note in the background. The cannabis flavor overpowers the olive oil’s more delicate flavor due to the oil’s high-potency, full-spectrum nature.
Grass Valley Orchards (250ml/$45)
Strength: 250mg of CBD — isloate
Varietal: Arbequina, soured from organically-grown olives in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Tasting notes: Creamy, vegetal.
Share the post “5 Excellent Bottles of CBD Olive Oil to Drizzle Over Everything”
Combining CBD and Olive Oil May Help Soothe Some Ailments
Cannabidiol, a chemical found in marijuana, is being used to treat a number of different ailments, from epilepsy to inflammation. Combining CBD with olive oil may improve its effectiveness.
CBD has been appearing in a wide spectrum of consumer goods recently, from topical salves to seltzers and soap. Now add olive oil to the list of CBD-infused products.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical in marijuana that does not contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient that produces a high. CBD is now commonly sold in oil, extract or pill form, or as an additive to consumer goods.
CBD, like all cannabinoids, are lipophilic, meaning that they love fat. They are most easily and readily absorbed when paired with a fat such as olive oil. – Emily Kyle, holistic cannabis practitioner and registered dietician
Though the research on CBD’s effects is still in its infancy, companies selling CBD and CBD products, nutritionists and everyday users claim it can be used to soothe ailments from anxiety to inflammation, and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its use in treating epilepsy.
But what does the research say about CBD and what happens when it is mixed in olive oil?
Emily Kyle, a holistic cannabis practitioner and registered dietician, said the early research on CBD suggests it can help with “ anxiety and depression, sleep disorders, epilepsy and seizure disorders, pain and inflammation. It is believed that CBD can nourish the body’s own endocannabinoid system, which is directly responsible for maintaining homeostasis or balance, in the body.”
Though the amount of CBD and its purity matters in its potential effectiveness, Kyle said consuming it with a fat, such as olive oil, can help the chemical work.
“ CBD, like all cannabinoids, are lipophilic, meaning that they love fat,” Kyle said. “ They are most easily and readily absorbed when paired with a fat such as olive oil.”
Kyle said it is important to pair CBD with an overall healthy diet to ensure the best outcomes, and that “ olive oil is an excellent heart-healthy option to pair CBD with.”
Brooke Brun is the co-founded KB Pure Essentials, which sells olive oil and CBD products, including lip balm, deodorant, shampoo, makeup remover, body lotion, tinctures and more. KB Pure Essential products are made from a blend of CBD and olive oil, in part to improve the taste and aroma of the products, but also because of olive oil’s health properties.
“ CBD is fat-soluble, so we chose a fatty oil to blend with the CBD,” Brun said. “ It also helps with the taste. Alcohol or MCT oil supplement oils tend to have a really bad taste. High-quality olive oil on its own has many benefits to the brain and physical health so we felt it complemented the benefits of the CBD.”
Brun said KB Pure has a trained chemist on staff to ensure the ingredients in their products do not interact in a negative way. In fact, the process to blend the CBD and olive oil requires attention.
“ The CBD concentrate won’t just simply mix with the olive oil,” Brun said. “ It needs to be heated – but not too hot –and homogenized into the olive oil to make sure you are getting a consistent dose of CBD each time to take it. If you do not do that, the pure concentrate is like sap that will just sink to the bottom of the bottle of olive oil.”
That said, Kyle added that everyday people can absolutely combine olive oil and CBD at home to create a mixture that works for them.
Brun said KB Pure products are commonly used by seniors and athletes to manage pain, and that she recommends folks interested in trying CBD and olive oil combinations try topical salves at first.
“ About 80 percent of our clients are trying to manage their pain and/or get off opioids they have been taking for years,” Brun said. “ Our clients dealing with stress management or sleep issues typically go for the sublingual oils since there are not really any neurological benefits from using CBD topically.”
Keep in mind, as with everything that is ingested, that there are risks or at least potential risks. The FDA is still researching the long-term effects of CBD, how it affects special population, such as pregnant women and children, and its cumulative effect – if a person ingests it, uses it in a salve and takes another product, the outcome for every person is yet to be determined.
And the FDA warns that CBD and CBD products are “ being marketed with unproven medical claims.” In short, though CBD is legal at the federal level, use it at your own risk. And, Brun said, be mindful of its effects.
“ It is not a cure, and it doesn’t work for everyone who uses it,” she said. “ But that’s the same for every medication and supplement out on the market today.”
CBD Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Much interest has been seen around CBD and its potential health benefits, which include reduced pain and inflammation, reduced anxiety, and faster recovery from physical activity.
Just like extra virgin olive oil, the extraction process is crucial to the overall quality and health benefits. Another similarity is the amount of cheap, adulterated, or otherwise fraudulent products. So like our extra virgin olive oil, we source our CBD directly from a small estate we trust.
Why olive oil as a carrier for CBD?
CBD can be sold in a variety of carrier oils. Because CBD and EVOO share similar anti-inflammation properties, we believe EVOO to be a better vehicle for the CBD.
How does CBD affect the body?
CBD is used by the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS, but so far we know it plays role in regulating:
- appetite and digestion
- chronic pain
- inflammation and other immune system responses
- learning and memory
- motor control
- cardiovascular system function
- muscle formation
- bone remodeling and growth
- liver function
- reproductive system function
- skin and nerve function
Some experts believe we can have endocannabinoid deficiencies. A 2016 report from the National Institute of Health reviewed over 10 years of research and suggested that low endocannabinoid levels in your body or ECS dysfunction can contribute to the development of certain conditions, such as migraines, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome.
If clinical endocannabinoid deficiency does play any kind of role in these conditions, targeting the ECS or endocannabinoid production could be the missing key to treatment, but more research is needed.
Will CBD show up on a drug test?
Although marijuana and hemp products are both derived from cannabis plants, full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD oil is legally required to contain less than 0.3 percent THC.