A study published by the University of Minnesota this summer quickly swept across the media. The study announced that high-fat foods were effective at increasing CBD absorption in the body. As usual, publicly aimed headlines made big general statements, but after a closer look, there is much to be discussed below the fold.
What we've done here is to take a sober look at the study and boil it down into real-world impacting conclusions, open questions, and recommendations. Join us as we dive in and talk about fatty foods, CBD, and bioavailability.
The study, published here, took a group of 8 patients suffering from refractory epilepsy and split them into two groups. Four fasting individuals that went without breakfast in the morning before their dose and the other four individuals ate 840-860 calorie high-fat breakfast burritos before taking their dose.
A very important point to note is that the study utilized pharmaceutical-style CBD administration. Test subjects were given capsules filled with CBD isolate.
Critical points upon review:
All of this said, the topic of CBD bioavailability is incredibly important as the compound suffers from low absorption in many cases. This is seen in the research being performed on the topic as well as the advances made in product development to help improve absorption.
This study, and public discussion of the concept, does raise many points for discussion that would ultimately help us better understand the situation and make future progress in both the pharmaceutical and public consumption of these compounds.
Without answers to these questions, unnecessary over-consumption of fats could easily occur with the simple hope of increasing bioavailability. The ultimate goal is finding what is really effective so that we can apply the 'less is best' rule.
While we've been fairly critical to the study so far and opened up more questions than we've answered, there are still some valuable takeaways here.
The big conclusion is: why not take CBD with the healthy, fat-containing foods you already consume? Even though we aren't sure at the impact on real-world products, no evidence points to consuming CBD oil with food to be a bad thing. With the potential of increased absorption on the table, it makes sense to take advantage, even if the improvement is minor.
Until more specific information is revealed through further studies, we suggest the following:
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