CBD’s popularity explosion has led to more companies attempting to make products that stand out in a crowded market. This is why some companies are combining the health benefits of CBD and turmeric in capsules, food, and other products.
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In many cases, the health benefits of both of these ingredients are combined into a two-in-one option that can assist in boosting various health parameters - which includes:
- Recovery from exercise
- Joint support
- Turmeric may support memory and mood
However, another point to consider is this. Does combining turmeric with CBD enhance the absorption of the latter?
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of a plant called Curcuma Longa which is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It’s commonly characterized by its deep golden color and gives curries a vibrant yellow and a rich, earthy taste.
Turmeric is also popular in Ayurveda, where it’s been used for thousands of years - in fact, turmeric features in the majority of traditions across most Asian countries.
Turmeric itself contains over 100 different compounds, but one which stands out the most (and which is also well-researched) is curcumin. The research into curcumin shows us that it has positive effects on human health and potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
There’s also some evidence that turmeric is good for stress.This could be because of the potent anti-inflammatory properties that mitigate some of the effects of long-term stress. The benefits that turmeric provides make it a great option to enhance similar benefits that are associated with CBD.
How Does Turmeric CBD Help?
Some manufacturers are now offering dietary supplements that contain both CBD and curcumin (the main active compound in turmeric). The powerful properties of both CBD and turmeric mean there is some potential to both boost general well-being and also a wider range of common health benefits.
Some people believe that the combination of CBD and turmeric together can create a “synergistic response” or the use of two substances to enhance each other's effects, rather than using one for its individual benefits. However, it should be noted that there is no scientific evidence to support this, and more research is needed to understand how these two substances interact with each other and to what degree they can benefit an individual.
Perhaps one of the most well-known benefits of both CBD and turmeric is its anti-inflammatory properties. This review of curcumin (one of the main constituent in turmeric) and its effects on human health notes that it can help in the management of inflammation.. These benefits make both CBD and turmeric highly desirable.
Turmeric can also help in the control of inflammation caused by exercise and help lower muscle soreness while improving recovery and performance. This can potentially help boost similar properties that are associated with CBD.
Curcumin (the bioactive compound in turmeric) is known to help the body manage stress-related health and help mitigate the damage that too much stress does to our bodies in the long term due to its potent anti-inflammatory effects.
Improving General Well-Being
Turmeric CBD’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties mean that it could be an excellent option to improve general well-being. This study from 2012 shows that turmeric has a positive effect on health markers ranging from cardiovascular to cognitive health. There is a lack of research exploring the benefits of combining both CBD and turmeric in healthy individuals.
How can I increase CBD absorption with Turmeric?
One of the main issues in both CBD and turmeric is that these substances both have low bioavailability - the human body doesn’t have an easy time absorbing these compounds into the bloodstream and benefitting from their effects.
For example, when taking CBD orally, it has to travel through the digestive system. The issue with this is that the process of digestion destroys a large amount of the compound in the liver before it can even get to the bloodstream. To have any effect, CBD must be absorbed into the bloodstream and then delivered to the parts of the body where it’s needed.
CBD and turmeric are both hydrophobic (not dissolvable in water) which makes it more difficult for our bodies to process, absorb and benefit from these substances. A large amount of our physiology is composed of water, which means oil-based CBD products (which repel water) are harder to use.
With this in mind, it’s important to take some steps to maximize the absorption of CBD - there are a few ways of doing this, which we will outline below:
1. Take CBD that utilizes SmartSorb Technology
One option is to consume CBD in a water-soluble package as opposed to an oil-based one - this means higher levels of absorption and an overall more effective product. In fact, a recent study shows that water-soluble based CBD has much higher overall bioavailability and in oil-based CBD, up to 90 percent is broken down in the digestive system before it gets anywhere near the bloodstream.
NextEvo Naturals’ unique SmartSorb technology makes sure that CBD can be absorbed properly by the body. In fact, SmartSorb technology works in just 10 minutes and ensures that 4 times more CBD is absorbed into the body. The benefit of this is that you can take smaller doses of CBD but have better results.
2. Take with Fatty Foods/Drinks
Both CBD and turmeric are lipophilic which means that including them with a high-fat meal or beverage can help absorption. Some examples of high-fat foods that can help absorption include: fatty fish, dark chocolate, nuts, eggs, and cheese.
In some cases, turmeric is added to coffee as a latte, which CBD can also be added to. However, low-fat drinks may not reliably improve absorption but adding turmeric to these will enhance their flavor.
3. Add Black Pepper
Scientific research has shown that adding piperine (the bioactive compound in black pepper) increases the absorption rate of turmeric and increases its bioavailability in the body. Piperine is a bioenhancer and can also positively affect how the body uses curcumin (the highly beneficial compound in turmeric).
This study also shows that curcumin and piperine consumed together mutually enhance each other's absorption.
What is the Best Way to Take Turmeric or Curcuma CBD?
One of the best ways to take turmeric combined with CBD is orally (through the mouth), in the form of capsules, beverages, or edibles. However, when we take something through the mouth it has to pass through the digestive system and this can lower bioavailability.
Consuming CBD that is water-soluble (from emulsification) and following the suggestions above will most likely increase the amount of CBD absorbed into the bloodstream when administering it orally.
Turmeric CBD Capsules
A combined CBD and turmeric supplement is a simpler and more convenient option for any health regimen. Instead of having to purchase these substances separately, you get the benefits in one package, which is both cheaper and can achieve the same results (or possibly enhance their effects).
NextEvo’s revive CBD complex contains curcumin (the active compound in turmeric) and hemp-derived CBD and is formulated to be easier to absorb by the body, which means you gain greater access to the health-promoting properties of all of these ingredients.
Selecting a Quality Turmeric CBD Product
It’s important to note that not all CBD-based products and supplements are created equally. Low-quality products may not provide the benefits or results that are expected and this can cause consumers to understandably think that CBD supplementals have no value or benefits.
However, higher-quality products undergo rigorous testing to ensure that they are safe and effective. It’s vital that consumers choose reputable brands that provide laboratory reports and use clean extraction methods. This ensures that products contain the ingredients on the label and no other potential contaminants - like pesticides or solvents.
It’s also important that an adequate dose is utilized for maximum effect - for example, 500mg of curcumin combined with absorption enhancers like piperine taken 2 or 3 times a day is considered an optimal amount for adults. Finally, you should always consult with a physician or doctor before using turmeric CBD products if you’re not sure if they are suitable for you and your health needs.