3 Food-Based Alternatives to CBD Oil

by - February 25, 2021

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The last few years have seen the proliferation of the use of CBD oil for various ailments and people who use it swear by it for all kinds of medical reasons. CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant but unless it contains THC will not cause any psychoactive changes and is used simply like any other supplement.

But some people can have negative reactions to CBD oil, especially those on certain medications such as Zoloft and Prozac among others. Some also don’t like the idea of consuming something that is derived from such a controversial plant and are strongly against the use of cannabis in any form.

CBD has been proven to be a good remedy for many common ailments such as inflammation and severe ones such as depression, anxiety, and even epilepsy. 

For those who don’t want to consume CBD oil, or can’t afford it since it is expensive, then there are certain foods that contain CBD, including:

  • Broccoli

  • Nigella

  • Chocolate

Broccoli is all kinds of good for us and contains CB2 while nigella seeds are a good source of CBD and chocolate can enhance the effects of CBD.

Nutrient-Rich Superfood

Most of us probably hated broccoli as children but as adults, it is one of the most amazing ingredients to liven up any meal. Broccoli can be used in many pasta dishes or served on the side such as with a Sunday roast.

While the health benefits of broccoli are widely known such as its high vitamin and mineral content of A, C, E and K as well as potassium, iron, calcium, selenium and magnesium, the vegetable (and it’s cousins) also contains a CB2 receptor that is similar to the anti-inflammatory aspect of CBD oil medicine.

No, Not the TV Chef

These tiny black seeds have been used as an accompaniment to other spices for centuries and are also known as black cumin. When dry roasted they can be ground into a fine powder and added to spicy foods such as with Indian cuisine to provide a soft smoky flavor.

While they aren’t commonly found in most people’s kitchens, based on their proven health benefits they should be purchased by the bucket load. Nigella sativa is an endocannabinoid which basically means it is an alternative source of CBD over cannabis and has been found to have the same health benefits claimed by CBD oil researchers such as anti-inflammatory effects, epilepsy treatment, reduced cancer risks and stabilised diabetes.

Finally, an Excuse to Eat More :)

Chocolate is one of the biggest commodities on the planet and has been enjoyed by humans for thousands of years with evidence that the Maya of South America were drinking hot chocolate (with chillies) long before we were consuming it on a cold winter’s day in the modern world. While chocolate is loved by many enthusiasts, it is notorious as a contributor to weight gain and tooth loss because of the high sugar content.

However, this sugar is added in the manufacturing process and Cacao, the main ingredient of chocolate, is quite bitter with hardly any natural sugar and as we know by now, if it’s bitter, it's medicine. Cacao has been proven to contain a high amount of antioxidants and new research has shown that while it doesn’t contain CBD itself (which was suspected) it enhances the effects of CBD and THC by means of an anandamide reuptake inhibitor.


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