The Plant-Based Ingredients Worth Talking About
More and more people are now aware of nature’s wellness-inducing cannabis plant, but it’s also important to open our eyes to some others that are a part of the wider, plant-based health conversation that seem to have got everyone talking…
First up, cacao – the raw ingredient, which offers some truth behind the assumption that chocolate, is good for us. Before our favourite craving turns into bars on supermarket shelves, it starts as raw cacao beans packed with all the healthy vitamins and minerals our bodies long for. Raw cacao is a particularly valuable source of iron, with an impressive 7.3mg existing in each 100g, compared to beef at just 2.5mg and spinach at 3.6mg.
CBD and cacao go together pretty much hand-in-hand and this is due to their relationship with the body’s natural mood-booster, anandamide, a.k.a. the bliss molecule.
We already know that our bodies naturally produce anandamide, and that CBD’s anxiety-relieving qualities derive from the cannabinoid’s ability to prolong its breakdown, but what we may not realise is that cacao has a concentration of anandamide within it too – meaning that cacao intake increases anandamide to the body.
With CBD’s ability to keep anandamide’s positive effects lasting longer, it is worth trialing the two together and seeing what effect it has on your state of bliss.
Originating from the pacific islands among populations who have been reaping the benefits for centuries, coconut oil has been growing in western popularity for some time now. High in saturated fats, it can be used as a plant-based alternative to butter and other oils in cooking, providing a fragrant coconut flavour in the process.
However, coconut oil’s qualities stretch far beyond the kitchen, with its natural fats providing key nutrients for our hair and skin, making it ideal for topical use too. This can be a compliment to CBD oil’s recovery benefits, which makes the two oils together a versatile and organic moisturiser that is completely plant-based. When CBD is applied topically, its anti-inflammatory effects get to work right away, making it an effective treatment for inflamed skin conditions or sore areas.
CBD is fat-soluble and coconut oil has around 80% saturated fat content, which is what makes the two oils work so well together. These fatty acids act as a binding agent for the cannabinoids, which means receptors in the ECS can absorb CBD more efficiently, helping the benefits get to work even faster.
Growing from the same flowering plant as ginger is the traditional Indian spice, turmeric. Turmeric has been used for medicinal healing since ancient times and is considered today, like ginger, to be a staple remedy to combat household illnesses like colds and flu. Now recognised worldwide as a superfood, it is turmeric’s compound ‘curcumin’ where the real anti-inflammatory magic lies.
Its rewarding qualities are not dissimilar to those of CBD, with both working to protect and regulate the immune system and fight off external stress. Ensuring that there is high quality curcumin and CBD extract in both ingredients – a combination of the two is sure to provide a powerful anti-inflammatory remedy, packed with natural goodness, but void of any nasty side effects. We suggest trying CBD and turmeric capsules, or adding both to a drink recipe with honey and ginger, for a superfood blend that packs a punch!
It’s obvious the attention that all of these plant ingredients receive is well deserved. We’re excited that CBD is entering the mix and that people are discovering the versatile and valuable ways to combine all this plant-based goodness.
Join us in finding which ways work for you!