As we already know, CBD’s sweeping benefits are particularly relevant to athletes, but what is less explored is the most optimal way for them to make the most of those benefits.
Since diet is more important to athletes than it is for many people, let’s see which CBD and food pairings make the most sense for them.
What Food Enhances CBD
CBD is highly lipophilic, meaning is dissolves very well in fat and very badly in water. A recent study, published in the Epilepsia journal, reinforced that idea with tangible results, shining a light on the tremendous difference that diet makes to CBD absorption. 
The study compared the CBD levels when the compound was taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and food wasn’t eaten in the next 4 hours, and when within 30 minutes of ingesting it, the volunteers ate a 52% fat breakfast burrito, providing a nutrient boost of roughly 850 calories.
It turned out the high-calorie diet boosted CBD absorption by as much as the staggering 14 times.
While very few, if any, athletes can afford to eat that kind of a diet, these findings provide very useful insight—low-fat food and CBD don’t really go well together.
Foods to Pair with CBD
Foods, Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Being famous for their health benefits, omega-3 fatty acids are the gold standard for fattiness, which makes them the perfect CBD vehicle.
Salmon, of course, is probably the most famous source of omega-3, but beside it, there are other foods you can eat to that end, including mackerel, herring, cod liver oil, oysters, sardines, anchovies, caviar, flax and chia seeds, walnuts, soybeans, and others.
Another one of the only dietary components that attaches healthy connotations to “oil” and “fat,” olive oil is the perfect CBD carrier, and considering how well the silky potion enhances salads, which is an indispensable part of athletes’ diets, this may be the match made in Heaven.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Another inherently fatty food which still offers some serious value to athletes in the energy kick it packs, peanut butter can be a great CBD enhancer. And since it’s often mixed with chocolate, which respectively also provides a nice energy boost, the three can certainly make for a nice pre-workout snack.
Yet another of the otherwise very few treats which are as tasty as they are healthy. Honey is not only a powerful antioxidant, which already sets it up for CBD compatibility, but it also provides a lot of energy, goes great with yogurt, which has fat, and fruit, which athletes practically have to live on, not to mention coffee, so you have another highly versatile CBD side-kick.
With foods like these and a drop or two of CBD, athletes’ diet can turn from a hassle to something they can actually look forward to.
- Birnbaum et al, Food effect on pharmacokinetics of cannabidiol oral capsules in adult patients with refractory epilepsy, Epilepsia, 27 June 2019, Journal Impact Factor = 5.562 Times Cited = 2
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