CBD, or Cannabidiol has gained serious traction in the last couple of years due to its wide spectrum of beneficial effects and lack of psychoactive properties.
The Ketogenic diet is a diet which focuses on reducing carbohydrates to a minimum (typically around 5% of overall caloric composition), in favour of higher healthy fats and moderate proteins.
The Ketogenic diet is a potent way to induce weight loss due to the lack of glucose and glycogen, which yields potent potential fat loss through the metabolic state of ketosis. This state means that the body is efficient in burning stored bodyfat. The liver is responsible for turning fat into ketones, which in turn fuels the body.
Why do people do either?
CBD has many health benefits attributed to its use, and we recommend reading further details on our blog here:
The Ketogenic diet has several benefits and alleviative effects attributed to it; the diet is generally associated with:
- Effective fat loss
- Steadier energy levels due to the cessation of peaks and troughs in blood sugar levels
- Epilepsy management
- Management of symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
A synergistic combination?
There are several areas where the potential benefits overlap, indicating a possible synergy between the two.
Inflammation – CBD and its anti-inflammatory properties are widely known, both anecdotally and increasingly evidenced through scientific research. This is also the case for the Ketogenic diet in which the authors state that the diet is associated with a number of anti-inflammatory effects.
Epilepsy – The Ketogenic diet has been used for many years in the treatment of epilepsy, starting in the 1920s. Clinical trials showed great promise, and a period of three months elapsing, the percentage of seizures in children was significantly lower in the ketogenic group. CBD has also had a positive effect on seizure load. A research paper conducted in 2016 states that CBD-enriched medical cannabis shows promise in treatment of intractable epilepsy.
Calmness and mental clarity – CBD stimulates the Endocannabinoid system, which acts as an overall mood regulator of the body. The process for this is thought to be through CBD increasing the levels of Anandamide, which in turn soothes the brain’s receptors and helps to alleviate any pain. Additionally, it helps the body activate and regulate its serotonin levels through its interactions with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The Ketogenic diet anecdotally improves mood; possibly attributable to the lack of spikes in blood sugar, which in turn improves mood as the cyclical nature of elevated and depressed blood sugar levels is stopped, offering more consistent energy levels.