CBD Oil For Keto: A Love or Hate Relationship?

By | 10/03/2019

What are the trends regarding natural health these days? What are the subjects of forum discussions, articles, blog posts? The answer is simple:

Keto and CBD oil.

All Keto and CBD oil advocates praise both of them underlying their significance in health and overall wellness.

How about combining them? Can we? Should we? What can CBD oil do for Keto? May they complement each other? May the combination of the two create a miracle or a disaster?

Before answering the questions, let me introduce you to them 🙂

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What is Keto?

Keto (short for Ketogenic Diet) is, simply, a way of eating.

Going Keto means your diet is centered around high fat, moderate protein, and little or no carbohydrate intake. (Remember, carbs mean glucose or sugar)

Did I say fat? Wait, isn’t fat the bad guy?

Well, this perception is ancient history.

Our body is a machine and as a machine can’t operate without fuel.

Glucose is its primary source of fuel and is stored within our muscles and liver in the form of glycogen. Glycogen is used to produce energy at the cellular level via the aerobic and the anaerobic pathways.

Ketogenic Diet

When someone is on Keto, it means that his intakes of carbs are little-to-no. Not finding glucose, his body turns to another source of fuel.

The lack of glucose puts the body in Ketosis, a metabolic state where the body, not finding carbs(=glucose) to burn, starts burning fat.  It “attacks” (!!!) the fat stored in the cells, transports it to the liver and transforms it into Ketones (the alternative source of fuel I told you about).

What are the signs of being in Ketosis?

We can divide these signs in very good and not so good ones 🙂

The very good ones are:

  • Weight loss (a perfect reason to go shopping for new clothes. The old ones are too big for you now.)
  • Appetite suppression (no more night attacks to the ice cream in the fridge)
  • Increased levels of energy
  • Elevated levels of focus
  • Increased levels of Ketones in your blood
  • Increased levels of Ketones in your breath or urine

This brings us to the not-so-good ones

  • Bad Breath (might be a problem for your social life, brush your teeth frequently, chew sugar and carb free gums)
  • Short-Term weakness (don’t be demotivated, it IS short-term)
  • Short-Term reduction in performance (same as above)
  • Digestive issues (constipation or diarrhea)
  • Insomnia (this is a big issue for a keto dieter. Remember it! We’ll discuss it later)

What is CBD oil?

Everyone talks about medical cannabis nowadays. I am sure you have heard about it unless you live in a parallel universe. The cannabis-related products like CBD are treated as a panacea.

Not only ordinary people like you and I talk about and are interested in it.

Scientists are literally into them. Luckily, the numerous claims behind cannabinoids and their potential therapeutic benefits don’t lack scientific evidence to support them.

Don’t you believe me?

Go to PubMed and search the word “cannabis”.

On March 2019, my search, for scientific journal articles, which contain the term “cannabis” and were published in the US National Library of Medicine in the last 20 years, gave me the amazing result of 13861 articles (OMG, I’ve got a lot of reading to do!).

Make a more specific search: 24729 scientific articles containing the word “cannabinoid” have been published – an average of  3.38 articles regarding cannabinoids has been published every single day!

It’s impressive, isn’t it?

You might be wondering why all this fuss. Don’t.

If you consider all the benefits that cannabis is supposed to bring to our health and all the ailments it is suggested to treat, it is absolutely logical that the scientific community is so obsessed with researching both the plant and the products related to it like CBD.  

CBD (short for CannaBiDiol) is a phytocannabinoid, one of the +100 chemical compounds found in the Cannabis sativa plant. The World Health Organization has confirmed that it is a safe and well-tolerated by most humans natural substance. CBD is non-addictive because, unlike its sibling THC, it hasn’t got any psychoactive properties.

What is the relationship between cannabinoids and your body and health? And how is it possible that CBD has such a great positive impact on health and wellness with, apparently, zero negative side effects?

The answer is simple: it is linked with a physiological system in our body which is important for the healing, health, wellness, and longevity of every creature with vertebrae:

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The existence of the ECS was unknown to scientists some decades ago. Ever since it has been discovered, scientists have brought evidence that it is the essential system for the establishment and maintenance of human well-being.

There some keywords and facts one should know to understand the ECS and the way it functions:

  • Cannabinoids
  • Receptors
  • Homeostasis

Our body produces cannabinoids (endocannabinoids). The cannabis plant contains cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids like CBD and THC).

Cannabinoids bring messages to our cells instructing them to perform specific actions.

To deliver the messages they bind with receptors (imagine receptors as locks and cannabinoids as keys) that are found  throughout our body:

  • within our brain, spinal cord, organs, gonads, and connective tissue (CB1 receptors) and
  • within our immune system, all the components associated with it and the peripheral nervous system (CB2 receptors).  

The ECS has one specific goal: to promote and maintain homeostasis (=balance)  at all levels, from subcellular to organismal.

Endocannabinoids don’t live long in our system because they are attacked and broken down at a high speed by enzymes. Lack of endocannabinoids alters homeostasis and causes ailments.

Phytocannabinoids are more resistant and last longer in our system. They can fill in the amount of endocannabinoids missing and restore and maintain homeostasis.

What are the benefits of CBD?

Some of the evidence-based benefits of CBD are:

Well, my dear Keto dieter? Do these benefits sound familiar? Wasn’t Keto conceptualized in the first place to treat epilepsy? Isn’t the Ketogenic diet known to impact Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, heart disease inflammation, cancer and more?

Since science has proven that both CBD and Keto can treat more or less the same conditions, what are the consequences of a combination of these two to your mental, emotional and physical health?

CBD and Keto: Is there a Synergy between the two?

To answer this question we should first understand why people choose to go on Keto:

  1. The first and most obvious reason is to fight obesity.
  2. The less obvious reasons are related to the fact that the ketogenic diet is proven to help with neurological diseases  (including stroke,  Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s,traumatic brain injuries),  cardiovascular diseases, cancer, epilepsy, inflammation etc.
  3. Furthermore, it improves brain function and helps with memory loss.

Before I start examining the relationship between CBD and Keto I would like to make a scientifically approved affirmation:

Common eating disorders include

  • Anorexia Nervosa,
  • Bulimia Nervosa and
  • Binge-Eating Disorder

with obesity being the result of the last two. Most of the people going Keto, choose this path to lose weight.

How is CBD oil related to the Keto reasons?

The intake of the CBD cannabinoid would restore missing cannabinoids in the body. This would help people combat their eating disorders while CBD and Keto would support each other in the weight loss process.

The anxiolytic properties of CBD are a powerful weapon to fight eating disorders when these are related to depression and anxiety. There is no use trying to lose weight when the reasons you overeat are psychological. One should find the root of the problem and treat it instead of just coping with its consequences (in our case obesity)

As I have already mentioned, CBD interacts with the ECS and helps it maintain homeostasis. This balance can help you obtain better outcomes from the Ketogenic Diet.

Moreover, CBD is proven to treat the same ailments as Keto. Imagine how powerful would be a combination of two “weapons” against such serious diseases!

So far, I think, it’s obvious that Keto and CBD can be a perfect match that may help you obtain the desired results from your diet.

But CBD can, additionally, assist a Keto dieter to cope with some practical issues that occur when he changes his eating habits. These issues are pretty annoying and perhaps they are the main reason why a great number of newbie dieters abandon their efforts to adopt the Ketogenic way of eating at early stages.

How can CBD oil help with glucose withdrawal symptoms?

Going keto means little or no carbs. Cutting carbs lowers the levels of sugar in your body This is a kind of “shock” to your system and the cause of certain sugar withdrawal symptoms.

Let us take a look at some of these symptoms and how CBD can help you cope with them

Intense Cravings.

Cravings are connected to addictions. Studies have shown that CBD may be used to treat various forms of addiction (drugs, tobacco, alcohol) and to curb cravings.

Moreover, CBD helps regulate homeostasis in your body and is able to stabilize your appetite eliminating or restraining your desire to eat. Actually, a lot of Ketoers using CBD report that don’t experience cravings.

Mood/Behavior Changes

The mood changes are related to the decrease of dopamine (did you know it is also called the hormone of happiness?) in your bloodstream and the amount of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in your body. CBD, having the ability to rebalance the brain’s chemistry, can help you tolerate this symptom.

Depression

When the level dopamine is low, then hapiness and euphoria levels are low and depression thrives. CBD has been shown to be anxiolytic and antidepressant.

Insomnia

Ketoers can’t sleep well. The ability of CBD to improve the quality and depth of sleep and to combat insomnia is known to everyone.

Muscle Aches

CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, it can treat muscle or joint pain and give you relief you from the pain you experience after each workout.

Keto-flu

If you are starting now, try to incorporate CBD in your diet early enough to combat a series of symptoms similar to those of the actual flu such as fatigue, headaches, and nausea.

CBD oil and Ketogenic Diet: A Healing Synergy?

CBD seems to be Keto’s closest ally.

The two giants appear to complement each other in enhancing and maintaining emotional, mental and physical well-being.   

Lots of people start using CBD and adopt the ketogenic diet to boost their quality of life and to optimize their physical and mental health.

Others combine the two for therapeutic reasons.

Athletes use this combination to improve their performance and treat pain and injuries. Keto and Cannabidiol can help all of them reach their goals.

It has been shown that both CBD oil and Keto have great potential in improving human health and wellness. Don’t you think, this suggests a really powerful synergistic relationship between the two?

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If you have any questions or you want to share your personal experience with Keto and CBD oil, leave a comment below.




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32 thoughts on “CBD Oil For Keto: A Love or Hate Relationship?

  1. Michael

    Thanks Effie.

    This has shed some light on some problems I regularly have.

    I am not on a Keto diet, but I think I may have some kind of low Glucose condition, which wouldn’t surprise me as I have all kinds of other deficiencies, so just another on the list. Maybe CBD can help with this.

    I sometimes find my self shaking and getting cold sweats, similar to a very bad hangover, even though I have neither had a drink nor have I forgotten to eat.

    It seems there is no end, if true, to the benefits if CBD Oil, and the fact that the body produces Cannabinoids is news to me. I honestly didn’t know that these were necessary for normal brain function.

    I will certainly be looking in to using CBD Oils when I can afford it.

    Thanks for this eye opening info,
    Michael.

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    1. Effie Post author

      Michael, I hope your health improves soon. There are a lot of things we don’t know about the way our brain and body function. I’m glad I taught you something new today, I love “educating” people. Feel free to contact me anytime, I will be glad to answer your questions. Take care of yourself!

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  2. Theresa

    I don’t follow the Keto diet strictly but I have noticed that I sleep better when I am eating carbs. There have been times when I have eaten carbs just to ensure a good night’s sleep. CBD oil would be a much better solution because when I eat carbs one day, I tend to have brain fog the next. That’s why I cut back in the first place. It’s certainly worth a try and there are so many other benefits, too!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Brain fog and poor sleep quality aren’t at all pleasant. With the help of CBD oil, you can go on Keto and eliminate all unpleasant symptoms of glucose withdrawal. And you are right, it’s packed with so many other benefits! Thank you Theresa!

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    1. Effie Post author

      What do you mean by cannabis Keith? Hemp? Medical marijuana? Recreational marijuana? Or cannabis compounds like CBD?

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  3. Karen

    I was just doing research on the keto diet as I heard so much about it and thought this could be something for me. I did not know about the side effects it could have, such as bad sleep. This is a problem I have been having lately anyway, so no need to make it worse. But then reading about the BCD Oil which helps against these side effects, make me reconsider. Incredible how the synergy between these two product works! I definitely go ahead with the combination of the two of them! Thanks for the helpful information!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Karen, I’m glad my article helped you reconsider. Actually, it’s the glucose withdrawal that causes all these symptoms. CBD can make your transition less “painful”-would I be exaggerating If I said we are all sugar addicted? Keep me posted with your progress!

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  4. Matt's Mom

    Wow! This is really great information. I am actually starting a KETO diet, and I did not know all this information. Specifically all the bad side affects such as no sleep, flu like symptoms and possibly depression! Sounds like I need to start on the CBD oil to combat this. I am really looking forward to the weight loss. I love carbs, so that part sucks. Great information here. I will go to the CBD link 🙂

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    1. Effie Post author

      I agree! Carbs lover here too! Cutting down carbs causes intense cravings, I hear. But the worst part, IMHO, is the low dopamine level that low glucose causes. No carbs and depression is a nightmare! You will definitely need some help Leahrae. Contact me for motivation, use CBD for support 🙂 Thank you, my friend!

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  5. Todd P Matthews

    Seems like they go hand in hand more than just quite well. I’ve always advocated those who tend to be rather carb-sensitive to switch to Keto, as it would be a golden ticket for those who are carb-sensitive after their body adapts to the nutrition plan. The fact that CBD oil remedies many of the not-so-good side-effects of Keto makes it the perfect supplement to accompany Keto. It’s yet another benefit on what CBD can do for us.

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    1. Effie Post author

      I’m not a Keto expert but I’ve been told that the not-so-good side effects of Keto are temporary. So are the glucose withdrawal symptoms. The problem is that lots of people get demotivated and quit their efforts to go Keto. CBD can help them tolerate them and can collaborate with Keto for the highest goals: health and wellness

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  6. Kirsti

    I´ve never tried a keto diet, I´m quite scared of the glucose withdrawal symptoms which I would probably get. But it would be interesting to try if a keto diet would alleviate my ADD and PMS symptoms.

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    1. Effie Post author

      ADD is characterized by low levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s cognitive abilities. Low levels of dopamine cause a manifestation of ADD. CBD has been shown to improve the transmission of dopamine which helps to enhance cognitive processes. As far as PMS is concerned, CBD’s analgesic properties are known to everyone 🙂 Kirsti, I wouldn’t advise you to go on Keto because of your health issue. You shouldn’t lower your dopamine levels more. Before you take any decision, please, talk to your doctor!

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  7. Joo

    Your article is really informative, I’ve learnt so much from it. I was just researching on keto diet, because I have read claims that it helps with eczema. And I also know of MANY people from the eczema FaceBook group that I’m with, that CBD has helped them so much to relieve their symptoms.
    So it looks like you’re really on to something here. I may get my kids to give keto a try, but as for CBD, I can only say Sigh… because it’s illegal in my country.
    Still grateful for everything I’ve learnt from this post.
    Thanks!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Let us hope that the winds of change will blow in your country Joo. Thank you !!

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  8. John

    Effie,
    I have never tried the Keto diet. Sounds like the CBD oil will take care on some of the side effects making this a great way to loose some weight and increase focus and energy levels.
    Do you think the Keto diet would be good for older folks who do not need to lose any weight, just want to increase levels of energy.
    John

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    1. Effie Post author

      John, I can say that the combination of CBD oil and Keto diet is positively explosive. Yet, I can’t respond to your question regarding the Ketogenic diet because since I am not an expert on the subject my knowledge on it is limited. Thank you for your visit !!

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  9. Dan Strong

    Hi Effie,
    As someone who is currently on the keto diet this is awesome to hear! I just started taking it again because I ran out, but I was taking CBD oil when I first started my diet towards the beginning of the year and that would explain whey I didn’t have as many of the issues that people first starting the diet had. My mood was great and my joints also felt great. Both benefits of CBD oil. My energy was also awesome. All of those things continued after I stopped CBD oil, but not to the same extent. Now I got some more. So I will see for sure how they work together now that I learned all this. Thank you as always!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Your comment is a priceless contribution to my article, Dan! Your experience is the “living” proof of this synergistic combination! Thank YOU!

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  10. Ahimbe

    I appreciate this post because it has reactivated my understanding of Ketosis and polished my knowledge on CBD oil and I now know the relationship between the two.
    I will have to use CBD oil to help me with muscle aches.
    I like your posts and hope to read more from you.
    Thank you Effie

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    1. Effie Post author

      Ahimbe, I should thank YOU for your kind and encouraging comment. I feel so rewarded knowing that I’ve helped people by informing them or giving them a natural solution for their problems.

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  11. Louis

    Wow, doesn’t it just get better. Two amazing programs combined into one. We all know the awesome benefits of the CBD oil and a ketogenic diet. However, putting both together would surely yield remarkable results. The CBD oil would be a perfect fit for insomnia symptoms while on a keto diet. I can see why more athletes turn towards this, absolutely powerful!

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    1. Effie Post author

      I can’t but agree with you, Louis! Both of them are powerful and their combination would be explosive in a positive way, don’t you think?

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  12. Dawn

    This article confirms something I’ve noticed about myself during my ongoing keto journey. As CBD oil is an oil it adds to my fat consumption and it’s anti-anxiety properties curbs my nervous/boredom eating habits. 

    I’m actually glad to have stumbled upon your site because it’s now part of my arsenal to combat weight gain and inflammation. Thank you for your good work.

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    1. Effie Post author

      Dawn both of them have been shown to do wonders to human health. In terms of a fight against an enemy, isn’t it better to have two weapons instead of one? 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and commenting! 

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  13. tawhid

    Hello Effie,

    I have read your article on CBD Oil For Keto: A Love or Hate Relationship? really very thorough and helpful article. you have given the evidence that both of them are very effective for weight loss, pain relief, muscle aches and lots of other helpful effects. i think combination of this two would be very impressive. thank you so much for reviewing on this topic.

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  14. Eric

    Before reading this, I had no idea how you were going to tie these two subjects together. My sister raves about CBD Oil and I’ve been thinking about trying the Keto Diet to shed some weight. Now that I’ve read this, I can see that the oil would really help me with my cravings.

    Also, I naturally don’t sleep well at night so as an added bonus maybe I’ll get better sleep to.

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    1. Effie Post author

      Eric, I thought it was important exploring the potential of a combination of the two.  There is scientific evidence that both of them can help treat certain health issues or give relief to others. People taking CBD while being on Keto report significantly reduced cravings and better and deeper sleep. So what are you waiting for? 

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  15. Amanda

    Well you’ve taken two of my favorite things and combined them, well done! Now you just need to give it a name =)
    I agree with all that you’ve written here as a fellow keto-er and CBD advocate. I have experienced both first hand and both have amazing benefits.
    Great job!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Welcome, Amanda! WOW, so you have personally experienced the powerful combination! Your testimony adds value to my article. I really appreciate you stopped and shared your experience with us. Thank you so much!!

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