What's really in that CBD oil you're taking every day? We discuss all you need to know about CBD nutrition, ingredients, and more. CBD already seems too good to be true, but does it have calories? I did some first-hand research with a number of brands to find out the average calorie count for CBD products:
CBD Oil Nutrition Facts: What’s ACTUALLY in That Product You’re Using?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the hottest dietary supplements right now. People use it every day as a way to support a healthy lifestyle. Since it’s a dietary supplement, it’s all too easy to assume that it’s good for you. However, what are the real effects of CBD oil on your body?
The way it impacts you isn’t just to do with the CBD, but also the nutritional content of the product you consume.
This, of course, can change depending on the individual product. Tinctures, edibles, vapes, etc., will all affect you very differently. For example, edible gummies will obviously have a higher sugar content than a straight CBD tincture.
This guide will explain the nutritional information for most CBD tinctures.
What’s in CBD Oil?
Every brand tries to offer something slightly different. However, many CBD oil tinctures have the same basic ingredients. You need to investigate a brand by reading the product descriptions and lab reports to find out exactly what it contains.
The main ingredient in any CBD tincture is, of course, CBD. Most often, this comes from the hemp plant. Manufacturers take raw hemp and remove the cannabinoids, including CBD, using an extraction method such as CO2 extraction.
Depending on the brand, the oil may be full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or isolate. If it’s an isolate, it contains CBD and nothing else. At the other end of the ‘spectrum’ is full-spectrum oil, which includes all of the cannabinoids from the plant – including THC. However, it must contain less than 0.3% THC to abide by most laws. Some brands specify that their products are broad-spectrum if the THC has been removed, but all cannabinoids are otherwise contained.
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By itself, CBD has no real nutritional value. Neither do the other cannabinoids.
Broad- or full-spectrum tinctures will also contain terpenes. These are aromatic compounds from the cannabis plant. They’re actually found in many species of plants, but certain terpenes are more common in hemp. They include myrcene, humulene, and limonene, among others.
The terpenes in any CBD oil are responsible for some of the effects that you experience. As such, the terpenes are an essential part of your overall experience.
Some brands will expressly state which terpenes a tincture contains at high quantities. With other products, it’s a matter of guesswork.
Most CBD oil on the market is unflavored. In its raw form, CBD oil has a bitter taste that many users find unpleasant. For some, it’s manageable even though it’s not the best-tasting thing in the world; for others, it makes taking CBD impossible.
Now, many brands add flavorings to their CBD oils to make them taste better. Flavored oils are super popular, with an enormous variety of flavors available for sale. Different companies use different ingredients, and it can affect the nutritional value of the product.
For example, using cane sugar to sweeten the oil will obviously change the sugar content of the product. Many brands now use stevia as a healthier, natural sweetener in contrast to processed varieties. Paying attention to the ingredients is essential if you want to figure out how healthy the product is.
When taking a CBD oil, the majority of the nutritional info is down to the carrier oil. Flavorings also come into it, but since many products are unflavored, the base oil is the most vital piece of the puzzle.
Again, the carrier oil of choice varies between brands. Research varies regarding which carrier oil is the most effective and which is the healthiest, so it’s a matter of coming to your own conclusions.
What Carrier Oil Should You Be Using?
Each carrier oil has different nutritional properties. Below is a list of four of most common carrier oils on the market and their general nutritional contents. Notably, all oils are fats, and therefore the fat content will always be quite high.
Does CBD Have Calories?
Now, although the word “fats” can sound negative it’s important to look at the kind of fat. Carrier oils are typically higher in healthy fats. Whether in the form of Omega-3’s or Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT Oil) they aren’t your average, unhealthy fat. These kinds of fats are actually beneficial & necessary in a healthy diet!
Specifically, MCT’s & other healthy fats can actually help you maintain & achieve your health goals. These fats are associated with helping you suppress hunger & regulating your diet! Read this article from WebMD if you don’t believe us!
CBD & Hunger
Although we can count calories all day, there’s an important factor we’ve missed. That is: what is CBD’s effect on hunger? If any.
Our article on CBD & Hunger is a great resource. But, the important message is that CBD can actually help you regulate hunger & diet! Because it is meant to help restore homeostasis & the natural rhythms of your body. One of them being your need & desire to eat!
As we know, it’s easy to eat more than you should. But, CBD may be useful in suppressing appetite. Interestingly enough, if you haven’t been eating enough it may help too! Because CBD largely works with your body to return you to normal. So, whether that means eating less or more you may be surprised by the results!
All in all, the calories brought on by CBD are heavily outweighed by the benefits you’ll see.
Why You Shouldn’t Worry Too Much
We completely understand & agree with being mindful of your diet & eating habits. But, at times there is a point of diminishing returns! Meaning the effort you put in may not be with the benefit you get from doing so.
Since CBD isn’t typically taken in relatively large quantities the calorie count shouldn’t be much of an issue! Most people aim to find a CBD product in which they can take one serving or less & get results. So, even if you take it every day you aren’t taking a whole lot of CBD & therefore aren’t heavily impacting your calorie count.
As long as you’re getting your CBD from a reliable source, who uses minimal ingredients, & healthy ones at that, you should be fine! The couple calories you get from your CBD aren’t major.
We would certainly take into account things like sugars when it comes to gummies, particularly if you’ve got health conditions that can be agitated with sugars. But even so, the amounts are relatively low at about 2mg & most worthwhile brands are opting for natural sugars instead of artificial ones!
Seeking Zero-Calorie CBD?
We know that there are some people out there that would still like to stay at a caloric minimum, even when it comes to CBD! There are a couple of choices for you.
For one, inhalable CBD is a viable option. Since you are simply inhaling your CBD, instead of eating/ingesting it, there are no calories to be had! So, if you’re seeking a zero-calorie option we would take a look at CBD Flower or Vaporizers. But of course, you’ve got to be someone who enjoys this kind of delivery method.
If you don’t enjoy inhaling CBD, another option can be methods such as suppositories or even transdermal patches! These offer zero-calorie ways to consume CBD. Although they are a more involved process this can be an excellent option for those seeking no calories. We’d advise doing careful research into brands as always, specifically with patches as they can be gimmicky.