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How CBD Popsicles can Help You Feel Better and Get Moving

Whether you suffer from inflammatory disease like arthritis or get stiff and sore when you hike, bike or lift, regular doses of CBD might help reduce inflammatory pain and get you back on your feet.

CBD is one of the hardest-working compounds in the cannabis plant. Able to soothe inflammation1 and anxiety2 without causing impairment, this powerful molecule has the potential to help us feel better, be more active and live a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, CBD oil tastes terrible, and it’s hard to make something part of your daily routine if it isn’t pleasant. Could an easy edible recipe help your CBD go down?

Why Should You Try Your CBD in Edibles?

The anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD are an excellent fit for an active lifestyle. A 2019 study found that adult athletes who used cannabis for well-being were highly active. 61% of the people they surveyed said they regularly worked out five to seven times per week, and 71% said they exercised 6-15 hours per week, far exceeding the minimum recommendation of 2.5 hours per week3.

Whether you suffer from inflammatory disease like arthritis or get stiff and sore when you hike, bike or lift, regular doses of CBD can help reduce inflammatory pain and get you back on your feet.

 

Learn More: A Medical Introduction to CBD

 

“People are always looking for new ways to get cannabinoids into their bodies,” says Hart Steinfeld, Sundial’s Manager of National Medical Sales. He spent years working in clinics educating patients on how to manage their medical cannabis. “One of the drawbacks of cannabis oil is that a lot of people don’t like the taste. It’s kind of grassy and bitter.”

Licensed producers (LPs) are aware of this and try different methods to make their CBD products easier to take. “Using different carrier oils can help," Steinfeld notes, referring to the various base oils producers can choose to deliver their CBD. Cannabis can be infused into coconut MCT oil, olive oil or other oils. Some licensed producers also add peppermint to mask the greenish taste.

Another approach to make CBD oil easier to take is packaging it in capsules. This way, patients can swallow the capsule and avoid the taste. However, capsules tend to be quite expensive, often as much as one-and-a-half times more expensive per dose. 

If you don’t have access to oil that tastes good to you, mixing your CBD into foods and drinks is an easy and economical way to solve the taste problem.

Does Mixing CBD with Food Affect How It Gets Absorbed into Your Body? 

If you’re already taking your CBD as an oil, rather than smoking or vaping a high-CBD flower, then mixing it into food won’t change much for you. The most significant difference in cannabis absorption is between ingested cannabis and inhaled methods. Inhaled cannabis gets absorbed through your lungs and enters your bloodstream quickly, but ingested cannabis gets metabolized by your liver. With edibles, it takes much longer for the cannabinoid compounds to get into your bloodstream and they circulate in your body much longer, providing longer-lasting effects. This makes oils and edibles a great method for taking CBD since its anti-inflammatory action needs to be sustained to ease pain and heal damage. Also, CBD oils can be made much more concentrated than CBD flower. That’s why oils are the most popular way of taking CBD, in spite of their terrible taste.

One thing that can affect how you absorb CBD is the type of food you eat with it. Eating anything at all with your CBD makes the molecules more available to the cannabinoid receptors in your body. In particular, eating fats with your CBD can make it up to six times more active in your organs and tissues that taking it on an empty stomach4.

 

Why Should You Make CBD Popsicles?

If you’re looking for a tasty, easy, and fun way to take your CBD, a popsicle is a fantastic vehicle, especially in the summer. The cool sensation, pleasant taste and unlimited flavour combinations make it a treat that you’ll look forward to. You can make your popsicles with standard CBD oil from any licensed producer or infuse your own simple syrup with a high-CBD flower. Keep your eye out when edible products become legal because you’ll be able to buy infused syrups that are conveniently pre-made.

Marketing Coordinator Nathan Witte is Sundial’s resident edibles explorer. He came up with the idea of CBD popsicles while working on recipes that could help people achieve their lifestyle goals. “We knew that a lot of people are excited about edibles, but not everyone wants to get high. CBD popsicles seemed like a great way to explore the benefits of edibles without getting intoxicated, and they don’t require any special equipment or a lot of effort. It’s an easy recipe, and you can get started right away.”

If you’re into healing with whole foods, you can supercharge your CBD popsicles with all kinds of anti-inflammatory ingredients. Berries, avocados, green tea and dark chocolate can all increase the nerve-  and tissue-soothing effects of your CBD. Anything you'd put into a smoothie can be poured into popsicle moulds, so the options for therapeutic deliciousness are endless.

 

Edibles For Treating Inflammation

When Should You Grab a CBD Popsicle? 

CBD works best when taken regularly, so a popsicle a day with your desired dosage is ideal. Some other times that are great for a dose of CBD include before or after a workout, as it can reduce the exercise-induced inflammation5, which some athletes believe can speed up their recovery.

 

Learn More: The Science of Cannabis and Sports

Our Favourite Summer CBD Recipe: Coconut Berry Popsicles

Ingredients

- 14 oz. (1 can)  Full-Fat unsweetened Coconut Milk
2 tbsp CBD-Infused Maple Syrup or Simple Syrup
2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
3 tbsp Black Chia Seed (or Basil Seeds)
2/3 cup Fresh Raspberries
2/3 cup Fresh Blueberries (Optional)
2/3 cup Fresh Strawberries (Optional)

Other Items

- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 1 (x6) Popsicle Mold
- 1 Measuring Cup

Directions:

1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine coconut milk, infused syrup, lime juice and chia/basil seeds. Transfer mixture into a measuring cup with a spout and rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow chia or basil seeds to absorb liquid and thicken the mixture.

2. When the mixture is ready, place strawberry slices along the bottom of the mould and pour the coconut mixture in, filling about 2/3 full. Add in remaining berries until the mould is almost full.

3. Add popsicle sticks, cover and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours or until completely frozen.

References

[1] Burstein S. Cannabidiol (CBD) and its analogs: A review of their effects on inflammation. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. 2015; 23(7):1377-1385.

[2] Khoury JM, et al. Is there a role for cannabidiol in psychiatry? World Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2019; 20(2):101-116.

[3] Zeiger JS, et al. Cannabis use in active athletes: Behaviours related to subjective effects. PLoS One. 2019; 14(6): e0218998.

[4] Millar SA, Stone NL, Yates AS, O'Sullivan SE. A Systematic Review on the Pharmacokinetics of Cannabidiol in Humans. Frontiers in Pharmacology. 2018;9(1365):1-13.

[5] Burstein S. Cannabidiol (CBD) and its analogs: A review of their effects on inflammation. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. 2015; 23(7):1377-1385.