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CBD Nutrition: A Guide to Building a CBD Infused Diet

Apr 19, 2021 | Hemp + Heart Journal

Enjoy a bonus Wild Orange Vinaigrette Recipe!

By: Laura Oswald

CBD continues to dominate the health and wellness sectors. But, introducing CBD into your diet is about much more than just taking a few drops of CBD oil. Read on for an in-depth look at how to keep up a CBD-rich diet!


Are you looking to incorporate CBD into your diet?

You’re not alone. Whether it be to relieve specific symptoms or simply improve your overall health and well-being, people all over the globe are looking to include CBD and other cannabinoids in their daily diet. A CBD-infused diet could help you live a healthier, happier life!


Why Include CBD in Your Diet?

Cannabinoids have taken the spotlight in the world of health and wellness. Everyone from athletes to stay-at-home parents is now looking to cannabinoids to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Some research suggests that clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (or CECD) could be the underlying cause of everything from migraines and irritable bowel syndrome to chronic pain and depression. For many, that’s enough to warrant looking into natural ways to incorporate CBD and other cannabinoids into their diet.


What Foods Can Naturally Stimulate Cannabinoid Activity?

The obvious way to incorporate more cannabinoids into your diet is by consuming cannabis. However, you can also stimulate the endocannabinoid system (the body’s natural network of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids) by eating more of the following foods:

Hemp: Studies suggest the omega fatty acids (especially omega 3 and 6) can help stimulate endocannabinoid activity.

Cocoa: Cocoa powder has been shown to contain three types of N-acylethanolamines, fatty acids that may mimic anandamide (an endocannabinoid naturally produced in the body) activate cannabinoid receptors or naturally increase anandamide levels.

Infusions, teas, and herbs: Many spices, teas, and herbs contain terpenes like (beta-caryophyllene, pinene, limonene, linalool, and more) that may stimulate the endocannabinoid system.

Studies have also shown that alcohol can impair the endocannabinoid system, so try to stay away from it if you’re interested in boosting your cannabinoid levels.


How to Easily Incorporate CBD Into Your Diet

If you’re looking to reap the benefits of CBD nutrition, keep reading.

  • Start With a Well-Balanced Diet
    CBD isn’t a miracle panacea, and it won’t magically make you healthy if you’re not already following a healthy, balanced diet. So, before you reach for a CBD dropper or try cooking with CBD, make sure you take the time to evaluate your current eating habits and ensure you’re consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, and grains.
  • Introduce Your Body to CBD Gradually
    When introducing a new supplement into your diet, it’s essential to do so gradually. CBD, in particular, is a unique compound that affects everyone somewhat differently, and people often have to experiment with different doses to find the “sweet spot” where they experience optimal relief/results.

If you’ve never used CBD before but are interested in trying it as a general health supplement, you can start with a low dose of a medium-strength CBD oil, taken either in the morning or evening.


CBD Oil Guidelines

Keep the oil in your mouth (preferably under your tongue) for about 60 seconds for faster absorption, and pay close attention to how the oil makes you feel for the rest of the day. If you’re not getting the desired effects with this dose within one week, step up your dose to a ½- full dropper.

Remember that CBD is non-toxic and generally well-tolerated, so you can essentially take as much as you want (within the recommended dosing guidelines), but there’s no reason to overdo it.


Final Thoughts on CBD Nutrition

CBD nutrition isn’t rocket science, but it takes some time and experimentation to get the most out of a CBD-infused diet. People who regularly use CBD, be it in their cooking or as a dietary supplement, often claim it benefits their mood, can aid in weight loss and moderating eating habits, improve sleep, and more!

Related Product: Wild Orange 1200mg CBD Tincture


A light, sweet, and tangy orange citrus vinaigrette that’s perfect for dressing salads!


  • 1 small shallot, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 dropper of FoCo Organics Wild Orange CBD
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Place shallot, garlic, CBD, orange juice, orange zest, vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard, lemon juice, and honey in the blender. Blend until the shallot is very finely chopped. Slowly blend in olive oil. Transfer to a storage jar and keep refrigerated.
  2. To make the superfood salad pictured in this post, add spinach to a bowl and fold in the vinaigrette. Top with toasted slivered almonds, fresh tomatoes, cranberries, and orange segments.

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