Author: Joy Hughes
If you suffer from pain, anxiety, and other chronic ailments, chances are you’ve heard of, or have even tried Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. But did you know that turmeric contains similar therapeutic properties as CBD oil? In fact, more and more CBD companies are combining these two therapeutic compounds together.
The truth is, when combining CBD and turmeric together, the two can pack a tremendous amount of therapeutic punch. So let’s look at why these two compounds are so powerful when combined and what benefits they can offer the human body.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a versatile herb that is often used as a major spice in curry. Additionally, turmeric has long been used as an anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic medicine in South Asia. In fact, preliminary studies showed that turmeric was just as effective as ibuprofen when given to patients with osteoarthritis knee pain. It also helped reduce the amount of heart attacks in patients after bypass surgery. And finally, studies show that turmeric helped reduce skin irritation from radiation treatments for breast cancer.
Amazingly, scientists and medical researchers have determined the active ingredient that gives turmeric its color and spicy unique taste is Curcumin. This active ingredient is responsible for targeting inflammatory conditions, pain, anxiety, metabolic syndrome, and other health related issues. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), studies are currently being conducted involving curcumin for rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer in the prostate or colon. Curcumin is also known as a potent antioxidant when combined with other agents that increase bioavailability.
This leads us to the combination of CBD and turmeric.
What are the benefits of consuming turmeric and CBD together?
Unfortunately, turmeric is a hard-to-absorb herb. This is partly because its active ingredient, curcumin, doesn’t dissolve well in water, thus making it difficult to dissolve in the digestive system. In order for the body to properly absorb turmeric, it needs to be dissolved in fat, such as coconut oil or other healthy oils. Amazingly, the science behind formulating CBD in bioavailable nutrient rich oils, has opened the door for CBD companies to infuse their CBD products with turmeric. Thus, creating easy-to-absorb, potent CBD and turmeric products.
While we know that CBD is a highly potent anti-inflammatory compound, when combined with turmeric (another powerful anti-inflammatory), the two offer a strong synergistic solution. For example, studies show that phytocannabinoids like CBD regulate and modulate pain and inflammation in the stomach.
In fact, researchers suggest that the therapeutic properties of cannabinoids can potentially help those who struggle with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), IBS, and other GI disorders. Additionally, scientific trials show that the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric may also help with IBD and IBS. Of course, more studies are needed in determining how effective CBD and turmeric are when combined. One study showed that when scientists and medical professionals combined CBD and turmeric, they found these compounds could be highly and conceivably useful for IBD and IBS.
While turmeric has been around for centuries, its therapeutic benefits have just recently been acknowledged by the scientific community. What’s more, scientists, medical professionals, and CBD advocates are seeing just how powerful CBD and turmeric are for those who struggle with chronic inflammation and pain. While the scientific evidence behind these two compounds are astounding, more clinical studies are definitely needed. Nevertheless, CBD products infused with turmeric can provide the human body with therapeutic benefits.
While turmeric is considered generally safe among users, high doses may cause GI problems. If you’ve never consumed turmeric or CBD before, be sure to consult with your health care provider, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions. And if you are considering trying a turmeric infused CBD product, be sure to start with a low dosage, and gradually increase until you reach the desired effect.
Where can I find CBD Turmeric products?
CBD & Turmeric - Commonly Asked Questions
Yes absolutely. When turmeric and CBD are combined, it creates a synergistic effect that can prove to be very therapeutic.
CBD & Turmeric can help alleviate the following medical conditions: pain, inflammation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), IBS and other GI Disorders.
The way that CBD oil and turmeric affect the body are vastly different. Each of these compounds have benefits that also differ so it's hard to say one is simply better than the other. We recommend taking both together to get the synergistic effects.