Why CBD Is a Great Addition to a Paleo Lifestyle

Posted on September 23 2017

Our Paleolithic ancestors were lean, determined, creative folk. They lived in groups, learned how to make stone tools, and survived by gathering plants, eating fish, hunting and scavenging wild animals.

The Paleo diet goes by one simple question: What would a caveman eat?  The diet prioritizes nutritional sources our hunter-gatherer ancestors most likely consumed: fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and nuts. “By following these nutritional guidelines, we put our diet more in line with the evolutionary pressures that shaped our current genetics, which positively influences health and well-being,” says Loren Cordain, PhD, professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University and author of The Paleo Diet.

Cavemen loved Hemp. Hemp Was Here First.

Evidence of wild hemp use in ancient civilizations goes back as far as 8000 B.C. according to carbon tests. According to the Columbia History of the World, weaving of hemp fiber began over 10,000 years ago. While we know hemp existed, the question is did our Paleo ancestors consume it? To that we look at evolutionary science and there is supporting research supporting that the endocannabinoid system is evolutionarily ancient, so it stands to reason our Paleo predecessors sought out cannabinoids, including those found in hemp to keep the endocannabinoid system in balance.

The endocannabinoid system is a neural network throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. With receptors throughout the body that help regulate many bodily functions, the system plays a key role in our body’s appetite, sleep, mood and memory. Non-habit forming, non-psychoactive and non-toxic, CBD hemp oil works with the endocannabinoid system to keep in balance.

CBD Oil Can Improve Your Fitness Performance

CBD can help improve your fitness performance by giving you more energy. Discovered by French scientists in 2012, mitochondria (the universal energy adapters in all our cells), contain cannabinoid receptors. One of the main functions of mitochondria is to take high-energy molecules—sugars and amino acids—and convert them into energy.

Most people begin a Paleo diet for one main goal: To lose weight. Combining diet with exercise is the best prescription for success. Staying energized during our workout can help us stay motivated, stay focused and above all, stay consistent. Learn about CBD and weight loss on our blog.

CBD Oil Helps with Recovery

A serving of our CBD Hemp Oil Liposomes, post-workout delivers a boost of Vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, and magnesium. Magnesium is especially helpful, because it helps flush out lactic acid (the culprit of sore muscles). Produced in three serving sizes and two flavors, our CBD packed Liposomes can also stave off inflammation and pain.

Organic Industrial Hemp Plants Make the Best CBD

Our Paleo ancestors would have used the whole plant, and so do we. Elixinol’s whole plant CBD Oil comes from organic industrial hemp plants, from farmers, many of whom have been growing hemp for generations. “Whole Plant” CBD hemp oil means we preserve the variety of constituents (over 500 trace compounds) in the hemp oil itself, including terpenes, sugars, flavonoids, and secondary cannabinoids work better together. This synergy, sometimes called the entourage effect,  or combining of two or more compounds in herbal medicine, to create a more magnified effect, has been explored by researchers for years. Synergy explains how nutritional supplements are less nutritious than eating whole, fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Paleo diet and CBD oil are natural partners. An ancient plant, combined with a modern healthy routine, hemp and Paleo complement and support each other. Paleo is whole food, CBD oil is whole-plant, and together they can support your whole healthy choices. For more information on our variety of CBD hemp oil offerings, please see our products.