Fish and chips, tea and milk… CBD oil and vitamin D3? One of those pairs doesn’t have quite the name recognition as the others, but it just might be the best for giving you a little extra boost throughout the day.
Don’t get us wrong, we’ve got nothing against a nice milky tea (or a well done plate of crispy cod and salty chips, for that matter). With that being said, CBD oil and vitamin D3 seem to have a bit more to offer to offer in the wellness department. There’s a reason why Britons bought 99 percent more CBD last year, and why vitamin D is the country’s best-selling vitamin supplement.
Taking supplements is nothing new for people with active lifestyles. If you’re like us, you might have a cupboard or two full of various bottles, vials, and jars—and you might be wondering why adding CBD oil and vitamin D3 to the mix is worth the effort. After all, if you’ve managed to run marathons or climb mountains—or just drag yourself to the gym a few times a week—without that particular combination, why start now?
It’s a good question. And we’ve got a good answer.
CBD oil and vitamin D3 can both help you navigate the highs and lows of a life spent on the move, but they can be even more effective when you use them together. The strengths of one complement the other, much to the benefit of your body and mind.
Let’s take a look at what these two supplements can do for you:
What Is CBD?
If you’ve made it this far, you probably already have a bit of familiarity with CBD. But just in case you’ve formed your impressions from quizzical news reports and breathless reviews from your aunt on Facebook, here’s a quick rundown:
- CBD comes from cannabis (hemp, to be specific). Since cannabis leaves often feature prominently in the advertising for CBD, many people think that ‘CBD’ is just another nickname for the plant. That’s incorrect, though—CBD is actually just a single compound, one of over a thousand molecules in cannabis. Sticking on the topic of disambiguation, let’s talk about ‘cannabis’ for a second. While the term is often used as a synonym for marijuana, it actually refers to a family of plants that includes both marijuana and hemp. And all the CBD you see for sale at the store comes from hemp, for reasons we’ll discuss shortly.
- CBD doesn’t get you high. As you just saw, cannabis contains a lot of molecules. The reason marijuana gets you high is because it has a very high content of one molecule in particular—THC. That’s a completely different molecule from CBD, in case you’re wondering. THC and CBD affect different cells in the brain, so like you might expect, they have different effects as well.
- CBD is legal in the UK. ‘But cannabis is illegal here, so how can CBD be fine?’ you might be thinking. The reason lies in the difference between marijuana and hemp. Government regulations in the UK define hemp plants as cannabis with less than 0.2 percent THC content. These plants are legal to grow and use in the UK, so long as you get a special permit from the government. Therefore, whilst you won’t be finding marijuana-derived CBD at your local supermarket, hemp-derived CBD is legal under UK law.
Today, you don’t have to look too hard to find a huge variety of CBD-infused products, from CBD oil tinctures to CBD topicals to CBD drinks. It’s clear that there’s something about this particular supplement that people just can’t seem to get enough of—but what exactly is that?
What Does CBD Do?
Any claim about CBD’s effects should come with a very, very prominent disclaimer: by scientific standards, researchers have been studying the molecule for a relatively short time. That means many questions about CBD’s potential benefits are yet unanswered, and the answers we do have would need to be verified many times over before scientists accept them as the irrefutable truth.
What we do know, though, is that CBD does the majority of its work by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This is a network of receptors located throughout your body, from your brain to your skin to your gut.
When CBD comes into contact with the receptors of the ECS—known as cannabinoid receptors–it ‘activates’ these receptors. Scientists think that activating these receptors could impact a wide array of body functions. And since cannabinoid receptors can be found just about everywhere in your body, that explains why CBD can be effective in so many forms.
But effective for what, exactly? That depends from person to person, as there are a wide variety of reasons why people use CBD. In many cases, though, something seems to be working for them. According to a 2019 study on CBD in the UK, ‘a sizable proportion of regular CBD users are deriving – or claiming to experience – … benefit from the CBD they buy.’
Now, let’s turn our attention to the second part of this equation: vitamin D.
What Is Vitamin D3?
Obviously, it’s a vitamin. It’s good for you. And you’re probably not getting enough of it.
That’s a quick summary of most people’s knowledge about vitamin D3. If you’re the health conscious type, you might be aware of some association with vitamin D and sunshine. But unless you’ve got an uncommon fondness for chemistry, you probably don’t know much more than that.
The good news is that a layperson’s knowledge of vitamin D3 is more than enough. In fact, all you really need to know about vitamin D3 can be summarized in two bullet points:
- Sunshine helps your body produce vitamin D3. If you spend a lot of time outside during the spring and summer, your body automatically creates the vitamin D3 it needs when the sun hits your skin. But according to the NHS, it’s a good idea to augment your body’s natural vitamin D3 production if you spend a lot of time indoors—especially during autumn and winter.
- Vitamin D3 isn’t found in many foods. Whilst fruits and vegetables are typically what comes to mind when we think of vitamin-rich foods, vitamin D3 isn’t found in many of these. In fact, the only common foods to contain this particular vitamin are oily fish, red meat, egg yolks, and liver. As a result, many people find it easier to get the vitamin D3 they need in supplement form.
The NHS suggests taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D3 per day. That doesn’t sound unreasonable—but why exactly is it necessary?
What Does Vitamin D3 Do?
In many countries outside the UK, vitamin D is added to milk. It’s a logical pairing, because one of vitamin D’s key jobs is to regulate the body’s levels of calcium (milk, of course, being the world’s most famous source of calcium thanks to a clever, decades-long marketing campaign).
Milk in the UK generally isn’t ‘fortified’ with vitamin D3, but that doesn’t mean the vitamin’s role in maintaining strong bones and teeth is any less vital. In fact, vitamin D3 deficiencies can cause an array of maladies for both children and adults. Fortunately, these are easy to avoid by spending time outside and taking supplements.
But that’s not all that vitamin D3 has to offer. Studies have shown that vitamin D may have mood-boosting effects. Other research has suggested vitamin D supplements could help with weight loss as well. Scientists are quick to qualify these findings—there’s rarely, if ever, a silver bullet for such complex issues as mood and weight.
At the same time, though, it seems clear that vitamin D3 is a clear-cut plus for those looking to maintain active lifestyles. And in this regard, it makes an ideal match for CBD.
Why Do CBD Oil and Vitamin D3 Go So Well Together?
Many of the scientific findings on vitamin D3’s benefits dovetail with studies examining CBD’s effects on the same issues. Again, it’s important to point out just how preliminary the research on CBD is, and it should also be noted that the UK government’s only approved medical use of CBD is for the treatment of certain rare forms of childhood epilepsy.
However, there’s an argument to be made that blending CBD oil with vitamin D3 could yield synergistic benefits, in which the qualities of one supplement help accentuate the similar qualities of its partner.
CBD oil and vitamin D3 also complement each other in intriguing ways. For example, many athletes now use CBD oil after arduous training routines (or before they power through those routines in the first place). Adding vitamin D3 to the equation can not only help keep athletes’ bones strong and healthy, it could also help them maintain a positive mindset during the rigors of training.
How to Use CBD Oil and Vitamin D3
Both CBD oil and vitamin D3 are fat soluble—in other words, they dissolve when exposed to fats. This might sound odd, but it’s actually essential for your body to process these supplements properly.
In short, the molecules of CBD and vitamin D3 are a bit large for your body to process ‘raw,’ so they need to be broken down into more ‘digestible’ chunks first. Here, a healthy fat like medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil is the perfect companion.
That means oil tinctures are the ideal delivery method for a CBD-vitamin D3 concoction. This form of supplement has been around for thousands of years, and it’s remained remarkably consistent during that time. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, after all. A tincture is simply a liquid blend of the supplement—in this case, CBD and vitamin D3—with a ‘carrier oil’ such as MCT oil that allows your body to absorb the whole mix more effectively.
It’s possible to make your own blend, if you’re the enterprising alchemist type, but the easier (and in many cases, tastier and more effective) option is to get your hands on a premixed CBD oil tincture with vitamin D3.
The Bottom Line on CBD Oil and Vitamin D3
As CBD becomes increasingly ingrained in the UK’s health supplement consciousness, we’re certain to see it combined with a growing number of the country’s other favourite supplements. The trend makes sense: if A is good and B is good, then A+B is even better, right?
It’s hard to argue with that logic, to be certain. But it also highlights an important question: how can we be sure that A and B are, in fact, good?
Since vitamin D has been a fixture in the wellness world for decades, the UK government has established guidelines for its production and use that give people peace of mind when they take vitamin D supplements. CBD oil, on the other hand, is a relative newcomer. As a result it’s still largely up to CBD companies to police themselves, so to speak.
This is why third-party lab testing is essential to choosing a quality CBD product. Whether they’re enriched with vitamin D or not, a reputable CBD company will send its products to an independent laboratory for testing. This not only ensures that the CBD product is legal under UK law (i.e. contains less than 0.2 percent THC), but also that it has the proper amount of CBD.
Lab tests will also verify that your CBD is free of contaminants like pesticides and heavy metals, neither of which are things that health-conscious people want in their bodies. If you’re going to the trouble of eating a healthy diet and working out regularly, why undo that effort with supplements that aren’t up to standard?
Fortunately, you don’t have to look too hard to find CBD supplements that make the grade. Here at fourfivecbd, we take pride in holding each and every one of our products to the highest standards—including our new vitamin D3-enriched CBD oil. Every time you take one of our supplements, you can rest easy knowing that you’re using the same stuff as the pros.