There is supporting research showing our Paleo ancestors (aka cavemen) consumed cannabinoids found in hemp – including CBD – to help keep their bodies in balance.
This is uber relevant as more people begin to open up about how CBD is changing their lives for the better, and as we are beginning to better understand how the body’s Endocannabinoid System works hard to keep our minds, organs, and systems running efficiently. Which all stands to reason that our Paleo predecessors did in fact seek cannabinoids out in order to keep the ECS in balance.
If you are looking to enhance your healthy lifestyle even more – you know, if your ginger shot in the morning followed by your spin class followed by your superfood smoothie just isn’t enough – incorporating CBD into your Paleo-driven meals and way of “being” is quite the intriguing (and effective) way to take your health and wellbeing to heights unseen.
This post takes a look at the parallel between CBD and the Paleo diet, answering these key questions:
What is the Paleo diet, and why do people love it?
How does the Paleo lifestyle relate to CBD?
What reason do I have not to incorporate CBD into my life, Paleo or not?
CBD, or cannabidiol, as I’m sure you have heard about, is the new and exciting health trend – maybe even the cream of the crop supplement – for wellness fanatics, given its anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and super chill out effects.
Now, we are finding out how CBD can improve your Paleo lifestyle, including giving you more energy, improving fitness performance and all-around staying consistent with your day-to-day Paleo-led routine.
What is the Paleo Diet, and why do people love it?
The Paleo diet, derived from the Paleolithic era of living, is based on the caveman principle of, “If cavemen didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t eat it.”
Paleo is derived from anything “whole.” Think fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, herbs and grains. Paleo also honors the ingredients our ancestors found and used in nature, like honey and maple syrup instead of the refined sugars many of us toss in our morning coffees. (Guilty).
The Paleo diet embraces foods that would have only been available to people during Paleolithic times. Translation: Any food item that can be hunted or gathered is up for grabs for those looking to adopt the Paleo diet head-on.
To be clear, people looking to sculpt their diet as Paleo friendly and Paleo only, should do so around nuts, seeds, meats, fish and leafy greens. No processed foods.
Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet and PhD, professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University, states that “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 wellbeing,” on behalf of the Paleo Diet.
So, what does CBD have to do with the Paleo Diet?
As it turns out, CBD and Paleo are old friends with a lot in common, making them the perfect pair. Paleo comes from whole food, while CBD comes from a whole plant. The theory is the two work in tandem to support your healthy choices as they take turns complementing one another.
What a lovely friendship!
The history of the cannabis plant spans way back to the Paleolithic era, which was 10,000 years ago. Uses of the cannabis plant have obviously changed and evolved over that gigantic time period, but the fiber and flower buds from the plant have always offered therapeutic benefits to humans – caveman and modern man alike.
Combining CBD with your all-natural Paleo dishes stems (pun!) from the motivation to pave our pathway to health through nature. When you supercharge Paleo foods (say, fresh berries and coconut) with CBD, the result is improved body care, faster physical recovery and stronger immune system due to the buildup of natural remedies you are getting your body used to.
Most people try a Paleo diet out with the (not surprising) goal to lose weight. As we all know, when we combine a healthy diet with exercise, we see results we want. And staying energized is a huge part of keeping both our mind and body in tip top shape as we continue our optimal wellness adventure, which is where CBD comes into play – helping us stay energized, focused and motivated through the process.
Food is medicine. Food is energy. Food is fuel. This is the way those leading a Paleo lifestyle view eating. The Paleo Diet (a modern and healthy routine) and CBD (an ancient plant derivative) are natural partners.
The desire to simplify our lives, many would argue, begins with simplifying our diets, meaning cutting out all foods that are processed and obviously not good for our bodies, which in turn, includes supplementing with CBD, a natural compound found in nature thanks to our cave people’s instinctive disposition to keep their ECS in balance by way of external cannabinoids.
Paleo enthusiasts strive for happy taste buds, healthy bodies and healing benefits – a lifestyle that so perfectly matches with the effects we see with CBD.