- January 18, 2020
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Is this combination the perfect recipe for health and weight loss?
They’re two words that have become ultra-trendy in today’s wellness culture: cannabis and keto. They don’t seem to be slowing down in popularity, either. Can you smoke weed while on keto? The answer is yes. What is even more compelling is the idea that they might actually complement each other when it comes to health and weight loss.
First, what is the keto diet? It’s a high fat, low-carbohydrate, carnivore diet that encourages the body into a metabolic state called ketosis. This state is achieved by lowering the amount of glucose available for the body to use as fuel, through reducing blood sugar and insulin levels. Once the body enters ketosis, it starts burning fat instead of glucose. Dieters have increasingly turned to this method of eating, because the results are proven and they happen quickly.
The keto diet has also become associated with more balanced levels of energy and lower inflammation. Not only that, but it can also help people who have Type 2 diabetes, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
How Cannabis and Keto Complement Each Other
So far, scientific research has shown that CBD also provides some of the same health benefits as the keto diet. For instance, CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory. According to research, CBD fights inflammation and neuropathic pain by targeting glycine receptors. For some types of pain, it works even better when combined with THC.
Cannabis and CBD been specifically identified as helpful for patients with epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified cannabis as a treatment for intractable childhood epilepsy. And studies have shown that CBD exerts a neuroprotective effect, which can help folks suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
To summarize, it seems both cannabis and keto have a positive affect on the body’s neurological system. However, those aren’t the only ways in which cannabis and keto can provide similar results. As it turns out, both cannabis and a carnivore diet have numerous other health benefits.
Cannabis and Weight Loss
While the keto diet has become synonymous with weight loss, cannabis and weight loss don’t have the same reputation. However, research is finding that indeed, cannabis can help you lose weight.
According to this study in The American Journal of Medicine (2013), marijuana users were found to actually maintain lower fasting insulin levels. Lower insulin levels are associated with both weight loss and lower blood pressure. In their observations of over 4,500 adult men and women, the researchers also discovered that cannabis users had a smaller waist circumference.
Through interacting with the endocannabinoid system, cannabis can also help the body maintain a balanced homeostasis, which can stabilize your appetite and emotional well-being. The keto diet has also been acknowledged for its possible balancing effect for the human body, as well as its ability to help suppress appetite.
What to Expect When Combining Cannabis and Keto
If you’re just starting the keto diet, or even if you’re already living a carnivore lifestyle, cannabis can help. Regardless as to whether you’re consuming CBD, THC, or both, cannabis could possibly enhance the benefits of keto. It could also help with some of the temporary negative effects of the keto diet, too.
During the initial stages of the keto diet, cravings can be intense, and your body might not have the same kind of physical stamina. This is all temporary, but it’s possible to alleviate some of these symptoms by incorporating cannabis into your weight loss treatment. CBD can help with muscular aches and pains. It could also potentially help with symptoms of keto flu.
When first starting the keto diet, it’s common to encounter the keto flu. Symptoms include nausea, muscle cramps, irritability and gastrointestinal issues. That’s where cannabis can help. By reducing inflammation and helping to ease gut and gastrointestinal issues, it can help you get through that keto flu a little easier. It may also help ease symptoms of irritability that are easy to come by when drastically changing the way you eat.
Interestingly, there is another effect of combining cannabis and keto. Not only can cannabis potentially enhance the effects of the keto diet, but keto may enhance the effects of cannabis. It all comes down to bioavailability. Basically, a high fat diet (like keto) increases your body’s absorption of cannabis. CBD and THC are both lipophilic, which means fatty foods can enhance their effects on the body.
If you’re considering combining cannabis and the keto diet, science shows that they might make a great pair. However, it is important to consult your physician if you have an existing health condition. You doctor will need to monitor this diet.Find out everything you need to know about combining cannabis and a keto diet. Can cannabis help you lose weight, and how?
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Cannabis Is Keto: How Pot Helps Me In My Keto Weight Loss Journey
If you’re trying to lose weight and love pot, keto might just be the right diet for you. The keto diet is a high fat, ultra low carb diet that was originally designed for epilepsy patients because it has several positive effects for the mind and nervous system. (If you haven’t heard of keto or would like to know more, this site is a pretty good reference for everything you need to know: Ketogenic Diet 101)
I’m 2 weeks into the keto diet, and have lost 7 pounds so far. Truth be told, I wish I started this diet earlier because it works! I know I’m a little late to the party, but having struggled with weight most of my life, I was hesitant to try a diet that worked really fast. But every single person around me who was on keto lost an average of 15 pounds a month – and I want in on that!
I also realized that pot is perfect for the keto diet. Here’s how I use pot while on keto:
Withdrawal period: The first 3 days on keto weren’t enjoyable. As someone who lives on rice, bread, and those other deliciously sinful things called carbs, my body needed a few days to completely detox from sugar. This was expected based on my research, and during this withdrawal period, some people even get a full-on flu, which is called the keto flu. While thankfully I didn’t get the keto flu, what I got was extreme fatigue (characterized by sleeping up to 16 hours a day), and severe nausea on the second day. I smoked up when I got nausea and it lulled me into a deep slumber, and by the next day the nausea had disappeared. It also helped me fall asleep much easier when I could no longer sleep at night because I had spent the whole day sleeping. The brain fog was also intense during the first 3 days, so I was completely useless. I smoked pot, rested, drank around 15 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
Fasting: I’ve written about before how pot helps me with my intermittent fasting habits. Back then, I wasn’t following any kind of diet. Just fasting. But during my research on keto, I found that intermittent fasting is synergistic with the keto diet. I’m no stranger to fasting, having done 16/8 (16 hours of fasting with an 8 hour eating window) many times in the past. Although I’m not yet ready to do as much as 21/3 or 18/6, which is what people on keto for a long time can do, weed helps me stay sane during the fasting period. Additionally, while you’re fasting, this doesn’t mean that you can’t drink anything. There are a few permitted items to consume while intermittent fasting: black coffee, tea, water, and lemon water; all because these are essentially calorie-free. Guess what? Pot is calorie-free too. So feel free to smoke as much as you want during your fasting period.
Social use and enjoyment: The keto philosophy states that sugar is evil. Sugar is in everything these days. Carbs turn into glucose in your body. Even protein does, if you eat too much protein and too little fat while on the keto diet. The maximum amount of carbs you’re allowed on the keto diet for weight loss is 20 grams of net carbs (carbs – fiber) or less. This severely restricts all my favorite alcohol intake. So what’s a girl to drink on keto? Well, there’s actually a lot. Keto-approved alcoholic drinks include a glass of wine, gin, vodka, whiskey, and tequila. The choices aren’t that bad at all.
BUT, if you’re just starting out on keto, which means that you’re still trying to get your body used to using fat for fuel instead of glucose (this is referred to as a state of ketosis), you need to be really strict in the beginning to keep the pounds off. In short, NO CHEATING ALLOWED. To stay in ketosis without going crazy from boredom while around my friends (who thankfully love pot as much as I do), I just get stoned. Even while they drink in front of me.
And if you do get the munchies while on keto… guess what? These are the things you can eat: cheese, cold cuts, pork rinds, keto desserts, steak, avocadoes, salads, berries and (full-fat) cream, strawberries and other berries (up to 1 cup a day), and so much more if you’re creative with your food. As long as you follow this general keto ratio: 75% of your calories a day from fat, 20% from protein, and 5% from carbs. As you can see from these choices, you won’t be left feeling like you can only eat things that taste like cardboard, which is what many other diets are like.
So far, the keto diet has had amazing effects on me, not to mention the mental clarity. I can’t wait to lose more weight but I probably wouldn’t be able to do it without weed. So if you’re trying to lose weight – try keto with pot!
NB: If you have a heart problem, are taking medications, or have undergone surgery, please consult with your doctor before proceeding with the keto diet. It’s not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Do your research before moving forward.The keto philosophy states that sugar is evil. Sugar is in everything these days. Carbs turn into glucose in your body. Even protein does, if you eat too… ]]>