CBD has been called the “new avocado toast” but might it be even better to combine the two? Many chefs believe so. In the past few months, CBD avocado toast has been showing up on menus and in recipe collections around the country. And it’s little surprise why: CBD (also known as cannabidiol) has skyrocketed in popularity — it’s now more searched than Kim Kardashian — and awareness of and curiosity about all things CBD have grown at a staggering rate.
For those who don’t know, the cannabis-derived substance CBD is similar to its more popular cannabinoid sibling THC, but unlike THC’s famous “high,” it will not cause the user to experience any psychoactive effects. That doesn’t mean CBD is without its own merits — in fact, quite the contrary. Researchers claim that CBD has a multitude of health benefits and doctors are praising it for its ability to treat everything from anxiety, inflammation, and insomnia to pain, depression, and, possibly, even cancer.
Still, there remains a great deal of confusion — and even mystery — surrounding the most effective way to take CBD. Beauty products abound: CBD face masks, CBD bath bombs, CBD skin creams, CBD topical patches — all claim to infuse the user with the full beneficial experience. However, though research is still slim surrounding all things cannabidiol, most experts agree that the most reliable products are full spectrum CBD extracts, which come directly from hemp or cannabis plants. These can most often be found in the form of oils, capsules, and sprays. Another trusted way to ingest and gain the benefits of CBD is through food, particularly by incorporating it into recipes at home using trusted, high-quality products.
That’s because, contrary to popular belief, most people will absorb more CBD on a full stomach, not an empty one. In addition, the specific foods you choose have the ability to enhance absorption. For example, CBD is fat-soluble, so consuming it with fattier foods can increase the amount that enters your bloodstream — according to some studies, by up to triple the amount.
This is where avocado comes in. Avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit with a high fat content — but most of that fat (75 percent) is “good” or unsaturated fats. These fats are good for our bodies, they’re healthy, they help us live longer. That’s why avocados are considered a superfood — it’s also why they’re a perfect pairing with the health benefits of CBD.