As long as your maintaining a healthy keto diet, adding a little cannabis can’t hurt. A ketogenic diet consists of eating very low carbs and help you burn fat more effectively. This explains why so many people have chosen this particular diet for improving weight loss, health and performance. One main focus is consuming real foods and trying different recipes. Since this diet I not advised for everyone, you may need to consult your doctor. If you have any of the following medical concerns, it is important to contact your general practitioner:
- Are you diabetic? (e.g. insulin)
- Are you on high blood pressure medication?
- Trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding?
Adjustments to the ketogenic diet may be suggested by your medical professional. By doing so you an make sure that you are doing this the right way for you. If you have already acquired the information you need to start and maintain ketosis, please scroll down to the recipes. As for the rest of us, let’s find out what ketosis really is.
So what is ketosis?
What is a “keto” diet? Well, a ketogenic diet allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. These ketones are an alternate energy source for the body when blood glucose is in short supply. Ketones are produced when you eat very few carbs and only moderate amounts of protein. Carbs are rapidly broken down into glucose; however, excess protien can also be converted into glucose. When the liver produces ketones from healthy fats, they can serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially the brain. We know healthy fats such as hemp oil, avocado and salmon are great for the brin, but the brain can not run on these fats directly. Since the brin consumes a large amount of energy each day, it must rely on glucose and ketones.
The ketogenic diet basically switches your entire body’s fuel supply to run on mostly fat 24/7. When your insulin becomes very low, the body naturally starts accessing your fat stores for energy to burn off. Not only is this excellent news for people who want to lose weight, but it can also enable yo to become less hungry and helps maintain a steady supply of energy. The body enters a metabolic state called ketosis when it produces ketones. Short-term fasting may be the easiest way to lose weight, on the other hand a keto diet is much healthier (and safer). Instead of starving yourself by not eating for days on end, you could be eating a selective variety of foods to your heart’s content.
Some of the research available has revealed the chemistry between CBD and a keto diet. One 2015 paper stated that a ketogenic diet exhibits anti-inflammatory properties and described the application of this diet in young epileptics. It is a well known fact that CBD has many healing properties including inflammation and relief for those living with epilepsy, muscle spasms, cancers and many other health conditions. An interesting tidbit about ketosis that Oncologists are looking into the application of the ketogenic diet for their patients comes from The keto diet has shown promising results in people with brain tumors and may reduce the recurrence of certain breast cancers, colon, pancreatic and stomach cancer. As science advances and we learn more about our bodies, there may be more information available on curing and preventative care using the keto diet.
Keto Cannabis Concoctions
It can be challenging to choose healthy snacks or desserts, but I’ve included some keto friendly special brownie recipe. Sometimes recipes call for ingredients not readily available. Since this diet is very restricted, I have made some modifications for myself at home. Instead of “heavy cream”, I just used normal whipping cream at the highest milk fat %. This recipe calls for 70% dark cocoa, as in “no sugar”. I don’t mind the unsweetened cocoa, but if you like things real sweet a few tablespoons of sweetener may help. The recipe I made had tablespoons of cannabutter and 3 tablespoons of normal butter, just to be safe. I would also suggest adding 1-1 teaspoons of an optional flavors like instant coffee (I used an amazing hazelnut flavor coffee), peppermint oil, or citrus zest. If you want to have a special treat for breakfast, you can go all out with some waffle with a special butter cream topping. Whether you choose to try the keto diet or not, these recipes may be a healthier choice for those trying to lose weight and people currently on a carb restriction.
Low-Car Special Brownies
24 servings – 2g /ea
Ingredients: 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 tsp. vanilla extract 3 oz dark chocolate 6 tbsp. cannabutter, room temp. Instructions:
- Boil heavy cream and vanilla in a heavy saucepan for a minute, then lower heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Once you heavy cream and vanilla have reduced to half, lower the heat some more and add the cannabutter. Stir the mixture into a smooth batter.
- Chop chocolate into small pieces and add to the warm cream mixture. Stir until all the chocolate has melted. (At the point you can add any other flavors or nuts in.
- Pour into a 7×7 inches (18×18 inch) baking pan, and let cool in the fridge for a few hours. Sift cocoa powder on top, cut and serve cold.
Ketogenic Bud-tastic Breakfast
8 servings – 4g /ea
Ingredients: 1 ripe banana 4 eggs ¾ cups almond flour ¾ coconut milk 1 Tbsp ground psyllium husk powder ¼ tsp sea salt 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon butter, or coconut oil for frying Instructions:
- Mix everything together, except the cooking fats, and let rest while you whip up your coconut buttercream topping. * Beat the eggs, and mash the banana prior to mixing all the ingredients.
- Make your waffles in your waffle pan, or maker. If you can’t access one, you can make pancakes. Make sure the maker /pan is hot and well oiled before dropping the batter.
- Top with some whipped topping and anything else you feel like having. Enjoy!
Keto Buttercream Topping
4 servings – 1g /ea
An amazing creamy and low carb vanilla buttercream for any dessert. Ingredients: 8 oz unsalted butter, soft 2 tsp vanilla 1 ½ tsp cinnamon 1-2 tsp stevia, or other sugar replacement (option) Instructions:
- Brown ¼ of the soft butter in a saucepan. (amber color, but not burned)
- Place melted butter into bowl and whisk in rest of butter, little by little. Add vanilla and whip with hand mixer.
- Add cinnamon and optional sweetener toward the end.
You can modify this recipe by using a ratio of cannabutter and regular unsalted butter. Do not use the cannabutter for the melting portion. You can substitute cannabutter up to ¾ of the 8oz needed.
5 Tips for Success
- Count Your Carbs
Carbs are everywhere, so as much as you might try to avoid them completely, that’s just not possible. Although carbs generally make up 5% of your diet on keto, the exact amount of how much you can tolerate and still stay in ketosis varies a little by individual. Factors that can affect how your body uses carbs include:
- The types of carbs you eat
- Your overall lifestyle
- Your metabolic history
It’s a good idea to use a handy tracker and input what you eat to watch your carb amounts, at least for a few weeks so you can see how you react to different foods.
- Tracking Protein
A big part of the ketogenic diet is keeping a close eye on your macronutrients (aka macros), including protein, carbohydrates and fats. Proper macronutrient balance ensures that your body goes into ketosis, a metabolic state in which your body burns stored fat instead of glucose, which results in the accumulation of ketones. Follow this macronutrient breakdown to kick-start ketosis:
- 60 to 75 percent of calories from fat
- 15 to 30 percent of calories from protein
- 5 to 10 percent of calories from carbohydrates
It’s important to understand that fats contain nine calories per gram versus protein and carbohydrates, which have four calories per gram, and that eating a diet high in fat will force absorption of more calorically dense fare, resulting in satiation. It’s important to make sure that you aren’t just eating a bunch of butter and bacon, but that your fats are coming from healthy sources. Some of the best include:
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Avocado oil
- Unprocessed cheese
- Heavy cream
- Nuts (like walnuts and almonds)
- Seeds (like sunflower, chia and flax)
- Consuming Enough Calories
Most of us are used to being falsely told fat, especially animal fat, is bad for us and our health. If you’re still holding onto that belief, you might struggle to eat enough calories from fat each day. This is not good over time because chronically low levels of calories can put the body in starvation mode, which means it’ll actually start holding onto stored body fat and can negatively affect hormones and other functions of the body, especially in women.
- Test Your Blood Ketone Levels
You also need to track your ketone levels to make sure you’re actually entering and staying in ketosis after your meals. There are three different ways to test ketone levels in your body, but blood testing is the best for long-term and for the highest accuracy. The easiest way to test your ketosis levels is via urine strips. You’ll get a specific reading at any time and can see how ketone levels might change before or after meals or anything else you do during your day. You shou test consistently so you can see exactly how what you eat (and even how you exercise) affects your levels of ketosis.
- Consider Nutrition
Healthy, high-quality fats are important for proper brain, hormone, and other bodily functions. Since your fat content is now 80-80% of your whole diet, you want it to be high quality, including:
- Fatty, grass-fed meats
- Cold-pressed unrefined oils
- Wild fish (those omega-3s are important)
If you’re eating a lot of processed foods like bacon, packaged sausages, and cheese products, it’s time to switch those out for whole foods like the above. Eat Micronutrients You might be afraid to eat too many veggies since some of them can have too many carbs. Totally understandable, but those micronutrients are still important. Here are some ideas for doing this: Focus on low-carb vegetables and when you eat them, include some fat. This will keep the proportion of fat high in your meal while also giving you a good boost of nutrient-dense plant matter. Plus, fat helps with nutrient absorption! Eat your veggies steamed. They’ll shrink down, which allows you to eat a lot at once. Make a fat-centric smoothie that includes vegetables like kale and spinach. Eat Fiber Fiber is so important for gut health and for moving things along, and if you’re not eating vegetables you might be lacking in this area. Use the advice above to get more veggies into your diet, and don’t forget to have them with a high-quality fat source. Include Fermented Foods Speaking of gut health, fermented foods are another way to make sure your health and digestion are chugging along properly. If you’re new to fermented foods, start experimenting with different types and try to have 2-3 servings each day. That could be:
- Full-fat yogurt of kefir
- Raw pickles
I hope these recipes and this information helps those considering or on a keto diet. The fusion of cannabis and a keto diet can be both fun and beneficial. Go ahead and try these out, hether you’re on diet or not. These recipes are definitely worth trying.