4 Keto-Friendly Infusion Hacks
What do you want to accomplish this year? Maybe you’re looking to change your diet in a big way, or perhaps you want to improve your general wellbeing step by step.
We’re here to help you conquer those goals the best way we know how: by using cannabis, of course!
Cannabis and wellness go together like PB&J (but with far less calories). One area where the two intersect is the keto diet. The keto diet is designed to keep the body in a state of ketosis. Ketosis is the process by which the body breaks down stored fat. The keto diet does so through a high fat, moderate protein, and very low carbohydrate based diet. It can also confer many health benefits, such as reduced blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure.
Cannabis is a fat soluble molecule, which means it jives real well with the keto diet and LEVO. Check out LEVO's keto cookbook.
To celebrate the new year we came up with a list of LEVO-friendly keto infusion hacks. Check them out below.
1. Tailor Fat to Function
There are many different fats you can incorporate into a keto diet. Since each type of fat has its own unique health benefits, we suggest optimizing each type of fat based on intended function.
MCT oil, for instance, has been shown to lead to a greater loss of weight when consumed as compared to olive oil.
Cannabis consumers, surprisingly enough, actually tend to weigh less than their non-consuming counterparts. While more research is needed, preliminary studies suggest that select cannabinoids such as THCV may also confer weight loss properties. You can tailor your MCT oil for this purpose by infusing THCV-rich strains such as Durban Poison into MCT oil.
MCT oil has also been shown to retain terpenes better than olive oil, which may provide more “potent” therapeutic effects.
Avocado oil, on the other hand, contains a different kind of fat. It’s high in unsaturated fat and contains high levels of HDL3, otherwise known as the “good” kind of cholesterol. Anyone seeking to improve their heart health, then, might opt to infuse avocado oil instead.
2. Pair With Flavors and Spices That Activate Endocannabinoid Systems
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a system of chemical messengers and receptors that regulate various functions within the body. The goal of the ECS is to maintain balance, otherwise known as homeostasis.
Cannabinoids feel so good because they can bind to our ECS receptors, triggering therapeutic effects.
Select spices and flavoring agents can also do this by binding to the ECS. A few of the most notable ones include curcumin (turmeric), ginger, black pepper, and nutmeg.
Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory spice popular in Asia that’s been used for thousands of years. Its binding to CB1 receptors has been known to produce an antidepressant effect. In fact, researchers in 2012 noted that treating subjects with curcumin resulted in increased endocannabinoid production.
Black pepper contains high levels of the terpene beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene binds directly to CB2 receptors (it’s the only terpene that does so!) which modulates metabolic tissue activity and immune function.
Peek at this infographic for a list of health benefits associated with each terpene. This will help you get a better sense of what spices to look for.
3. Optimize Further With Terpenes
Add foods and other ingredients that are terpene-rich to your infusions to strengthen their effects even further. Why is that? Terpenes have their own unique therapeutic effects and are believed to work synergistically with other cannabinoids. This synergy is called “the Entourage Effect.”
Other terpene rich foods include:
- Mangoes (high in Myrcene)
- Apples (Farnesene)
- Lemons/lime/oranges (Limonene)
- Rosemary, basil, dill (Pinene)
Be sure to use dried ingredients/spices so as to not introduce extra water into your oil solution.
4. Play With Other Cannabinoids
One of our favorite ways to use the LEVO is to experiment with different cannabinoids.
Many advocates of the keto diet, for instance, recommend optimizing gut health. The non-intoxicating cannabinoid Cannabigerol (CBG) has been shown to exert therapeutic effects for conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS). You can ramp up your favorite keto oils, then, by adding a little CBG into the process. Insert dried CBG flower into the chamber during the infusion process to reap those extra cannabinoids.
Other ways you can play include using a mix of THC and CBD flower in the chamber or adding powdered isolate to your final oil.
Ready to go Keto? Check out LEVO's Keto Recipes. Want more? Order your own copy of the LEVO Keto Cookbook!
Do you have any keto cannabis hacks you’d like to share? Tell us all about it on social! Tag us @levo_oil!