Thinking of trying CBD but wondering how it may align with your dietary preference or requirements? Whether you have a medical, religious or simply personal dietary preference, we explore who can and can’t use CBD products.
Click on your preference below to discover more.
CBD for Dietary preferences:
- Is CBD vegan?
- Is CBD gluten-free?
- Is CBD Paleo?
- Is CBD halal?
- Is CBD kosher?
Is CBD vegan?
Veganism is a dietary preference becoming increasingly popular in modern society. For those eat a plant-based diet, and have switched to vegan meat substitutes and plant-based products, CBD is mostly suited to the diet.
The only occasion where it won’t be is if the product itself contains an animal product – for example, CBD gummies might contain animal-derived gelatine.
We spoke to Victoria, a vegan blogger at Healthy Vix, who told us how CBD oil fits into her routine. “CBD oil has been perfect as a natural aid in reducing depression and improving my mood. It fits perfectly into my vegan and health-conscious lifestyle as it’s plant-based and usually mixed with hemp oil or coconut oil, which are also vegan friendly.”
Victoria also offers this piece of advice for anyone following a vegan lifestyle who is thinking about trying CBD: “Most CBD products are already vegan, but it’s worth checking their vegan status and any added ingredients just to be 100% sure. CBD gummies or capsules may not be vegan friendly as they might contain gelatine or the capsule casing may contain animal-derived ingredients, so it’s always worth double-checking whenever you buy a new CBD product.”
We also spoke to Hakan, the founder of CBD company Herts Hemp, who told us about a great added benefit of taking CBD oil if you’re vegan: “Something people don’t know is that CBD is a great animal-free source of iron. So, for vegetarians and vegans, consuming CBD oil can help maintain healthy haemoglobin levels, especially if you're not keen on taking iron supplement pills.”
Is CBD gluten-free?
For those with gluten allergies or celiac disease, ingesting even a small amount of gluten can cause immense discomfort and pain. For those looking to help ease their symptoms though, CBD products should be absolutely fine for ingestion. Remedy Review even describes how “CBD oil has been used in recent years to help control the symptoms and pains of celiac disease”.
For CBD drinks companies who stock products like beer, a product that contains gluten, it is important to thoroughly check the labelling just to be on the safe side.
Is CBD Paleo?
The Paleo diet is a rather new one to the scene, although its origins have been traced back thousands of years. The Paleo diet is mainly used for health purposes and involves someone focusing their diet on the foods that were being eaten during the Palaeolithic era, approximately 10,000 to 2.5 million years ago.
As CBD is derived from the hemp plant, it is 100% a part of the Paleo diet. Hemp was farmed by early hunter-gatherers and continues to be popular today.
However, as the Paleo diet means no processed foods or refined sugars, it’s worth checking the product you wish to try, as this may not in itself be Paleo.
Is CBD halal or haram?
Yes, if it doesn’t contain THC.
There are currently over 2.6 million citizens who identify as Muslim in the UK, and many of those follow the guidelines of halal and haram. Halal (meaning permitting) and haram (meaning not permitted), are the two categories products can fall into. Usually associated with meat for those outside of the religion, all products can be seen as halal or haram, including CBD.
According to the Quran, all intoxicating drugs, like cannabis, are haram. However, as THC is the psychoactive element in cannabis, CBD by itself, is in theory, is okay for use. Therefore, for many Muslims, CBD can be deemed halal, as it doesn’t have an intoxicating effect.
However, this is for every person to decide themselves. At present, no CBD in the UK should contain more than 0.3% THC, but as we’ve found before some CBD companies can be disingenuous about what’s in their product. This makes it especially important for each person to decide themselves whether the CBD product they look to use is considered halal.
Is CBD kosher?
Yes, depending on the product.
Similarly to halal and haram in Muslim culture, in Jewish culture you have kosher and treif, meaning fit and torn. Unlike halal and haram, however, Jewish dietary law kashrut does only apply to food. There are a set amount of rules that your diet should follow, those pertaining to plants are:
- All plants and bushes that grow in the soil are, by their nature, kosher. That is unless they are infested with any kind of insect, which must be removed to ensure its status or grown in impure soil.
- All plants that have been grown naturally and not been made impure due to modern food processing practices are kosher.
Because of this, whether CBD is kosher or treif depends more on the growing conditions and the production, rather than the plant itself. If a plant is grown in the right conditions, a product can be deemed kosher but if not, it cannot be. Equally, the manufacturing process matter as well. For peace of mind that the product you are planning to use is kosher, you can check whether it has a Kosher Licence.
About the author:
Kamila is a bestselling author of “Bespoke. How to radically grow your bar and restaurant business through personalisation”, and passionate trend-spotter for the UK Eating Out market with thousands of followers on her widely popular blog www.KamilaSitwell.co.uk.
With a decade of hands-on experience collaborating with hospitality influencers and insight experts and background in setting strategies for leading brands, Kamila has become the industry champion for truly bespoke and guest-centric experiences.