Orange smoothies may be sharp in taste, but sweet fruits like bananas or mangoes add to the smoothie’s thickness and make it taste better. Besides, early research claims that CBD is therapeutic and boasts powerful anti-inflammatory properties that consumers can take advantage of by adding the cannabinoid to the smoothie.
Many like taking smoothies after workout sessions or when they feel a tinge of a hangover. Still, there is more to smoothies; you don’t have to take them only when you feel low. Smoothies prepared with fruits and vegetables with high nutritional profiles add to your health and boost your total antioxidant count. For instance, orange smoothies boast a high amount of fibers, antioxidants, and vitamin C, among many other compounds. CBD is becoming popular every other day, and you can add it to your orange smoothie. Peer into this article to know how to do so.
The Basics of CBD
CBD remained under the radar for the longest time, and it was only until 2018 that the Farm Bill was passed and CBD made legal at federal levels. According to Massi et al. (2016) and Bauer et al. (2020), CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. There are many such compounds, collectively called cannabinoids.
Watt & Karl (2017) showed that CBD is therapeutic. More research is needed to explore these claims, but many already believe in therapy in CBD, explaining why they go for it. The craze about CBD seems to be growing daily, and pharmacies, gas stations, and health food stores stock CBD products as part of their inventory. There are many ways to administer CBD to the body, including CBD oils, tinctures, topicals, edibles, and vapes, most of which you can find in CBD dispensaries and dedicated shops.
Why Orange Smoothies?
Oranges are among the healthiest fruits. They may have a high acidic score but squeezing them and mixing them with other fruits to form orange smoothies helps you consume them without feeling the tang. Oranges have varied degrees of tang, and while others are tartier, some may be sweet. Therefore, choose which oranges to use when making smoothies with these fruits.
According to Hosseini et al. (2021), there is more to gain from oranges. The study highlights that oranges boast high amounts of vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants, which the body needs for different roles. For instance, humans need vitamin C for their immune system, while different minerals are needed for strong bones and teeth. Besides, consuming fruits with many antioxidants boosts the body’s antioxidant score and excites one’s defense system. Orange smoothies give all these benefits in one serving.
Boost the Nutritional Value of Your Orange Smoothies by Adding CBD Oil
According to Hammell et al. (2016), CBD can fight inflammation and boasts powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Inflammation is a critical problem that accompanies pain. Although studies have yet to prove that CBD can help with pain, adding a few drops of the cannabinoid to your smoothie does not hurt. Many CBD fans want to take CBD oils and tinctures but cannot tolerate the bitter and earthy taste.
Choosing CBD Oil for Your Orange Smoothie
There are many CBD brands in the hemp space, and each claims to offer the best CBD oil. Focusing on the following points as you shop for CBD oil increases your chance of landing good products:
- Environmental factors; pay attention to brands that grow hemp organically and use organic ingredients for making CBD
- Extraction methods; focus on extraction methods that do not leave behind traces of solvents in the cannabinoid
- THC content; if you choose full-spectrum CBD oil, ensure the THC content does not exceed 0.3% per dry weight
- 3rd party testing; the CBD industry is largely unregulated, and only 3rd party tests help you gauge how safe the product you want to buy is
- Contaminant status; look at the CoA for how pure the CBD oil is against standard contaminants like heavy metals, toxins, microbials, and industrial solvents
Preparing Orange Smoothies with CBD: The Tools
Making CBD orange smoothies does not need many tools. All you need is a blender or a smoothie maker. Other household items for the process include a plate foo carrying the oranges and other fruits you want to add to the smoothie, a knife for cutting the fruits, and a tablespoon for measuring sweeteners and CBD oil.
You need the following ingredients for the smoothie;
- 1 teaspoon of a sweetener like an agave extract or honey
- 1 teaspoon of CBD oil
- I cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 banana
- ½ cup of mango chunks
- ½ a cup of ice cubes
- ½ a cup of water
- 1 cup of vanilla yogurt
Follow the steps below to make the orange smoothie with CBD;
- Put all the fruits, water, ice cubes, and vanilla yogurt in the blend
- Adjust blender settings to your preferred options
- Blend the fruits to smoothness
- Add CBD oil and the sweetener
- Blend again lightly until all is mixed
- Serve and enjoy
Although oranges may be a little tangy, many like using them to make smoothies; orange smoothies are healthy and boast many helpful compounds, and taking the smoothie is one way to take advantage of such compounds. Although adding CBD oil to the orange smoothie does not make it any better, it is an effective way to explore CBD benefits. This article details all you need to know about making CBD orange smoothies.
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