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Let’s get real. You’ve worked SO hard at the gym and you have that nutrition schedule on lock. However, ask any gym rat what their favorite day is and I guarantee they will tell you it’s their “cheat” meal day.

If you are not familiar with what a cheat meal is, it is basically the one meal a week where calories and your macro budget get thrown out the window.

All week, you’re eating lean meats, veggies, protein shakes, and green juice. But on cheat meal day, bring on the fried greasy glorious foods.

If you are somebody that enjoys latte’s, cocktails, donuts, and pizza, I have some interesting news for you!

CBD is making an appearance in almost all of your favorite cheat foods!

If you are unfamiliar with CBD, allow me to break it down!

CBD is a hemp derivative that is known for managing inflammation, chronic pain, mood disorders, sleep issues, and more! Also, CBD is completely non-psychoactive, so even though it comes from a cannabis species, it will not induce a mind-altering effect or show up on a drug test.

Now wait, hold on.

I know I said the word Cannabis, a term often associated with drug culture. Hemp and marijuana are both species of cannabis, but hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of THC (the hallucinogenic compound that induces a high) while marijuana has an abundance of THC.

Ok, you might be wondering what happens if you ingest a bunch of CBD or hemp?

Nothing. Even if taken in large doses, CBD will NOT get you high.

How does CBD Work in the Body?

Humans and animals are naturally wired with an endocannabinoid system. This wonderful structure that we have in place is used to fine-tune our physiological functions and promote a state of homeostasis. It is composed of CB1 and CB2 receptors that are located all around our brain and body.

When CBD is ingested, inhaled, or topically applied, it indirectly interacts with these receptors to produce outstanding medicinal effects. Research and clinical trials have shown that insomnia, chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression may be successfully treated with the use of CBD.

Where to Find CBD Cheat Foods

Otium Bar located in Los Angeles is home to a variety of cannabinoid infused drinks like the

“Pineapple Express”.

The drink is inspired by a Mai Tai twisting with Negroni and Blue Dream. Although many of the CBD oils used in beverages do not have a distinct smell or taste, tasteless, Pineapple Express cocktail uses a blend of specific CBD extract to bring out the natural herbal notes of hemp.

According to research from Innova Market Insights, CBD infused food and beverages have already seen a 34 percent annual growth rate! And we have already seen this happen as Fort Lauderdale’s Pizza City restaurant has now begun selling CBD-infused marinara sauce in some of their specialty pizzas! While in Denver, several donut shops have included CBD oil into a variety of the doughs!

If you live outside of any of these cities, you can always look up restaurants and bars that serve your favorite cheat meal to see if there are a CBD option available!

If you are one that prefers to do your own cooking, add a few drops of CBD into your favorite mixture so that you can enjoy a variety of holistic effects!

Also, there are a ton of great CBD recipes online that allow you to indulge in your inner chef while whipping up a delicious dessert or dinner. Check out Bulletproof blog for a bunch of sweet and savory CBD recipes!

After all, what’s better than a cheat treat, that actually treats?

There’s just nothing to top it!