Does Shilajit Boost the Effectiveness of Cannabinoids?

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Does Shilajit Boost the Effectiveness of Cannabinoids?

 

There has been recent speculation that Shilajit can boost the effectiveness of cannabinoids, allowing users to significantly lower their dosage while still enjoying the same benefits. Several websites and publications make this claim, but we wanted to fully understand the science behind it. Many of these sources fail to reference any studies or provide supporting information so we thought we’d fill that gap.

Just before we answer the question, it may be helpful for us to talk about what Shilajit is, its active ingredients and why it is considered to be great for our general well-being in its own right.

 

What is Shilajit & what is it used for?

If you’re unfamiliar with Shilajit, it is a sticky, tar-like substance primarily found in the rocks of the Himalayas, Altai, Caucasus, and other mountain ranges worldwide. It forms over centuries through the decomposition of plant and microbial matter, resulting in a complex mixture of minerals, fulvic acid, humic acid, and other organic compounds. This substance has been found to offer numerous health benefits, as supported by studies and scientific research [source].

On average, shilajit contains between 15% and 20% fulvic acid, along with a complex of vitamins including B12, K2, and C, as well as an estimated 10.8mg of iron, 80mg of calcium, 0.90mg of zinc, and 2.8mg of selenium per teaspoon.

Shilajit has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India and other systems of traditional medicine in Central Asia. It is believed to provide various health benefits, such as boosting energy, improving stamina, and promoting longevity. The combination of vitamins and minerals are all linked to each reported benefit (check out our full breakdown of the benefits of shilajit, here) so there is weight to these claims.

 

 

 

Does Shilajit Boost Cannabinoids?

 

The claim is that ‘Shilajit increases the effectiveness of cannabinoids,’ but we wanted to delve deeper into this question to understand why this claim is being made and whether there is any evidence backing it at all.

There is certainly a connection between Shilajit and cannabinoids, but after extensive research and investigation, we have not found anything that fills us with enough certainty to confidently proclaim it from the mountain tops.

This topic can get technical, so if you’re interested in the more detailed science, we’ve added that below. However, if you’d prefer a summary, here it is:

 

The answer is unclear and becomes very complicated very quickly. It seems that, for the most part, the evidence is anecdotal and based on accounts of user experiences (people saying it works), which is not the most reliable source for determining anything.

Here’s where things get interesting: Shilajit contains multiple compounds that interact with our endocannabinoid system (dipeptides, oleamide, and triterpenes), and may alter the way cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid receptor. 

The complication arises in proving the effect of Shilajit on cannabinoids and how Shilajit fits within the Entourage Effect theory, where endocannabinoid compounds (and terpenes) regulate and enhance each other.

In summary, there seems to be a link, but at this moment, there isn’t enough evidence to conclusively determine any effects of Shilajit when consuming cannabinoids. What we do know for sure is that both Shilajit and cannabinoids are extremely beneficial to our well-being.

We would love to hear about your experience combining Shilajit and cannabinoids, so leave a comment, comment on our socials or send us an email. 

 

Shilajit contains Endocannabinoid compounds

The first connection we found that links Shilajit with cannabinoids is, that research has identified Shilajit as being able to support the Endocannabinoid System.

Andean Shilajit (from the Andies mountain range spanning South America) contains both dipeptides and oleamides. Both substances have been tested, researched, and found to demonstrate neuroprotective effects and play a role in the modulation of several nervous processes.

The connection here is that Oleamide belongs to a family of endogenous lipid signalling molecules, the very same family that Endocannabinoids belong to [source]. It seems that both Oleamide and Cannabinoids play similar roles within the body’s central nervous system.

The chat within the cannabinoid community is that Shilajit enhances the effect of delta-9 THC, and also compliments the effects of CBD. But, does the data agree?

The connection is likely made because Oleamide was found to antagonise (activate) the CB1 receptor, which is what delta-9 THC does [source] and other amide class compounds do (like Anandamide – the Endocannabinoid responsible for the ‘runners high’).

Olemide is also linked to sleep quality and induction, along with improvement in memory, cognitive function and cognitive longevity. There are many who make the same claims for cannabinoids such as CBD [source], thus, it is an easy conclusion to draw the two together.

It seems, that the answer is unclear. It appears that most of the evidence given to support the claims are anecdotal and subject to the experience and reporting of users. This is often subjective and can be unreliable.

However, there is some circumstantial scientific data which does suggest that some of the active compounds also regulate the Endocannabinoid system, and may change the way our body uses cannabinoids. It makes perfect sense that consuming a substance can alter the way our body uses cannabinoids, as this is the case with terpenes.

 

 

Shilajit contains triterpenes, which are aromatic compounds also found in hemp and cannabis (terpenes). Terepenes play a very significant role in the effects of cannabinoids [source], and do affect the way in which cannabinoid compounds interact with our Endocannabinoids. Caryophyllene is a great example of a terpene compound that actively combines with our body’s endocannabinoid receptors [source].

We know for sure that terpenes affect cannabinoids because it is terpenes that make all the difference between strains and their effects. We go into a lot more detail about how this works in our blog post about Terpenes.

 

Conclusions

Honestly, we’re not fully sure what Shilajit does when you consume it with cannabinoids, but there is some evidence to suggest that it does something! For the moment, we will be experimenting ourselves and seeing if we feel that the Shialjit adds something while consuming our regular CBD dose.

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Written by Ian McLaren