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Cannabidiol – better known as CBD – is a widespread compound derived from the cannabis plant. CBD is usually available as an oil-based extract, but is also available in lozenges, sprays, creams and other forms.
CBD has several health benefits: lowering anxiety, relieving pain, better heart and brain function. But how CBD affects weight loss is less known.
This article is about a recent study on how CBD affects your weight.
What is CBD?
CBD is one of more than 100 compounds known as cannabinoids and found in the cannabis plant. It is the second largest cannabinoid after tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – and accounts for up to 40% of the plant extract. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects, which means that it does not create a “cloud” state in us. No matter how CBD affects your body, it does it another way. It is thought to stimulate certain receptors that help reduce inflammatory processes in the body, relieve pain and anxiety. The breakdown of anandamide in the brain stops (a chemical often called the “molecule of bliss”). This allows anandamide to stay in your system longer, helping to relieve pain and strengthen brain function. CBD also regulates the production of inflammatory molecules called cytokines, thereby reducing inflammation and pain. CBD can also help cure the symptoms of depression. As human research is currently limited, the full impact of CBD on health remains unknown.
Can CBD promote weight loss? The CBD’s job is to improve various aspects of health, including weight loss. Here are some of the possible effects.
May speed up metabolism and reduce food intake.
Preliminary studies show that CBD can reduce food intake and boost metabolism, which contributes to weight loss. For example, animal studies show that CBD affects body weight by interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors in lymphoid tissue and the brain. These receptors are thought to play an important role in metabolism and food intake. In a two-week study, rats were injected with CBD daily at doses of 2.5 and 5 mg per kg body weight. Weight loss was achieved with both doses, but was significantly higher with the higher dose. It is important to note that CBD was injected, not given orally. In another study in rats, CBD resulted in a significant reduction in food intake compared to other cannabinoids, including cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabinol. Although such results are promising, there is not enough research in humans to support this and more research is needed.
May promote the “browning” of fat cells.
There are two types of fat in your body – white and brown.
White fat is the main form responsible for storing and supplying energy, isolating and padding your organs. It is also the type of fat most commonly associated with chronic diseases – such as diabetes and heart disease – when it accumulates excessively. Brown fat is responsible for generating heat by burning calories. People of normal weight usually have more brown fat than overweight people. White fat can be turned brown by exercising, getting enough sleep and hardening. Interestingly, research shows that CBD can help with this process. A tube study found that CBD contributed to the “browning” of white fat. It enhances the expression of specific genes and proteins that produce brown fat.
In any case, human studies are needed to confirm this effect.
Marijuana use is associated with lower body weight.
Although marijuana use is usually associated with increased food consumption, those who use marijuana products weigh less than those who do not. For example, a review of more than 50,000 people reported an overweight rate of 14–17% among those who used cannabis at least 3 days a week. Compared to those who have not used marijuana in the last 12 months, the percentage is 22-25%. However, researchers believe that cannabinoids as a whole – including CBD – affect appetite, metabolism and other weight-related body functions.
Could CBD promote weight gain?
Although CBD can have a beneficial effect on appetite and weight loss, it can also cause weight gain. Some studies have shown that CBD increases appetite. In fact, one of the most common side effects of CBD treatment is a change in appetite. In one study, the researchers interviewed the parents of 117 treated children who used CBD for epilepsy. Although parents reported a reduction in epilepsy symptoms, 30% of them said that CBD oil significantly increased their children’s appetite. Studies show that CBD can affect appetite in a variety of ways. One 3-month study involved 23 children with Dravet’s syndrome, a type of epilepsy, up to 11.4 mg CBD per kilogram body weight (25 mg / kg). Some children developed an increase in appetite, while others decreased. In addition, a recent review of 2,409 people using CBD found that 6.35% of them experienced an increased feeling of hunger as a side effect. More research is needed to understand the full effects of CBD on appetite, as it seems to vary. Many factors, such as genetics and which product has been used, can affect the feeling of hunger when taking CBD.
Should you try CBD oil to lose weight?
Although it is not clear whether CBD oil is effective for weight loss, it has been shown to improve health in other good ways. It is relatively safe and has a low risk of side effects. More research is needed to determine this – especially in humans – how it determines and affects weight. Existing findings are still relatively weak and inconsistent. Therefore, CBD oil is not recommended as an effective way to lose weight. It’s best to try other weight loss tips instead – especially since CDB products can be expensive.
CBD oil has become an increasingly popular cannabis product, often advertised as an effective weight loss product. However, current studies do not show a clear effect on weight. While some studies show that CBD can speed up metabolism while reducing body fat and appetite, other studies show an increase in appetite. Until more research is completed, it is best to rely on other evidence – weight loss methods – such as diet and lifestyle changes.
Is the CBD legal?
CBD products derived from cannabis (with a THC of less than 0.2%) are legal at European level, but are still illegal under some national laws, such as in Slovakia.