How can I use CBD to control my weight?
The science of appetite and diet has been widely studied, and the results are actually already in. The key to longevity and a lean body… DIET, EXERCISE and SLEEP!
But wait! Before you click away, there’s a bit more to this story. Eating good foods and working out is the most important part of health, yes – but food supplementation with herbal and chemical reinforcements can prove incredibly useful.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, can play a vital function in regulating your weight. Cannabidiol is a natural chemical present in the cannabis sativa plant, and positively affects your body’s systems to help regulate itself.
Wait a minute… doesn’t cannabis give you the munchies?
A simple enough question, but important to get out the way. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical compound in cannabis causing your body to be more sensitive to hunger signals. THC is responsible for overeating, causing the notorious ‘munchies’. By releasing too much of the hormone ghrelin, a THC consumer can become ravenously hungry.
CBD is an entirely distinct chemical to THC, and controls appetite rather than simply increasing it. As we will discover, full-spectrum CBD has also been shown to burn fat. At CBD Products 420, we only sell products with under 0.2% THC concentration, in accordance with UK law. This means that there is hardly any hunger-inducing THC in our products!
How CBD controls appetite etc
Overeating and poor nutrition habits can lead to obesity. Obesity is a common issue in the UK, with over 28% of the population classed as obese, according to the NHS. This can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and potentially a tragically early death.
Studies have suggested that CBD can speed up your metabolism, boosting your chances of weight loss. Animal studies suggest that CBD dosing causes pronounced reductions in body weight.
Every animal (humans included!) has an endocannabinoid system, made of CB1 and CB2 receptors. This system helps control the body’s weight, appetite and even pain response. The study found that CB receptors in the brain were activated to speed up the metabolism. Ultimately, this leads to our goal of weight loss.
Another way in which CBD speeds weight loss is by converting white fat to brown fat. White fat is associated with illnesses such as diabetes – it is undesirable fat! Conversely, brown fat is burned by the body to produce heat. Studies show that higher proportions of brown fat are found in healthy individuals.
Lab tests have shown that CBD can actually cause the white fat to convert to brown fat. The CBD changes the proteins expressed in the cells, leading to more brown fat generation. Many scientists suspect that this is due to CBD’s action on the endocannabinoid system. More research is required to reinforce this claim.
The white fat vs brown fat debate is worth a read – click here to find out more.
Often, the appetite can be adversely affected by stress. In times of pressure, research suggests appetite is reduced, causing unintentional weight loss. CBD has been shown to alleviate some symptoms of anxiety. In addition to consultation with a doctor, and conventional therapy, CBD should be considered in the management of appetite loss.
The field of CBD research is relatively young, and as such there are a distinct lack of human-based clinical studies. We advise watching out for more research in the future, and welcome the publishing of more data on this fascinating topic.
Conventional products already on the market
Traditional ‘diet pills’ and ‘thermogenic’ supplements promise to deliver big results in short time periods, but these claims are often too good to be true. These products can contain dangerously high levels of caffeine and other untested chemicals - the long-term effects of which are unknown. Moreover, the risk of nasty side-effects such as nausea and stress are surprisingly common.
Doctors often recommend only taking diet pills for short periods of time. Diet pills, usually stimulant medications (such as phentermine) can cause increase in blood pressure and a dangerously fast heart rate. A dependence can also be developed, potentially leading to psychological issues. Bupropion and naltrexone - popular drugs that affect neurotransmitters o affect appetite – are linked to headache, constipation and dizziness.
It would be fair to say that taking drugs such as phentermine, bupropion or naltrexone are not long-term strategies for weight loss or even healthy weight control.
What else can CBD do?
Pharmaceutical-grade CBD has a wide range of medical applications. High-concentration CBD has been used in the effective treatment of anxiety, insomnia and even some forms of epilepsy.
Everyone has an endocannabinoid system, and might benefit from the use of CBD. We recommend speaking to a doctor before trying CBD, but it is worth noting that side-effects are rare.