CBD for Weight Loss: Studies Recommend It
Studies suggest that CBD for weight loss is an effective tool, and that contrary to popular assumptions, it won’t give you the munchies.
That’s right. CBD weight loss is possible. You can lose weight by ingesting CBD oil. Here’s how it works.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, can be used for many things. It’s become the new cure-all drug and for good reason. As more research is invested in CBD, the more we will truly understand how healthful it can be.
Whether it’s to relieve stress or reduce chronic pain, CBD benefits are plentiful.
How CBD for Weight Loss Works
As the United States slowly allows more research on medical marijuana, there will continue to grow a plethora of CBD products that can be used to treat ailments of the human body.
CBD oil for weight loss is just one of those health benefits.
Many individuals find it hard to believe that cannabidiol (CBD) can help assist weight loss because they automatically associate cannabis with the “munchies” and, therefore, assume CBD will increase their appetite.
However, CBD for weight loss seems likely to work — and work well.
That’s not the case at all. You won’t get hungry by consuming CBD. It just doesn’t work that way, which is a good thing.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is what’s responsible for both the psychoactive effects people feel after consuming and the so-called munchies they may get. This is found in the cannabis plant, alongside CBD, but when the CBD is extracted, it is extracted without the THC component.
Therefore, CBD has the opposite effect. It doesn’t give you the munchies. In fact, CBD actually suppresses appetite.
CBD stimulates genes and proteins that break down fat cells within the human body and reduces the amount of new fat cells that are generated.
Another powerful weight loss property of CBD is that it increases the level of mitochondria found within the body, allowing the body to burn more calories.
CBD Weight Loss Benefits
One of the greatest benefits of CBD is its ability to increase the process of browning fat. Fat browning is the process that changes white colored fat tissue into beige/brown fat tissue.
White fat is what’s responsible for preserving energy. Brown fat indicates the burning of energy. So instead of letting white fat build up, CBD will help the browning process and burn fat altogether.
Research shows that CBD does indeed have a direct effect on our metabolism. During 2016, Korean researchers published a study on the topic in the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry .
After carefully monitoring CBD and its effects on immature fat cells, aka preadipocytes, astonishingly they found that the cannabinoid has not one, but three ways of effecting “fat browning.”
In a recent study conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey , 579 were currently doing CBD and 1975 were using CBD in the past.
In multivariable-adjusted models, current CBD use was associated with 16% lower fasting insulin levels and 17% lower HOMA-IR.
The study found significant associations between CBD use and smaller waist circumferences.
The worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016, according to the World Health Organization . Overweight and obese people suffer high risks of associated sickness, diabetes, and disability.
Now more than ever it’s important for people to start considering healthier options for their weight loss plan.
A natural alternative to medication can be the use of CBD, which has been shown to aid in weight loss. CBD for fighting obesity is a great tool in your weight loss arsenal.
CBD and Obesity
Obesity in the world has tripled since 1975 . In 2016, nearly 2 billion adults were overweight.
These numbers show just how important it is that there’s something that can help with weight loss — and something that can decrease these staggering numbers.
CBD for Obesity
And there aren’t many drugs that medical professionals regard as safe or non-toxic that can address the development of obesity.
Research shows that CBD can reduce food intake, while simultaneously treating the symptoms which are typically associated with obesity.
Those obesity symptoms include high blood pressure and anxiety.
Therefore, CBD is considered to be a non-stimulant based appetite suppressant, as well as an aid in thermogenesis.
CBD for Fat Loss
A study into CBD’s effects on obesity published in the Journal of Hepatology looked at the effects of CBD.
The results indicated that CBD reduced accumulated lipid levels, increased lipid metabolism, and increased yolk lipid mobilization which inhibits the development of hepatic steatosis and liver disease.
The results of the studies being done on CBD use show a clear correlation between alterations in appetite, weight gain, and emotions associated with food.
CBD is a safe, effective, and extremely beneficial tool to utilize when trying to lose body fat.
When it comes to CBD and weight loss, it’s clear that CBD oil can help. Cannabidiol weight loss is truly something to consider.
If you are considering incorporating CBD into your weight loss plan
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CBD Oil For Weight Loss: How Does It Help? Benefits & Dosage
Roughly 2 out of every 3 people are either overweight or obese.
CBD acts on chemical messengers that indirectly control our weight.
It helps support blood sugar balance, beta-oxidation, cortisol, and mitochondrial function.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2 out of every 3 people in America are overweight.
CBD oil has recently come to the surface as a promising weight loss supplement.
Can this controversial oil really offer the weight-loss advantages promised? Our verdict: yes, but not directly — CBD works through other systems in the body to return to an optimal state of health, which includes our body weight.
Here, we explore CBD and how it can be used to boost your weight loss program along with other diet and lifestyle changes.
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The Benefits of CBD For Weight Loss
The best way to lose weight, by far, is a regimented diet and exercise routine. Everything else is supplementary to this — including CBD.
With that said, adding CBD to your weight loss routine can go a long way in helping you shed extra weight more efficiently.
The benefits of CBD for weight loss include:
- Reduces appetite to curb eating habits
- Alleviates chronic inflammation associated with obesity
- Alleviates digestive disorders and inflammation
- Supports mitochondria function (where sugar and fat is burned for energy)
1. CBD Supports Mitochondria & Metabolic Health
You may remember from 8th-grade biology class that the mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell.
It’s the part of the cell that’s responsible for converting sugars, fats, and even proteins into energy that the cell can use.
How Lazy Mitochondria Can Make Us Fat
When our mitochondria aren’t functioning optimally, which can happen for a variety of different reasons, it becomes harder to provide the body with the energy it needs and even harder to shed any extra weight.
What’s happening here is that the body is taking in lots of energy from our food, but our cells are having a hard time turning that energy into a currency we can actually use.
In order to prevent too much sugar and fat from building up in our bloodstream, the liver converts most of it into fat and puts it away in storage so we can use it at a later date.
The mitochondria are a key part of the metabolic system but they are far too small to fit in it on their own. This is where the endocannabinoid system comes in.
The ECS exerts its effects inside the cell, regulating the activity level of the mitochondria.
When they’re not working hard enough, the ECS whips them into shape. When they’re working too hard, producing more energy than we need, the ECS tells them to take the day off and slow down production.
This keeps us in metabolic balance, otherwise known as homeostasis.
When we take CBD, we’re essentially boosting the ability of the endocannabinoid system to keep control over the mitochondria.
For obese people, this almost always means whipping the mitochondria back into shape, converting more fats and sugars into energy that we can then burn off.
When combined with adequate exercise and nutritional support, this can significantly reduce overall fat storage by increasing the rate at which we burn through it.
Recent studies have shown that CBD plays a key modulating role in mitochondrial function [2, 3]. It does this indirectly through its role in regulating the endocannabinoid system as a whole.
2. CBD Normalizes Insulin Levels to Promote Fat Burning
Whenever we eat a meal, the nutrients from that meal are absorbed through the gut and into the bloodstream.
When these meals consist of energy-dense foods, like high-sugar and high-fat meals, the body gets a surge of energy in the bloodstream.
If we’re burning a ton of energy as well, through exercise and normal metabolism, then this isn’t a problem.
Energy in = energy out.
However, with obese people, there is a problem: they take a lot of energy in, but don’t put a lot of energy out. This allows things like sugar and fats to build up in the bloodstream, which is very dangerous.
High blood fats and sugars are closely linked with serious medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
In order to keep the body safe, the liver steps up to convert most of the excess sugar into fat, which is then stored all around the body.
By storing this excess energy as fat, it doesn’t pose as much harm to the body.
The only way to stop this problem is by taking in less energy and burning more (less energy in and more energy out).
This is where diet and lifestyle changes come in. This is still the absolute best way to shed weight and keep it off.
However, when our body gets into a routine for too long, it’s very difficult to get out of it.
A lot of people, even after changing their diet and adding more exercise into their daily routine, find that they flatline with their weight loss. They lose a bunch of weight in the beginning, but shedding those last few pounds seems nearly impossible.
The problem lies with insulin levels.
How High Insulin Prevents Weight Loss
Insulin is a hormone released from the pancreas to shuttle sugar into the cells, where it’s then converted to energy.
Over many years of eating high sugar foods, insulin levels gradually rise – we call this hyperinsulinemia.
Even when we change our diet and lifestyle, insulin levels can remain high.
The important thing to note here is that whenever insulin levels are high in the bloodstream, we can’t burn fat.
This happens because insulin increases the uptake of fatty acids, favors the synthesis of lipids, and stops the breakage of fat. Altogether, these lead to energy storage,
And here is where CBD comes in.
CBD & Insulin
In a large study involving nearly 4700 patients with metabolic disease, CBD and marijuana use were shown to offer a 17% reduction in fasting insulin .
This is significant because if we can lower insulin levels, it becomes much easier to shed those last remaining pounds.
These effects are also extremely valuable for those with obesity, as it helps to stabilize insulin levels, and starts the process of curbing weight back down to healthy levels.
This is perhaps the most beneficial activity provided by CBD oil for obesity in the long run.
It’s important to note here that, although CBD is considered the main cannabinoid for producing these effects, it works better in a full-plant extract than in CBD isolates.
We always recommend going with a high-quality full-spectrum hemp extract for supporting insulin levels and cutting weight.
3. CBD Curbs Appetite to Decrease Calorie Intake
One of the main factors leading to obesity is our appetite.
Our body’s evolved for an environment where food was hard to come by, so we needed to make sure we stored enough of it to get through periods of time where food wasn’t available.
In the modern world, this has started to work against us.
Our appetites remain high, but food is always readily available. This allows us to eat our way to obesity far too easily.
Therefore, one of the best ways to cut weight and bring ourselves closer to a healthy range is by curbing our appetite as much as we can.
CBD is an excellent tool for achieving this.
You may be thinking:
“But marijuana makes us hungry, it gives us the munchies.”
This is true, but this is due to THC, not CBD.
Using psychoactive marijuana does stimulate the appetite, however, the CBD oil that contains only minuscule amounts of this particular cannabinoid actually has the opposite effect.
THC is considered an appetite stimulant, while CBD is considered an appetite suppressant.
It works by improving the sensitivity of the hypothalamus, the region of the brain responsible for controlling most of our homeostasis, including hunger levels.
When shopping for CBD oils to promote weight loss, make sure you buy something that includes mainly CBD, and only small amounts of THC to avoid causing the opposite effect and increasing hunger levels.
What is the Endocannabinoid System? What’s It’s Role in Weight Loss or Gain?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS for short) is a set of specialized, fatty-acid-based hormones/neurotransmitters that help regulate communication between a variety of different parts of the nervous system.
It’s used to regulate many different tissues in the body, including the neurological, metabolic, and immune systems.
Only in recent years have scientists started to uncover the many roles this system plays in the body, and how the cannabinoids from the marijuana and hemp plants are able to leverage this system to our advantage.
What is CBD?
CBD (cannabidiol) is just one of about 80 different cannabinoids. These are a group of chemicals found almost exclusively in the cannabis family of plants (Cannabaceae).
In order to classify as a cannabinoid, the compound needs to interact in some way with our endocannabinoid system.
In the cannabis plant, there are two cannabinoids that make up the majority of the plant constituent: CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Other cannabinoids include:
All cannabinoids have slightly different effects, but all will interact in some way with the endocannabinoid system.
When it comes to weight loss, the most important one to consider is CBD.
Cannabidiol is the predominant cannabinoid in cannabis oils made from hemp, but also makes up a large portion of marijuana oils that may or may not contain the psychoactive component, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
CBD impacts weight loss in 3 main ways:
- Supports our mitochondria & metabolic health
- Normalizes insulin levels to promote fat burning
- Lowers appetite to decrease calorie intake
We’ll get into the details of how each one of these works below.
Why Full-Spectrum CBD Is Better For Weight Loss
CBD is an excellent tool to address issues with obesity and promote weight loss in overweight people, but it can’t do it alone.
There are well over 200 different chemicals in the cannabis plant, and all of them are important.
Although CBD offers most of the benefits and is proven to provide weight loss support on its own, the other chemicals contained in the plant make it even more effective.
Some, like the terpenes in the essential oil of the plant, help CBD get absorbed by the intestinal tract, pass the blood-brain barrier, or slow the breakdown of CBD by the liver.
We call this the entourage effect because both CBD and THC are much stronger when they have their entourage of other terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids along with them.
This is why we always prefer to use a full-spectrum extract for weight loss.
You can find CBD isolates which promise higher concentrations of CBD than their full-spectrum counterparts, but these don’t work nearly as well as an extract with the entourage included.
How to Use CBD for Weight Loss
Now that we’ve gone over how CBD helps with weight loss, let’s talk about how it can be used effectively.
As mentioned, make sure to go with a full spectrum hemp extract, rather than a CBD isolate or something that contains high amounts of THC.
Once you’ve found a good CBD oil, it’s time to figure out the right dose.
We recently made a guide to dosing CBD oil to help you figure out the right dose to start with.
Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight, no matter what those late-night infomercials promise.
The trick to successful weight loss is to look at it as a long-term lifestyle change. Don’t expect to lose 20 pounds by next week, or even the week after. Take it slow, and make the changes permanent.
Changing your diet to something with less refined carbohydrates and processed foods, and more vegetables will go a long way in shedding those extra pounds.
Additionally, adding as little as 30 minutes of mild-moderate exercise each day will help you burn unused energy, and get the fat burning.
CBD oil should be taken every day to start conditioning the appetite and mitochondria back to healthy levels. Most users report about 2 weeks of regular use before they start to really see and feel the benefits of the CBD oil on their obesity.