Using CBD for Weightloss – Does it work?
When you think about cannabis the first thing on your mind is likely not weightloss. Cannabis is wrongfully stereotyped as resulting in you settling into the couch with the munchies. Although this can be true it doesn’t have to be. Cannabis has a complex relationship with our appetite. We will explore this topic in more in-depth as well as answer the question of using CBD for weightloss is effective.
In an era where the weightloss industry continues to grow with a number of fad diets and get slim quick schemes, it’s important to pay attention to the research behind these claims. Preliminary evidence suggests CBD is an effective tool for weightloss but the research is still preliminary. It’s also important to note – CBD should not be used alone for weightloss. CBD should be part of creating a healthy lifestyle which includes healthy eating and regular exercise.
CBD for Weightloss – What the research says
Studies show that endocannabinoid receptors are present in the digestive system, including the stomach. A 2008 study also suggests that the endocannabinoid system can stimulate other areas of the body that are involved in metabolism, including skeletal muscles, the gastrointestinal tract, and the pancreas.
Cannabis and appetite
Although the stereotype is that cannabis increases appetite, this isn’t necessarily the case. A 2018 study found that medical cannabis users had a lower body mass index regardless of their calorie intake; although more research is necessary to understand why this may be the case.
As we know THC and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system differently and preliminary evidence suggests that CBD decreases appetite. A 2012 study demonstrated the CBD decreases appetite in rats.
A great way to use CBD for weightloss is to add it to your favourite meals. Or challenge yourself to cook something new and healthy with CBD. Check out the recipes section of our blog for creative recipes including full meals as well as snacks.
But when it comes to weight management and weightloss appetite isn’t the only factor to consider. Some others to consider are metabolism, insulin levels, and energy levels.
Our metabolism is the process through which our bodies convert food into energy. A 2016 study, showed CBD plays role in the process of ‘fat browning’ (the process of turning white fat into brown fat). What does this mean? Brown fat is a specialized deposit of fat that produces heat and increases energy expenditure, therefore, it is being investigated as a treatment for obesity. Researchers discovered CBD plays a role in the ‘fat browning’ process and the breakdown of fats. They also found CBD can boost mitochondria functioning, which increases the body’s ability to burn calories and reduce the proteins involved in creating new fat cells.
Again, this research is still in its preliminary stages, but it shows promise in CBD’s ability to not only breakdown fat.
New studies suggest that CBD helps to decrease fasting insulin. Insulin is a hormone that works to decrease blood sugar levels by moving glucose (sugar) out of the blood and into neighbouring cells where it can be used directly as fuel or stored as body fat. A higher level of circulating insulin results in less fat being broken down for energy.
Cannabis and Exercise
CBD cannot be used alone for weightloss. Regardless of a person’s diet, exercise is an integral part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But how can cannabis help with exercise?
There are many factors that prevent people from engaging in regular exercise. For many at the beginning of the weightloss journey anxiety is often a factor. It’s common for people to feel insecure about their bodies as well as have some fear about beginning a new fitness journey when they don’t feel knowledgeable. Not only is CBD well established as a means for managing anxiety there are many ways that CBD can help with engaging in exercise, such as increasing motivation as well as enjoyment.
Read more about using cannabis as a pre-workout and how to do safely here.
Another factor involved in exercise is a person’s energy levels, both in motivation to exercise as well as maintaining the routine. Getting a good night’s sleep not only helps increase a person’s energy levels but helps the body to heal.
Learn how cannabis can improve sleep, by both helping you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
The final factor involved in maintaining a regular exercise routine is post-workout recovery. Exercise regardless of intensity often results in sore muscles and joints. CBD is an effective tool for workout recovery as it can help to manage pain and inflammation. Applying Miss Envy’s Buddah cannabis topicals directly to the site of pain can help keep you committed to exercise.
Learn more about using cannabis for post-workout recovery here.
While CBD alone is not likely to be a magical thing you need for weightloss. It can be a helpful tool in your journal toward health and wellness. Preliminary evidence suggests it not only impacts appetite but helps to burn fat and reduce fasting insulin levels. CBD also has the potential to help us with our fitness journey regardless of what stage we are at.
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