CBD for Weight Management

The effect of CBD on weight loss or weight gain.

CBD for Weight Management

You have probably heard a lot lately about the wonders of CBD, or cannabidiol …….

You have probably heard a lot lately about the wonders of CBD, or cannabidiol, the latest thing in the health world. You’ve probably heard so much in fact, that your spidey-sense is starting to tingle. Can CBD really be the cure-all for everything? 

Let’s start by separating the science from the hype. What do we actually know about CBD and its effects on weight loss or weight gain? 

Endocannabinoid system

We know that the human body has a built-in endocannabinoid system that responds to different compounds in the body through two cannabinoid receptors, called CB1 and CB2 receptors. Usually, the CB1 receptors exist mainly in the brain and the central nervous system, and are almost nonexistent in the rest of the body. In people with obesity, however, CB1 receptors become more widespread. This is true especially in fatty tissue. Because of this, researchers believe that there may be a link between the activation of the CB1 receptors and obesity. 

CBD does not activate the CB receptors directly, instead influencing the body’s natural cannabinoids to either block off or activate the receptors. This may play a role in weight loss or other critical metabolic functions.

Food Intake and Metabolism

Preliminary research suggests that CBD may reduce food intake and boost metabolism, which could promote weight loss.  

The endocannabinoid system stimulates other areas of the body involved in metabolism including the gastrointestinal tract, endocrine pancreas, and skeletal muscles, among others. CBD can assist metabolising compounds absorbed from food during digestion by prompting the two receptors.

Over stimulating the endocannabinoid system can lead to abdominal obesity, insulin resistance and increased energy storage in fat cells.  CB1 receptor when over stimulated can increase odds of developing metabolic syndrome which is associated with adverse symptoms such as high blood pressure, excess body fat, and high blood sugar among others. It has been noted that CBD is a CB1 antagonist which may have the ability to treat such a condition and possibly others like it as well.

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You have probably heard a lot lately about the wonders of CBD, or cannabidiol, the latest thing in the health world. You’ve probably heard so much in fact, that your spidey-sense is starting to tingle. Can CBD really be the cure-all for everything? 

Let’s start by separating the science from the hype. What do we actually know about CBD and its effects on weight loss or weight gain? 

CBD and Fat Cells

One study found that cannabidiol can promote the browning of 3T3-L1 adipocytes, in other words, the browning of fat cells.  

Two types of fat – white and brown – exist in the human body.  

White fat is much more plentiful than brown, and is responsible for the storage of energy and production of hormones. However, it is also the fat most associated with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, when accumulated in excess. 

Brown fat on the other hand, burns calories when stimulated. Scientists are studying brown fat as a potential obesity treatment if they’re able to find a way to stimulate it. Interestingly, research has shown that CBD may aid this process.   

A recent study suggests that CBD plays dual modulatory roles in the form of inducing the brown-like phenotype as well as promoting lipid metabolism. Thus, CBD may be explored as a potentially promising therapeutic agent for the prevention of obesity. 

In Summary

Though it’s not conclusive that CBD can aid in weight loss, the current research strongly suggests that CBD can help with maintaining weight.  If weight loss is the goal, it would not do any harm in adding CBD to your current regime. Just do so knowing that the science is still new, and it may not help at all.

Find out more:

Crash Course on CBD

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21868374

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-for-weight-loss#weight-loss