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 Might Help With Weight Loss—Here’s Exactly How to Use It to Help Shed those Unwanted Pounds
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Whether it’s in bath bombs, beverages, lotions or gummies, cannabidiol (CBD) has become a popular ingredient in many mainstream products. It often seems like CBD can do just about everything, from relieving pain to helping us sleep and reducing anxiety. And most recently, there’s been some buzz around the idea that CBD can help with weight loss.
But can CBD actually help us drop the pounds? Here’s what experts say.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is the second most predominant active ingredient in marijuana. Although CBD is part of medical marijuana, it is derived from the hemp plant. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t elicit a “high” effect.
“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO) . CBD comes in various forms, from capsules, oils, and tinctures to edibles.
CBD and weight loss: Is there a connection?
There are two types of fats found in the human body: White fat and brown fat. White fat cells are responsible for storing and providing energy whereas brown fat cells are responsible for burning calories and generating heat, Dr. Clara Lawson, MD explains. Those with healthy body weight have more brown fat cells in their bodies as compared to people who are overweight.
“When you exercise, white fat cells are converted into brown fat cells that mean you are burning calories and losing weight. CBD promotes weight loss by aiding the conversion of white fat cells into brown fats cells,” Dr. Lawson states. “Besides, CBD has the ability to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system that are associated with metabolism and hunger. After positively influencing these receptors, CBD boosts metabolism and reduces cravings to eat more, therefore promoting weight loss.”
CBD also supports weight loss in a different way by motivating you to exercise, Dr. Lawson adds. Since CBD has promising effects on mood, it can certainly encourage you to perform better in your life including but not limited to your weight loss routine.
While there haven’t been extensive human studies on CBD , there are many indirect ways that CBD can support your weight loss goals.
“Since CBD can help with sleep and sleep quality – that will have an effect on the hormones that help to regulate hunger, both ghrelin and leptin,” Brooke Alpert , co-founder and chief business developer of Daily Habit, explains. “When our sleep is disrupted, we produce more ghrelin and less leptin. Ghrelin is a hormone that tells your body it’s hungry, while leptin is a fullness hormone. So simply by having a better quality of sleep, your hunger will be better controlled to help you make healthy choices.”
CBD can also help reduce inflammation and lower stress, two factors that are closely tied to weight.
“Since CBD is helpful for inflammation, it’s also great to help with pain and post-workout recovery, making exercising all that more doable to help you burn fat and maintain lean muscle,” says Alpert. “CBD is also so great for helping people manage their stress levels, unnecessary emotional eating, snacking or evening drinking is all less likely to happen.”
CBD products for weight loss
Dr. Lawson recommends the CBD oil products below. “They are third-party lab tested, organically made in the U.S., contain less than 0.3% THC and are full-spectrum.”
Aspen Green Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil
This product, while a bit pricey at $145, provides all the phytonutrients of hemp without the high sensation of THC. It’s toxin-free, non-GMO and certified USDA organic hemp. Buy it here.
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Unflavored Sunsoil CBD Oil
This oil contains a simple, yet powerful formula with only two ingredients: hemp and MCT oil—both organic. Buy it for $30 here.
USA Hemp Unflavored CBD Oil
This product is great if you’re looking to relax and relieve pain. It contains full-spectrum CBD and MCT oil. Prices range from $20-$246 based on size. Buy it here.
Other ways you can use CBD
While experts can all agree that CBD needs to be studied more extensively, there is some evidence to support that CBD can help in other areas of life besides weight loss. These include:
For sleep support
CBD may help you sleep better. And as a nice bonus, that can help you manage your weight. “Sleep support is essential when trying to maintain a healthy weight,” Dr. Stacia Woodcock, PharmD and dispensary manager at Curaleaf, explains. “Consider a CBD capsule containing 25-50mg of CBD.”
For mood support
“I would recommend a sublingual oil with 5-10mg of CBD and 0.25-0.5mg THC,” says Dr. Woodcock.
For pain relief
“A CBD muscle cream may help reduce soreness post-workout,” says Dr. Woodcock.
Is CBD legal?
Yes, hemp-derived CBD is legal, according to the 2018 Farm Bill . But it’s important to understand that this bill doesn’t legalize all CBD products.
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CBD is legal if the CBD is derived from hemp, and follows the regulations in the Farm Bill. This includes:
- Contains less than 0.3% THC
- Must be grown by a licensed grower
- Must meet shared state-federal regulations
However, even if CBD is legal from a federal standpoint, it doesn’t mean it’s legal in all states. Some states have laws with additional regulations where all CBD products are banned. That’s why it’s essential to do your research before purchasing any CBD products.
Does CBD oil help with weight loss? Here’s how CBD plays a role in your fitness
Let’s be honest, CBD oil has become a recent craze in the health and wellness industry. Also known as cannabidiol, the second-most prevalent ingredient in cannabis, CBD is growing in popularity thanks to its lack of a “high” feeling — as well as a laundry list of purported health benefits — which has led both consumers and researchers to ask: Can CBD oil help with weight loss?
While the verdict is still out on whether or not CBD oil can support a weight loss or fitness routine, here’s what you need to know.
What is CBD oil?
CBD is one of the two main cannabinoids (or active compounds) found in the cannabis plant. Unlike the more commonly known THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD is a non-intoxicating extract, which means that it doesn’t cause the “high” commonly associated with cannabis use. While recreational use of cannabis has made many skeptical of CBD, it continues to rise in popularity thanks to its many potential health benefits — including treating pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorder.
So how does CBD oil help? Researchers believe that it might work with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) — a system that’s still being heavily researched — but is known to play an important role in the modulation of sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and hormone function.
“The endocannabinoid system’s main function is homeostasis: homeo meaning same, stasis meaning state,” says Dr. Jeff Chen, who is the founder of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative as well as the CEO and CoFounder of Radicle Science. “So the endocannabinoid system’s job is to maintain an equilibrium state in light of changing conditions. For example, if there is inflammation, endocannabinoid release is triggered to reduce inflammation. If there is excessive neuron firing that is signaling pain, endocannabinoid release is triggered to reduce neuron firing and pain signals.”
According to Dr. Chen, there are have animal studies suggesting that CBD can help slow the breakdown of endocannabinoid. But there isn’t any conclusive evidence that proves CBD has the same impact on humans because we’re still learning about how exactly CBD works.
5 ways CBD oil may help with weight loss
While a direct link between CBD usage and weight loss is still being researched, there are a few ways that CBD oil might be effective in supporting weight loss.
One of the most well-known uses of CBD oil is as an analgesic, AKA a pain reliever. A 2012 study indicates that CBD oil may be an effective treatment for those suffering from chronic pain, and other studies have also explored the effects of CBD use on patients with arthritis, noting a significant decrease in pain and inflammation with no adverse side effects.
This means if chronic pain has been preventing you from being able to exercise, CBD may provide you much-needed relief to restart your fitness journey, which in turn can help with weight loss.
While CBD’s stress-relieving properties might not seem like they’d directly impact weight loss, experts suggest otherwise.
“It can lift your mood and give you more motivation to do your workout,” says Dr. Felecia Dawson, a physician and cannabis advocate. Even better? “It can decrease pain and inflammation associated with exercising.”
How? Because CBD can improve your overall mood — with initial research suggesting that CBD might be a good treatment for anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and even post-traumatic stress disorder — as your general mental health and sense of wellbeing improves, you’re far more likely to hit the gym. Motivation is a critical factor in whether or not many people reach their fitness goals, which is why supplementing with CBD might give you the boost you need to actually do your workout and stick to your fitness plan.
Boosting the metabolism
While CBD might have an indirect effect on weight loss, initial research suggests that it might benefit weight loss by increasing our metabolism. That’s because CBD impacts both our CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system that are associated with metabolism and hunger. Unlike CB1 receptors, CB2 receptors are not always active, but CBD can help activate them. When active, the CB2 receptors have been shown to have anti-obesity effects.
While the effects of CBD on the metabolism have largely only been studied in animals, a 2015 study on rats showed that CBD oil activated the CB2 receptors producing “a profound reduction in body weight gain” — even without reduced food intake. While much is to be explored about the ECS and CB2 receptors, this suggests that CBD usage might play a significant role in boosting our metabolism.
A further look into CBD’s effect on our metabolism reveals something researchers call fat “browning.” Typically, adults have an abundance of white fat cells — responsible for storing fat — located beneath the skin and in the abdominal cavity. The second type of fat cells, known as brown fat cells, are sparse and located in regions like the shoulder blades and spinal cord. More brown cells in the body are associated with overall better health and are known to encourage weight loss.
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A 2016 study revealed that CBD may interact with these fat cells in a huge way: fat “browning.” CBD in the body can promote a process known as transdifferentiation in which white fat cells are converted into brown fat cells. As more white fat cells become brown fat cells, lipid metabolism (aka fat burning) is increased.
Another promising weight loss area that CBD oil might impact is its potential to increase energy or wakefulness. However, more studies need to be done to confirm whether or not this is true.
While this isn’t directly linked to weight loss, having more energy typically translates to more energy being expended. If you feel an increase in energy after using CBD, you’re might be more likely to go for a walk around the block or make it to your workout class.
Improved sleep quality
As an added bonus, CBD oil can also help improve your sleep. Not only does this mean you’ll wake up feeling more rested when your alarm goes off for your morning workout. Better sleep can actually play a direct role in improving your weight loss.
In fact, experts suggest that sleep is one of the most critical — and most overlooked — factors in weight loss. A lack of sleep can translate into increased appetite, slower metabolism, reduced exercise levels, and more — all of which can greatly diminish your weight loss.
Sleep also plays an important role in recovery, meaning your night-time CBD use isn’t just helping you relax. It’s also making it easier for you to hit your fitness goals.
How to use CBD oil for weight loss
If you’re ready to incorporate CBD into your fitness routine, Dr. Dawson recommends starting with an organic or Clean Green Certified product that is third-party tested. She suggests using broad or full-spectrum CBD to get better results at a lower dose — especially when compared to an isolate.
As for when you should take CBD? It’s really up to you.
“If you want to absorb as much as you can from an oil, consume it after a meal containing fat post-workout. If you want to consume before the workout, a tablespoon of coconut oil may help you absorb more of it,” Dr. Dawson says. “If you want to inhale it, I recommend an electronic vaporizer made for dry herb before or after the activity. An ethanol-based tincture can be held under the tongue and can be used before or after the activity.”
While CBD oil has many positive effects, research is still pending for a direct connection between its usage and weight loss. CBD oil isn’t meant to be a holy grail product — or a substitute for living a healthy lifestyle.