Science suggests that taking CBD for weight loss may be a safe and effective way for dieters around the globe to shed some excess pounds.
CBD for weight loss? The last thing we want is another new weight loss supplement, diet, or fad to shatter our dreams. GET OUT!
We know how you feel. But using cannabis and its compounds (like CBD) for intestinal health and weight loss isn’t new at all. In fact, it’s been used for centuries.
Now that legislation and new technology are making it easy to access CBD, the plant-based supplement is being touted as a 100% natural way to curb hunger, burn fat, and regulate metabolism.
But does it live up to the hype? Read on to find out what we know about using CBD for weight loss.
It Regulates the Endocannabinoid System
The endo-what? The endocannabinoid system is a vital body system inside each and every one of us (like the muscular and nervous systems you learned about in school). It is made up of receptors and enzymes that help keep the body in a healthy, balanced state.
Studies suggest that a hyperactive endocannabinoid system is related to diseases like diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. So how do you put the brakes on your endocannabinoid system?
If you guessed CBD, you win a kale and spinach smoothie (yum?).
CBD restores balance to the endocannabinoid system, which helps your body return to a state of healthy homeostasis. You’ll still need to incorporate nutritious foods and exercise to lose weight, but CBD may help to solve the root cause of your weight gain.
It Helps You Burn More Fat
Fat goes by just one name when you’re wearing spandex, but inside the body, it takes on different forms. Let’s take a look at two types of body fat:
- Brown fat: This fat is good. It’s very easy to burn, and it’s what your body uses to get through the day.
- White fat: This fat is bad. It’s what your body stores away for times of trouble, and it’s very difficult to get rid of.
Those who build up a lot of white fat over the years find it very hard to lose weight. Scientists and fitness experts are stumped on how to turn white fat into brown fat without frequent fasting, but CBD could be the answer.
A recent study found that CBD helped with “fat browning” in not one, not two, but three different ways. These include breaking down fat cells, boosting mitochondrial activity, and reducing the creation of new fat cells.
It Can Suppress Hunger
Wait… doesn’t cannabis make you super hungry for White Castle and Funyuns?
It’s true that THC (CBD’s stoner cousin) makes you hungry. Like, really really hungry. But CBD has the opposite effect.
This is because of a receptor in the endocannabinoid system called CB1. When activated, the CB1 receptor increases appetite and promotes food consumption. THC activates this receptor with a vengeance. CBD, however, suppresses the CB1 receptor, and that could help turn down the volume on the sweet siren call of the vending machine.
It Reduces Stress (Eating)
According to Harvard Medical School, stress eating is a very real bodily response that could potentially affect up to a quarter of Americans. If you’ve ever felt like you were driven to eat without really being hungry, that’s stress eating.
So, where does this impulse come from?
As a result of prolonged stress, the body releases a hormone called cortisol to motivate you to get out of your stressful situation. But, in our animal brains, part of stress reduction is preparing for famine and times of need. Therefore, cortisol motivates us to stuff our faces.
CBD is a powerful anti-stress and anti-anxiety supplement. Many studies have been conducted over the years showing how CBD helps manage conditions ranging from social anxiety to PTSD.
If you’re a stress eater, it can be hard to control your biological call to chow down. Using CBD to manage your stress may be the key to healthier eating habits.
CBD Maintains a Healthy Gut
The small and large intestines are the parts of the body responsible for absorbing the nutrients you get from your diet. If you have a gastrointestinal disorder, your body will not be able to optimally absorb the nutrition that you try to give it. This can make diets ineffective and frustrating.
So how does it work? As it turns out, your gut is full of endocannabinoid receptors that have a direct impact on your metabolism, intestinal inflammation, and intestinal membrane permeability. When CBD is introduced, evidence suggests that they start to repair and restore your gut.
This means you’ll be able to properly absorb nutrients from your food. Once all that goodness from those leafy greens actually makes it to your cells, you’ll start to feel better and look slimmer in no time.
Slim Down with CBD
Are you ready to try CBD for weight loss?
First things first: talk with your doctor before trying any new diets or supplements. Once you get the go-ahead, all you need to do is pick a trustworthy CBD brand and choose a product that’s right for your lifestyle.
“Benjamin Gorman is a writer and editor who specializes in cannabis, health, and wellness. Currently based wherever he can find a bit of sunshine, he enjoys going to the beach and writing fiction in his free time.”
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