Cannabidiol — better known as CBD — is a compound that is derived from cannabis. CBD is known to curb appetite, protect the heart and brain, reduce anxiety, quash depression and even helped people with epilepsy and Lyme disease. Its vast health benefits have created a potential tsunami of demand for CBD products. Although the FDA recently declared CBD an illegal, it is still considered as a modern-day “miracle” cure by many people.
Numerous case-studies, as well as peer-reviewed research results, found that cannabinoid can actually help with obesity and related metabolic disorders and diabetes. It reduces the body mass index (BMI), lowers body weight, and reduces the waist circumferences.
So, why not leave all the back-breaking workouts and those extreme diets and switch to CBD for weight loss?
Read on to explore the effects of CBD on weight loss.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the 113 known beneficial cannabinoids found in marijuana. CBD, along with numerous other health benefits, is also associated with weight loss. How it works for weight-loss may sound paradoxical. But an explanation may lie within the functions of the endocannabinoid system.
When you use CBD in either oil, topical, or supplement form, it activates the body’s natural endocannabinoid system-which consists of a complex network of receptors found throughout the body primarily in the nervous and immune system. Research shows that it plays an important role in mediating our appetite and metabolism.
Let us take a closer look at the endocannabinoid system’s role in controlling appetite and metabolism.
Turns On Fat Browning in the Body
There are two types of fat in the body-White, which is the predominant one, responsible for storing and energy, and also insulates and provides a cushion to the body organs, and Black, which is responsible for generating heat and energy by burning calories. Healthy people have more brown fat than overweight and obese people. White fat can be converted to brown fat by exercise, diet, or supplements.
However, recent research in the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry shows that CBD can convert white (or bad) fat into brown fat, which increases the body’s ability to burn calories and reduce weight.
It works by:
1. Stimulating the genes and increasing the production of enzymes that cause the breakdown and oxidation of fat.
2. Increasing the number and activity of fat cell’s mitochondria, which in turn helps to burn more calories.
3. Decreasing the production of proteins involved in lipogenesis.
This compound is a holy grail for weight loss. While many people think that cannabis is linked with increased appetite and hunger. It is true, but the effect is associated with the component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC activates the CB1 receptors in the body which somehow increases appetite. On the other hand, CBD indirectly deactivates CB1 receptors by acting on other molecules that block them off. Deactivating these receptors may help to prevent overeating and curb the appetite.
Research suggests that CBD may boost body metabolism leading to reduced body mass index (BMI) and lower body weight.
A recent study of CBD on animals found that this effect is linked with the endocannabinoid system. It interacts with receptors that help to boost metabolism.