Have you ever gotten the munchies from smoking marijuana? For centuries, cannabis has been used in medicine to treat or alleviate symptoms caused by various illnesses. Up until the 21st century, marijuana was only valued for its ability to enlighten its users. However, today, cannabis has been making a name in the industry for its multiple benefits. In today’s article, we will answer the question—does cannabidiol affect your weight?
How THC and CBD affect our body
Within the mammalian body is an innate biological and physiological system, we often refer to this system as the endocannabinoid system. All mammals—dogs, cats, and even horses—have an endocannabinoid system. And so, every mammal has, to some degree, the ability to process the cannabinoids found in cannabis.
Now, the endocannabinoid system plays a big role in regulating our body. This can include regulating our response to temperature (homeostasis), appetite, brain activity, muscle activity, and even sleep.
From a biological standpoint, the mammalian body produces its own cannabinoids, these are called endocannabinoids (endogenous). Phytocannabinoids are produced by the plant itself, and so phytocannabinoids interact with our bodies in a slightly different way.
Now, the endocannabinoid system is quite a complex topic. Put simply, the system consists of various cell receptors, most prominently CB1 and CB2 receptors, that are distributed across the brain and the body.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Weight Gain
THC or more specifically, Δ9-THC has the ability to bind to and stimulate CB1 receptors in the body. By binding to CB1 receptors in the body, it becomes clear that Δ9-THC acts as an agonist.
When Δ9-THC binds to the CB1 receptors it creates a physiological reaction that tells the body to increase sucrose-induced hedonic activity. This is what ultimately causes users to get the munchies. In addition to this, binding to the CB1 receptors also results in an increased release of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is naturally released in our brain when we do something good. For example, if you eat a lot of chocolates your brain will release dopamine. When Δ9-THC binds to the CB1 receptors the increase in dopamine results in hyperphagia.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and Weight Loss
In contrast to THC, cannabidiol can produce antagonist effects. Much research shows that cannabidiol, when bound to its corresponding receptors, can produce antidepressant, antipsychotic, anticonvulsant, antinausea, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, and antineoplastic effects.
As we mentioned above, THC is an agonist to the CB receptors found within the brain and body. As an agonist, THC will increase feeding behavior in people, by increasing hormones that drive hyperphagia.
Cannabidiol, on the other hand, acts as an antagonist on receptors located both within the brain and around the adipose tissue of the body. Theoretically, the consumption of CBD leads to a blockade within the CB receptors. In doing so, this results in suppression of appetite and therefore a reduced caloric intake.
In addition, a study done in 2016 evaluated the effects cannabidiol had on adipocytes. The study demonstrated that cannabidiol does indeed have the potential to promote browning in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.
Ways Cannabidiol Helps with Weight Loss
- Cannabidiol has antagonist effects when compared to THC. As we already have known, consumption of THC leads to an increase in appetite. Cannabidiol, on the other hand, does the opposite effect by suppressing your appetite.
- Cannabidiol changes white fat to brown fat. Consumption of cannabidiol leads to the conversion of white fat to brown fat. This helps directly speeds up the user's metabolic rate.
- Some evidence suggests that cannabidiol has the ability to directly increase a user's metabolic rate by decreasing the size of fat cells. As a result, users who consume cannabidiol are able to burn fat for energy much faster.
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- Cannabidiol converts white fat into active brown fat. By doing so, you are able to burn fat a whole lot faster. The best way to consume cannabidiol for weight loss is through concentrates such as CBD isolates or broad-spectrum CBD.
- Cannabidiol can only aid in your weight loss process. In order to lose weight with cannabidiol, we suggest avoiding “cheat foods” such as CBD infused edibles.
- Avoid THC! THC is an agonist of the CB receptors. When you consume frequent and high doses of THC you’re desire to consume high-calorie dense foods will increase. Therefore, we highly recommend avoiding anything that contains THC, this includes recreational marijuana.
Incorporating CBD oil into your Dieting Regime
Before we dive in any further, we must clarify that is are simply not enough studies that dictate what is the right dose for weight loss. When using CBD oil for weight loss, you will need to start with the lowest dose possible, and gradually increase your dose with time.
So, does Cannabidiol help with Weight Loss?
It is crucial to remember, that the science behind how cannabis affects our body is still a mystery. To date, the scientist has stated that cannabis can change our feeding behavior. And, it is the alteration of the feeding behavior which leads to either weight loss or weight gain. Classically, THC is considered to be an appetite stimulant. Consumption of THC leads to increased levels of dopamine within the body. Increased levels of dopamine results in an increased need for food. Conversely, cannabidiol is an antagonist to the CB receptors. Consumption of cannabidiol leads to lower levels of dopamine. This means that you’re less like to consume high-calorie dense foods. Thus, weight loss may occur due to the inability to consume high-calorie dense foods.
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