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Using CBD to Help with Weight Loss

Losing weight is a common goal amongst Americans and people throughout the world. With obesity rates rising, more and more people are making conscious decisions to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. Weight loss trends are rampant, marketed practically everywhere from radio to television and social media. Many claim to be the ultimate key to fast weight loss with minimal effort but with so many options who’s to say what is truly most effective and most importantly which is the safest route to your desired weight? Obviously, proper diet and exercise has always been and will continue to be the best route for burning fat, building muscle, and keeping your body in optimum performance but for those seeking additional aid what’s the best health-conscious option? CBD may be the answer.

As you may know, CBD has become known as one of the most beneficial of all phytocannabinoids found within the cannabis plant while being non-psychoactive in comparison to THC. To briefly review, the endocannabinoid system contains receptors throughout the body (CB1 and CB2). While THC triggers these receptors, giving the user the typical effects of feeling high, CBD does not – allowing the under to experience the medical effects associated with cannabis without the psychoactive effects.

In a study published in 2016 in the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, researchers studied the effects of CBD on immature fat cells, otherwise known as preadipocytes, to explore potential benefits related to the prevention and treatment of obesity. They discovered 3 important keys that show CBD has potential in weight loss.

  1. CBD stimulates genes and proteins that enhance the breakdown and oxidation of fat.
  2. CBD increased the number and activity of mitochondria (which increases the body’s ability to burn calories).
  3. CBD decreased the expression of proteins involved in lipogenesis (fat cell generation).

Another study published in 2012 by Farrimond supported the hypothesis of CBD’s role in fighting obesity by examining the effects of different phytocannabinoids, such as cannabinol (CBN) and cannabidiol (CBD), on feeding patterns in rats supports the theory that different cannabinoids modulate CB-1 receptors and hence appetite and metabolism with opposing effects. This study demonstrated that cannabinol increased food intake and body weight gain, while cannabidiol decreased food consumption and weight gain. Cannabigerol (CBG) had a neutral effect on how consumption and feeding behavior in this particular rat study.

Studies such as these help us understand the effectiveness of CBD and other phytocannabinoids when used to aid in living a healthier lifestyle. If you’re looking to lose weight CBD would be a welcomed addition to your current regimen.