CBD can or can’t help you lose weight. CBD alone will not help you to shed some pounds overnight. But when combined with a good diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle—it can aid in weight loss in the long run.
As mentioned earlier, CBD may indirectly deactivate CB1 receptors which can lead to reduced appetite. This suggests that it can indirectly affect your weight. Other research suggests that CBD can also reduce the probability of metabolic disorders, can convert and break down fat.
There are several ways CBD impacts weight loss. Let’s go over each one:
It supports mitochondria and metabolic health
Mitochondria is part of our cell responsible for converting fats, sugars, and proteins into energy. When it isn’t functioning optimally, it’s easy for us to gain weight and hard to lose some. Our mitochondria is a key part of our metabolic system, which is regulated by our ECS.
CBD, as per research, can increase the number of our mitochondria as well as their activity. It also directly affects our endocannabinoid system thereby boosting our metabolic balance, also known as homeostasis.
It normalizes our insulin levels to promote fat-browning and -burning
When our bloodstream insulin level is high, it’s hard for our body to burn fat. In one study, CBD was shown to significantly lower or stabilize insulin levels. The compound is thought to encourage the conversion of white (bad) fat into brown (good) fat. CBD may also enhance the breakdown and oxidation of fat. The browning of our fat cells helps us to burn calories needed for weight loss.
It reduces appetite which leads to decreased calorie intake.
CBD is considered an appetite suppressant as it was observed to directly interact with our CB1 receptors.
As cannabis remained to be classified as a Schedule 1 drug and illegal on a federal level, it’s hard to conclude its efficacy. This is due to limited research and a lack of definitive reports. Moreover, no CBD products specifically for weight loss have been FDA-approved.
It’s also good to note that marijuana use is not without risks. The substance is also prone to long-term misuse and dependence. It is especially risky for younger people too.
Things to Consider
Indeed, CBD has been initially found to indirectly aid in weight loss. However, there are risks involved so it’s always best to consult a doctor first. And if you opt to use it, dose properly and don’t rely heavily on it. Use it only as a complement to good eating habits, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle.