It’s understandable if weight loss isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when considering CBD. After all, many of us affiliate cannabis with the munchies, so it makes sense that we don’t typically associate CBD or anything related with losing weight.
An article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website, however, provides some pretty insightful information that contradicts this affiliation.
The article explains four ways in which CBD can help contribute to weight loss; CBD’s influence on food consumption, CBD as a means to combat stress eating, CBD’s ability to break down fat, and CBD’s ability to control blood sugar levels in the body.
In regards to CBD’s influence on food consumption, the article explains that “Unlike THC, CBD does not make you hungry. Though there haven’t been many studies on the effects of CBD on weight loss, one study found CBD could actually reduce food intake. Researchers compared three cannabinoids and found that CBD minimized total food consumption in rats. It works by helping to block the overflow of neurotransmitters, which leads to binge-eating behaviors, thus regulating appetite and weight.”
In the context of stress eating, the article argues that “the endorphins that stress eaters get from eating unhealthy comfort foods may effectively battle stress hormones, but it does so at the cost of weight gain, as well as other health problems. Because CBD has been found to help ease stress and anxiety, it may curb this behavior and prevent you from putting on unwanted pounds due to stress-eating.”
When it comes to CBD’s ability to break down fat, the article explains how “one study published in the Journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry found that CBD stimulates the genes and proteins that help break down fat. CBD speeds up ‘fat browning’, which is the process that turns the white fat cells linked with obesity into healthier brown fat cells that generate energy. The researchers also found that CBD may increase the activity of mitochondria, boosting the body’s ability to burn calories while decreasing the number of proteins involved in fat cell generation.”
As for CBD’s ability to control blood sugar levels in the body? “Sugar is a highly addictive substance that can wreak havoc on your health and weight. Once diabetes develops, the body becomes more resistant to insulin, causing more fat absorption. CBD has been found to minimize insulin resistance, decreasing fat build-up,” says the article.
Take what you will from this information, but it seems to me that CBD and weight loss are linked as closely as cannabis and the munchies.
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