CBD For Weight Loss: How Might It Work?
There are a couple of possibilities as to how CBD may help with weight loss.
First of all, there is evidence that the endocannabinoid system is connected to appetite stimulation and suppression 3 Role of Cannabinoids in Obesity Rossi, F., Punzo, F., Umano, G. R., Argenziano, M., & Miraglia Del Giudice, E. (2018). Role of Cannabinoids in Obesity. International journal of molecular sciences, 19(9), 2690. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19092690 Rossi, F., Punzo, F., Umano, G. R., Argenziano, M., & Miraglia Del Giudice, E .
The endocannabinoid system is composed of a network of receptors and chemicals that help your body maintain balance in a huge number of areas. This includes areas like sleep, mood, pain, inflammation, and, yes, appetite.
You’ve probably heard (or experienced) that using THC-rich cannabis can cause “the munchies.” That’s because THC causes the release of a hormone called “ghrelin” which increases appetite 4 A pilot study of the effects of cannabis on appetite hormones in HIV-infected adult men Riggs, P. K., Vaida, F., Rossi, S. S., Sorkin, L. S., Gouaux, B., Grant, I., & Ellis, R. J. (2012). A pilot study of the effects of cannabis on appetite hormones in HIV-infected adult men. Brain re-search, 1431, 46–52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2011.11.001 Riggs, P. K., Vaida, F., Rossi, S. S., Sorkin, L. S., Gouaux, B., Grant, I., & Ellis, R. J. . This can be helpful for people who need their appetite stimulated (like cancer patients), but it’s obviously not helpful for weight loss.
CBD, on the other hand, does not increase appetite. In fact, there is early evidence (see the 2012 lab study below) that it may help suppress appetite, though this hasn’t been clinically proven yet.
There is also evidence that CBD helps “brown fat.” This is a rather weird term that refers to your body’s ability to turn white (or “bad”) fat into beige or brown fat. Brown fat stores energy in a smaller space than white fat. Also, it’s packed with mitochondria that burn calories to produce heat 5 What is Brown Fat? How is it different from other body fat? What is Brown Fat? How is it different from other body fat? (2020).Mayclinic. Org. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/expert-answers/brown-fat/faq-20058388 .