Famous for inducing the “munchies,” cannabis has long been associated with an image of a snacking stoner. Past assumptions about the effects of marijuana have led many to believe that using cannabis will cause weight gain and other health problems. However, recent studies and peer-reviewed research have revealed that cannabinoid use is actually connected to weight.
One major feature of obesity and diabetes is insulin resistance. When poor eating habits produce excess glucose, cells become unable to take on more glucose and become resistant, encouraging a dangerous amount of blood sugar levels. Eventually, the glucose levels will plummet and produce a sluggish and hungry feeling within the individual. To combat this, a 2018 study shows that the cannabinoids THC, CBD and CBN are able to enhance cells’ ability to take up glucose. In fact, the cannabinoids are able to perform even better than metformin, a common pharmaceutical drug to lower elevated blood glucose.
Studies have also examined how the endocannabinoid system helps regulate food intake and energy balance by affecting specific areas of the brain. Animal research indicate that CBD affects weight by interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors in lymphoid tissue and the brain. These receptors are thought to play important roles in metabolism and food intake. In a two-week study, the rats were given CBD doses, producing significant reductions in body weight with the higher dose having the most pronounced effect.
According to NaturX: Better Living Through Cannabis, CBD can also induce weight loss by helping the body turn white fat into calorie-burning brown fat. While white fat is much harder to get rid of, brown fat is able to burn calories as it generates heat. This makes CBD a potential preventative therapy substance for those who struggle with weight gain and obesity.
Lastly, the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol is able to help with weight loss. With increased activity in the pancreas due to improper insulin levels, inflammation can spread throughout the gland and destroy healthy cells. By ingesting CBD, a well-documented anti-inflammatory substance, it has the potential to correct some of this dysfunction and improve pancreatic function. This is especially important for individuals who suffer from diabetes.
The endocannabinoid system plays a huge role when it comes to the health of the whole body. Ric Tyler, a certified holistic cannabis practitioner, says: “I have used and recommended CBD for homeostasis and to bring the endocannabinoid system into proper tone.” In addition to exercise and healthy dietary changes, including CBD in your routine will definitely help with your weight loss journey.