How can CBD help with weight loss?
Many people who have tried CBD for weight loss say that the compound reduces appetite and cravings. Most people associate cannabis with an increased appetite. While it is true that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis, may cause hunger, CBD does not. A 2012 study found that exposure to CBD reduced appetite in rats. While there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that CBD is helpful for appetite suppression, there have been no direct studies that show CBD reduces appetite in humans.
Turns bad fat into good fat
Early research is beginning to show that CBD can convert white, or “bad,” fat into brown fat, which may help the body burn calories. White fat may also increase the risk of many chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. A 2016 study helps back up this claim. The researchers found that CBD plays multiple roles in how the body interacts with fat. Not only did CBD help convert white fat cells into brown fat cells, it also stimulated the body to break down fats more efficiently. The researchers noted that CBD may be a promising therapy for preventing obesity, but more studies in humans are necessary.
Another benefit is that CBD melts away fat in the body by breaking down the fat and helping eliminate it from the body as waste. A 2018 study shows that the process of turning white fat cells to brown fat cells changes how these cells act in the body. Brown fat cells may be a more active form of fat. They burn off energy as heat, meaning that they burn calories. As a loss of calories is vital for weight loss, CBD may help burn fat if it turns white fat to brown fat in the body.
Reduces the risk of metabolic disorders
There is a close link between obesity and several metabolic disorders, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The overactivation of the CB1 receptors in the body may be partly responsible for this. Overactivation of the CB1 receptors in the fat tissue throughout the body could contribute to obesity and metabolic risks. CBD helps block off the CB1 receptors, meaning that it might reduce the risk of obesity. A treatment using CBD reduced total cholesterol by 25 percent in obese rats. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of CBD also appeared to decrease blood sugar levels and increase markers for liver health.