Can CBD Help with Weight Loss?
Due to the legalization of recreational and medicinal cannabis across America, more time is being spent to better understand this plant, which is helping back up long existing beliefs regarding its therapeutic benefits, while simultaneously unearthing new discoveries that may broaden its medicinal capabilities.
An element of cannabis that is getting major attention from researchers is CBD (Cannabidiol) and is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis. This cannabinoid possesses anxiety-relieving, anti-inflammatory, body optimization properties, and recent studies suggest it may contribute to weight loss.
How Can CBD Contribute to Weight Loss?
Well, according to a study published in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, a scientific journal; researchers studied the possibility of CBD being used to help treat and prevent obesity. Researchers studied the effects of the administration of CBD on immature fat cells called preadipocytes and found that CBD:
- Reduced the presence of proteins involved in lipogenesis (the process your body uses to create fat).
- Enhanced the presence and activity of mitochondria, which works to enhance our body’s ability to burn calories.
- Activates particular proteins and genes that work to more efficiently breakdown and oxidize fats.
These three effects are the result of a process called fat browning, in which CBD has the ability to trigger. Fat browning describes the conversion of WAT (white adipose tissue or white-colored tissue) into BAT (brown adipose tissue or brown-colored tissue). Brown tissue is stored in all mammals, and when converted from white fat (usually associated with diabetes and obesity), works to aid in weight loss by burning body fat through the process of thermogenesis.
From information gathered by Medical News Today another way CBD can contribute to weight loss is by reducing our appetite. Some of us unfamiliar with CBD, may often unintentionally associate cannabis in its totality to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effects and increased appetite. CBD doesn’t work the same way THC does within the body. THC bonds directly with our CB1 (cannabinoid 1) receptors, which then triggers a chain of reactions, one of which is the stimulation of the appetite.
CBD is considered an antagonist of the CB1 receptor, due to the fact that it doesn’t directly bind or deactivate it, but encourages other molecules to block them off, which may help reduce the urge to overindulge.
Lastly, another way CBD can help combat weight loss is by reducing the risks of metabolic disorders linked with obesity, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. A possible cause of these diseases can be the overactivation of cannabinoid receptors in fat tissue throughout the body. Because CBD has the ability to block off these receptors, it is considered to be highly plausible that CBD can help reduce the risk of becoming obese.
Also, a review published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, where studies were conducted on rats, suggested the therapeutic benefits of CBD appeared to have a positive impact, as decreased levels of blood sugar and increased markers for liver health were reported.
What Are The Risks Associated with Taking CBD?
CBD is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant, and possess very few, low impactful side effects such as:
- Slight drowsiness
- Dry mouth
- Decreased digestion
It is important to note that CBD oil is not a treatment for obesity or any of the symptoms that may stem from the disease. It may, however, offer some relief, and be a good tool to use alongside the implementation of a healthy diet and workout regimen.
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