Can You Increase Your Metabolism and Lose Weight Using CBD?

November 11, 2019 09:00:20

It would be safe to say that there has not been a medicine, pharmaceutical or natural, as potent and versatile as cannabidiol (CBD). Over the years, plenty of anecdotal evidence has surfaced, claiming the cannabis extract is quite effective against a host of diseases ranging from high blood pressure and anxiety to chronic pain. In June 2018, the FDA approved a CBD-based drug to treat seizures in rare and severe forms of childhood epilepsy.

Now, the non-psychoactive cannabis extract may have another useful notch added to its list of benefits. Despite cannabis being known for increasing appetite, current findings show that CBD may also be able to aid in weight loss. So, can CBD really help you lose weight? The answer is yes, and it does that by uniquely acting on the body.

The body has an endocannabinoid nervous system, and this system responds to different compounds in the body through two cannabinoids (CB) receptors, termed the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are mostly located in the brain and central nervous system, while CB2 receptors exist throughout the body.

Obese people tend to have more widespread CB1 receptors, especially in the fatty tissue, and this has led researchers to believe that there may be a link between obesity and the activation of CB1 receptors. Overstimulation of the CB1 receptors results in an increased risk of metabolic syndrome characterized by excess belly fat, high blood sugar levels, high triglyceride levels, and high cholesterol levels.

CBD does not activate the CB1 receptors. Instead, it influences the body’s natural cannabinoids to either block or deactivate the receptors. In this regard, researchers say it may help in weight loss. Research has also shown that CBD can affect metabolism. It boosts the number and activity of mitochondria, increasing the body’s ability to burn calories, on top of converting excess white fat into brown fat.

White fat is responsible for storing energy and insulating and cushioning your organs. In excess, it leads to conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Brown fat, on the other hand, generates body heat by burning to release calories. Leaner people tend to have more brown fat than overweight people. Regular exercise and adequate sleep will also convert white fat to brown.

Based on CBD’s effect on metabolism, we can say that it can, in fact, aid in weight loss. However, all the weight loss studies were carried out on animals, and there is no current research on whether it is an effective weight loss solution for humans.

That notwithstanding, it is believed that CBD industry players like Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and Dama Financial wouldn’t be surprised if human trials confirm that CBD can aid weight loss while boosting metabolism.

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