CBD Oil and Weight Loss

by Michal Tomankiewicz

Everyone wants to be thin. Whether this is their true heart’s desire or simply because the media and society have perpetuated the notion that only thin people are attractive, is still up for debate. Each year there is a new pill or miracle berry which claims to help one lose weight safely and efficiently. Regardless of the general populous’ motives, these products inevitably fly off the shelves.

Generally, the claims of these pseudo-health companies are false, and their products not only fail to produce the desired effect, but they may even have negative impacts on ones’ health. The new product rearing its head in the weight-loss conversation is cannabidiol oil.

In the USA, the FDA has ruled that CBD oil is illegal as it is classed as a schedule 1 drug. Despite this fact, the product derived from cannabis is being sold in large quantities in states where medicinal marijuana is legal.

CBD and THC are two of the most commonly known cannabinoids found in marijuana. Most strains have high concentrations of THC and low levels of CBD. There are however strains of hemp which have high concentrations of CBD. These are extremely desirable strains and massive amounts of money are being poured into the research and cultivation of them. This is due to the innumerable uses of CBD in medicine.

CBD Oil and Medicine

For starters, CBD is not a psychoactive cannabinoid, unlike THC. This means that CBD use is not accompanied by the ‘high’ that is associated with marijuana use. It also has benefits which medicinal marijuana does not provide. CBD oil is used in the treatment of chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, smoking cessation and many others.

Countless studies have been done on the side-effects of CBD. While most of these studies have been anecdotal and there aren’t many human studies, it is relatively clear that there aren’t any real detrimental side-effects resulting from CBD oil use. There is, however, one unique side-effect which may prove useful in the sphere of weight-loss.

CDB Oil and Appetite

It appears that CBD oil acts as an appetite suppressant. This is contrary to the effects of THC, which produces an overwhelming appetite in most users. This is where the first speedhump on the weight-loss road appears. If the consumer is interested in using CBD oil for its weight-loss benefits, then they must be sure to buy the right product.

While a lot of the cannabinoids tested aid in the control of blood glucose levels, not all of them act as an appetite suppressant. The strains that are known to produce this effect are strains that have either high levels of CBD or THCV.

It is easy to understand how an appetite suppressant will help one lose weight. The logic is simple, if one expends more energy than they consume then they will lose weight. The equation is balanced. But, this is apparently not the only method by which CBD aids in weight-loss.

The Endocannabinoid System

This system is made up of receptors called CB1 and CB2, which interact with CBD and THC. In the body, homeostasis and hormone and chemical control is regulated by this system. CBD oil is reportedly able to supercharge this system, thus resulting in weight-loss. Whether this is true or not, is yet undecided. But, for the sake of research here is a small outline of the mechanics concerning CBD oil and possible weight-loss.

There are two types of fat in the body, white fat, and brown fat. The simple distinction between these two is that white fat store’s energy while brown fat aids in energy expenditure. Brown fat is metabolically active and is found in babies and hibernating animals. White fat, on the other hand, is abundant in adults and is what people are referring to when they talk about the fat around their bellies or thighs.

CBD has been seen to convert white fat cells into brown fat cells. This results in an overall increase in energy expenditure and thus returning us to the weight-loss equation. CBD also aids in the maintenance of blood glucose levels and in toxins elimination.

Insulin resistance results from persistently high blood glucose levels. When this happens, cells become inflamed and do not respond to insulin. If this process continues for a long enough period, the person will likely develop diabetes. CBD’s reduction in inflammation applies here. The oil reduces inflammation of these cells, thus reducing their resistance to insulin and possibly combating the onset of diabetes.

The body responds to toxins by increasing fat production, to protect the vital organs. Toxins may be a broad term and most people who have included it in their vocabulary aren’t fully aware of the specifics. The fact remains though, that there is a mass amount of chemicals, additives, and preservatives added to the products which we consume.  It is then safe to say that our bodies are in fact loaded with foreign and possibly harmful chemicals.

The endocannabinoid system is able to remove these ‘toxins’, and as CBD oil can positively influence this system, it is possible that this is another way in which CBD oil could aid in weight-loss. If the endocannabinoid system is successfully ridding the body of toxins, then the need for protective fat is reduced and thus a reduction of weight is observed.

For a person who is enthused by the weight-loss prospects of CBD oil, there are some things to be considered. Firstly, only a high-quality product should be used. This will guarantee high levels of CBD and not THC. Secondly, treatment should be started on LOW doses. Actual guidelines can be obtained online, but the general rule of thumb is to start on low doses a few times a day rather than one large dose.

An overdose on CBD oil in unlikely, but caution is still advised. This product may very well be a miracle cure, but until the theory is validated, it is best to consult a doctor before consuming CBD oil on a regular basis.

SOURCES:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3660234/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22387023
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29311404