I wish I was thinner! I’d like to lose weight!
Two sentences that we hear very often, especially during the summer months. However, it’s not always a matter of vanity: overweight and obesity are real social problems that impact health in more ways than one. On the other hand, it can be difficult to achieve the slimming goals that one sets oneself. This is why “miracle solutions”, which promise effortless weight loss, are proliferating on the internet. The latest one to date: the CBD as a slimming ally. Is there any truth to that? To find out, let’s take a look at the latest scientific studies!
How does CBD interact with the body?
CBD has become increasingly popular in recent years. And this is thanks to the therapeutic properties which scientists attribute to it. Among the most popular effects for CBD consumers are its pain-relieving, anti-stress and anti-inflammatory properties. But what is this substance?
What is CBD?
The cannabis plant contains more than 80 derivatives called cannabinoids, of which the best known are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Unlike the latter, CBD does not cause any psychotropic effects and is therefore used for therapeutic purposes. Indeed, the latest scientific studies tend to prove the benefits of cannabidiol on pain – recurrent or occasional -, epilepsy or anxiety and stress.
The endocannabinoid system
CBD is a molecule found naturally in the human body. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which regulates physical sensations such as hunger and pain, as well as the way the body spends energy.
The endocannabinoid system is made up of various neuroreceptors that affect pain sensations, mood and appetite, among other things. These neuroreceptors include CB1 and CB2. These are the focus of several scientific studies that seem to show a real correlation with obesity. But how?
The CB1 receptor is naturally – and almost exclusively – present in the brain and nervous system. We generally cannot find it in the rest of the body. However, research by Professor Francesca Rossi seems to show a proliferation of CB1 receptors in the bodies of obese people. An important finding in the fight against obesity. What about the CBD in all this? Scientists believe that CBD can contribute to the blockade of CB1 receptors and thus to a decrease in appetite.
As for the CB2 neuroreceptor, it’s naturally found throughout the body. It allows the regulation of moods and food intake, and it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Its interaction with the CBD stimulates the transformation of fats into energy.
CBD and weight loss
As mentioned earlier, obesity and overweight are societal phenomena that seem to affect a growing proportion of the population. This proves to be problematic; indeed, being overweight will tend to favour the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular problems. It is therefore important to remember that a balanced diet and the practice of daily sport are two essential elements in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Cannabidiol is no substitute for healthy dietary choices. However, the scientific community dos point out certain effects produced by the consumption of CBD that promote weight loss.
Cannabis has long been regarded as a substance that increases the feeling of hunger. Indeed, some THC-based drugs had been developed to help cancer patients regain their appetite and thus, gain weight.
However, this does not apply to CBD. As mentioned above, cannabidiol will help activate the CB2 neuroreceptors and which in turn will induce a loss of appetite. A reduction in the feeling of hunger will result in less food being eaten, so it is only natural that fewer calories will be consumed.
Impacts on overweight-related diseases
According to the research conducted by Professors Hilal Ahmad Parray et Jong Won Yun, CBD would help transform bad (white) fats into good (brown) fats. Since brown fats are more easily converted into energy than their white counterparts, this is particularly interesting for weight loss.
In addition, too much white adipose tissue is detrimental to your health and will cause problems such as high cholesterol levels or type 2 diabetes.
Another interessant piece of information is that the interaction of CBD with CB2 neuroreceptors will have an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect that will reduce blood sugar levels.
It remains to be understood how much CBD will be most effective in weight loss. Some studies show the importance of an appropriate dose of CBD for optimal effectiveness. However, all agree that since some people are more sensitive than others, there is no universal dosage. Some principles still apply. We detail them in our article “CBD oil at what dosage?“.
In this article, we were able to discover how CBD can help us in the regulation of our weight load. However, it should not be forgotten that scientific research into the effects of CBD on the body is in its infancy. That said, thanks to the growing popularity of this substance, we can only expect to see more of the same type of studies. And we’re looking forward to it!