Weight gain can happen for a variety of reasons: poor diet, stress and lack of exercise to name a few. With CBD oil proving to provide numerous health benefits , many wonder if it could also help with losing weight.
Ways that CBD can help with weight loss
1. It affects your body’s metabolism
Clinical studies have shown that a human’s endocannabinoid system has a role to play in our metabolism. Cannabinoid receptors, namely CB1, are responsible for controlling appetite and food intake. In fact, obesity is a condition associated with an overactivation of such receptors and of the endocannabinoid system as a whole.
CBD can interact with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, effecting receptors like CB1 and CB2 and helping to control appetite and metabolism. Although more human studies need to be conducted, it is a promising sign that CBD oil can assist you in your weight loss journey.
Although more research is needed to understand how CBD can directly affect weight loss, there are some indirect ways that it could help the user to lose weight.
2. It reduces stress and anxiety
There is evidence that CBD could be an effective treatment for conditions such as anxiety, OCD and chronic stress. But how can this help with weight loss?
When we are stressed, our bodies release a ‘stress hormone’ known as cortisol. In those suffering from chronic stress, these cortisol levels can remain elevated for long periods of time. The knock-on effect of high levels of cortisol can be an increased appetite. This is because it stimulates the release of insulin and maintains blood sugar levels- as well as provoking carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
CBD can assist weight loss, therefore, insofar as it reduces the symptoms of chronic stress disorders.
3. It can turn bad fat into good fat
Yes, there is such a thing as good fat. Also known as ‘brown fat’, it is responsible for metabolising calories (as opposed to storing them, which is what ‘white’ or ‘bad’ fat does). A process called ‘fat browning’ can turn that white fat into the ‘good’ brown fat – and CBD oil has been proven to help with this process.