CBD Oil for Weight Loss, Does It Really Work?
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been drawing a lot of attention within both the natural health and medical world. CBD is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that doesn’t produce psychoactivity (a “high”) when ingested. Though much research still needs to be done, many have found CBD oil to help with a number of medical conditions.
With that, some have raised the question, can CBD oil help with weight loss and/or decrease the chance of medical conditions associated with body weight, such as diabetes?
Throughout this article, we’re going to look into whether or not CBD can help with you lose weight. At the end, we invite you to ask further questions.
Losing Weight with CBD Oil
In order to understand how CBD oil and weight loss works, we must first understand how CBD works within the body. Within our bodies is something known as the endocannabinoid system.¹ This is built up of numerous compounds, including two cannabinoid (CB) receptors:²
- CB1 Receptor - Most abundant within the brain (particularly, the hypothalamus, hippocampus, and amygdala), central nervous system (CNS), connective tissue, intestines, and the testis/ovaries. It’s responsible for regulating our moods and blood pressure.
- CB2 Receptor - Most abundant in our immune cells (particularly, B and T cells, macrophages, microglia, monocytes), spleen, tonsils, and thymus. It functions in numerous human diseases, including cancer, heart and kidney complications, and pain.
Within people who suffer from obesity, there’s a larger quantity of CB1 receptors. This is due to the fatty tissue developing more of the receptor.³ So, the more weight gain, the more CB 1 receptors spread.
This correspondence between CB receptors and weight diseases, such as obesity, has led some researchers to believe CBD oil might have the ability to help regulate weight. Though CBD doesn’t directly affect our endocannabinoid system (and our CB receptors), it does have a natural indirect effect on these cannabinoids.
This indirect effect may just be able to help people lose weight or aid them with other metabolic functions.
So, How Can CBD Affect Weight?
Current research is too limited to make any guarantees concerning CBD oil and weight loss. Still, the following has been gathered as of this time:
- CBD May Change Bad Fats into Good Fats
When we burn calories - an important part of weight loss - we’re burning off brown fat cells. Though CBD can’t help us burn off these calories, a 2018 study found that cannabidiol might just turn white fat cells into brown fat cells.? Making the process of burning calories and body fat a bit easier.
- CBD May Decrease Appetite
It’s often assumed that cannabis will stimulate your appetite (or give you the "munchies"). This association is often a product of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana. It is true that THC stimulates appetite by activating CB1 receptors.
However, as mentioned before, CBD doesn’t directly affect the endocannabinoid system. With that, some studies have revealed it may have an effect contrary to the popular assumption of cannabis and appetite.
In a 2018 study, it was found that CB1 receptor antagonists may actually decrease appetite and allow people to take better control of their weight. This is due to an agonists way of blocking off CB1 receptors.
Again, CBD doesn’t directly block off CB1 receptors. What it does do is inhibit other molecules within the body to block off these receptors. In turn, this could be a potential of reducing one’s appetite. Though more research needs to be done to make any confirmation, studies have found cannabidiol to reduce the appetite within rats.
- CBD May Decrease Risk of Metabolic Disorders
It understood that obesity is closely associated with various metabolic disorders, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.
Recently, research has been looking into how these disorders may have a direct effect on the endocannabinoid system. Particularly, in the way, CB1 receptors are overactivated through fat tissues.
As we’ve already discussed, CBD will indirectly stop these CB1 receptors from spreading further. In effect, this may not only decrease the chances of obesity but metabolic disorders as well. Through animal research, it’s also been discovered that CBD may have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. If this is true, it could reduce the levels of blood sugar.
Weight Loss Requires More Than CBD
Understandably, though the above research is promising, we’re some ways away from confirming that CBD can aid those trying to lose weight.
Still, though CBD may be a good complementary supplement to add to your current weight loss routine, it’s not the answer for you to lose weight. Without diet and exercise, there’s a good chance you won’t see any weight loss effects from cannabidiol itself.
If you want to give CBD oil a try, you may question what’s the right dosage. This is tricky to answer as everyone’s body works differently. Medical professionals will suggest you start small and slowly increase dosage until you get the response you desire.
If you plan on using CBD products alongside your standard weight loss treatment, it’s important you consult your doctor directly. Cannabidiol may negatively interact with other medications you’re currently taking.
Final Word On CBD Oil For Weight Loss
CBD oil may just be a great complementary therapy for other weight loss treatment. Though it’s not the answer the losing weight or the diseases associated with obesity, it might have the ability to aid you in your weight loss journey.
If you have any further questions concerning CBD and weight loss, we invite you to ask them down below. We’d also love to hear from those who have had experience on the topic.
¹ HHS Public Access: An introduction to the endogenous cannabinoid system
International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Role of Cannabinoids in Obesity
Dialogues in clinical neuroscience: Cannabinoids in health and disease
Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research: An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol