There are those who believe CBD can help with weight loss because of its interactions with the body. The body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) responds to compounds in the body through receptors in the central nervous system and other parts of the body. People with obesity have these receptors in greater numbers, as it resides in fatty tissue, and researchers thus believe that activating these receptors through the impact of CBD on the ECS may help with weight loss.
What are the claims about CBD and weight loss?
It is claimed that CBD can:
– Reduce appetite: Advocates of CBD say it can reduce appetite. A study in 2018 concluded that cannabinoid receptor antagonists may help reduce one’s appetite by ‘deactivating’ receptors, and CBD may help influence other molecules in the body to make this happen. Exposure to CBD has previously been shown to reduce appetite in rats.
– Turn bad fat into good fat: It is claimed that CBD can help convert ‘bad’ white fat into ‘good’ brown fat, helping the body burn more calories. There was a study in 2016 which helped back up this belief by showing how CBD helped convert white fat cells to brown and also stimulate the body to become more efficient at breaking down fats.
– Burn fat: The claim is that CBD actually breaks down fat and helps the body expel it as waste. Another study exists that explains this in more detail, and it relates to the previous point.
– Reduce the risk of metabolic disorders: Obesity has been shown to have a link with disorders like high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. It may be that overactivated CB receptors are partly to blame for this, so the potential for CBD to help block these receptors could help reduce the risk of obesity and resultant metabolic disorders. This review highlights some past studies of how CBD interacts with metabolic factors.
When it comes to weight loss, there is no substitute for eating healthily and exercising. At best, CBD should be used as a supplement to complement the work you do with your diet and exercise plan. You will also need to explore different dosages to find what works best for you, and you should always consult your GP before beginning to take any CBD product. This is because some conditions and medications can cause bad reactions with CBD, and it is best to ensure you are safe before you begin taking it.