The effects of CBD and THC on weight loss
Why is it that people who consume marijuana regularly, “stoners”, are always portrayed as skinny even though smoking marijuana is known to increase ones appetite, normally known as “the munchies”? It is a stereotype however there are some truths behind it.
On average, people who consume marijuana regularly have a lower BMI and a smaller waistline than those who don’t and it may just be a coincidence but the 6 healthiest states in America all have some kind of medicinal marijuana reform. Here’s why…
Both Cannabidoil (CBD) and ∆(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the two most prominent cannabinoids in the marijuana plant, have a direct effect on your appetite. CBD and THC both interact with the endocannabinoid system that is found all over our bodies, a system that regulates the metabolism and storage, nutrient transport and the intake energy from food. They regulate these things through the CB1 receptors that are found everywhere throughout the body.
THC locks itself onto the cell receptors in the brain that are related to triggering Ghrelin (the hunger hormone) therefore increasing hunger and appetite. A study conducted in 2015 on Diet-Induced Obese rats found that THC did increase the rats appetites but it stopped further weight gain, even with a high fat diet. This is due to the reduction of energy intake in the digestive system.
Along side this CBD has been found to be an appetite suppressor. It does not stop you eating entirely but it can make you feel fuller sooner. A British study on this subject, using rats, found that in comparison with rats that were given cannabis molecule Cannabinol, the rats that were given CBD consumed considerably less food over the study period (Farrimond, JA. 2012). The conclusion of this study was that CBD can reduce food intake but more research needs to be done on its anti-obesity effects.
As with any weight loss plans, exercise and diet is the key to success. Only taking CBD oil would not work entirely on its own, but it has been suggested that certain strains of marijuana (ones higher in CBD which are most Savita’s) can help a person focus and be more active. As THC makes food more palatable too, smoking can help people who are having trouble adjusting to a new diet.
Losing weight is often complicated, especially when it comes to controlling appetite. According to several studies, CBD and THC could have positive effects on weight loss.
Will Taking CBD Oil Help You Lose Weight?
Here’s what the research actually says about CBD and weight loss.
CBD oil is garnering a lot of attention—and media headlines—these days. It’s not surprising: the list of potential benefits is long. People are mostly using CBD to help with chronic pain, arthritis or joint pain and anxiety, according to recent research.
While we don’t know how commonly CBD oil is used for weight loss, we do know it’s a topic people are talking about—there are millions of results on Google —and also one that researchers are studying.
So, what does the science say about CBD for weight loss? We dug in.
There’s promising, positive research about CBD and weight loss.
Until recently, it’s more likely that you associate CBD with cannabis and, thus, with an increased appetite (aka “the munchies”). Your hunch isn’t wrong—and, no, we’re not talking about your first-person college “experiments.” Cannabis and cannabis-based medicines have long been prescribed to patients with HIV and cancer to boost their appetite and encourage weight gain. But here’s the thing: according to clinical trials, those products don’t seem to actually help those patients gain weight.
Turns out, large studies that have looked at the body weights of cannabis users have found them to be leaner than non-cannabis users. And this, interestingly, is despite the fact that cannabis users typically take in more calories than nonusers.
While CBD comes from the cannabis plant, it lacks THC (the psychoactive compound in cannabis that can get you high). And one study in the Netherlands that gave people different strains of cannabis found that the folks who got the strain highest in CBD had their appetite increase the least, compared to their counterparts who had the THC-only strain.
Here's what the research actually says about CBD and weight loss.