For a long time, many people have thought wrong about cannabis so much so that any attempts to link the plant to any health benefit is viewed as a travesty. Of course, we cannot dispute the fact that the use of marijuana for recreational purposes has caused its fair share of harm. However, cannabis goes just beyond the “high” feeling associated with it. With the discovery of CBD, minds are beginning to change about cannabis.
If you’ve heard anything about CBD, then you’ve probably heard about its numerous therapeutic benefits as well; its ability to help treat anxiety, sleep disorders, muscle pain, inflammations etc. If you are already an avid user of CBD, then you certainly need no such introduction. Word is even beginning to go round about how CBD could even play a role in weight reduction.
Getting excited? You have every reason to be. Studies have been conducted and claims are being made about cannabinoids’ association with a reduced body weight and BMI link in users as compared to non-users. Read on as we set the ball rolling.
Weight loss and the endocannabinoid system
To understand weight loss by CBD, there is the need to understand the endocannabinoid system and how it functions. The endocannabinoid system is an internal system in the body – made of a myriad of neurotransmitters and receptors – that regulates and maintains homeostatis or stability of bodily functions and processes.
The network of neurotransmitters and receptors that make up the endocannabinoid system can be found all over the body including in the immune system and the nervous system. Receptors of the endocannabinoid system interact with naturally occurring cannabinoids in the body to facilitate balance and stability of bodily functions.
Maintaining balance of the body’s system is really crucial because anytime the body’s balance or stability is tampered with, you can surely expect one form of this dysfunction or the other to set in. A disruption of the body’s balance can gear towards hyperactivity or under-activity. Studies have – in most cases of obesity and diabetes – found that the endocannabinoid system goes into hyperactive mode, and because CBD when ingested interacts with the endocannabinoid system to restore balance, it is thought that it could definitely play a key role in weight reduction.
How could CBD possibly help with weight loss?
A New York state board certified health coach by name Alicia Salazar who uses CBD to improve the conditions her clients’ health says, “I don’t look at CBD as a magic bullet for weight loss but CBD along with a healthy diet – one contains healthy fats, whole grains, grass-fed meat and dairy, and plenty of greens, without processed foods and sugar – sets the tone for a healthy weight. And for some, that can naturally include loss.” So can CBD help to reduce weight?
To answer this question, let’s try to understand weight gain a bit. A person gains weight simply because of imbalances between calories taken in and calories expelled out. Clearly, this means that the body burns way less calories than it takes in so this should therefore mean by taking in less calories, balance should be restored so one can revert to a reduced weight, right? Well, it could work sometimes but this isn’t always the case because the long term effects of taking in more calories than you burn can be very difficult to reverse.
Again, trying to reduce your intake of calories is sure to leave you hungry which can become very uncomfortable. Also, with the gain of weight comes changes in hormonal levels and balances, changes in metabolic patterns and changes in the endocannabinoid system. For one to reduce weight and keep it sustained there is the need for all these body systems to return to their right balance. This is where CBD comes in play.
Not only can it help restore balance to the endocannabinoid system, but by restoring its balance, it can help bring balance to other body systems and processes to curb whatever dysfunction is taking place within these systems.
A certified Holistic Cannabis Practitioner by the name of Ric Tyler seems to allude to this saying, “I have used and recommended CBD for homeostatis and to bring the endocannabinoid system into proper tone so that it can properly serve other bodily processes.” Though Tyler has witnessed any direct weight loss from using CBD, he has found that CBD could play a role in helping to reduce weight by seeing to the correction of those imbalances that would under normal circumstances prevent one from shedding those extra pounds.
Though studies are few and sparse, CBD’s potential as a compound that can be used in the creation of new therapies in weight reduction is huge. Of course, nothing is conclusive yet and so it is hard to predict just how much of an impact it would have. However, there is the potential that combined with the right lifestyle and dietary changes, prescribed CBD for weight loss will in the future intervene in dealing with weight loss.