Everybody’s heard about or maybe experienced “the munchies.” So how could CBD help with obesity? Turns out that well-known frenzied hunger comes from THC – which is present in only trace amounts or not at all in CBD. (There’s no “high,” either).
CBD works with the body’s own endocannabinoid system, which responds to chemicals in the body through two cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2.
But in obese people, the CB1 receptors are also found in fatty tissue, suggesting a link between active CB1 receptors and obesity.
One 2018 study indicates CBD may make CB1 receptors less active, helping to reduce appetite and rein in obesity. CBD may stimulate CB2 receptors to reduce inflammation and food intake, as well.
Other peer-reviewed research connects CBD use to:
Unfortunately, obesity comes with a number of risks to your health. CBD can help with many of them, including insulin resistance.
Here’s what happens when your metabolism is working well.
Here’s what happens when your eating habits put too much glucose into your system, creating insulin resistance.
The process begins the same way
Then it goes haywire
Obesity can make the body’s CB receptors too active, increasing the risks of:
Studies in obese animals showed that, over time, CBD helped:
Researchers believe some of these benefits come from CBD’s documented ability to reduce inflammation throughout the body, as well as its potential to turn white fat (aka “bad” fat) into brown fat. This may:
There’s a proven connection between an overstimulated endocannabinoid system and inflammation. CBD can bring the endocannabinoid system back into balance and reduce inflammation. That protects internal organs like the pancreas and liver, among others, and can reduce the risk of diabetes. Reduced inflammation brings the body a host of other benefits.
As helpful as CBD is, it can’t do the job alone. But it can work with you as you make changes in your eating habits and consider starting an exercise program or boosting the one you do now.
Changing habits isn’t easy. But neither is living with obesity and its effects. I encourage you to take the first step now. Talk to your doctor about all the ways you can improve your health, including CBD in the discussion. If you decide to try it, you could start here.
As a Navy SEAL Veteran, I work every day to improve my health. My life is immeasurably better as a result. I believe yours will be, too. And I wish you the best.
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