What is CBD and can it be a helpful tool in a weight loss program? Here is a look at the popular supplement and its potential benefits in your diet plan.
CBD has become a popular supplement in recent years. CBD is cannabidiol, and is one of many components of the cannabis plant. Many people who use CBD tout a variety of positive benefits, but minimal studies have been done on humans to determine its effectiveness. Medical News Today reports, “While research suggests that CBD may be a promising treatment for some health problems — including relieving chronic pain, improving sleep, and reducing inflammation — there is not enough evidence to prove that it is effective for any of these issues. Researchers are also looking at the possibility that CBD can help people lose weight and reduce their risk of issues associated with being overweight, such as diabetes and metabolic disorder”. With more research on its benefits, we could see more evidence linking benefits to CBD use in regards to weight loss and other effects.
CBD vs. THC
One common question many people ask is whether or not CBD is the same as marijuana. CBD is one component of the cannabis plant, and THC (otherwise known as tetrahydrocannabinol) is another component. THC is the component of cannabis that has psychoactive properties, which gives users the feeling of being “high”. CBD does not have the same psychoactive effects, therefore using CBD offers similar benefits as THC without the effect of feeling “high” or altered. CBD, if derived from hemp, is considered legal for use in all 50 states. THC is not legal in all states for consumption, although some states have recently made it legal for medical and/or recreational use.
CBD offers a range of potential health benefits, including: pain relief, reducing anxiety, helping with sleeplessness and improved brain and heart health. Some preliminary results show it can help with weight loss, although further studies on humans are needed to determine effectiveness. According to Healthline, “recent animal studies indicate that CBD affects weight by interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors in lymphoid tissue and the brain. These receptors are thought to play important roles in metabolism and food intake. In a two-week study, rats were injected with CBD daily at doses of 1.1 and 2.3 mg per pound of body weight (2.5 and 5 mg per kg). Both doses produced significant reductions in body weight, with the higher dose having the most pronounced effect. It’s important to note that CBD was injected, not given orally. In another rat study, CBD led to a significant reduction in food intake compared to other cannabinoids, including cannabigerol and cannabinol”.
Even though some studies showed that CBD was related to weight loss and reduced food intake with rats, some other studies showed that it could potentially lead to an increase in appetite, not a decrease. “One 3-month study gave 23 children with Dravet syndrome — a type of epilepsy — up to 11.4 mg of CBD per pound of body weight (25 mg per kg). Some children experienced increases in appetite, but others experienced decreases. Additionally, a recent review in 2,409 people who use CBD found that 6.35% experienced increased hunger as a side effect” (Healthline). With mixed results it can be hard to reach any conclusive evidence supporting either argument. Further studies over longer periods of time will need to be conducted to reach some conclusions in support of whether CBD aids in weight loss or not.
The Bottom Line
Should you try CBD in your weight loss program? With such mixed results and very little evidence pointing towards weight loss benefits, you are not likely to see measurable results. However, you may find that there are a number of other benefits to trying CBD oil for pain, anxiety or sleeplessness. When looking for success in your weight loss program, be sure to stick to methods that have been proven over time to offer real results-eating healthy, getting regular exercise and moving more in your daily life. Be sure to weigh yourself regularly on your SureFiz smart scale to monitor your progress and see your results. SureFiz is here for you on every step of your journey with the Secret Sauce to Weight Loss.