It seems like every few years there is a new fad diet that makes the rounds and fades into existence. Is CBD one of those fads? Well depending on who you ask, you might be surprised at the answers.
According to Medical News Today:
“CBD may aid weight loss due to how it works in the body. The body has a built-in endocannabinoid system. This system responds to different compounds in the body through two cannabinoid (CB) receptors, called the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Usually, CB1 receptors exist mainly in the brain and central nervous system and are almost nonexistent in the rest of the body. CB2 receptors, on the other hand, exist throughout the body.
In people with obesity, however, CB1 receptors become more widespread, especially in fatty tissue. Because of this, researchers believe that there may be a link between the activation of the CB1 receptors and obesity.
CBD does not activate the CB receptors directly, instead influencing the body’s natural cannabinoids to either block off or activate the receptors. This may play a role in weight loss or other critical metabolic functions.”
Some people associate CBD with THC which is notorious for increasing the user’s appetite. It may sound strange but it looks like CBD might be able to curb this:
“While it is true that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis, may cause hunger, CBD does not. THC activates the CB1 receptors in the body, causing many effects, including stimulating the appetite. However, as the authors of one 2018 study paper note, CB1 receptor antagonists may help reduce appetite and control obesity. This is because CB1 receptor agonists block off or “deactivate” the receptor.
CBD does not deactivate CB1 receptors but may influence other molecules to block them off. Shutting off these receptors may help reduce the appetite and prevent overeating in some people.”
There have also been some preliminary medical trials tested on rats with promising results. Moreover, there are even studies showing that it may help burn fat:
“The process of turning white fat cells to brown fat cells actually changes how these cells act in the body. Brown fat cells may be a more active form of fat. They burn off energy as heat, meaning that they actually burn calories. As a loss of calories is vital for weight loss, CBD may help burn fat if it turns white fat to brown fat in the body.”
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