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Will I Gain Weight Using CBD Products?

by Kerrigan Behrens December 04, 2018 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered if you'll gain weight using CBD products? Find out why using CBD doesn’t equal an expanding waistline

You might have heard about the long list of benefits from taking CBD, but have you ever wondered in the back of your mind, “That’s great, but won’t I get the “munchies” and start to gain weight?” Fortunately, using CBD for relief from discomfort, injury, sore muscles, and stress, doesn’t mean you have to accept an expanding waistline in exchange.

The reason for this is not only because CBD won’t get you high (that’s one of THC’s jobs, a chemical compound found in the marijuana plant), but also because of the way it boosts metabolism. A Korean study discovered that CBD actually stimulates genes and proteins which play roles inincreasing fat breakdown. Here’s the science behind what they found:

  • CBD was shown to increase activity and numbers of mitochondria—increasing the body’s ability to burn calories.
  • CBD was shown to decrease the expression of proteins which are involved in creating new fat cells within the body.
  • CBD, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, can also combat glucose metabolic disorders.

The chemical compound THC, on the other hand, is said to stimulate appetite in some users (hence the “munchies”) which is one of the primary reasons weight can be gained in the process. Plus, because THC likes to hang out in fat tissue, users are shown to have a higher percentage of abdominal visceral fat and, in some cases, it may also increase a person’s body mass index.

Another factor in CBD’s ability to stimulate metabolism is the role the body’s endocannabinoid system plays. The endocannabinoid system and CBD have a lock and key relationship which means that this system (which regulates immune, nervous and digestive systems) is directly connected to some metabolic functions and can:

  • Direct the production of insulin.
  • Stimulate other areas of the body involved in metabolism including the gastrointestinal tract, endocrine pancreas, and skeletal muscles.
  • Reduce fat cell generation.
  • Metabolize compounds absorbed from food.

And finally, if you’ve ever heard of “emotional eating” you’ll know that when we get stressed or feel under pressure it’s quite common to overeat. Increased cortisol levels also cause fat to build up in the stomach, leading to an increase in weight. How this relates to CBD is that science shows that it can reduce the impacts of stress and anxiety on the body, which indirectly helps to manage your weight.

There’s no question that maintaining a healthy weight is an essential part of living an enjoyable life, and there is a multitude of factors that can contribute. CBD is one such factor that has been shown to be helpful in bolstering metabolism, decreasing weight gain, and lowering appetite. But as with any approach, make sure you find something that works for you, is all-natural with no nasty side-effects and contributes to your health in a holistic way.


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Kerrigan Behrens

Kerrigan Behrens' passion for CBD and its therapeutic benefits led her to launch Sagely Naturals alongside Kaley Nichol in 2015. She is motivated by the ability to use plant-based ingredients to effectively replace toxic products in her customers' medicine cabinets and she lives for customer testimonials. She currently serves as the Cofounder and CMO of Sagely Naturals.