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:
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:
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.