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CBD oil for Weight Loss seems to be a new and promising solution for the overweight and obesity epidemics spreading across not only North America but the rest of the world as well. Obesity is one of the highest preventable causes of morbidity and mortality in the developed world.
It has been well known for a long time that cannabis consumption causes an increase in appetite (the ‘munchies’). However, closer studies of individual cannabinoids shows that some cannabinoids stimulate the “munchies” effect, while others can significantly suppress appetite.
According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2013–2014, more than one out of three adults were considered to be overweight or obese.
While genes can cause people to become overweight, eating habits and inactivity play a large role as well. In today’s society television, computers, phones and other screens tend to make us move a lot less. Besides that, medical conditions and big pharma medication are often contributors to weight gain.
About 1 in 6 children and adolescents aged between 2 and 19 were found to have obesity, according to the NHANES.
CBD Weight Loss Results
In 2016, scientists found that CBD actively reduces body fat. We go into more detail on how cannabidiol actually does that later in this article. First of all, we would like to explain one of the basic, or rudimentary, mechanisms of cannabidiol.
Without getting too technical, we can say that CBD restores the body’s homeostasis. This means that it returns the health-balance to what it needs to be, working in either direction. This is why those that are obese or overweight have an increased metabolism and reduced appetite when regularly using CBD.
In a 2008 study, researchers looked into the function of the EC (endocannabinoid system). The study report explains that the EC participates in the control of several metabolisms on multiple levels. The possible result of these inner body mechanisms is to store fat as energy accumulation.
When the endocannabinoid system becomes dysregulated, it often becomes overactive and too much fat is being stored, particularly in the intra-abdominal tissue. Cannabidiol is known to regulate the endocannabinoid system as it can restore balance in both directions. Therefore, the study concludes that, along with lifestyle changes cannabis could be a means of fighting obesity.
Researchers wrote in 2011 that one of the most important functions of endocannabinoids and CB(1) receptors are to enhance the energy storage conversion into fat and reduce energy expenditure by influencing both lipid and glucose metabolism. Although normally well controlled by hormones etc., the endocannabinoid regulation of energy balance can become dysregulated and contribute to obesity, dyslipidemia and diabetes (type 2).
CBD Appetite Suppressant
A 2012 UK lab study on rats by the School of Pharmacy, University of Reading, proved that CBD reduced food intake. These results were in-line with some existing reports, supporting the need for further work examining the possible anti-obesity effects of cannabidiol.
In 2013, the ‘Munchies’ phenomenon led to an exploration of the role of the endocannabinoid system in the regulation of obesity and associated metabolic syndrome in Canada. Researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)in, Toronto, Ontario, came to the following conclusion:
“We recently discovered that the prevalence of obesity is paradoxically much lower in cannabis users as compared to non-users. Besides that, this difference is not accounted for by tobacco smoking status and is still present after adjusting for variables such as sex and age.”
“We, therefore, propose that this effect is directly related to exposure to the THC present in cannabis smoke. Consequently, we propose the seemingly paradoxical hypothesis that THC or a THC/cannabidiol combination drug may produce weight loss and may be a useful therapeutic for the treatment of obesity and its complications.”
And finally in 2016, an important study on the efficacy of CBD with regards to obesity and overweight was done at the Korean Daegu University. The breakdown and oxidation of fat are enhanced by genes and proteins. The study proved that CBD stimulates this process.
Besides that, the Korean scientists could prove that CBD increases the body’s ability to burn calories. And on top of that, it decreases the expression of proteins involved in fat cell generation.
Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows a role for the endocannabinoid system in maintaining energy balance and glucose as well as lipoprotein metabolism, according to a 2009 study. Modulation of this system has resulted in an improvement in a number of important risk factors in clinical trials, including visceral and subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue, glucose tolerance, dyslipidemia and measures of inflammation.
In 2013, a team of four medical researchers lead by Dr. Elizabeth Penner MD, MPH, carried out a clinical study with over 4,500 participants, called “The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among US Adults”. They concluded: “We found that marijuana use was associated with lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR, and smaller waist circumference.”
How Much CBD Oil for Weight Loss
In general, we know from readers’ reports that the more serious the condition, the more Cannabidiol you need to take. The same goes for weight loss. If you are slightly overweight and you need to drop some pounds, you can use the daily maintenance dosage level of 25 mg per day and you’ll gradually get into shape.
But, if you are heavily obese you most probably will start with a much higher dosage. In order to find the right dosage for your situation, you can start with a relatively moderate level and, monitor for two weeks, increase, monitor etc. etc. Start with 60mg a day divided into three (or two) takings and see how much weight you lost during a two-week period.
Increase the dosage to 80 or 90 and monitor during another two weeks. Once you start getting results, keep that dosage until you have lost the amount of weight you intended and go back to a maintenance dosage of 25 mg per day.
On symptoms like pain, CBD has a quick effect, as well as on anxiety etc. But, when you use it regularly and consistently you will notice an improvement in your homeostasis and your overall well-being. Part of that is the improvement of your metabolism, as CBD does not only suppress excessive appetite but it improves your body’s fat burning mechanism.
Please share your thoughts in the comment section below this article on what dosage worked best for your treatment. This way other people will benefit from your experience. Thanks!
Success Stories of Obesity Patients
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Overview of Scientific Studies and Reports
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