Lose weight with CBD - How does it work?
28.April 2021 | Manuela
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What constitutes an ideal figure is usually decided by a society's purely temporary ideal of beauty. Accordingly, one should not orient oneself to the covers of any glossy magazines. We are all beautiful. But sometimes not all of us are healthy. Obesity is one of the modern widespread diseases. Every now and then, one stumbles across CBD in the current diet publications. Reliable fat burner or impostor? Let's find out.
What are the causes of obesity?
Obesity can have many causes: Metabolic diseases, medication intake or quite classically an imbalance in the energy balance. If too many calories are consumed, they are stored as energy depots in the form of fat deposits. In the worst case, the body is no longer able to adequately break down harmful substances due to malnutrition, and this can lead to further physical problems.
What happens in the body when you want to lose weight?
In an adult person, the number of fat cells is fixed, what changes with weight gain is their size. Those who have declared war on their excess weight set out to reduce their fat cells. Fat is stored in fat cells in the form of fatty acid molecules. The body builds up depots for bad times. What made sense for our ancestors is no longer necessary in times of industrial abundance. When we lose weight, the fatty acid molecules are reduced and the fat cells shrink.
Does cannabis make you slim?
Cannabis is probably more associated with extended "munchies" than weight loss. The munchies are due to the psychoactive THC. CBD does not have the same effect. Prolonged malnutrition unbalances the body's endocannabinoid system. Regular intake of phytocannabinoids, like CBD, can redress this imbalance.
How can CBD help me lose weight?
At this point, there are only two studies looking at CBD and weight. Very few but still with promising results. At times, the following abilities have been observed:
CBD increases the number and activity of mitochondria in fat cells. Mitochondria help burn fat faster.
CBD activates genes and proteins that support fat burning.
CBD slows down the activity of proteins that stimulate the growth of fat cells.
The studies show CBD can play a supporting role in fat burning. Activation and deactivation of proteins, genes and mitochondria help turn fat into combustible substances. However, exercise and diet remain the main culprits.
What is the difference between white and brown fat?
Have you ever heard of white fat and brown fat? Both are types of fat deposits found in an adult body.
White adipose tissue is much more common and is known from fat deposits such as the abdomen, buttocks and thighs. When there is an increased demand for energy, the body makes use of these white fat cells. Brown fat is burned with the release of heat, it is considered a kind of heating plant of the body, especially babies are often generously equipped with it.
Brown fat is considered healthier, to put it very bluntly. The fatty acids associated with it contribute less to diabetes and heart disease than the fatty acids associated with white fat. In addition, overall fat loss is accelerated by a majority of brown fat cells. Brown fat cells stimulate the production of certain proteins that break down white fat cells.
Initial studies have shown that CBD is able to convert white adipose tissue into brown adipose tissue. The step from storing tissue to burning tissue, can therefore be supported with CBD.
CBD will not make you slim overnight, but it will support you along the way
The term "support" is central. CBD cannot replace a healthy diet and adequate exercise. CBD oils do not melt kilos overnight. Weight loss takes care, patience and perseverance. However, CBD seems to be a promising support act, as shown by previous studies, and perhaps facilitates one or two kilo melts. Fancy a test run? Click here to go to our store.
Sources and further links
PhD Blesching, Uwe. The Cannabis Health Index. 2015. Berkley. North Atlantic Books.
Dr. Goldstein, Bonni. Cannabis is Medicine. 2020. London. Headline Publishing Group.