How CBD oil works on your appetite

August 27, 2019

How CBD oil works on your appetite

Cannabis is widely believed to boost weight gain because it increases appetite. However, does it really work on this principle? How does our body respond to CBD oil? You will learn all this in this article.

How is CBD oil made?

At the very beginning, it is worth explaining how do we obtain CBD oil. Many people are still mistaking CBD with marijuana, which some use for intoxication. Meanwhile, CBD oil has little to do with it.

CBD oil is, in fact, an extract from cannabis plants. It is a highly concentrated cannabidiol with traces of THC. As a result, it does not cause intoxication or possesses characteristic side-effects typical for products with high THC content.

Besides, CBD oil uses a different type of hemp to produce, the so-called industrial hemp, which is a different kind of species, grown legally in many places around the world.

Does CBD oil affect your appetite?

First of all, it should be noted that cannabidiols are not responsible for the increased appetite. It is the THC, a psychoactive substance found in cannabis; it causes a feeling of hunger. CBD oil is almost free of THC; it does not increase the appetite in the same way.

In our body, there is an endocannabinoid system, and the most important of its receptors are CB1 and CB2. THC activates the CB1 receptor, which increases the appetite. CBD oil works differently because it does not activate any of those receptors. It triggers only the natural cannabinoids in the body that can block or activate CB1 and CB2.

Because CBD oil can affect the CB1 receptor so that it deactivates, the appetite will not increase.

CBD and weight loss

In 2016, studies* were carried out to show that CBD interacts with human fat in various ways. For example, it stimulates genes and proteins that increase the breakdown and its oxidation; that is, it is responsible for the process of fat browning.

The so-called fat browning is the transformation of energy in the white layer of adipose to brown; which burns that energy. There is no accurate information on how the stimulation of brown fat on humans works, but animal testing showed an off better glucose tolerance. That provides potentially better resistance to diabetes and lipid disorders in the blood.

It is also worth emphasising that the regular intake of CBD affects the formation of better habits, including nutrition. Of course, this is not a cure for obesity – CBD oil, like the one in our store, is not a medical product and does not cure any disease. Nevertheless, ongoing research suggests that CBD has a lot of untapped potential and may be able to play its part in the weight loss process. It is certainly something worth having in mind.

* You can read about those studies here.