India Times reports that a lower percentage of cannabis users are overweight when compared to non-cannabis users – but cannabis is also used for boosting appetite. How does that work? Could CBD for weight loss be just one more use for the versatile little cannabinoid? The India Times report focuses on THC, but a report in the Waking Times confirms that CBD may have a similar effect – without making its users stoned.
Revving up metabolism
The India Times says that cannabinoids get the metabolism working faster, meaning that more calories are burned, even if you’ve just been raiding the fridge while the Waking Times says many sportsmen and women choose CBD to heighten their pain threshold before a workout. It also notes that CBD may lower insulin resistance in the human body, and that would also mean less likelihood of weight gain.
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University studies show cannabis users are skinnier
Univesite Laval in Quebec Canada surveyed 786 members of the Innuit community – a group with a high incidence of cannabis use. In this extensive study, researchers found that cannabis users had a lower body mass index (BMI) and a lower body fat percentage than non-users. They also had lower fasting insulin levels, a fact that seems to indicate that cannabinoids can help stave off Type II Diabetes. The findings were published in the scientific journal “Obesity” last year.
An associate professor at Harvard Medical School has also studied the effects of cannabis on metabolism, and says that those who use cannabinoids have a more efficient carbohydrate metabolism. A University of Miami study that also surveyed thousands of people found that cannabinoid users had lower blood sugar and therefore less risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
No excuse to get high
The Waking Times reporter discovered that there’s no need to get high in order to experience the fat-burning benefits of cannabinoids. After researching a further string of studies, he concludes that CBD for weight loss works in much the same way as THC does, and he also makes mention of a less-well known cannabinoid, THCV.
Fitness guru Ben Greenfield also writes at length about the benefits of cannabinoids for those hoping to enhance physical fitness and lose weight. He admits to using THC as a “performance enhancing drug” but admits that the legality of this would be sketchy in most states across the US. He recommends CBD as an alternative that can’t make anyone high.
The idea of losing weight with the help of cannabis is catching on, and already there’s talk of “cannabis diets”. We advise caution. Sensible eating really is the key to getting slim and staying slim, and although it seems as if CBD might really boost metabolism helping people to lose weight, it’s best not to follow fad diets. It’s nevertheless interesting to see that CBD for weight loss and to fend off diabetes is getting genuine research attention.