CBD And Weight Loss: Here’s What We Know So Far


Cannabidiol or CBD has received much interest and curiosity with lots of businesses trying to produce products with CBD. Recently, experts in the weight loss industry has looked into possible use of the chemical in facilitating weight loss and thus helping individuals deal with illnesses like diabetes and metabolic disorder.

But how scientific can CBD aid in weight management?

In a 2013 study at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, NE, researchers found that marijuana has a link to having smaller waist circumference. The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, involved a sample of 4,657 adult men and women who used marijuana in the past or at that time when the study was conducted.

Dr. Rachna Patel, MD, California-licensed physician and CBD expert, however warned that a direct link between using marijuana and weight loss is yet to be established, and that weight management effects are only seen as a side effect while treating other conditions.

There have also been studies involving animals which tested the effect of cannabis to stimulate genes and proteins that facilitate the breakdown and oxidation of fat. Still, these studies are premature and are not conducted in humans yet.

Here are further facts that are currently eyed by experts to be the basis of future studies of CBD’s effect on weight loss:

CBD may help in weight loss by reducing the individual’s appetite. This may be surprising as people who smoke cannabis claimed to feel more hungry than usual, but studies show that it is THC and not CBD that can regulate appetite.

In a 2018 paper, it was found that CBD receptors may actually reduce appetite as they block off or deactivate receptors resulting in reduced appetite. In another 2012 study, it was found that CBD lowered the appetite among rats. Then again, there are still no studies examining the direct link between CBD and suppression/reduction in humans. 

CBD helps in converted bad fat to good fat.

Researchers claim that CBD can convert white, ‘bad’ fat in a person’s body into brown, useful fats that may burn calories. Not only that, a 2016 study claimed that CBD further breaks down fats more efficiently and helps them be eliminated from the body. This happens when it converts white fats to brown ones that burn off energy as heat and thus burning calories.

CBD reduces the risk of experiencing metabolic disorders.

Weight gain is associated with metabolic, health risks such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These disorders happen due to the overactivation of CB receptors. However, CBD can help prevent this from happening by blocking off the CBI receptors. This idea was previously tested among obese rats and who were found to have reduced a total of 25 percent cholesterol.

Another report cited Dr. Stuart Titus, Chief Executive Officer of Medical Marijuana, Inc. has he shed light on the role of CBD in weight loss and metabolism. According to him, CBD stimulates the path of certain level cells that may, in turn, help people lose weight and regulate appetite. CBD also helps in achieving homeostasis and the overall balance of the human body and its metabolism.

Despite these possibilities, experts still continue to find more evidence supporting CBD’s potency for weight loss. For one thing, there is a need to differentiate the effects between CBD and THC. Also, there are studies looking into the properties of marijuana in combatting insulin resistance, a characteristic common among overweight people. The appropriate dosage of CBD to facilitate weight loss is yet to be established and that factors like one’s chosen product, an individual’s unique reaction to the product and the truthfulness of the brand should also be considered.