In 2012, The Center for Food & Nutritional Genomics was awarded a grant to study the possible role for CBD in preventing obesity. To understand the study, you need to know that there is white fat and brown fat. White fat is what you see and causes many health threats. Brown fat keeps us warm and speeds up metabolism. The research found that the browning of white fat cells and the breakdown of fats and other lipids that release fatty acids may be regulated by CBD. The data suggests that CBD can increase metabolism by breaking down white fat and turning it into brown fat for energy. This sounds like pretty profound information that could apply to reducing obesity.
Another study done in Sao Paulo, Brazil concluded that CBD was found to have a sedative effect because it looks like CBD interferes with cortisol secretion. Cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone that increases when we are stressed. It causes higher insulin levels and lowers blood sugar resulting in cravings for sugary, fatty foods. If cortisol makes us hungry and CBD can intercept the release of cortisol, it would make sense that CBD could play a role in regulating hunger.
We all have our own unique experience with CBD and we all require different dosing that is best suited uniquely to our own endocannabinoid system. CBD will not work as a magic weight loss pill; We know that other factors like exercise influence weight loss. Good eating habits and a diet that includes eating healthy fats and Omega 3’s are also key to being fit. Weight loss is not a game of instant gratification, but rather slow, steady persistence that will bring results.
No supplement or pill will melt away fat, but many people have found CBD to be a helpful tool. The fact alone that it can reduce stress and help with sleep are great benefits for achieving good healthy habits.