CBD has demonstrated benefits for different health issues, but could it help people lose weight? Here’s what experts think.
CBD is one of the most important compounds of cannabis, making up around 40% of the plant’s extract. Following THC, it is the second most abundant cannabinoid within the cannabis plant. Although human trials and studies on CBD have been very limited due to the legal status of the plant, many users are wondering if the compound could help people lose weight.
According to Healthline, CBD has been associated with many health benefits, with some studies suggesting that there’s a connection between it and weight loss.
Studies conducted on animals show that CBD interacts with two receptors that play important roles in metabolism and food intake. One of these studies looked into rats for a period of two weeks. These animals were split into two groups and injected with a daily dose of CBD. The rats in the first group were injected with larger doses than the second group. Although both groups of rats lost weight, the first group experienced a more pronounced drop, indicating that the amount of CBD in their system played an important role in the study.
While studies like these sound incredibly promising for CBD and its effect on weight loss, the issue is complicated and there’s not enough information out there to draw conclusions.
One study on humans said that CBD oil increased children’s appetite. The study in question was a survey where parents of kids with epileptic seizures answered some questions. These said that, although CBD oil drastically reduced their kids’ seizures, 30% of the children experienced more hunger when ingesting CBD oil.
Although more research and experiments on human subjects might show a connection between CBD and weight loss, currently, there’s not enough data out there to make an educated guess. It’s also unlikely that a compound on its own would have a more important effect on people’s weight when compared to their diet and exercise levels.
Like most things CBD, positive results should follow when the compound is used as a compliment to a healthy lifestyle.