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  • by Nicola Boulton September 27, 2022 5 min read

    Obesity and CBD: How CBD Can Give You Desired Results?

    Obesity is one of the leading causes of fatal health conditions. Many people struggling with it have looked for different ways to manage their weight. Some use supplements while dieting and exercising. CBD is one of the natural products for managing obesity. This article discusses how CBD can help with weight loss and the obesity of using the cannabis derivative to manage obesity.

    Since the discovery and approval of CBD, it has been used to help with different health conditions. Most manufacturing companies are making CBD products and advertising them for different uses. One of many uses is aiding in weight loss and the risk of developing obesity. This article looks into CBD and how it can effectively aid weight loss. It also looks into existing studies on CBD and Obesity. The current article also explores the side effects of CBD on users’ health.

    Body Endocannabinoid System and Weight Loss

    Lowe et al. (2021) expounded that the body's endocannabinoid system, ECS plays a vital role in weight management. This system is responsible for maintaining body balance regulating appetite and ensuring that different body organs work seamlessly. The ECS is composed of neurotransmitters and receptors distributed throughout the body. The receptors relay information between the brain and different organs. Bielawiec et al. (2020) stated that obesity inhibits gene-regulating enzymes and receptors such as CB1 and CBD2. Drugs used to deal with obesity aim to facilitate the functions of these receptors and enzymes to restore normal body functioning. 

    Basics of CBD 

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active compound of the cannabis plant. It is present in the plant alongside other cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabichromene (CBC). These chemical compounds are beneficial in different areas. Although CBD is present in hemp and marijuana species of cannabis, hemp-derived CBD does not contain more than 0.3% THC. THC is commonly found in the marijuana plant and is responsible for the psychoactive effect associated with cannabis.

    Lowe et al. (2021) explained that CBD interacts with the body's endocannabinoid to help suppress pain and inflammation, stress, anxiety, and insomnia. CBD is used in different forms such as vapes, topicals, edibles, and the common one being oil or tinctures. The cannabis extract comes in different formulations depending on extraction: full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate CBD.

    Does CBD Affect Weight? 

    Studies to examine the effect of CBD on weight have produced varying results; some clinical observations reported no change, and others showed an increase or decrease in weight upon CBD administration. Yet still, some studies remain inconclusive. What do these studies show on the effect of CBD in different aspects regarding weight and obesity?

    CBD and Appetite

    While many associate cannabis with increased appetite, there is less proof to show that CBD enhances appetiteScopinho et al. (2011) showed that CBD blocks off as an antagonist of the

    CB1 receptor, which increases food intake. The blockage of the pro-appetite receptor leads to reduced food intake. 

    CBD and Fat Browning 

    Simcocks et al. (2019) showed that CBD helps break down fat cells in the body. It helps transform white fats, known as bad fat, into brown fat, which is useful to the body. White fat cells increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, which are chronic illnesses often related to obesity. Brown fat cells are referred to as active cells and have been associated with weight loss. CBD helps break down fat white cells to brown fat cells and affects how these cells act in the body. Learn more about how does cbd make you feel?

    CBD and Metabolic Disorders

    Obesity is related to chronic health disorders such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Karimian et al. (2020) explained that overacting CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body could contribute to obesity and metabolic risks. CBD works with these receptors to decrease their action and, as a result, help with weight loss. Further, CBD’s inflammation and antioxidant properties help reduce glucose levels; this lowers obesity. 

    CBD for Stress and Anxiety

    Stress and anxiety have become normal these days. Juravin et al. explained that stress could trigger hormonal imbalance leading to a hormone surge like cortisol. The immune system can be altered by such hormones and lead to several conditions like obesity and diabetes. There is a correlation between high cortisol levels and abdominal obesity. CBD reduces stress by suppressing cortisol production, leading to a healthy lifestyle. 

    Using CBD for Weight Loss

    CBD should not be considered a cure or treatment for obesity but an aid in weight loss and management. The cannabis extract can take time to manifest, especially for causes of weight loss. There are many CBD products online, and choosing one should be a personal decision or as advised by health professionals. Buy CBD products from reputable companies that have undergone third-party testing. 

    The oil can be used orally or added to food and drinks. There are recipes one can use to incorporate CBD into their diet. You can use the oil as a supplement while monitoring your diet and conducting workouts to help with weight loss. CBD is also available as edibles such as gummies and also in vapes. People with medical conditions like diabetes should consult their healthcare providers before using CBD with other medicines. 

    First-time users should start low and slow: start with a low dosage and potency and gradually increase until you get the desired effects.


    Obesity has become a common issue in the current world. People use different methods to deal with excessive weight, including dieting and exercising. There are supplements sold online advertised to help with weight loss. In the same breadth, CBD is a natural chemical that works with the body's endocannabinoid system to reduce appetite, burn fats and deal with conditions resulting from obesity. One should choose the CBD product or consult their healthcare provider for maximum benefits. Users should note that the oil is not a cure for weight loss but a supplement alongside other programs.


    Bielawiec, P., Harasim-Symbor, E., &Chabowski, A. (2020). Phytocannabinoids: Useful   drugs for the treatment of obesity? Special focus on cannabidiol. Frontiers in   endocrinology, 114.

    Juravin, D. K., Free, M., Motiei-Langroudi, R., Ahmad, W., & Daly, K. Effects of    Emotional And Stress Eating On Obesity.

    Karimian Azari, E., Kerrigan, A., & O'Connor, A. (2020). Naturally occurring         cannabinoids and their role in modulation of cardiovascular health. Journal of   Dietary Supplements, 17(5), 625-650.

    Lowe, H., Toyang, N., Steele, B., Bryant, J., &Ngwa, W. (2021). The endocannabinoid       system: A potential target for the treatment of various diseases. International   Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22(17), 9472.

    Scopinho, A. A., Guimarães, F. S., Corrêa, F. M., &Resstel, L. B. (2011). Cannabidiol          inhibits the hyperphagia induced by cannabinoid-1 or serotonin-1A receptor      agonists. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 98(2), 268-272.

    Simcocks, A. C., Jenkin, K. A., O'Keefe, L., Samuel, C. S., Mathai, M. L., McAinch, A.        J., &Hryciw, D. H. (2019). Atypical cannabinoid ligands O-1602 and O-1918    administered chronically in diet-induced obesity. Endocrine Connections, 8(3), 203-216.






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