According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Approximately 2 out of 3 people are overweight or obese. CBD oil offers a unique range of benefits that can help protect the body from the negative impact obesity has on the body.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the predominant cannabinoid in cannabis oils made from hemp, it has 3 major benefits for people suffering from obesity:
Supports our mitochondria and metabolic health.
Mitochondria are a key part of the metabolic system, but they are too small to take care of this system on their own.
This is where the endocannabinoid system comes into play. This system works within the cell to regulate the level of activity of the mitochondria.
When the mitochondria are not working hard enough, the ECS whips them into shape. When they are working too hard and producing more energy than we need, the ECS tells them to take the day off and reduce production.
For obese people, this means getting the mitochondria back in shape, converting more fats and sugars into energy that we can then burn.
When combined with proper exercise and nutritional support, this can significantly reduce overall fat storage by increasing the rate at which it is burned.
Normalizes insulin levels to promote fat burning.
Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas that transports sugar into cells, where it is then converted into energy.
In a study involving nearly 4,700 patients with metabolic disease, CBD and cannabis use showed a 17% reduction in fasting insulin.
These effects are also extremely valuable for people with obesity, as they help stabilize insulin levels and begin the process of reducing weight to healthy levels.
This is perhaps the most beneficial activity provided by CBD oil for long-term obesity.
Decreases appetite to decrease caloric intake.
CBD is considered an appetite suppressant, while THC is considered an appetite stimulant.
It works by enhancing the sensitivity of the hypothalamus, the region of the brain responsible for controlling most of our homeostasis, including hunger levels.
The trick to successful weight loss is to view it as a long-term lifestyle change. Don't lose 20 pounds next week, or even the week after; take it slow and make the changes permanent.
Changing your diet to something lower in refined carbohydrates and processed foods, and eating more vegetables will go a long way.
For more information on the subject visit our course on cannabis and obesity.