When it comes to losing weight, there’s no avoiding the hard work: change your eating habits, exercise more, and stick to it.
Still, there’s no reason not to use whatever tools are available to make the process easier. In the last decade a variety of new weight-loss pills have emerged, but if you prefer natural remedies, then CBD oil may be able to help you.
CBD comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, but it’s not the part that zonks you out or gives you the munchies; that’s THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. CBD has different effects on the body, because it interacts differently with the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The ECS is a network of transmitters and receptors in your nervous system that’s involved in a lot of bodily and mental functions – mood, digestion, memory, immune reactions, and other things that scientists are still discovering.
Research on CBD, THC and other active ingredients of cannabis is still ramping up, and much work remains to be done. But studies have confirmed CBD’s safety and lack of side effects, along with interesting data about the ways it could aid in your weight loss journey.
Reducing Pain with CBD
Starting an exercise regimen when you’ve been sedentary for a long time can be extra difficult. Your muscles and joints can get sore before they adapt to the new activity level.
While you shouldn’t ignore severe pain – your body is raising the alarm for a reason, after all – CBD can soothe the minor aches and pains from a workout. Research indicates that CBD can help various kinds of pain, probably due to the ECS’ role in the immune system’s inflammatory response. You can take it internally and also get CBD-infused sprays and creams, depending on what kind of pain you have.
CBD for Managing Stress
While different people overeat for different reasons, stress eating is a common phenomenon. Food makes us feel good, and it can be difficult to say no to yourself when you feel beleaguered by other aspects of your life.
One of the major reasons why CBD is popular is its calming effects, making it a target of research on complicated conditions such as anxiety and depression. A nice CBD smoothie can provide a soothing alternative to binging on ice cream.
Controlling Appetites through CBD
While THC can increase a user’s appetite for food, an interesting study found that CBD counteracts that, diminishing the body’s interest in both food. Another experiment found a similar effect with tobacco, and it’s also under study for alcohol abuse.
It’s not clear whether CBD directly reduces hunger; some studies have found that CBD may result in less eating. But clearly the ECS is involved with modifying our cravings, so CBD can help you resist temptations of food and other vices that might get you off track.
If you’ve been following health news, you may have heard about “white fat” and “brown fat.” White fat is how your body stores energy, but brown fat burns it off, generally by creating heat. So one way to reduce white fat by increasing brown fat is to make yourself really cold.
A somewhat more pleasant option, though, may be CBD. Lab testing has indicated that CBD may contribute to the browning of white fat, and therefore can play a role in fighting obesity.
Overall, science is finding that the ECS plays a large role in body weight, through multiple vectors that researchers are still teasing out. But we do know that CBD can bring benefits to health and wellness the natural way, and that’s always a satisfying thing.