CBD: Fat Loss and Diabetes Prevention

Many individuals find it hard to believe that cannabidiol (CBD) can help assist weight loss because they automatically associate cannabis with the “munchies” and, therefore, assume CBD will increase a person’s appetite.

But that’s not the case at all. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is what’s responsible for both the psychoactive effects people feel after consuming and the so-called munchies they may get.

CBD has the opposite effect. It actually suppresses the appetite. CBD stimulates genes and proteins that break down fat cells within the new body and reduces the amount of new fat cells that are generated. Another powerful weight loss property of CBD is that it increases the level of mitochondria found within the body, allowing the body to burn more calories.

One of the greatest benefits of CBD is its ability to increase the process of browning fat. Fat browning is the process that changes white fat tissue into beige/brown fat.

White fat is what is responsible for preserving energy. Brown fat indicates the burning of energy. So instead of letting white fat build up, CBD will help the browning process and burn fat altogether.

Research shows that CBD does indeed have a direct effect on our metabolism. During 2016, Korean researchers published a study on the topic in the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.

After carefully monitoring CBD and its effects on immature fat cells, aka preadipocytes, astonishingly they found that the cannabinoid has not one, but three ways of effecting “fat browning.”

In the recent study conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,579 were currently doing CBD and 1975 were using CBD in the past.

In multivariable-adjusted models, current CBD use was associated with 16% lower fasting insulin levels and 17% lower HOMA-IR. The study found significant associations between CBD use and smaller waist circumferences.

The worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016, according to the World Health Organization. Overweight and obese people suffer high risks of associated sickness, disease, and disability.

And there aren’t many drugs which medical professionals regard as safe or non-toxic that address the development of obesity. Research shows that CBD can reduce food intake, while simultaneously treating the symptoms which are typically associated with obesity. Those obesity symptoms include high blood pressure and anxiety.

Therefore, CBD is considered to be a non-stimulant based appetite suppressant, as well as an aid in thermogenesis.

A study into CBD’s effects on obesity published in the Journal of Hepatology studied the effects of CBD. The results showed that CBD reduced accumulated lipid levels, increased lipid metabolism, and increased yolk lipid mobilization which inhibits the development of hepatosteatosis and liver disease.

The results of the studies being done on CBD use show a clear correlation between alterations in appetite, weight gain, and emotions associated with food. CBD is a safe, effective, and extremely beneficial tool to utilize when trying to lose body fat.

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