Let me lead off by saying that CBD does’t give you the munchies like it’s fun-loving cousin THC. Nor does CBD get you “high” or have any psychoactive properties whatsoever. This is a source of much confusion. CBD and THC (cannabis or “weed”) both come from the marijuana plant, but because of their chemical makeup, they have very different effects on the brain and body.
THC (the one that gets you high) has an immediate and distinctive effect because it binds directly to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain. However, because CBD does NOT bind directly, its effects are not as easy to pinpoint. This also means that the effects of CBD are much broader in scope. This is why CBD is so beneficial to your overall health – it impacts every system of the body.
This is also why THC has an immediate effect while CBD has a more cumulative effect. A new user won’t feel a single dose of CBD. However, a new user will certainly feel the effects of a single dose (puff) of THC. This is the primary difference between the two.
Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body. They’re part of the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Cannabinoid receptors are similarly found in every animal species from humans all the way down to a basic sponge.
This may sound a bit heavy on the biochemistry, but the point is, cannibinoids are a fundamental component of all things living. But because of their association with “getting high” the research is way behind. But we’re catching up.
CBD and Weight Loss
In a study comparing several cannabinoids, CBD was shown to reduce total food consumption in rats. Alone, that doesn’t have much relevancy. But when it comes to weight loss, anything that you can do to stack the deck in your favor is worth trying.
Dr. Allan Frankel, a renowned internist based in Los Angeles, has studied CBD’s powerful medicinal effects for nearly two decades. His theory is that CBD is an essential nutrient similar to vitamins, minerals, and/or amino acids. A deficiency in CBD will lead to hunger because your body is deprived of a basic nutrient.
For example, when you consume a heavy carb meal that is insufficient in protein or phytonutrition, you will become physically full. This temporary feeling is a result of stretch receptors in your stomach wall becoming distended. However, this feeling is short-lived because the carbs will quickly be stored as fat, but your body will still crave the protein, fats and phytonutrition that were absent in your meal. You’ll be hungry again.
The same can be said for CBD. The absence of CBD is a contributing factor to hunger.
This is the common theme I hear in my private Facebook group. The dieters that combine CBD with their HCG 2.0 protocol have all said that they experienced less hunger than on previous rounds without CBD.
Research has also shown that CBD facilitates the following…
- Stimulating fat genes and proteins that encourage the breakdown and oxidation of fat.
- Boosting the number and the activity level of mitochondria in the body’s cells. This, in turn, is theorized to help the body burn more calories.
- Decreasing the expression of proteins involved in lipogenesis, or the generation of fat cells.
So not only will you experience less hunger, you will burn more fat.
Lastly, when Dr. Frankel was asked if there was any case in which CBD should not be used, he replied succinctly:
“No. It protects your brain and your heart, helps you control your weight, and at the same time calms you down. CBD is awesome nutrition.”