CBD as an appetite regulator
In the following article we will study some interesting facts about how CBD helps regulate our metabolism to maintain a healthy and normal weight.
In addition to the basic benefits of cannabidiol in the human body (analgesic, anxiolytic, treatment of autoimmune diseases) studies have shown that it can help in weight loss. Specifically, in 2016, a study was published in Obesity magazine that looked at 786 Alaskan adults in a community known for their high cannabis use. 57.4% of the study population used cannabis and these individuals had lower body fat than non-users. But let's see how CBD works in something like this. As is well known, the most important cannabinoid receptors found in cannabis are CB1 and CB2 which work in the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) which promotes homeostasis ie the balance of all body functions. In this context, CBD can stimulate the appetite in people who are in dire need of it (such as cancer patients during chemotherapy), but it can also suppress the appetite in people who are overweight.
Another study published in the Journal of Neuroedocrinology states that the endocannabinoid system is able to stimulate specific areas of the body involved in metabolism such as skeletal muscle and the gastrointestinal tract. This is due to the presence of andanidine and 2-AG, which are two naturally occurring compounds in the body that interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors. As CBD stimulates the receptors it can help in the metabolism of the compounds absorbed from the food during the digestive process, in simple words it can help us to lose weight. Certainly, the use of CBD for this purpose should not be misunderstood as a miracle cure but should be integrated into a broader context of daily healthy eating and exercise.
Regarding the dosage of CBD that one should take to benefit and activate one's metabolism, this has to do with various factors that affect its effectiveness, such as genetics, previous history of use, weight, general his health, nationality and so on. It is always recommended to start with a small amount (eg 2-5 mg CBD) and maintain a constant dosage for 5-6 days to observe how we feel and if the specific dosage works in our body. If the dosage is not sufficient, then we increase the amount gradually, re-evaluating at each step whether it responds. It is perfectly normal for it to take up to 30 days for the full range of CBD results to be felt.
Research is ongoing and we look forward to new studies that will be added to existing studies showing that CBD can regulate appetite, boost metabolism and control insulin levels in diabetics.