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CBD & Fat Loss

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A fair amount of copy and paste info coming up, but more or less Im looking to start a discussion and get opinions on the use of CBD for fat loss w/ additional life improvement benefits. 

CBD Based Fat Loss:

1 - Promotes fat oxidation

CBD has been subjected to numerous studies on metabolism and other physical factors. One key study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine found that:

'CBD plays dual modulatory roles in the form of inducing the brown-like phenotype as well as promoting lipid metabolism.' [1] 

This study concluded that CBD is a useful tool to help target stored fat cells and even impact the subjects metabolism. Making it a potentially very exciting tool in the battle against obesity. 

In short, CBD offers a two pronged attack on stores of visible and non visible fat.

2 - Reduction in daily calorie intake

Ghrelin is a hormone that is responsible for stimulating feelings of hunger and appetite. CB1 receptors are responsible for signalling the production of this hormone in the hypothalamus (appetite) area of your brain.

A study [2] on CBD found that subjects who were given CBD saw a massive reduction in food consumption than the control subjects in the study. 

The study found that subjects injected with a CBD receptor antagonist saw:'

''..resulted in a further significant decrease in HF diet intake and a profound reduction in body weight gain...'

This means that CBD can help control your cravings for snacks and extra food. Reducing overall calorie intake and ensuring the weight starts to fall off.

3 - Interacts with mitrocondia

Your mitrocondia are the building blocks of all the cells in your body. CBD has shown some interesting interactions with these tiny parts of you. 

Research has found that CBD can help organise these cells and help strengthen and protect the good ones and remove bad ones.

What's exciting is that there are a countless number of illnesses and conditions, including metabolic [3] disorders that could be impacted due to these interactions as well as the fact that new cells and improved mitochondrial function can contribute to more energy and daily vitality.

4 - Improve energy levels, mood and exercise performance

An increasing number of athletes in nearly every discipline are utilising CBD to push themselves further and harder. Some endurance athletes have even dropped regular painkillers in favour of CBD as a natural alternative. This is because CBD offers anti-inflammatory effects. 

One review [4] of a number of studies the use of cannabinoids as a way to treat chronic pain and inflammation concluded that:

'...the future for cannabinoid therapeutics appears very bright, indeed.'

This impacts fat loss as it means that the potential for an increased number of calories burned through exercise. And even the potential for quicker recovery. Increasing the potential for you cut back on fat quicker than ever.

5 -Better sleep and a reduction in stress hormone cortisol - which can have a huge impact on weight

Sleep is a crucial part of fat loss. In fact, there a study [5] found an association between a lack of sleep of weight gain due to an increase in appetite. 

If your sleep improves, you can be sure that this will have an impact on both your weight and also your mood and general lifestyle. 

A study [6] into CBD and sleep stability concluded:

results support the hypothesis that endocannabinoid signalling through CB1 is necessary for NREM stability.

In short cannabinoids can play a role in ensuring you have a fixed and good nights sleep. 

Another area linked to the potential effects of CBD on sleep, is that it's got a promising link to reducing anxiety and stress. Stress, is heavily linked to the hormone cortisol which is linked to increased fat and weight gain [7]. 


[1] Parray, H A, and J W Yun. “Cannabidiol Promotes Browning in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes.” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports., U.S. National Library of Medicine, May 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27067870.

[2] Wierucka-Rybak, M, et al. “The Effects of Leptin in Combination with a Cannabinoid Receptor 1 Antagonist, AM 251, or Cannabidiol on Food Intake and Body Weight in Rats Fed a High-Fat or a Free-Choice High Sugar Diet.” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25179081.

[3] Bénard, G, et al. “Mitochondrial CB₁ Receptors Regulate Neuronal Energy Metabolism.” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 4 Mar. 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22388959.

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660


[6] Pava, M J, et al. “Endocannabinoid Signaling Regulates Sleep Stability.” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 31 Mar. 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27031992.



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