Weight Control

CBD and weight control

For many of us, after the festive season we start to make new years resolutions which often include the gloomy prospect of healthy living and weight control!

We have been looking into the effects of CBD on weight control and whether it will help! CBD has already been found to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anxiolytic, anti-psychoactive, anti-tumor and anti-emetic properties! So what about weight control? ​

CBD helps you burn calories

In a newly published study in the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Korean researchers studied the effects of CBD on fat cells to explore potential benefits on the treatment and prevention of obesity. Remarkably, CBD was found to do the following:Stimulate genes and proteins that enhance the breakdown and oxidation of fatIncrease the number and activity of mitochondria (which increases the body’s ability to burn calories)Decrease the expression of proteins involved in lipogenesis (fat cell generation)

Collectively, these results stem from the ability of CBD to induce “fat browning” – that is, converting what is normally white-colored fat tissue (WAT-white adipose tissue) that stores energy to beige-colored fat tissue (BAT-brown and beige adipose tissue) that burns it. Previous studies have shown that boosting beige-colored fat in animals improves their glucose tolerance, making them more resistant to diabetes and various blood lipid abnormalities.

CBD will help with your overall well-being

Interestingly, over-activation of the endocannabinoid system contributes to increased abdominal obesity (i.e., fat gain along the midsection), glucose uptake into adipocytes (fat cells), and insulin resistance in muscle tissue. This “metabolic dysfunction” sets up a vicious cycle whereby further insulin resistance in muscles and the liver increases abdominal obesity and further CB1 over-activation, resulting in greater food-seeking behavior, increased appetite, and increased body fat gain. Another study published in 2012 by Farrimond et al. examining the effects of different phytocannabinoids, demonstrated that CBD decreased food consumption and weight gain.

So simply put….CBD will help with your overall well-being, increased energy and decreased stress level. It is not the new ‘miracle’ weight loss drug, however CBD will put your body into a healthy state to greatly assist you to reach your ideal weight in a healthy way, and most importantly help to keep the weight off!

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