Can Cannabis Really Help You Lose Weight?
Can cannabis really help you lose weight? Possibly, and according to some scientists, definitely.
On the surface, it doesn’t make any sense. You smoke a joint and in less than an hour you’ve got the munchies. All you want to do is binge on junk food. We’ve all been there. So, how is that supposed to help you lose weight? It’s a paradox solved in a roundabout way.
More than one study has shown that obesity rates are lower in people who regularly consume cannabis as compared to those who do not, and this despite the fact that they generally eat more. A study from Michigan State University, based on 33,000 people, also indicated that people who consume cannabis on a regular basis weighed less than those who don’t.
While the studies did not completely prove the cause and effect relationship between cannabis and lower obesity rates, they did show a correlation between the two factors, and there are other reasons to believe the relationship is real.
Medical cannabis patients have always praised cannabis for its ability to help reduce pain, stress, anxiety and sleeplessness, all of which are among the underlying factors that can contribute to weight gain. Additionally, cannabis users were found to be more motivated to exercise, and for longer periods of time than non-cannabis users.
A boosted metabolism combined with reduced inflammation, less pain and stress, better sleep patterns, increased mobility and more physical activity, can obviously have a positive influence on weight loss, and additional research suggests cannabis could be even more effective in this area.
The two most studied cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, THC and CBD, each address the weight loss challenge in their own unique ways depending on an individual’s body chemistry, but CBD also has additional benefits.
Studies indicate that CBD can reduce appetite, while at the same time improving the body’s ability to burn fat by transforming white fat cells into brown fat cells, which break down easier and burn more calories. And there’s another cannabinoid showing even more promise in the area of weight loss.
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) is found in trace amounts in most cannabis strains, but it has attracted the attention of researchers lately for its ability to suppress appetite. In small doses, it does not have the psychoactive properties of THC, and instead acts like CBD to reduce the effects of THC. In higher doses, THCV is said to produce a stimulating, clear-headed high that intensifies the effects of THC. Research studies have shown that THCV also has potential in the areas of blood sugar regulation, anxiety reduction, bone growth, and in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
THCV is generally found in higher percentages in African landrace sativas, but there are strains with hybridized African genetics that can contain higher amounts of this emerging cannabinoid star. Strains containing more than trace amounts of THCV include Doug’s Varin, Girl Scout Cookies, Durban Poison, Pineapple Purps, Power Plant, Jack the Ripper, Willie Nelson, Durban Cheese, Red Congolese, Skunk #1 and Pink Boost Goddess.
Expect more strains containing this unique cannabinoid to be on the way in the future, as its appetite suppressant capabilities continue to impress. To discover more potentially high THCV strains, you can have some fun researching lineage information at Leafly.ca.
While cannabis is not a miracle cure for weight loss at this point, its positive impact on underlying factors and its ability to boost metabolism, reduce appetite and improve the fat burning process make it a legitimate natural contender in this space, especially when combined with proper diet and exercise.
Based on the factors above, CBD oil and strains featuring a higher percentage of CBD would seem to be a good starting point for those looking to add something special to their weight loss routines. For more help on selecting the right strain, talk to a Cannabis Specialist at one of the Delta 9 retail stores, or call the Delta 9 Lifestyle Clinic at (204) 410-3424.
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