Metabolism, Weight Loss, and CBD
Pretty much everybody wants to lose weight, but for a lot of us it can be harder than just signing up for a gym membership. The roadblocks can range anywhere from not being able to afford a membership, to not having time to hit the gym, to even having the unfortunate metabolic disposition to gain weight—or, at least, to not lose it.
So… maybe you’ve tried to go to the gym, maybe you’ve tried every diet you can find, maybe you’ve cut out sweets and indulgences, maybe you’ve tried every last weight loss technique—traditional or those “in vogue”—and you’re simply not getting the results that you want. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, allow me to suggest CBD.
CBD is already known to be an effective remedy to or to at least alleviate pain, nausea, and potentially even depression and cancer to an extent. It would seem as though this natural substance is sort of a holy grail of the medicinal world—but what if I told you that CBD can also help you lose weight?
A calorie is a unit of energy. Everything we eat and drink is made up of these units, and we then use them to make our bodies function. Whether it be physical activity or internal bodily processes, everything takes energy, which is why we need to consume food. Obesity, by its technical definition, is an imbalance between the amount of energy we consume and the amount of energy we utilize—that is, taking in more calories than you burn.
This notion is probably pretty common ground, but what’s perhaps less common knowledge is exactly how these calories go from being ingested to being either stored or used. Even more importantly for us is how those calories that have been stored go from storage to being used—or burning fat that has been packed away. This is called “fat browning.”
Fat browning is the process where white-colored fat tissue in your body is converted to a beige or “brown” colored fat tissue. This is an important and helpful process, as the white-colored fat tissue stores energy, while the beige-colored fat tissue burns calories instead. Animal studies have even shown that this process increases an individual’s glucose tolerance, which in turn makes you more resistant to certain abnormalities like diabetes.
OK…so, how does CBD come in?
A new Korean study has found that CBD is able to promote this process of fat browning, and in doing so is able to stimulate proteins and genes that:
- break down fat
- increase the amount and the activity of mitochondria in the body (which burn calories)
- and diminish fat generation by lowering the expansion of proteins in lipogenesis (a natural biochemical process that turns acetyl-CoA into fatty acids, storing energy in fat)
Essentially, this means that CBD is able to help your body more efficiently get rid of fat, ultimately turning that fat content into usable energy, and at times even preventing the fat from building up in the first place. This, of course, leads to weight loss as well as naturally increased levels of energy.
That being said, we all know that moderating calorie and fat intake as well as energy consumption are major factors to weight loss, so there’s still another enormously influential factor to consider: metabolism.
As we’ve all complained (either quietly to ourselves or to our friends and family), our metabolism simply isn’t what it used to be as we get older, and many people’s metabolism is completely out of whack—including unnecessarily large appetites, higher propensities to look for food and to gain weight, etc. This is a gigantic roadblock in the weight loss process that is difficult for a lot of us to overcome…and doesn’t always feel immediately solvable by diet and exercise.
Just as we have our circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems that are crucial to our health and lives, we also have another biological system that regulates a number of cognitive and psychological processes including pain-sensation, appetite, mood, and even fertility. This system is called the endocannabinoid system, and is a system of neurotransmitters and receptors that help run the nervous system.
When talking about CBD, the most mentioned of these receptors is the CB1 receptor, which is located in the central and peripheral nervous system and is activated by natural proteins—as well as by THC and CBD.
The “abnormal” metabolic behaviors that we described already are often due to an overcharge of the CB1 receptor in the endocannabinoid system. Overstimulation of these receptors leads to increased fat gain in the abdominal section, as well as a general increase in fat cells and an increased resistance to insulin. This can spark a dangerous cycle that leads us back to increased food-seeking, the general increase of appetite, and thus the inevitable fat gain.
Luckily, CBD offers a way to fix this crooked metabolism. CBD, as we know, moderates those same CB1 receptors. In the same way that CBD fights pain and treats anxiety, it ensures the CB1 receptors aren’t overstimulated, which in turn can prevent and even reverse that same increased interest and search for food and overbearing appetite.
In short, CBD works naturally to not only convert the fat in your body into readily usable energy sources, but it also works to make sure the way your body naturally handles calories and energy is as efficient as it can be. This means that not only is CBD going to be able to treat your nausea, calm your anxiety, treat depression, get you a better night’s sleep, and potentially even fight cancer—on top of all of that, CBD is going to be able to help you watch your figure, all by simply helping your body manage its intake and output better.
With more and more research coming out every day, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that CBD can help you in so many aspects of your life…and in completely natural and healthy ways. Every day that passes, one notion becomes stronger: it would be “medically irresponsible” to ignore what CBD has to offer.