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While many people could be struggling to fight weight gain and related health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, there is a rise in alternative solutions to lose weight. One of these is cannabis. It contains various compounds that help the body function by binding the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the nervous system, the brain, and the immune system. CBD is one of these compounds in the cannabis plant that activates the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which plays a crucial role in regulating metabolism processes. But how can these compounds in cannabis help with weight loss?

What is cannabis, and how does it help you lose weight?

Cannabis contains several Cannabinoids, which make it so popular in the health and wellness industry. Among these compounds, Cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are the most prevalent cannabinoids in a cannabis plant. However, when dealing with weight loss, a unique cannabinoid known as Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) comes into play for its ability to suppress appetite. 

THCV is the cannabinoid that could help you in your journey to lose weight. It has shown positive results in regulating blood sugar levels and might help with diabetes, closely linked to weight gain. Therefore, you will need to consider a Cannabis strain with a higher THCV percentage and minimal THC traces.  

Even though CBD is the most popular for its medical uses, it doesn’t cause weight gain or stimulate the appetite. On the other hand, THC causes ‘the munchies,’ a phenomenon where a user gets hungry, and the need to eat is elevated. If you are worried about weight gain, you may opt for a CBD product with little to no THC. CBD counteracts the hunger sensation that THC induces. If you are struggling to have a night of better sleep, you may consider buying a cannabis strain high in CBD from a weed shop.

Cannabis can promote good sleep. 

Fighting weight gain involves several factors besides what you eat or drink. You may avoid foods that are high in calories but still add extra pounds. A study shows that sleep may help you to lose weight by burning excess calories while you sleep. Poor sleep patterns may promote hunger sensation and thus require you to snack through your sleep.

HIgh-CBD strains promote relaxation and help your muscles relax. All these factors combined will enhance your sleepiness and improve Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep.

Cannabis might help reduce your appetite. 

Even though many people associate cannabis with causing ‘the munchies,' it might help you with weight loss by suppressing one's appetite. THC is a popular compound in Cannabis that may cause hunger. On the other hand, CBD and THC suppress hunger sensations and counteract THC's effects on individuals.

If you are looking for a cannabis strain that will not cause weight gain, choose one high in CBD. It will stimulate the CB2 receptors, which control obesity, reduce inflammation, and reduce appetite. All these parameters will yield a collective effort to help your body shed weight. 

Cannabis helps to convert white fats into good fat. 

A study backs the claim that Cannabis strains rich in CBD may play a crucial role in how the body interacts with fats. This study emphasizes the ability of CBD to convert white fats (bad fats) into brown fat (good fat). In the process, the body can burn extra calories and thus help with weight loss. 

Further, CBD has shown positive results in helping the body to convert white fat cells into brown fat cells, consequently allowing the body to burn unwanted fats efficiently. Besides weight loss, this breakdown of bad fat may help prevent chronic ailments such as high blood pressure, heart diseases, diabetes, etc.

The right cannabis strain will help with your exercises.

Exercises are an effective way to shed excess weight. However, you may feel reluctant to push yourself to do the exercises. A cannabis strain rich in CBD might help you overcome the reluctance and improve your focus to accomplish your weight loss journey. However, these strains are useful when doing cardio exercises such as cycling or treadmill, rather than resistance exercises such as weightlifting. 

Cannabis might reduce metabolic disorders. 

Most of the metabolic disorders have a close linkage to excess weight and obesity. A condition known as metabolic syndrome is brought about by consuming foods high in energy than the body requires. Even though reducing food intake might help with some metabolic disorders, it is a more effective solution. It interacts with the hormone that causes a hunger sensation and reduces appetite and the need to eat time and again. 


This reduces the metabolic syndrome progression and strains the excess food has on the liver in regulating blood sugar. CBD might reduce the over-activation of the CB1 receptors, which contribute to weight gain and other metabolic risks. 


A lot of research shows promising results on how cannabis strains rich in CBD interact with the body to reduce weight. However, the strains are not a treatment for weight gain disorders and obesity. You will need to establish the right connection between CBD, regular exercise, and a healthy diet. Notwithstanding, you will need to consult with your doctor when using cannabis for weight loss.


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