According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), more than 40 percent of adults in the United States struggle with obesity. This is alarming. Obese people struggle to lose weight, and only a small percentage of these people manage to lose weight successfully. While exercising and eating a healthy diet can help someone lose weight, obese people are looking for other safe options that can help them lose weight faster. Is cannabis a practical option, and are there some cannabis strains for weight loss that have been known to work?
Cannabis and weight loss is a topic that is not often discussed. People who use cannabis, especially marijuana, are known to get “the munchies.” So, how can cannabis help increase one’s appetite and promote weight loss at the same time?
Cannabis is used to increase appetite in patients suffering from wasting diseases such as AIDS and cancer. Additionally, research shows that cannabis can help with weight loss in terms of helping the body improve metabolism. Let’s take a look at facts about the potential relationship between cannabis and weight loss.
Cannabis Users Weigh Less
According to research, studies show that cannabis consumers are slimmer. Their fasting insulin levels are lower compared to people who do not use cannabis. This is an ironic fact, considering that people who use cannabis often get munchies. But binge eating is not a common side effect for cannabis users. Some users also report that cannabis suppresses their consummation. This loss of appetite comes from the involvement of cannabinoids.
Two types of cannabinoids are in play while under the influence of cannabis: THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). These two cannabinoids play significant roles in metabolism and appetite.
THC is intoxicating and is responsible for an increase in appetite. On the other hand, THCV does not have intoxicating effects and acts as an appetite suppressant. THCV decreases the CB1 receptor activity, which experts believe leads to a leaner body. This means cannabis strains for weight loss should include THCV.
De-stressing Melts Away Fat
One of the major causes of weight gain is stress. When you are stressed, your body releases a hormone known as cortisol which causes your body to burn fewer calories and hoard fat. Using cannabis with lower amounts of THC can help you relax and prevent the release of cortisol in your body. This increases your metabolism, leading to a slimmer body.
You should not attempt to use cannabis for weight loss before consulting your doctor first. Cannabis is not a one-size-fits-all solution for losing weight and should not be taken as a solution for obesity.
While the facts show that cannabis can help with weight loss, it should not be used as a replacement for regular exercise and a healthy diet. Adding cannabis to your weight loss program will give you better results. To know which weight-loss strains will work best for you, talk to a cannabis expert.