Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a substance found in the flowers and leaves of cannabis plants. More and more people are turning to this compound for beneficial results on their health and well-being.
Some believe that CBD has healing properties that may be beneficial for weight loss. But what about it really? Can CBD really help with weight loss? In this article, we will explain how CBD works and if it can really help you lose weight.
What exactly is CBD?
CBD is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It is considered a non-psychotropic compound and unlike other cannabinoids, it does not cause euphoric or psychoactive effects. However, CBD has been shown to have many therapeutic properties, including anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, antioxidant and analgesic.
In addition, research suggests that CBD may also be useful in promoting weight loss. Although studies are still limited, some have shown a potential for CBD in promoting weight loss and better body composition.
Overweight in France
Overweight is a public health problem in France. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2016, over 60% of the French population was overweight or obese. This number continues to increase each year, posing a significant health risk to those affected(https://www.who.int/fr/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight)
Being overweight is associated with a number of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer. As a result, being overweight can significantly reduce quality of life and life expectancy.
There are several factors that contribute to the overweight epidemic in France. One of the main causes is an unbalanced diet, characterized by a high consumption of foods high in fats and sugars, and a low consumption of fruits and vegetables. Lack of physical exercise is also an important factor, as many people spend more and more time in front of a computer screen or television instead of engaging in regular physical activity.
The French government has taken steps to address this growing public health problem. In 2016, the National Nutrition Health Plan was launched, aimed at improving eating habits and encouraging healthier eating. Health awareness campaigns have also been put in place to encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles.
How can CBD help with weight loss?
Research to date suggests that CBD can act on several different mechanisms to help with weight loss. For example, CBD can:
- Reduce appetite – Research shows that CBD can help reduce appetite and suppress cravings between meals, unlike cannabis, which tends to make people hungry (THC would be responsible). Research has been done in the lab on rats and has tended to show that CBD can reduce snacking between meals. Check out this 2012 study
- Increase thermogenic activity – A study has shown that CBD can increase basal metabolic rate and increase energy expenditure.
- Stimulate fat burning – Studies have shown that CBD can stimulate fat burning and promote the conversion of triglycerides into brown fat (the good kind!) A study was conducted on mice to evaluate the effectiveness of CBD in weight loss. The results showed that CBD-treated mice had significantly less white fat (the bad fat) compared to untreated mice. https://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5663345/)
Risks associated with the use of CBD for weight loss
Although CBD appears to have positive properties for promoting weight loss, there are risks associated with its use. Possible side effects include drowsiness and fatigue. Therefore, it is important to discuss with your doctor before taking CBD-based supplements.
Additionally, while CBD may be beneficial for weight loss, it should not be used as the sole source to facilitate weight loss and improve body composition. To achieve these goals, it is important to modify your diet and adopt a regular exercise program.