Weighty matter: can CBD really help to fight the flab

It’s getting worse all the time, sadly, and show no signs of abating – the UK weight problem is serious, whichever way you look at it (official figures suggest now nearly two-thirds of all UK adults are overweight or obese). A worrying fact, to say the least.

However, it’s not like there’s nothing we, as individuals, can do. If we feel or know we’re overweight, we can try adjusting our lifestyles and habits to a sensible combination of exercise, improved diet and other things – such as vaping e-liquid with cannabidiol (CBD). Yes, that’s right, CBD vape juice UK

CBD’s role in weight loss

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So, why is this? Well, the human body contains what’s referred to as the endocannabinoid system, which enables specific chemicals our bodies’ produce (called cannabinoid receptors) to play important roles in physiological processes like appetite, pain-sensation, mood and memory. The trouble is, though, some experts suspect that, when these receptors are activated, weight gain becomes likelier.

How does CBD help? Well, it’s believed CBD doesn’t directly inhibit the receptors, but can influence the body’s endocannabinoid chemicals to influence the receptors in such a way that it may reduce or remove the potential for weight gain. In doing so, CBD may, too, help prevent metabolic disorders (some of which, left unchecked, could lead to the likes of diabetes).

CBD and appetite suppression

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CBD can’t be capable of lowering your appetite, can it? Surely not when you consider cannabis leads to ‘the munchies’? Wrong. The flawed logic here is to assume that the psychoactive chemical that’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which doesn’t just give you a high but also makes you hungry, is a significant ingredient in, and so has a significant effect on, CBD products; it doesn’t – because legally purchasable CBD products comprise an extremely limited amount of THC, if any at all.

In direct contrast to what THC does to them, CBD acts as an antagonist to cannabidiol receptors, so it effectively deactivates what they can do – included in that, then, is CBD helping to suppress appetite and decreasing the likelihood of overeating.

CBD’s great for fat conversion

Not all fat in the body is bad. The accumulation of white adipose tissue (WAT), or white fat, plays a pivotal role in gaining weight, but brown adipose tissue (BAT), or brown fat, doesn’t. Instead, it plays a crucial role in maintaining the body’s core temperature and energy use.

A relatively recent study1 discovered that CBD is very effective at actually turning white fat into brown fat, thereby helping you to burn calories. Brown cells, then, are naturally more positively contributory to the body, stimulating it to break down white fat cells and eliminating them. Who wouldn’t want to encourage and help that?

How much CBD is best for weight loss?

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So, what volume of CBD vape liquid or CBD edibles UK ought you to be consuming to help fight the flab? Well, like it or not, this isn’t an easy question to answer. The fact is no one human body’s the same as another; each of our bodies requires slightly – or really quite – different habits and approaches to maximise health. In terms of CBD intake to aid weight loss, then, just a few daily pulls on a vape device may suffice for one person to see positive results, but it may require more for someone else.

There’s no one-size-fits-all here – some people are just naturally more sensitive and responsive to cannabis compounds than others. It’s advisable, then, to begin with a small dose and slowly increase until you see positive results – but be careful not to overdo it, too!