CBD and Fat Loss - What Does the Science Say?
There’s a lot of talk about CBD’s newly discovered benefits, and a lot of it is focused on its supposed ability to promote weight and fat loss. But what does each study say about using CBD as fat loss support?
Now, it does seem like there is enough research to back up the credulity of this statement. However, what does the science actually say?
Let’s break it down fully and talk about all the things that CBD is meant to do for you. Does it actually live up to the hype? Let’s find out.
CBD and Appetite Control
Before we deep dive into molecular-level intensity, we’re going to be covering the basics of each of the most popular claims first. The first of which, is CBD’s relationship with Appetite Control.
According to a study that was conducted in 2018, there is reason to believe that taking CBD has the potential of reducing one’s appetite. However, things are a little more complicated than that. At least, when you look at the science behind it all.
Antagonizing CB1 Receptors
One term that you’re probably going to be hearing a lot — at least when looking up things that are related to CBD, is the term CB1 receptors. These are compounds that naturally occur in the human body, primarily in the human brain.
And, more importantly, these are in charge of stimulating your appetite. Now, if you are a cannabis user, then you should know that there is a compound in cannabis that stimulates these receptors to make you crave sweets and fatty foods.
However, that compound is completely different from CBD. For one, CBD doesn’t affect CB1 receptors directly. Instead, it blocks off certain molecules that are vital in the creation of CB1 receptors. Thus, ‘antagonizing’ the process and making it so CB1 receptors are unable to stimulate your appetite at a constant rate.
How Effective is It?
This first claim is credible, and there is enough research that we know exactly what’s going on. It should be noted, however, that while CBD might result in reduced appetite, this isn’t necessarily going to lead to significant fat loss.
Not unless the user is actively burning calories (be it through a diet or through exercise.)
A calorie deficit is essential to lose fat, if you're not burning more calories than you put in, you won't slim down. Simple.
CBD and Fat Browning
This particular benefit is a two for one kind of deal. Because, according to the available research, not only is CBD able to melt bad fat away it’s also able to create good fats that actively burn more calories.
For this, we have the term fat browning to remember. As CBD actively replaces the bad fat (called white fat) with good fat (called brown fat.)
Now, to be able to talk about the science behind all of this, we must first discuss what it means to have brown fat. Because, not much is currently known about it. The only thing that we do know, is the fact that it is better than white or yellow fat.
As mentioned previously, the research claims that this type of fat is more ‘active’ — which in this case means, that it results in more calories burned. But, how does that work, and how does CBD prompt the whole fat browning process in the first place? That’s when we get into the science.
How does CBD Turn White Fat to Brown Fat?
Well, according to the study that these claims are linked to. CBD acts as an instigator in this case (opposite of its earlier effect with appetite control.) This time, rather than indirectly affecting existing processes, it sets some in motion that allows the conversion of white fat cells into brown fat cells.
It’s also been observed to increase metabolism and promote the melting of fat (the bad fat in this case.) From these facts alone, there does seem to be plenty of potential as far as the relationship between CBD and fat loss goes.
However, even the researchers of the study themselves would recommend that more research be conducted in order to tell once and for all how this can be when applied as therapy for preventing obesity in humans.
CBD and Metabolic Disorders
For the last claim left for discussion, we’re going to be keeping things pretty simple. The subject itself is simple and might not result to fat loss. However, the study that answers the question in this case does shed some light on how CBD actually affects a human body.
By that we mean, that the study was conducted on living things. Specifically, rats. Rats who were injected with CBD on a daily basis and were observed to show significantly less cholesterol – at least 25% less in obese rats.
Thus, leading the researchers to believe that CBD has the potential to lessen the risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, etc. in rodents that were obese.
Again, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the same significant effect would be seen when CBD is administered in humans (that remains inconclusive until human trials are conducted.)
However, at the moment, CBD shows far more promise than some of the other ‘miracle’ fat loss solutions in the market.
Conclusion: CBD and Fat Loss - What Does the Science Say?
Alright, so now we know what it does and how the science applies. However, we ended things pretty vaguely in all three cases by saying that more research might be needed in order to know the truth once and for all. Does that mean that CBD doesn’t work?
The answer is a little more difficult than that. There’s no reason to believe it won’t work, but it also doesn’t mean that it will work for you 100%.
Remember, you need to move more to Burn fat and ShredCBD can be a perfect supplement to support a healthy calorie deficit and make fat burning even easier!
What it means is, that there’s enough reason to believe that it can help you if used properly. Again, just like what we recommended earlier.
But, there’s definitely enough research to believe that results can and will come!
Plus coupled with our completely free workout guide, you'll find you can use CBD to support that all important calorie deficit and get that fat burning away.