Many people wonder how CBD influences appetite. They are often curious whether CBD can help them lose weight. Others are afraid that it will stimulate their appetite because CBD is derived from hemp plants. Although it is commonly known that smoking or eating hemp flowers, or cannabis (e.g., ‘weed’) can give you ‘the munchies’, this increased appetite is not caused by CBD present in the plant.
SupMedi CBD contains no THC
CBD does have an effect on appetite, but its effects are different from those of THC (the psychoactive compound in weed). SupMedi CBD is strictly tested in laboratories to ensure our products contain only pure CBD and no THC. Rest assured: our CBD Oil, Tablets, Nutrition and Skincare will not get you ‘high’ or cause you to raid your fridge. They do have other effects on your appetite, however
How CBD influences appetite
CBD and THC are cannabinoids, which are extracted from the hemp plant. Hemp contains a variety of active substances, among which are various cannabinoids. What makes these cannabinoids so extraordinary, is their ability to work together with your own body. They do this through our endocannabinoid system (ECS). This network is spread out through our entire body. The ECS is present in vital systems such as the liver, the digestive system, the brain, stomach, muscles, the immune system and even in body fat.
The ECS is a complex system, which regulates various processes. It influences your sense of hunger, your metabolism and feelings of nausea. Because CBD can work together with the ECS, it can also influence your appetite.
Receptors and hormones control your appetite
Both THC and CBD can influence the ECS. However, these two compounds influence the system in separate ways. The munchies effect associated with smoking cannabis is caused by THC. CBD influences appetite in a different way. The endocannabinoid system functions by means of receptors. There are CB1 and CB2 receptors. THC stimulates the CB1 receptors, which you predominantly find in the brain.
Your appetite is regulated in the hypothalamus, an ancient part of the brain. Appetite is stimulated or inhibited by two hormones: ghrelin, which is produced when you are hungry. The other is leptin, the hormone that inhibits appetite, which causes you to feel full. The part of the brain that regulates the production of ghrelin, is stimulated by CB1 receptors. Because THC binds with these receptors, it’s not hard to understand that it can cause strong feelings of hunger.
When you use CBD, something else will happen, however. It doesn’t matter if you use CBD tablets or CBD oil. CBD binds to CB2 receptors, which have a different effect and are spread out all over the body. In addition, CBD suppresses CB1 receptors and blocks them, right where THC would bind with them. Not only does CBD function differently, but by inhibiting CB1 receptors, CBD can actually reduce your appetite.
CBD for a healthy appetite
Food is a basic necessity of life. Moreover, the right types of food are delicious and healthy, and eating together is a rewarding social activity. That’s why eating can also be problematic. We can eat too much, make unhealthy choices, or even grow addicted to eating. Dietary problems can also be caused by medication. This can suppress your appetite or make you feel nauseous, as can happen during chemotherapy, for instance.
CBD can be a positive contribution when you try to stick to healthy eating habits. It can help when you want to lose weight or have trouble staying away from candy or snacks. If you take CBD regularly, you may notice it gets easier to keep your thoughts away from food. It can also help curb your appetite, which makes it easier to limit yourself to normal sized portions.
Because CBD can also help with addictions, it could be that helping hand, to support healthy eating habits. CBD can be used when you have to take medication that can cause nausea, as well. CBD can alleviate nausea and improve your appetite. Always stay safe, however. If you are currently on any medication, we advise you to consult your doctor before trying any CBD products. If you do decide to start using CBD, always go for high-quality brands like SupMedi. Our laboratory tests and strict quality control are your best guarantee for pure and natural CBD products.