Although marijuana users typically eat more, they generally weigh less than non-users. A study of about 50,000 people found that those who used marijuana at least 3 days a week had a 14-17% obesity rate, compared to 22% and -25% for those who had not used marijuana in the past year. The exact compound that contributes to weight loss in marijuana users is not known. However, since CBD is one of the compounds in marijuana, it may be involved in this relationship.
Research supports the idea that cannabinoids as a whole, rather than individually, may affect our appetite, metabolism, and similar body functions related to weight.
Be careful: although CBD may aid in weight loss, it can conversely lead to weight gain by increasing appetite.
Changes in appetite are one of the most common side effects of CBD treatment. However, the effects are of different nature. Some people’s appetite may decrease, while others’ appetite may increase.
When ingesting CBD, a combination of factors, including the type of product and our genetics, determine how it affects our appetite. Although most people equate cannabis with an appetite stimulant, they tend to experience hunger after using cannabis (whether hemp or marijuana).
This is due to a compound called THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. While THC can induce hunger pangs, CBD has the opposite effect. According to a study, CBD has the ability to suppress appetite. Leptin is a protein that acts as an anorexigenic mediator; H. it causes loss of appetite. Leptin also plays an important role in food intake, body weight control, and metabolism.
CBD may promote weight loss by reducing appetite, boosting metabolism, and encouraging “tanning” of fat cells. However, research is currently limited and more human studies are needed.