To tell you the truth, I was working on another article when a message arrived:
“I have the munchies! I hope it’s not from the CBD oil but it would be nice to have something to blame it on besides poor self-control!”
(I won’t reveal you the sender’s name yet, even though – I bet – a lot of you have already guessed. You will have to read THE WHOLE article to know who is responsible for it.)
“Does CBD make you hungry “ is the question that was formed in my mind as soon as I finished reading the message.
I won’t make use of my personal experience to give you answers. I do take CBD oil but I still have no appetite and keep losing weight. Unfortunately, there is no scientific or personal evidence that it can fix a broken heart 🙂
Cannabis and Hunger
There is no surprise that my reader and friend is wondering about the possibility that CBD oil is responsible for her munchies.
The cannabis plant has been a victim of decades of propaganda, stereotypes, and misconceptions besides a “witch-hunt” worse than that of Salem.
A common stereotyped belief regarding the cannabis plant is associated with an increase in appetite.
I said cannabis.
I repeat: C A N N A B I S
Why don’t you correct me?
I intentionally chose the term cannabis to trigger your reaction.
The term is wrong and if you didn’t react, it means you aren’t aware of the differences between the terms cannabis, hemp, and marijuana
The actual culprit for the increase in appetite is the marijuana plant and specifically, its dominant component, the most famous cannabinoid, and CBD’s sibling. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
The reason why you experience this uncontrollable and extreme hunger when you are “high” is
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
I tend to repeat myself, I know.
I’ve been a teacher for all my life and I know that repetition serves to acquire a better understanding of things and more solid knowledge.
Even though I’ve explained the ECS more extensively, in a previous article of mine, I’ll present it to you once more to refresh your memory:-)
We use the term Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to describe an extensive network of neurotransmitters (=endocannabinoids ) and receptors throughout your body that is responsible for the regulation and the maintenance of homeostasis (=balance) and overall health.
The ECS is considered as the most important physiologic system in your body.
According to Dr. Dustin Sulak, it is vital to
“every level of biological life, from the sub-cellular to the organism, and perhaps to the community and beyond.”
The ECS is made up of two receptors.
I can hear you saying: “So what? Just two? “
Don’t hurry up to underestimate them
- Cannabinoid Receptors 1 (CB1)
They are spread throughout your body in organs, gonads, and connective tissue but their concentration is more intense in areas in your brain and spinal cord associated with the behaviors they impact.
- Amygdala, which is known to regulate appetite
- Nerve endings, which are responsible for the feeling of pain
- Hypothalamus, which plays a role in mood, behavior, perception, and cognition among others.
- Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2).
They are located in immune cells and the peripheral nervous system. When CB2 receptors are activated they reduce inflammation. Reduced inflammation is a huge deal because it is an indicator of a healthy immune system.
Imagine CB1 and CB2 receptors as locks.
The keys to open these locks are substances which are synthesized ON-DEMAND by your body in order to activate essential body functions and are called endocannabinoids.
Unfortunately, the endocannabinoids don’t stay in our body for a long period of time. They are attacked by the fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) enzymes and they are broken down at a high speed.
The result? They lose the war and proudly die on the battlefield 🙂
A deficient ECS (or else Clinical Endocannabinoid System (Deficiency Syndrome) may be the root cause of lack of homeostasis and consequently of lots of health issues. According to Ethan Russo:
This is when the cannabis plant comes to the rescue with its phytocannabinoids, THC, and CBD.
These two exogenous cannabinoids, in contrast to endogenous cannabinoids, are more “resistant” and remain in your body for longer periods of time. They interact with your ECS more intensively, obliging it to be more efficient and productive.
Does THC make you hungry?
THC is world famous for the “high” effect it causes when it enters your bloodstream.
Along with the “high”, hunger comes.
THC produces cravings for food because it activates several biochemical mechanisms.
Let us see how.
When THC enters your body, it rushes to the CB1 endocannabinoid receptors and binds directly to them.
And the party begins!
- Your hypothalamus gets into action
- The release of the “hunger hormone” ghrelin is promoted. (Blame it for your extra weight. It is responsible for three crimes against your silhouette: appetite stimulation, increased food intake, and fat storage.)
- The olfactory bulb in your brain is stimulated. Your smell and taste sensitivity is heightened and food seems irresistible even with a full stomach.
- Dopamine (the “happy hormone” responsible for reward-motivated behaviors) is boosted.
A fridge that suffers from your frequent raids. Day and night.
THC is guilty as charged for the munchies marijuana users and THC dominant products consumers experience.
Ok, it’s cool to know.
But do CBD dominant products exert similar effects? Is CBD oil as guilty as TCH for the munchies?
Does CBD Make you Hungry?
I am sorry to tell you that I can’t give you a categoric answer.
There is not a straightforward yes or no as a reply to this question.
CBD can increase AND decrease your appetite. It can help you gain and lose weight. It can also regulate your appetite.
(Hungry? I’m teasing you :-))
You shouldn’t be.
The “magic” of CannaBiDiol can be explained by its adaptogenic nature and its incredible ability to modulate your physiological systems in different, even opposite directions.
It is important to bear in mind that the way the CB1 receptors are stimulated determines the release or not of “hunger” chemicals in your body.
Research has brought evidence that CBD does not cause hunger increase or munchies the way THC does.
The reason is simple.
Cannabidiol does not bind directly to the CB1 receptors as its sibling does. On the contrary, acting as an antagonist of the CB1 receptors, CBD reduces the appetite stimulation that THC causes when it enters your body
Relieved? I hope so.
That was just an introduction.
The real magic starts now.
CBD Suppresses Appetite
According to a Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies regarding the effects and the side effects of cannabidiol, one of the potential side effects of CBD is suppressed appetite.
A perfect side effect, isn’t it?
CBD has a direct effect on your metabolism. In a few words, it
- Promotes fat metabolism by stimulating the proteins and the fat genes responsible for the oxidation and the breakdown of fat
- Increases mitochondrial activity which helps burn more calories
- Reduces the expression of proteins which are involved in lipogenesis.
I can see you smiling. Hurry up! Summer approaches, there is still time!
CBD Increases Appetite
Don’t throw away your CBD product!
Let me explain first!
It is known that CBD is potentially able to help you treat several health issues.
Appetite loss can be attributed to a series of causes:
- Common Causes like colds, flu, constipation, allergies, digestive issues, food intolerances, stomach bug or gastroenteritis, etc
- Medical Conditions such as HIV and AIDS, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, etc
- Psychological Ailments as stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, grief or eating disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa.
By reducing the symptoms of particular ailments or conditions and bringing back the body to equilibrium, CBD can help increase your appetite or restore any lack of it.
In other words, it improves symptoms of low appetite indirectly by treating its real causes.
I gave all this information on purpose: To increase your appetite for information regarding the effect CBD has on your metabolism.
If you are curious to know more, feel free to ask for more by leaving a comment and – why not? – a direct request for a more detailed article regarding the way CBD affects your metabolism.
It is obvious that CBD doesn’t affect the hunger feeling in an unhealthy or disadvantageous way.
It can boost your metabolism, it can help your body burn calories, it can increase or suppress your appetite “taking into consideration” your body’s actual needs.
So here is my answer to the initial question:
“Theresa, you shouldn’t be worried. “
(You guessed right! My dear friend Theresa is responsible for this article )
“CBD isn’t responsible for your munchies.
Neither should you blame yourself for poor self-control.
Let cannabidiol restore balance in your body and give you the quality of life years in pain have stolen from you.
It’s time you started enjoying life again 🙂 “
(Visit Theresa’s blog and learn about ways to deal with osteoarthritis and chronic pain)
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DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided is not meant to alleviate or cure any disease or disorder. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider for any medical condition.