CBD as an appetite suppressant- a good or bad
choice? A strong hemp bud strain is studied.
According to various platforms and media, CBD can serve as an appetite
suppressant, as it has the potentials and ability to serve as a weight-loss
supplement. However, here’s the problem and question people keep asking: is
there actually any scientific or academic proof to this declaration or is it just
another marketing tactic employed by CBD companies.
However, with a study conducted and published in Psychopharmacology, the
potential opportunities of losing weight with CBD were revealed, and the idea of
using CBD as an appetite suppressant.
In this article, we will discuss how possible it is to use CBD as an appetite
suppressant. And to find out more about this, stay with me and read to the end.
Appetite and how it works
As humans, hunger is one of the major instincts we need for survival. The central
nervous system controls it, and it enables us to know when we have to eat and
what we have to eat.
Yes, appetite and hunger have a lot in common. We should also understand that
they are quite two different things. Appetite has to do with wanting to eat, as it
controls what we like to eat when we eat and as well how much we eat, unlike
hunger, which is literally needing to eat.
How does it work?
Simply, specific chemicals are released due to the presence of hunger. In turn,
these chemicals react with the neurotransmitters present in the brain, which in
turn stimulates the feeling of wanting to eat.
Note: The said chemicals can either directly stimulate the appetite or better still
facilitate the production of other chemicals in the body. An example is ghrelin (a
hormone capable of increasing food intake and appetite.)
Also, you should note that other factors are capable of affecting the appetite. This
includes feelings, mood and emotions as well as the king of food we desire.
How does the ECS control appetite?
Cannabinoids like CBD are the only substances that interact with the ECS.
ECS stands for the endocannabinoid system. It is one of the most vital
physiological systems in humans as it plays some vital roles, regulating mood,
sleep and appetite.
There are just two (2) known kinds of cannabinoid receptors, the CB1 and CB2,
found in the body regions like the immune system and brain. Whenever there is
an interaction between the cannabinoid receptor and endocannabinoid, several
physiological functions in different body system follow suit. Some of these
physiological function include memory, appetite, mood and pain sensation.
However, the ECS activity responsible for food intake occurs in the CNS (central
nervous system). Here, once hunger kicks in, the ECS sends off a signal to the
hypothalamus (a portion of the brain responsible for appetite regulation). With
this, the limbic system (another part of the brain, responsible for emotion control)
knows it’s time to eat.
Once food has been consumed, a signal is also sent off via a hormone known as
leptin. Leptin simply acts to reduce the activity of the ECS, thereby letting the
body know its full.
Using CBD as an appetite suppressant
The CBD does interact with the CB1 receptors, which often leads to a regulatory
effect. In some cases, it is an agonist effect while in some other cases, it’s an
When bonded to neuroreceptors, an agonist works by stimulating or promoting
the production of particular chemicals or hormones in the human body. On the
other hand, the antagonist does the opposite, slowing or preventing the
production of chemicals and hormones.
According to a study in 2007, CBD is known as an antagonist of the CB1 receptors.
It acts by slowing down the production of ghrelin which in turn stimulates hunger.
It is also capable of increasing the production of chemicals released to notify the
body it’s full (thus reducing appetite).
However, you should note that although there are lots of laboratory proof that
CBD can be used in suppressing appetite, there are no direct clinical trials of study
to show it does.
As mentioned earlier, there is no clinical research showing a link between
reducing appetite and CBD in humans. However, initial results from past studies
are promising. And we hope this encourages more researches on how CBD helps
in regulating natural hunger cycle.