CBD oil is a major trend in the health and wellness industry. This incredible cannabinoid offers many wellness benefits, and it will not put you into an altered state like THC does. As the popularity of CBD continues to soar, many people want to know if they can use CBD oil for weight loss. Scientists have only recently begun researching CBD for weight loss benefits, but early studies have shown promising results.
Unfortunately, you cannot lose weight just by taking CBD. An overall healthy lifestyle is essential to maintaining a healthy weight. CBD can encourage your overall wellbeing and help support your weight loss goals.
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What is CBD Oil?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a cannabinoid, one of over a hundred natural chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD should not be confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is another compound derived from cannabis.
CBD oils generally contain two ingredients: CBD extract and a carrier oil. At Hollyweed, we extract CBD from hemp plants using an eco-friendly CO2-based process. Many other cannabis companies use harmful solvents like butane to make their CBD extract. Solvents can contaminate the final product, which is why we never let them near our CBD.
We combine CBD extract with a carrier oil to improve bioavailability (how much CBD your body can absorb). Different companies favor different carrier oils, and here at Hollyweed, we believe hemp seed oil is the best choice by far. Hemp seeds are a rich source of plant-based protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
Is CBD Legal?
Yes! Hemp-derived CBD products are federally legal in the United States under the 2018 Farm Bill. Federal law defines hemp as any cannabis plant that contains 0.3% Delta 9 THC or less. If a cannabis plant has more than 0.3% THC, it is classified as marijuana, which remains federally illegal under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Marijuana-derived CBD products are also federally illegal, so make sure you buy CBD oil made from hemp extract.
Can CBD Oil Help With Weight Loss?
CBD oil may indirectly help you lose weight. To be clear, CBD itself does not cause weight loss. Unfortunately, you can’t burn fat by burning blunts. However, CBD affects many physical and mental processes that are keys to weight management.
CBD works by interacting with the receptors of your endocannabinoid system (ECS). Every mammal species has an ECS composed of cannabinoid receptors spread throughout the body. This complex system regulates many of the body’s most important functions, including sleep, mood, memory, appetite, and digestion. A well-balanced ECS is important for maintaining a healthy weight.
What Are the Benefits of CBD Oil for Weight Loss?
There are two known types of cannabinoid receptors, called CB1 and CB2. These are all that scientists currently know of, but research into the ECS is still relatively new, and there’s no telling what future studies will reveal. Recent research suggests that both the CB1 and CB2 receptors work to boost metabolism.
Many people blame weight gain on a slow metabolism, but what exactly does that mean? For the unfamiliar, metabolism is the process by which your body converts food and beverages into energy. Your “metabolic rate” is how quickly your body burns through calories. A faster metabolism burns more calories.
Recent studies also suggest that cannabidiol promotes browning in fat cells. There are two types of fat in the body: white and brown. White fat is more common, storing energy and cushioning our organs. Brown fat, on the other hand, burns calories to regulate our body temperature.
White fat is closely associated with obesity and high blood sugar levels. People with a healthy body weight tend to have more brown fat cells than white. The exciting news is that human bodies can actually convert white fat cells into brown fat under the right circumstances. CBD may aid this process.
What Are the Side Effects of CBD?
CBD has very few side effects. They are generally mild and short-lived, and they may include drowsiness, lightheadedness, dry mouth, and a change in appetite. That last one is particularly important for your weight loss journey.
CBD may affect different people in slightly different ways. Some people report that CBD increases their appetite. Of course, this could potentially encourage weight gain. On the other hand, many people find that CBD does not affect their food intake.
The only way to find out how CBD affects you is to try it for yourself. CBD does not have the same inebriating effects as THC, and there is no risk of getting addicted to it. Throughout history, nobody has ever reported a CBD overdose. As we mentioned, the side effects are rare, mild, and pass quickly.
What Are the Benefits of Weight Loss?
Clinical data, gathered over decades, has proven the health benefits of weight loss. Obesity is an epidemic in the United States, and it comes with serious medical risks. Obesity contributes to high blood pressure, heart disease, joint deterioration, chronic pain, and countless other health conditions.
How to Use CBD Oil
There are two ways to take CBD oil: on its own or mixed into your food. If you mix CBD oil into your meal, it works like any other cannabis edible. The effects generally set in after 45-60 minutes and last for 6-8 hours. However, if you want to reduce food intake, you’ll probably prefer to take CBD oil on its own.
The best way to take pure CBD oil is sublingually. “Sublingual” is fancy Latin medical speak for “under the tongue.” The process is simple: place some CBD oil under your tongue and hold it there for 90 seconds before swallowing. The underside of your tongue consists of a thin mucous membrane packed with capillaries (tiny blood vessels). When you take CBD sublingually, it enters your bloodstream through these capillaries, and you can expect to feel the effects in 15-30 minutes.
Ingredients to Look for When Buying CBD Oil
At Hollyweed, we believe less is more when it comes to CBD oil. Our oil tinctures have two simple ingredients: CBD extract and hemp seed oil. We use organic hemp grown on farms in Oregon and Colorado.
Domestically-grown hemp is generally superior to internationally-grown hemp. The U.S. government carefully regulates hemp farms to make sure their products are grown in compliance with the law. Hemp grown in other countries may not adhere to U.S. regulations.
Ingredients to Avoid When Buying CBD Oil
No matter what kind of CBD products you purchase, you should always avoid artificial ingredients and preservatives. Many synthetic additives actually contribute to weight gain. To ensure you get a safe product, we recommend organic hemp oil.
We previously mentioned that domestically-grown hemp is superior to hemp grown in other countries. Many companies import hemp from international sources because it’s cheaper that way. At Hollyweed, we don’t believe in cutting corners like that. Internationally-grown hemp may be contaminated or may even exceed the legal limit of THC (0.3%). Before you buy any CBD products, find out where the brand gets its hemp from.
Why Choose Hollyweed for CBD Oil?
At Hollyweed, we’re committed to the principles of natural wellness. When you buy our CBD oil, you can rest assured knowing you have a clean, premium-quality product. As we’ve previously mentioned, we use a solventless CO2 extraction process to make our CBD oil, and we use organic hemp grown in Oregon and Colorado.
Our CBD and Delta 8 THC products are 100% organic, plant-based, gluten-free, and GMO-free. You won’t find any artificial ingredients at Hollyweed! If you aren’t sold yet, check out the rave reviews our customers have given us.
We have all our products tested by independent, third-party labs to ensure your safety. These labs verify potency and ensure the Delta 9 THC content is within legal range. Once a test is complete, the lab documents the results in a Certificate of Analysis (COA). You can find COAs for all of Hollyweed’s products here on our website.
Final Thoughts – CBD Oil for Weight Loss
CBD shows exciting potential for those who want to lose weight. Remember, CBD was only legalized in the U.S. back in 2018. Scientists did not have many chances to study CBD before the passing of the Farm Bill. Since the federal government legalized it such a short time ago, research into CBD is ongoing. CBD’s impacts on metabolism and fat cells are recent discoveries, and many more exciting revelations are sure to come.
In closing, we want to remind you that while CBD can support your weight loss goals, you cannot lose weight just by taking CBD oil every day. The most important keys to weight loss are maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine. Fortunately, CBD can help with that too. Are you struggling to summon the energy and enthusiasm for exercise? Try taking some CBD oil before you exercise, or smoke an energizing Sativa strain for a quick boost. You can find it all right here at Hollyweed!