[ Guest Article ] Using CBD Hemp Products for Weight Loss

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With all the buzz around CBD hemp products lately, it might seem like a miracle cure. Thousands of people use CBD hemp leaf on a daily basis for a variety of uses. CBD has a number of reported benefits based on testimonials from users, and many people love to use it. If you are currently in the midst of a weight loss journey, CBD may cross your mind. Today people use CBD for a variety of issues, but does it assist with weight loss? 

Scientists are still studying all the wonderful potential benefits of CBD, and evidence of any benefits has yet to be conclusively proven. Hemp products are not a miracle cure or a miracle drug, and will not cause weight loss on its own. However, CBD oils can be great for boosting wellness when combined with other healthy choices.

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How Hemp Products Work

Hemp products usually contain CBD and come in a variety of forms. CBD is a beneficial cannabinoid molecule found in the cannabis plant. This cannabinoid molecule is the compound in the plant that scientists claim interacts with the body. When taken into the body, CBD binds with your body’s naturally-present endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is part of your body’s endocrine system; your body naturally makes cannabinoids on its own. CBD mimics those cannabinoids and binds with your system in a similar way.

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The cannabinoid compound in CBD products plays a significant role in relieving pain and soreness. The science behind CBD being a potent pain killer is that it inhibits pain sensations traveling to and from the spine and the brain. Simultaneously, through the vanilloid receptors, pain sensitivity is lowered; hence the intensity of the pain is dampened. CBD patches for pain are used on the affected areas to administer the CBD molecules into the body.

What Causes Weight Gain

Broadly speaking, weight gain happens when you intake more calories than you expend on a regular basis. There are numerous underlying causes of weight gain, and these factors can often expound on each other. Every person is different, and weight gain may be due to a combination of one or more of these factors:

  • Stress

  • Medications

  • Poor Sleep

  • Societal/Cultural Pressures

  • Poor Diet

However, weight gain might also be due to a number of biological factors and medical conditions as well. It is important to always speak to a doctor when experiencing weight gain as it may be due to:

  • Kidney problems

  • Thyroid disorder

  • PCOS

  • Heart failure

  • Cancer

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How CBD Hemp Products Help Weight Loss

No matter the cause of your weight gain issues, it is still possible to work to manage health. Hemp leaf has a number of properties that may be beneficial when trying to lose weight. According to Project CBD, being overweight is associated with “chronic inflammation, diabetes, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels. Often environmental and genetic factors are in play.”

CBD binds with the endocannabinoid system in your body, and sends hormonal signals throughout your body that encourage or prevent certain functions. Scientific research is looking into the direct connections between CBD and the body. Hemp products may have an effect on:

  • Inflammation

  • Pain

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Appetite

  • Fat Oxidation

  • Metabolism

Even more remarkably, scientists at the University of South Carolina currently claim that CBD “leads to changes in gene regulation, and a subsequent anti-obesity effect.” It interferes with the ability of cells to make proteins from DNA and turns of inflammatory genes, which encourages immune cells to take on an anti-inflammatory state.

When combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, CBD for anti-inflammation may be additionally beneficial in a weight loss regimen. The mood improving and appetite-suppressing properties of CBD may also boost effects of diet and exercise.

This is a guest article, here’s a little about the author 

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Hailey Groo is an Environmental Historian specializing in the American West and expert on the history of cannabis and marijuana. She possesses a M.A. History from Colorado State University with an emphasis on accessible historical writing for digital audiences. She currently represents USA Hemp, an organic hemp farm based in Oregon, and is working to implement an educational outreach platform for consumers. Her other current projects include a documentary series examining the history of groundwater use in Colorado. She has a passion for telling the story of natural resources like hemp and water, and educating people on their use.

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