Is Marijuana the Secret Fat Burner You Need?

Marijuana used to help burn fat

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There isn’t a magic fat burner to solve your weight loss problems, but there are things that can help. The most efficient and effective way to do so is to take your own initiative and stick to your goals. We’ll show you how weight loss with cannabis works.

What you need is an effective fat burner that can make your current diet and exercise strategy even more effective. That fat burner might just be found in a surprising source: marijuana. Whilst it is true that marijuana has often been associated with snacking and watching T.V., more studies are showing that cannabis could have many applications besides recreational fun – it can be used to treat all sorts of medical and health issues.

A study in the American Journal of Medicine found that people who used cannabis regularly (at least three to five times a week) had fasting insulin levels that were 16 percent lower than those who didn’t. However, the effects of marijuana in regards to weight loss hasn’t been intensively studied. This is down to the legal status of marijuana and has made further studies difficult to conduct.

However, what has been found so far is that cannabis appears to assist in the absorption of glucose, which boosts your body’s good cholesterol, helping your metabolism work better. More research is needed to understand exactly how this works, but the connection with cannabis is clear.

Are you still wondering how it works, and whether or not this fat burner is for you? Keep reading to find out more.

Theories of Cannabis and Weight

One theory is that cannabis helps to regulate your weight because of how it interacts with the brain’s cannabinoid receptors. Your brain’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS, helps regulate things like sleep, memory, and appetite. Your body naturally produces its own cannabinoids that are supposed to do this regulation for you. However, when your body’s natural systems fail, taking cannabis could help make the difference you need.

This interaction explains why cannabis often gives people the “munchies” – it affects the parts of your brain that regulate appetite. However, people who use cannabis regularly are less likely to experience this effect, since their brains become desensitized to it.

Can Cannabis Help With Overeating?
Another theory posed is that the reason people overeat is that it creates a positive response in the brain’s reward center or the nucleus accumbens. Simple sugars seem to make this response even more compelling. This, in turn, makes overeating kind of like a drug – it creates a drug-like response in the brain. However, cannabis also stimulates the reward center in a similar way, giving the same kind of positive feeling without all the excess calories.

This could be the reason why regular cannabis users are less prone to be overweight – they’re already getting the pleasure center reward from marijuana.

The Best Fat Burner Strains

Of course, different strains have different effects, and not all of them are ideal as fat burners. Which strains should you try when weight loss or a faster metabolism is your goal?

It’s commonly known that many strains of marijuana stimulate our appetite. This is great for people who need to put weight on – not so much for people who need a fat burner. However, some strains are actually known to suppress the appetite, not increase it. Cannabis plants that come from East and South Africa, in particular, are known to have this effect.

How does this work? A compound called THCV is responsible for these plants’ effect on the appetite. The cannabinoid THCV actually blocks THC by interacting with the brains CB1 and CB2 receptors. This block prevents the appetite-stimulating effects of THC from entering your brain. However, you will still feel the other effects of THC. This high hits you fast, but doesn’t last as long as many other strains, so a lot of growers actively breed out these traits.

You can ask your marijuana supplier for a strain that’s high in THCV to get the best appetite-suppressing effects. If you don’t know where to start, try checking out one of these strains.

Super Silver Haze: This hybrid is sativa-forward, made using a cross of Skunk #1, Northern Lights, and Haze. The body high is pleasant and lasts for a long time, while the head high leaves you clear and mentally on point.

These buds are dense and rich with THC-laden trichromes, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth. Smoking Super Silver Haze gives you a pleasant, earthen flavor.

After several hours, the sativa effects of this hybrid will lessen and the indica becomes more noticeable. It’s a good idea to smoke this strain while doing something active, so you’ll stay energized and won’t end up on the couch.

Durban Poison: This South African sativa gives an energetic high and is a pleasure to smoke, with a sweet yet natural flavor. This is a great strain for exercise or any physical activities.

However, this is a strain you’ll want to steer away from if you’re prone to anxiety, since Durban Poison can cause anxiety levels to spike. You can also try it mixed with an indica strain to lessen the effect of the anxiety.

Green Crack: This fast-hitting high doesn’t last long, but it is intense. Green Crack is another hybrid with more sativa than indica, with a sweet, citrusy flavor upon smoking. Take this one in small doses, since if you smoke too much it can have a disorienting effect.

G13: This is an indica strain of unknown origins. However, this strain is well-known for being effective at managing pain without putting you to sleep.

It’s also an effective appetite suppressant. Smoking G13 has an earthy taste and gentle, enjoyable effects. However, this appetite-suppressing strain also tends to put you on the couch, unlike the more active sativa hybrids on this list. This means that G13 might be better for your less-active days.

Using Marijuana as a Fat Burner

Now that you know the best strains to keep your appetite in check, and how marijuana can work as a fat burner, how can you use it to your best advantage?

Cannabis is great for keeping your arteries clear of sugar-related buildup and helps your body regulate glucose absorption. However, this fat burner won’t be effective if you sabotage it by eating junk food and not exercising enough. There’s no magic weight-loss solution – just things that can help you achieve your goals faster. Cannabis is one of those things, but only if you support it with healthy lifestyle choices.

Changing Your Diet

The first thing you’ll need to do is phase out high-fat, high-salt, and high-sugar foods. These foods have an addictive quality that causes cravings, so quitting may be hard, but you can do it.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to completely abstain from unhealthy foods you love – just keep them to a minimum. The pillars of your diet should be whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and healthy proteins.

Making Sure to Choose the Right Strain

Marijuana’s fat burner capacity can only be seen if you choose a strain that doesn’t come with the munchies. That’s why we suggest trying a strain like those listed above.

Your best bet is usually to stick with a sativa or sativa-dominant strain, since those tend to promote a more active lifestyle. Some people may find that light exercise is more enjoyable under the influence of marijuana – just avoid it during intense exercise when you could injure yourself.

After your workout, you might want to try an indica strain to help you unwind and relax, though. You can even use CBD oils and topical treatments to combat sore muscles after exercising.

More Research on Marijuana and Weight Loss

As marijuana’s health and medical applications become more accepted, more research is being done to figure out how marijuana affects weight loss.

A 2015 study of overweight mice found that THC helped them stop gaining both weight and fat. Interestingly, the same treatment on mice that weren’t overweight didn’t affect their weight levels. This is in line with the other studies that point to marijuana as an effective fat burner. But how does it work? These researchers wanted to take it a step further and find out.

Researchers examined the mice and their intestinal microbes and found that after they were treated with THC, the biome in their digestive systems was changed. Some microbes promote weight gain, while others promote weight loss and other changes.

Treatment with THC appeared to promote the growth of microbes that caused weight loss. THC is known as an antimicrobial – it’s believed to help prevent the cannabis plant from getting infected. Maybe its effect on digestion is due to this antimicrobial power.

Ready to Lose Weight With Cannabis?

If you just can’t figure out how to shed stubborn pounds, cannabis might be your answer.

Cannabis is known to have many different health applications, and comes with few, if any, unpleasant side effects. This plant might just be the weight loss solution you need.

Make this the year you lose weight and become consistent with your goals. Although cannabis may help, only you can really make the change to your overall wellbeing.

Kerri Louise Watt
Kerri Louise Watt
Kerri Louise Watt is an experienced health and fitness advisor with 20 years of martial arts under her belt. She reports on the healthy lifestyle revolving around CBD and its future potential in fitness. You can find her work at

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