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Can Cannabis Help with Weight Loss – Doesn’t it Make Me Eat More

Can Cannabis Help with Weight Loss?

The goal of losing weight has become one of the most common things that most people share today. With the pressure put on us by celebrity culture, social media and the fashion and beauty industries, it’s no wonder that the vast majority of people want to lose weight these days. Unfortunately, this applies to folks of all shapes and sizes. Even those who are a very healthy weight still feel the pressure to be thinner. Nobody is free from body shame.

The diet and fitness industry have noticed this huge shift in society and have taken advantage of it. It seems that every day, a new diet tea is released on the market, or a new fitness fad blows up online. Fitness and diet companies are keen to capture people’s desire to lose weight and turn it into profits.

Globalization and the ease with which we can import exotic foods has also played a major role, as each week some bizarre cousin of the sweet potato that’s only grown on the Himalayas or in the middle of the Amazon appears in our supermarkets. We’re constantly bombarded with new foods, each hailed to be the be all and end all of all weight loss. After a while, it can be impossible to tell what’s fact from fiction.

Great claims are made about these products. This will speed up your metabolism! This will dull your appetite! Join our club and you’ll look like a model! Regardless of what the particular selling point may be, they all say the same thing; eat, drink or use our product and you’ll lose weight. However, very few of these supposed weight loss solutions have any scientific evidence to back up their claims.

Who hasn’t tried some fad diet or another? We’ve all tried cutting carbs or drinking green tea by the gallon. But how many of us have seen the weight loss success that we were promised? The truth of the matter is that losing significant weight is not something that you can do overnight and it’s not something you should try to do overnight either. Our bodies are complex and sensitive machines that require care and patience. A serious weight loss plan should keep this in mind and prioritize a healthy diet and exercise regime. Anything more extreme can do untold damage to the delicate balance our bodies require.

Many of the diets ranking most popular today are very extreme and can do long-term damage to your mental and physical health. Whether you’re counting calories, on a zero fat diet, cutting carbs or on a flexitarian diet one this is for sure; the more extreme it is the bigger the risk of harmful side effects.

Some of the most common negative side effects of extreme diets include:

  • Major drops in blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Muscle loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Disruption of the menstrual cycle
  • Many diets encourage disordered eating habits and can actually create eating disorders and other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety

These are just a few of the things that can happen if you engage in any one of the popular diets that have become trendy today. Sticking rigidly to your prescribed meal plan may get you the weight loss results you’re after, but are the risks really worth it?

Cannabis And Weight Loss

It’s not really surprising then, that people have started to look towards natural remedies and alternative medicines to help them achieve their goal while keeping their bodies safe. Cannabis has benefited from this change in attitude, due to the fact that it is 100% natural.

The only underlying problem is the stigma created around cannabis and how it has been a clinically controversial substance. When in relation to cannabis and weight loss, the confusion created is that people generally believe that once cannabis is inhaled or ingested, it’s known to cause the munchies, so you would imagine that cannabis would create the opposite effect to weight loss.

There was a 2014 study carried out by Randy and Lori Sansone where they set out to determine whether or not cannabis can stimulate appetites in HIV/AIDS or cancer patients, but people who want to lose weight, don’t want to stimulate their appetite? Right?

Well, a study carried out by Le Strat and Le Foil concluded that people who smoke marijuana more than once a week, were unlikely to suffer from obesity, in comparison to those who were non-consumers.

In addition, Randy and Lori furthered their research on to animal models, they noticed that when they blocked the CB receptors in rats, it proved to reduce overall food intake and most importantly, in this case, weight gain. During the study, the Sansone’s realized that medical cannabis may play some form of a role in lowering Body, Mass, Index or (BMI).

So is there “the best diet to lose weight”? Overall everything should be within moderation and balance, and although medical cannabis is relatively new to the medical industry, it will take some time, studies and research for it to prove itself in the diet and fitness industry.

If you believe that cannabis can be used to help you lose 20 pounds, consult your pharmacist, doctor or any other medical professional who is able to advise you on cannabis consumption and it’s side effects, benefits, and dosing. Remember that a balanced lifestyle, with activities, exercise, sleep and a balanced diet are also key to keeping healthy and happy.

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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