The ability of our body to generate energy by burning calories is called Metabolism and the rate at which it burns calories is called the metabolic rate. The energy generated from metabolism helps run all the bodily functions. Higher the metabolic rate, higher is the energy production in the body. One of the key triggers for our body’s metabolism is CBD which is found in cannabis. Cannabidiol(CBD) is a cannabis compound that has legalized medical marijuana. It offers a number of health benefits for people without getting them high like THC. It’s a potential treatment for a wide range of conditions like arthritis, diabetes, anxiety, seizures, and other conditions. Other than the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, anti-tumour, and anti-emetic properties, CBD also helps in losing a few pounds.
Studies found that there is a direct link between CBD and metabolism. Researchers found that CBD affects the fat cells in three ways.
- CBD increases the breakdown and oxidation of fat by stimulating genes and proteins.
- It boosts the body’s power to burn calories by increasing the numbers of mitochondria.
- The protein involved in creating new fat cells within the body is reduced.
There are 2 types of adipose tissue or fat: White fat and brown fat. The above three ways suggest that CBD has the ability of fat browning. That is, it can turn WAT-white adipose tissue or white fat into BAT-brown and beige adipose tissue or brown fat. An increase in WAT in the body can lead to diabetes, heart disease and more. Whereas BAT or brown fat increases metabolism and burns more calories to reduce weight faster. These good fatty acids improve glucose tolerance, reduces the chances of cardiovascular diseases like blood lipid abnormalities, and makes the body resistant to diabetes.
Let’s look at how CBD helps in other metabolic activities
1. ECS and Metabolism
Our body has an inbuilt endocannabinoid system (ECS) which aids in various metabolic functions like storing energy or transporting nutrients. One of the key functions of ECS is to control the release of insulin. The ECS, in turn, is activated by different enzymes and receptors. Cannabis binds with the ECS through 2 types of receptors: the primary cannabinoid receptors (CB1) and the secondary cannabinoid receptor (CB2). These receptors are present in various body parts i.e the skeletal muscles, the brain, the digestive tract, and even in the pancreas. When the CBD interacts with the ECS, the body produces both physical and psychological effects inside the body.
2. Weight Loss Metabolism
According to a study, CB1 receptors lead to an increased appetite and may lead to weight gain whereas CB2 receptors lead to reduced food intake and increased metabolism thus helping in weight loss. Therefore, over-activation of ECS by the CB1 receptors can be detrimental for our body’s metabolism. Compared to other compounds of cannabis like THC or cannabinol (CBN), CBD reacts less with CB1 receptors and thus can have a positive effect on the metabolism.
3. Digestive Metabolism
Apart from the fat metabolism, the cannabinoid receptors are also crucial in controlling the behaviour of the stomach. They regulate secretion of stomach acid, pyloric valve movement which regulates food passage between the stomach and small intestine, and ultimately enable the gut in the energy extraction process. The energy extraction process in the gut gives metabolism a finishing touch.
Also, the antioxidants present in CBD help in countering the free radicals which are generated as by-products of metabolism.
4. CBD for Thyroid Metabolism
The thyroid gland is an important contributor to our body’s metabolism. Hypothyroidism is a condition when our thyroid gland releases fewer thyroid hormones. This leads to lower metabolism and increased weight, depression, and fatigue. A study suggests that CB1 receptors are available at the area of the brain which triggers the release of the hormone from the thyroid gland. CBD may be able to bind with these receptors to assist in the release of the thyroid hormone.
5. Sleep and Metabolism
CBD also helps in relaxation and helps in better sleep. A night of good sleep is essential for enhanced metabolic activity. CBD taken through inhalation devices such as Phyto extractions tend to produce a quicker calming effect in the brain and help in a sound sleep. CBD has also been shown to produce anti-anxiety effects by reducing the stress hormone cortisol. Reduced cortisol leads to a lesser chance of obesity and helps to gain muscle while exercising. Muscle growth leads to better metabolism.
Thus, cannabis in the form of CBD is an effective drug for boosting your metabolism. Looking at the health benefits of CBD, it is becoming very common to grow marijuana indoors. You can take help of various grow guides to understand how to successfully grow weed indoors.
Nancy is a blogger who loves to write especially in the Cannabis vertical. She has written many informative blogs on other verticals too.