Does CBD Make You Hungry?

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Posted on July 3rd, 2020

Cannabidiol (CBD) is gaining in popularity for its many potential health benefits. Now, because it comes from the hemp plant, which is in the same cannabis plant family as marijuana, you might be wondering whether it will give you the ‘munchies,’ as you do with marijuana use. So, to help set the record straight, we’ll review how it affects your weight and whether or not CBD makes you hungry. Plus, we’ll give you some more important information about CBD, so you can understand how and why hemp extracts are different from marijuana-based products. 

What Is CBD? 

Before we can uncover if CBD can make you hungry, we need to understand what CBD is. CBD is one of the many compounds, called cannabinoids, found in cannabis plants. In fact, it is 1 of over 104 different cannabinoids. Now, while the field is crowded, CBD is actually one of the more prominent cannabinoids, constituting up to 40% of the plant’s extract. This makes it the second most prominent cannabis component, second only to THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the cannabinoid responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. 

This is where CBD begins to differentiate itself: unlike THC, cannabidiol doesn’t produce psychological effects. That means you won’t get high when you sample CBD, even though you may enjoy effects like decreased inflammation and changes in the way your body responds to pain. Additionally, we keep learning more about CBD’s potential medical applications: already, the FDA approved a CBD-based drug for certain rare forms of childhood epilepsy. And, with more research, we hope to see CBD offering further therapeutic uses. 

Why Does Cannabis Make You Hungry?

Certain cannabis products, especially marijuana plants, make you hungry–if they have a high THC concentration. THC plays a critical role in your hunger in several ways. First, THC is able to trick your brain into thinking it’s hungry by latching onto the natural cannabinoid receptors in your body that compose your endocannabinoid system (ECS). When THC binds with your ECS receptors, Rather they fire neurons that tell your body you’re hungry, rather than producing the chemical that is meant to signal you are full. Next, THC binds with receptors in your brain’s olfactory bulb, boosting your sense of smell, which may cause you to consume more food. Finally, THC can boost your body’s dopamine releases, enhancing all your pleasure sensations. As a result, eating while high can be very enjoyable. And, we’ve even seen research that THC can interact with the receptors in your hypothalamus, increasing production of the hunger hormone known as ghrelin. Now that we know why cannabis can make you hungry, let’s take a look at whether or not CBD can make you hungry, too. 

Woman in restaurant eating friesDoes CBD Trigger Hunger?

When it comes to CBD and your appetite, the research is split. Some evidence points towards CBD’s potential weight loss benefits; other indications suggest that CBD can indeed increase appetite. 

Can Increase Metabolism and Reduce Appetite

Some studies show that CBD can help with weight loss by binding to and interacting with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your brain. These ECS receptors can influence both appetite and metabolism. Additionally, rat studies show that CBD use helped reduce food intake. And, interestingly enough, while we know that THC promotes increased appetite and hunger, there is evidence that regular marijuana users tend to weigh less than their counterparts.

Can Lead To Increased Appetite

While there may be evidence that CBD can help you lose weight, there is contradictory evidence that shows its use may trigger weight gain. Several studies showed CBD use increased appetite. In fact, in one study, as many as 6.35% of participants experienced increased hunger as a side effect after taking CBD. At the same time, a second study revealed that up to 30% of participants being treated with CBD for epilepsy experienced increased appetite as a primary side effect. In other words, CBD may affect appetite differently in different individuals. 

Can Reduce Inflammation

As we mentioned earlier, CBD may reduce inflammation in your body. And internal inflammation can influence your weight in several ways. First, inflammation can lead to digestive problems. Because CBD is effective against inflammatory issues, it might also be effective at combating inflammation issues in your gut. Therefore, it may help improve your digestive process, which could also eliminate an inflammatory response after eating certain foods. 

So, Does CBD Make You Hungry?

If you are looking for a simple answer, there is none. CBD isn’t going to make you hungry in the same way as THC would. However, it can stimulate a better appetite. For instance, if you are suffering from the side effects of cancer treatment, including nausea, using CBD may help stimulate your appetite. Likewise, because CBD could directly impact your gut health by decreasing inflammation, it might make you feel like eating more than before. Now, for those of you who can’t eat enough to stay healthy, either due to side effects of a treatment or medication or as a symptom of a larger problem, CBD might be an effective way to improve your appetite. However, simply by default, taking CBD shouldn’t make you hungrier. 

Man in green shirt holding Tanasi Tincture and dropperIs CBD Worth It?

As you can see, CBD offers a wide range of potential health benefits. And you can enjoy the effects of CBD without unwanted THC effects like getting high or dealing with the ‘munchies’. Instead, when you take CBD, you could expect a subtle, healthy impact on your appetite. Now, we don’t recommend taking CBD oil for weight loss, even though it may target inflammation and improve your digestion. This is because CBD is most likely to help you enjoy a healthy appetite because it can help your body achieve internal balance (homeostasis). 

Should You Take CBD to Increase Your Appetite?

If you suffer from a lack of appetite because of a specific treatment or medication, you may notice eating becomes easier after taking CBD. As we mentioned earlier, research suggests that CBD has a positive impact on appetite. It may encourage you to return to a healthy, normal appetite because it can put your body in a better state of balance. 

Should You Use CBD To Lose Weight?

While certain studies show CBD increasing the “browning of fat” in rats, there isn’t sufficient evidence that CBD is an effective weight loss supplement. After all, it can increase your appetite indirectly. So, despite this promising finding, we simply have too little data to support the theory that CBD can be an effective weight loss supplement. Therefore, it wouldn’t be a recommended option for those looking to lose weight. However, it can be a good part of a healthy diet and may reduce issues that could be contributing to weight struggles.

How Do I Take CBD?

If you are planning on using CBD products, work with a reputable brand. Here at Tanasi, we start with science to build our CBD products, using a patent-pending full spectrum formula we developed with the help of a university-based research team. And we provide a third-party tested certificate of analysis, as well as a complete ingredients list, for every CBD product we provide. So, when you shop at our online CBD store, you know exactly what you’re getting and putting into your body. 

Unfortunately, other CBD retailers aren’t always reliable. You’ll find many CBD products that either fail to deliver the advertised percentage of CBD or fail to disclose all included ingredients, leaving you vulnerable to potentially harmful additives. That’s why it’s so crucial to demand transparency from your CBD retailer. And it’s our guarantee to you when you purchase any of our full-spectrum CBD tinctures, capsules, drink concentrates, and topicals.

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