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CBD Oil for Weight Loss?

I’ve been wondering, as a stress eater, if people could effectively take CBD oil for weight loss purposes, and it turns out, it could be a valid approach to weight loss.

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CBD Diet Study

The National Center for Biotechnology Information, or NCBI, published the results of a recent study in December 2018 that shares some interesting points about why cannabis users enjoy reduced body mass indexes (BMIs)

It might seem a little counter intuitive on one aspect – the cannabis munchies aren’t associated with weight loss.

However, for stress eaters, which is a lot of people, the chilled-out effect you get from taking CBD oil supplements could feasibly end your drive for excessive consumption of rich, tasty goodies.

Back to the study… one of the key things the study was looking into was why cannabis users tend to have lower BMIs than the average American – especially given the “munchies effect” – and the study did find a “well-supported physiological, causative explanation” for the effect. According to the study results:

“Cannabis use appears to reverse the impact of the modern American diet on health by reducing the effects of an elevated ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids on endocannabinoid (eCB) tone.”

The Science Behind Cannabis Users Being Thinner


So – it ISN’T because of the way it makes people taking CBD products feel relaxed and chilled out… There’s an actual scientific reason, which is pretty cool!


“The present study summarizes the data on Cannabis use, caloric intake, and BMI, establishing conclusively that Cannabis use is associated with reduced BMI and obesity rates, despite increased caloric intake. It then provides a theoretical, causative explanation for this paradox. This theory encompasses the causative role in obesity of dietary disruption of the eCB system by an elevated omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid ratio.” 

BMIs of Cannabis Users Versus Non-Cannabis Users

The proof is in the numbers, so I wanted to be sure to include the specifics for you to consider. According to the study, there’s a fair gap in the BMIs of cannabis users versus non-users.

  • Average BMI of Non-Users of Cannabis: 27.5 kg/m2
  • Average BMI of Cannabis Users: 25.5 kg/m2

While these study results come from only a single study, the results hold promise for patients who suffer from the risks of obesity and who have struggled to lose weight. 

I would like to note that the study used patients taking cannabis products that contain THC, which is typically not present in CBD oil products, or is present in only minute quantities. If this is the case, the main way CBD oil for weight loss would work would, in fact, be through reduction of the stress that spurs stress eating. 

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