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Cannabis and CBD for Obesity

Obesity is a complex illness that has an excessive amount of fat in the body. It is a medical problem that increases your risk for other illnesses and health problems, including heart disease, diabetes.

Several causes make it difficult for some people to avoid obesity. Usually, obesity is the result of a combination of inherited factors, combined with the environment and personal diet and exercise choices.

Obesity is the medical term used to describe an individual who is considerably greater than what is considered healthy, and whose body fat exceeds the fat content significantly. An overweight person, however, means a person who weighs more than ideally.

It is a treatable and manageable disease associated with having excess body fat, which is a worldwide health concern.

It is caused by genetic and environmental factors and cannot be controlled by diet alone. A healthcare provider diagnoses obesity and is categorized as a Body Mass Index (BMI) 30 or higher.

Symptoms of Obesity

Being a little overweight may not cause any noticeable problems, but once you have a few extra kilograms, you may develop symptoms that affect your everyday life. Obesity can cause everyday health problems like:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased sweating
  • Snoring
  • Inability to perform physical activity unexpectedly
  • Feeling very tired every day
  • Back and joint pains
  • Low confidence and self-esteem
  • Feeling isolated

How Cannabis Can Help Relieve the Symptoms of Obesity

For those suffering from obesity, medical marijuana may be an appropriate alternative treatment option. Some chemical elements of cannabis, such as THCV and other cannabinoids suppress appetite.

CBD may aid weight loss due to how it works in the body. Some evidence suggests that CBD can help a person lose weight or help prevent metabolic disorders.

According to this article, some people claim that CBD can reduce appetite, turns bad fat into good fat, burns fat, reduces the risk of metabolic disorders.

Most people associate cannabis with a stimulated appetite, as people who smoke cannabis tend to feel more hungry than usual, but not with CBD. CBD does not deactivate CB1 receptors but may influence other molecules to block them off. Shutting off these receptors may help reduce the appetite and prevent overeating in some people.

One research aimed at confirming the correlation between obesity and the use of insulin (IR) and marijuana. IR is a risk factor that develops diabetes — cannabis may also help with the disease. In the study, nearly 800 adults were examined by researchers. Medicinal marijuana was used by over half of them. The study analyzed multiple variables and showed fewer chances of becoming obese for those who used the herb in the past year.

The researchers note that CBD may be a promising therapy for preventing obesity, but more studies in humans are necessary.

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