Given that cannabis is very often associated with the “munchies” phenomenon, many people are left wondering if CBD can also induce feelings of hunger. The fact is if we are to believe everything that the media tells us, consuming any type of cannabis will stir up a craving for junk food.
Since CBD products are growing in popularity, many people want to know if these products will give them the “munchies.” While it may sound like a silly question, it’s very understandable given the close association between marijuana and the munchies. The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different cannabinoids, of which the two most popular are CBD and THC. THC is the one that is responsible for increasing the appetite, causing users to devour every food in sight.
So what about CBD? Well, CBD works very differently in the body than THC. It does have an effect on the metabolism, but not in the way you might think. In fact, some studies suggest that CBD could help with weight loss. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In this article, we will take a closer look at whether CBD could make you hungry.
CBD and Metabolism
Indeed, research has shown that CBD has a direct impact on metabolism. Korean researchers published a study on the subject in 2016 in the scientific journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. After carefully examining CBD and the effects that it has on immature fat cells, aka preadipocytes, they were surprised to find that CBD has not just one, but three ways of attaining “fat browning.”
Not only did they discover that CBD stimulates the genes and proteins that play a part in increasing the breakdown of fat, but they also found that CBD can boost the amount and activity of mitochondria, which magnifies the power the body has to burn calories. They also found that CBD reduces the involvement that proteins play in creating new fat cells with the body.
While many people believe that white fat can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and more, on the contrary, brown fat has the potential to promote weight loss by burning energy. By the end of the study, researchers agreed that CBD had the potential to induce “fat browning,” which means that it could turn white fat into brown fat.
CBD and Weight Control
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the human body interacts with several metabolic functions. Researchers are still trying to figure out how exactly cannabis increases appetite, as well as if it could possibly reduce appetite-modulating CB1 receptors. This would help with the development of cannabis strains, or rather cannabinoid drugs, that are able to reduce the appetite.
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t trigger the same mechanisms in the brain that invokes the munchies. Instead, CBD acts as an antagonist of the CB1 receptor, which helps to reduce some of the effects generated by THC, including the craving for food. Consequently, high-CBD strains don’t stimulate cravings, and it’s unlikely that CBD products, like capsules and tinctures, would either.
In addition, researchers have discovered that CBD helps to stimulate the production of substances that increase the body’s breakdown of fat and its ability to burn calories. Needless to say, a lot more research is still needed. But based on what we know so far from both anecdotal accounts and lab results, CBD in any form shouldn’t cause users to crave fats, junk food, and sugar. Instead, it will help to metabolize the food in a proper way.
Does CBD Make You Hungry?
By now, we should all understand that THC is the cannabinoid responsible for causing an increase in appetite. But you may still be wondering about CBD. Well, research has helped us to determine why CBD doesn’t invoke the same feelings of hunger as THC does.
When CBD is consumed, it doesn’t bind directly with the CB1 receptor in the same way that THC does. Therefore it won’t give users “the munchies,” and it also isn’t an effective way to increase the appetite in the same way that THC is.
In fact, CBD works as an antagonist of the CB1 receptor, so it can actually help to reduce the appetite-stimulating effects of THC. Research has determined that high CBD strains of cannabis don’t produce the same appetite stimulating effects that high THC strains do.
The same study also reported that a potential side effect of CBD is reduced appetite. CBD is believed to have various potential therapeutic benefits and also won’t cause psychoactive effects. Despite the association with cannabis, CBD won’t increase the appetite or induce “the munchies effect.”
However, it’s commonly believed that because CBD has the potential to help with various different medical ailments, it could have the effect of increasing the appetite in some people who suffer from certain health conditions. When those who use CBD experience an improvement in their symptoms, they are also likely to notice an improvement in their appetite.
Ultimately, the opposite effect that CBD has on the CB1 receptor means that it doesn’t increase appetite. However, indirectly, it could potentially help to improve a person’s appetite if they are using CBD to treat a medical condition. For instance, if a patient is using CBD to treat anxiety, it may work to improve their mood and, in the process, improve their appetite.
Full-Spectrum CBD Products May Make You Hungry
Full-spectrum CBD products contain an array of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The THC concentration in the product will play a direct role in whether users experience an intense feeling of hunger after consuming the product. Small traces of THC are unlikely to have any such effects. However, you need to take into account the quantity of full-spectrum oil that is consumed. If you want to avoid being affected by increased appetite, then there are several factors to consider.
Firstly, you need to look at what species of the cannabis plant the CBD has been sourced from. Marijuana plants are naturally much higher in THC; therefore any products that are derived from the marijuana sub-species could certainly impact your appetite.
However, if the CBD has been extracted from the hemp plant, then it will only have trace amounts of THC. In most cases, full-spectrum CBD that is derived from hemp will have little to no impact on the appetite, especially if you’re only using the recommended dose of a few drops once or twice a day.
If you are still worried about the impact of THC on your appetite, then broad-spectrum CBD products are your best bet. These products retain the beneficial compounds and terpenes, but they don’t contain any traces of THC. Since THC is the compound responsible for making users hungry, THC is what you need to avoid if you’re worried about any potential impact on your appetite.
How the body reacts to CBD will differ from person to person, but generally speaking, CBD does not make you hungry. Ultimately, THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for not only the psychoactive effects but also the increase in appetite that is associated with cannabis.
CBD doesn’t bind directly to the CB1 receptor-like THC does and doesn’t have the same strong effect on the appetite. Many people use CBD for decreasing anxiety and improving mood. This could result in an indirect effect on the appetite, where an individual eats more because they’re in a better state of mind.