CBD may just affect your metabolism and bodyweight in unexpected ways

CBD may just affect your metabolism and bodyweight in unexpected ways

We know that what we eat can have a profound impact with the absorption and digestion of CBD, but did you know CBD may have effects on your bodyweight and metabolism?

According to several reports on the science of CBD absorption, it is best to take CBD sublingually or through other methods alongside a meal in order to maximize its effect. [1]

So-called “first-pass” metabolic digestion can mitigate the consumption effects of supplements and medications, so some suggest taking CBD in infused drink and food products or with a meal to ease through these setbacks. [1]

As with many of such nutritional and scientific claims surrounding CBD and its use, it’s important to keep in mind that America’s researchers and labs are still scrambling to keep up with a new industry that was only legalized on the wide market in 2018.

Many of the studies have also only been performed on animals so far, but testimonials about the benefits of the non-psychoactive hemp compound are widely reported in customer testimonials. With those notes asserted, let’s look at some reporting about metabolism and CBD.

According to Healthline, the CBD compound that makes up 40% of the cannabis plant may have the effect of speeding the body’s metabolism and potentially help with weight loss. [4]

CBD given to mice in lab experiments reduced showed significant levels of weight loss, according to Healthline. The faster metabolism seems related to reduced food intake, the site reports.

In other tests and studies on children who use CBD for epilepsy, some of the parents reported children saw increased appetites in roughly 30% of them. Other similar studies reported mixed reports from afflicted children. [4]

Leafly reports that “browning” of body fat may be the key to CBD’s health-bringing use, as brown body fat is linked with the metabolizing and healthy aspects of living while white fat is connected to more destructive patterns including diabetes and obesity.

Korean researchers showed CBD may brown the body’s fat, because it does the following, according to Leafly:

1. Stimulate genes and proteins that enhance the breakdown and oxidation of fat

2. Increase the number and activity of mitochondria (which increases the body’s ability to burn calories)

3. Decrease the expression of proteins involved in lipogenesis (fat cell generation)

Researchers have said the browned fat are easily converted into energy within the body, while white fats collect and lead to unhealthy outcomes.


[1] https://medium.com/@donaldkiney/with-food-or-empty-stomach-how-should-you-take-cbd-badd9023130

[2] https://diabetesnewsnow.com/2018/12/03/cbd-oil-for-diabetes-the-positive-effects-of-cbd-on-insulin-and-metabolism/

[3] https://www.leafly.com/news/health/cbd-weight-loss-metabolism

[4] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-for-weight-loss