CBD Information: Commonly Asked Questions
Is CBD legal?
As laws are changing it can be confusing sorting through the details regarding medical marijuana, marijuana for recreational use, CBD oil, and more. It seems that every state and even some cities have their own set of laws on each! Let’s take a look at what we know so far on the legality of CBD:
To find out whether CBD is legal in your state, click on the shape of your state on this map. A pop-up will reveal the current status of the legality of CBD in that state with an explanation. The site further goes into detail on subjects like the history of CBD, the difference between CBD and THC, and the how CBD is used for pain. Browse around at your leisure!
Does CBD help with weight loss?
As the number of benefits for CBD use continues to grow, some evidence has shown promise for its integration into various aspects of weight management and reducing the risks of diabetes and metabolic disorder. Next we’ll look at studies focused on these areas and evaluate whether CBD does or does not help significantly.
The first area to assess is the reduction of appetite, which is undoubtedly helpful to any substantial weight loss. Although cannabis has a reputation for increasing the user’s appetite, the opposite appears to be true for CBD, at least in some cases. This is probably partly because there is no THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which activates CB1 receptors to stimulate the appetite, in CBD. Additionally, a 2018 study discussed the impact of CBD on certain molecules that may block off CB1 receptors, which might help reduce appetite and prevent overeating in some humans. (Rossi, Punzo, Umano, & Et. al., 2018). Further evidence from an animal study has revealed CBD reduced the appetite of rats (Farrimond, Whalley & Williams, 2012).
Additional research has been conducted into the way CBD impacts the metabolism. In a 2016 Korean study, CBD was proven to directly impact the human metabolism in a paper published in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. The paper stated that CBD stimulates “fat browning” in three ways, i.e. turning the more problematic white fat (known to lead to heart disease and/or diabetes) into brown fat, which may burn energy to promote weight loss (Parray & Yun, 2016).
This study also found that CBD:
Stimulates proteins and fats that cause the breakdown of fatEnhances the activity of mitochondria, increasing the body’s power to burn caloriesLimits the expression of proteins involved in creating new fat cells within the body. Some, however, have had different experiences when observing CBD’s impact on metabolism. For example, CBD expert Dr. Rachna Patel, MD, insists she has only seen weight management benefits in her CBD patients “as a side effect while treating other conditions.” Says Patel, “I've treated patients with CBD oil who have had almost debilitating pain, excessive tiredness from insomnia and anxiety that caused things like nervous eating. Once these symptoms are better managed, people are better able to take care of themselves, make healthier food choices, exercise more, and live a better quality of life." Dr. Patel also referenced two of the above-mentioned studies on animal metabolism and CBD, but hasn’t seen a direct link herself between them in humans.
CBD and Diabetes
When recent research turned to the ways in which CBD affects diabetes, interesting results were noted. For starters, one study indicated that CBD reduced early pancreatic inflammation in Type 1 diabetes in mice (Lehmann, Fisheer, Tugwell & et.al., 2016). (This is relevant because of the connection between diabetes and the pancreas, as diabetes destroys pancreatic cells as it attacks the immune system, resulting in the body’s inability to make insulin.) The study also showed a lower occurrence of the disorder overall when CBD was given to the mice.
Another study found that CBD treatments “improved memory performance and reduced hippocampal levels of inflammation markers” and “repeated CBD treatment decreased body weight” in middle-aged rats” (Santiago, Mori, Guimarães, et. al., 2019).
Cannabis use itself and its impact on diabetes was studied in 2013, when research revealed lower levels of insulin resistance and lower blood glucose levels in users than in non-users. (Penner, E.A. et al., 2013). According to the Diabetes Council, “These conclusions highly suggest that Cannabis can help suppress insulin resistance and help type 2 diabetic individuals in managing their blood glucose level. However, more research is needed to better understand how exactly does Cannabis help with this problem and whether it is THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids that actively helps in reducing insulin resistance.”
These updates reveal further benefits and potential benefits of CBD on different aspects of our human health. Although some studies have only been conducted on animals thus far, there appear to be plans for future studies to confirm their benefits on humans. If you’re curious as to whether CBD oil might help you, give us a call or stop in anytime we’re open! Our friendly, informed staff will be happy to guide you to the perfect product for you. You can also email us at: email@example.com
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Farrimond, Whalley & Williams. (2012, April 28). Cannabinol and cannabidiol exert opposing effects on rat feeding patterns. Retrieved from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324733.php
Lehmann, Fisher, Tugwell & et. al. (2016). Experimental cannabidiol treatment reduces early pancreatic inflammation in Type 1 diabetes. Retrieved from: https://www.cbdcentral.com/30-most-compelling-cbd-studies/
Parray & Yun. (2016, May). Cannabidiol promotes browning in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Retrieved from:https://www.royalqueenseeds.com/blog-a-look-at-cbd-and-its-effect-on-your-metabolism-n755
Penner, E.A. et al. (2013). The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among US Adults. Retrieved from: https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/diabetes-and-marijuana-a-possible-treatment/
Rossi, Punzo, Umano, & Et. al. (2018, September 19). Role of Cannabinoids in Obesity. Retrieved from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324733.php
Santiago, Mori, Guimarães, et. al. (2019, February). Effects of Cannabidiol on Diabetes Outcomes and Chronic Cerebral Hypoperfusion Comorbidities in Middle-Aged Rats. Retrieved from: https://www.cbdcentral.com/30-most-compelling-cbd-studies/