Can CBD Oil Help You Lose Weight after Pregnancy?

Having a baby is possibly one of the most special and treasured memories to which almost every single mother around the world can attest. Pregnancy and childbirth itself, however, while powerful, is not as pleasant. Many new moms struggle with various different symptoms for the duration of their pregnancy and the most common undesirable side effect of pregnancy is weight gain and then the inability to lose excess weight easily after giving birth.

In an ideal world, women would be able to return to the gym and eating healthy right after giving birth. The reality is quite the opposite for many mothers. A newborn baby requires constant care and attention around the clock, so finding time to squeeze in a quick work out simply isn’t possible. And when you have a screaming baby hanging around your neck it is much easier to just grab a carb-laden sandwich than it is to make a salad. What’s more, the majority of people often tend to overlook the common problem of Postpartum Depression, which is all-consuming and incredibly difficult to cope with.

Losing Weight after Pregnancy

Sadly, there is no quick fix or pill you can take to lose weight quickly after pregnancy. Weight loss requires consistency and patience combined with exercise and a healthy diet—something that just isn’t always doable for new mothers. There are certain tools that you can use to motivate yourself or natural supplements that you can take to help control your appetite. Ultimately, however, eating a healthy diet counts for 70% of weight loss.

Can CBD Oil Help You Lose Weight?

Like with THC and marijuana, CBD is a component found in the Cannabis sativa plant but does not cause intoxication. It is best known for its ability to reduce the effects of chronic pain, neuropathic pain and inflammation, and blood pressure, helps alleviate multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, seizures, and Dravet syndrome, as well as having a positive effect on depression and anxiety such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Advocates of CBD products and hemp oil have suggested that it can be used as an effective weight loss supplement, which has left many people who are struggling to lose weight after pregnancy hoping that they might have found a solution to a seemingly never-ending problem.

CBD is rarely promoted specifically as a natural aid for weight loss, but there is actually research in existence that supports the fact that it can be used to shed some of those pesky pounds. It is important not to confuse taking CBD oil with smoking weed, as there are particular strains of cannabis that can increase the appetite (which are used to encourage chemotherapy patients to eat.) On the flip side, there are also other strains of CBD oil from the cannabis plant that is capable of boosting your metabolism, as well as suppressing appetite and this is what you want when you are trying to lose excess weight from pregnancy.

How Does CBD Oil Suppress Your Appetite?

Cannabinoids work via your body’s inherent endocannabinoid system and it is one of the most important systems your body possesses. This system is also responsible for organizing and regulating essential functions like your mood, appetite, and sleep.

Your endocannabinoid system is also crucial with regards to keeping your body balanced and this is how CBD stimulates appetite in those who require nutrition and suppresses appetite in people who want and need to lose weight. The active compound found present in CBD will maintain homeostasis (the state of balance in your body) so it will prompt you to either eat (in the event you need to gain weight) or it will curb your hunger cravings if you are overweight.

Like with medical marijuana and the effects of cannabis, studies have even been performed on the effects of CBD on the appetite of rats and it was found to decrease it consistently.

CBD Could Give Your Metabolism a Boost

Without going into too much scientific detail, studies have also demonstrated that CBD is responsible for “fat browning.” This is important when it comes to losing weight, as when we become adults we almost exclusively have “white fat” which is no good for us whatsoever.

To summarize, the research team responsible for the study concluded that CBD is responsible for the following:

  • Breaking down fat by the stimulation of particular proteins and fat genes.

  • More calories will be burnt as it increases the activity level of the cells in your body.

  • It inhibits lipogenesis.

So, CBD stimulates the necessary receptors to help metabolize food absorbed in the digestion process.

How Much CBD Oil Is Needed to Lose Weight?

Everyone’s endocannabinoid system is completely unique, so this means that CBD doesn’t affect different people to the same extent. There are many factors that will come into play when deciding on appropriate dosage of CBD to take for personal weight loss and these include:

  • The quality of the CBD oil you use

  • Your tolerance

  • Overall health

  • Weight

  • Height

  • Gender

While a dose of 15 mg might work wonders for your friend who is also on a mission to lose weight, you might need more or less to get the same results. It is a case of trial and error and you should always start with lower doses of CBD and gradually increase these until you get the desired effect that you are happy with.

Final Thoughts

It is clear that CBD can be very helpful when it comes to controlling your appetite and boosting your metabolism; however, you also need to do some work in order to reach your weight loss goals. If you are binging on junk food every day and doing no exercise, then no dietary aid is going to benefit you. Be sure to make smarter choices with regards to the foods you choose to eat and the amount of exercise you do each day.

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.