Sadly, most of us are all too familiar with starting a diet or weight loss journey, but some of us may be less familiar with completing it. Of course, an active lifestyle and healthy balanced diet are the keys to successful weight loss. But is there something you could add to your journey and routine that helps along the way? Let’s take a look at CBD for weight loss and if it could help.

But What is CBD?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of many natural compounds found in hemp and cannabis plants. CBD is one of the more abundant compounds in both plants, similar to THC. Unlike THC though, CBD is not psychoactive or considered intoxicating so it will not get you “high.” CBD can impact the body and brain in other ways though. Cannabidiol is thought to interact directly with the human body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), stimulating receptors and enzymes to potentially reduce pain, inflammation, anxiety and more. 

CBD’s Potential for Weight Loss

Though studies surrounding CBD, and specifically CBD for weight loss are limited, there is promise based on preliminary research and anecdotal evidence. Early research suggests CBD may help reduce food intake while simultaneously boosting the metabolism, which over time could aid in weight loss. 

Animal studies show that CBD could impact weight through its interaction with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS. These receptors are found in lymphoid tissues and in the brain, both playing an important role in food intake and metabolism. (1, 2). 

In one study, compared to other cannabinoids, CBD led to a noticeable reduction in food intake in rats. In another study, CBD was consumed by rodents daily, with doses ranging from 1.10mg to 2.30mg. Both doses lead to significant drop in body weight, with the higher doses having more definite effects. 

Another possible way CBD could aid in weight loss is through the “browning” of fat cells. There are two types of fat in the body, white and brown. White fat is more common, known for storing and supplying energy while cushioning and insulating our organs. White fat is also most associated with chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes when stored in excess. On the other hand, brown fat produces heat by burning calories. Though a human study is needed to confirm results, a test-tube study conducted at the Daegu University found CBD could aid in the process of “browning” fat cells. 

Key Takeaways: CBD for Your Weight Loss Journey

When it comes to losing weight, the journey can often-times be difficult, but in the end rewarding. Though CBD is not a guaranteed way to reach your weight loss goals, it could help along the way. CBD’s direct interaction with the ECS could help to reduce food intake while boosting your metabolism. The ECS is responsible for a number of bodily functions, including appetite and metabolism, but also things like anxiety and pain. CBD could be beneficial for helping weight loss, but also by relieving stress, aiding in sleep, and reducing inflammation

It’s always a good idea to consult your doctor or a health care provider about your weight loss goals and adding anything new to your routine. Similarly important is finding a high-quality source of CBD to add to your daily routine. Visit us at to check out our high-quality CBD oil, edibles, and cream topicals!