Over the years, one cannabinoid that has sparked massive interest from all and sundry is cannabidiol or CBD. With reports about the therapeutic benefits of the compound swirling all over the place, it really is no surprise that it has caught the attention of many people including researchers, users and the general public at large. Whilst research and studies continue to be conducted on the compound to find out more about it and what it can or cannot do, people often wonder what role CBD plays in the body’s metabolism.
When we speak of metabolism, we are simply speaking about those chemical processes carried out in the body of a human being or animal for the proper maintenance of life.
Can CBD Affects Your Metabolism?
Yes, CBD can and does have an effect on the body’s metabolism. This has its basis founded on a study conducted in 2016 by Korean researchers. In the research, it was discovered that CBD had what it takes to induce the browning of fat or in other words, change white fat to brown fat. White fat has been shown to increase the body’s chances of contracting heart disease, diabetes, stroke, etc. Brown fat
How does CBD affect metabolism?
The way CBD affects metabolism is indirectly through the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of cannabinoid receptors and metabolic enzymes that play key roles in regulating a myriad of psychological processes of the body. The endocannabinoid system has been shown to be responsible for many functions including storage of energy and transportation of nutrients. When THC, for instance, interacts with cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system, metabolism is affected which can cause a surge in appetite and cause a person to want to take in more food. This is just one example of the role the endocannabinoid system plays in interacting with cannabinoids to affect metabolism.
The endocannabinoid system though goes just beyond interacting with cannabinoids to cause hunger in a person. There are many other areas of the body including the skeletal muscles, gastrointestinal tract
It should be noted that the endocannabinoid system’s role in affecting metabolism differs depending on the cannabinoid taken. Whilst CBD
We now have a bit of idea about how CBD, as well as other cannabinoids like CBN and THC, affect the metabolism of the human body. However, studies are far from conclusive.