With all of the information inundating the internet about CBD oil, many people are curious, can CBD help with weight loss? A study done in 2012 documented the way that cannabinol and cannabidiol affected the feeding patterns in rats. After dosing rats with CBD, the scientists observed that they ate less; this set the stage for more research to be done to continue to show the weight loss opportunities with CBD. It also brought into light a new use for CBD as an appetite suppressant. In addition to that, a report in India Times in 2016 said that cannabis users show a lower rate of obesity and diabetes. Science has also demonstrated links between the use of cannabis and metabolism for many years.
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Another marker of obesity and diabetes includes damage to liver cells. The liver is a major organ in the conversion between stored energy forms and useable energy forms in the body. Overburdening that system, such as with high fructose intake, can have disastrous effects. Inflammation within the liver indicates the onset of dysfunction, and possibly non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
There are three types of cannabis - indica, sativa and ruderalis. While all three produce cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, cannabis ruderalis (also referred to as hemp) does not contain them in a high enough concentration to have a therapeutic effect. Because hemp products are legal to import to the U.S. and ship from state to state (although growing the hemp plant is federally illegal), companies are taking large amounts of hemp plants and processing them harshly to try and derive enough CBD to call their oil a “CBD product.”
The demand for CBD oil and CBD-infused products has exploded in popularity. Thanks to the countless reports supporting CBD benefits, America has become interested in CBD oil now more than ever! Last year, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) released a study endorsing CBD benefits for several conditions including anxiety, pain, inflammation, neurological diseases, and many more. The WHO committee also emphasized how CBD displayed no indicative effects of abuse or the potential for dependence.
The majority of people using CBD products today experience distinct and tangible results – even a massive survey of over 2,400 users reported that 42% of them quit their traditional medications and prescriptions in favor of CBD. Unlike conventional medicines from pharmaceuticals that artificially obstruct or release receptors of their functions, CBD naturally interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) and biologically binds with the necessary internal connectors as nature intended. This natural occurrence allows CBD to become useful with an array of health conditions. And while common medications typically target only the symptoms, specialists indicate how CBD aims for the cause of symptoms.

Most human studies of CBD have been done on people who have seizures, and the FDA recently approved the first CBD-based drug, Epidiolex, for rare forms of epilepsy. Clinical trials for other conditions are promising, but tiny. In one Brazilian study published in 2011 of people with generalized social anxiety disorder, for example, taking a 600-mg dose of CBD (higher than a typical dose from a tincture) lessened discomfort more than a placebo, but only a dozen people were given the pill.

There are some important points to keep in mind, though. The recent passing of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 changed the classification of hemp from a Schedule I substance to an “agricultural commodity,” paving the way for hemp and hemp-derived substances to be bought and sold legally. It’s also worth pointing out that the DEA recently reclassified some CBD (with a THC content <.0%) from a Schedule I, illegal substance, to the less-restrictive Schedule 5 drugs, as long as an item has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Lastly, the Farm Bill lifted restrictions on sales and transportation, as well as possession of CBD derived from hemp as long as the hemp:
The legality of shipping CBD across state lines and indeed internationally is one of hot debate. And unfortunately, there are no clear answers right now, due to all the gray area amongst the legislation. You need to check your own state laws if in the US, to see how CBD is or is not prohibited. And if in Europe or elsewhere, you would need to check that country’s specific CBD laws.
But isn’t that because we are more willing to break our laws? Think about it. Saudi Arabia, for example, has much stricter laws than we do governing every aspect of life. Why aren’t they and countries like them the #1 incarcerators? I’m thinking either because their citizens are more law abiding by nature or are just plain scared of the barbaric punishments.
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