Hand dropping CBD oil into a Cup of Tea, surrounded by Cannabis Plants
It’s no secret that marijuana not only makes you high, it can also bring on “the munchies.” But what about cannabidiol or CBD? The marijuana derivative doesn’t make you high and may have numerous health benefits. But does it make you reach for the potato chips and whatever else you can get your hands on to satisfy your suddenly surging appetite?
The answer may surprise you. “CBD suppresses the appetite,” says Martin A. Lee, co-founder and director of Project CBD, a California nonprofit that promotes CBD research, and author of Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana–Medical, Recreational, and Scientific. “It has the opposite effect of what’s typically thought of with THC.”
THC is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in marijuana that’s responsible for the high and the munchies. (CBD doesn’t make you high).
Still, we’re a long way from being able to say commercially available CBD products can help you control your weight or shed those extra pounds.
What is CBD?
CBD is found in medical marijuana and is one of two main active ingredients in marijuana. The other is THC.
CBD can also be extracted from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant which has much lower levels of THC. Farmers have been able to grow hemp since the 2008 Farm Bill was passed, but only as long as it has no more than 0.3 percent THC. (Here’s more on the difference between CBD vs. THC.)
CBD’s various health benefits (some scientifically validated, some not) have led to an explosion of CBD products. Among them: CBD oil, CBD tinctures, CBD capsules, and edible CBD. Oil can be ingested orally or vaped, but vaping has been linked to lung injuries, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Published: January 22, 2021
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