The three food groups include:
The release of certain chemicals act on neurotransmitters in the brain to tell us when we are hungry and what we feel like eating. These chemicals may directly stimulate appetite or may encourage the production of other chemicals in the body such as Ghrelin.
When CBD acts on the CB-1 receptors which are primarily located in the brain, it may have a regulatory effect and therefore could act either as an agonist or antagonist. An agonist binds to neuro-receptors in the brain to promote or stimulate the production of certain chemicals and hormones in the body. An antagonist has the opposite effect, slowing or preventing the production of chemicals and hormones.
Can CBD Suppress Appetite?
Of all the potential effects of CBD on the brain and body, its potential effect on appetite is one of the factors that has received a large amount of attention. However, there is still much to be learned about how exactly CBD might affect appetite.
Hunger is one of the most basic survival instincts and is therefore primarily controlled by the brain. It tells us when we need to eat as well as what we need. When there is an intense craving for certain foods, it shows that the body may have a deficiency in a certain essential nutrient that is contained in that food.
Currently, CBD is thought to work with both CB-1 and CB-2 receptors that form part of the endocannabinoid system in the human body. CB-1 receptors are found in the brain, central nervous system (CNS), and throughout the body. CB-2 receptors focus on the immune and gastrointestinal systems of the body.
In some cases, where excessive eating is of concern, CBD may help to reduce the production of Ghrelin (and therefore the feelings of hunger) and increase chemicals that are released to tell the body that it is full. This process may significantly reduce appetite.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the two most widely-studied compounds of the cannabis plant. While THC is known for its psychoactive effects, it is equally well-known for its ability to trigger hunger. Because CBD and THC are both popular cannabinoids, the two can sometimes be conflated.
We aren’t healthcare professionals and cannot diagnose or treat any medical condition, but we can offer you the latest research on the science of CBD. Be sure to consult with your doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your routine.
How Does THC Trigger Appetite?
CB1 and CB2 receptors help regulate inflammation in the gut. The endocannabinoid system also aids in helping the gut communicate with the brain. Thus CBD could help to improve gut health, which could indirectly result in healthy weight gain or healthy weight loss if appetite was out of balance.
While CBD doesn’t induce the munchies, it does still interact with the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for balancing many important functions. If your body is out of balance the result could be an overactive or underactive appetite, in which case, CBD could help to stimulate increases or decreases in appetite.
The CB1 receptors play a large role in regulating hunger and appetite. In fact, they can be found in areas of the brain that influence the way we feel and perceive food. These areas include the hypothalamus and basal ganglia. The hypothalamus regulates appetite and controls the onset of sensations like hunger and thirst.The basal ganglia is the reward system of the brain and it creates the sensation of pleasure derived from eating.