Weight is something that many people struggle with, and according to research published in 2016:
“More than 35% of U.S. adults are obese.”
Cannabis is known to increase consumers appetite AKA give them the munchies. But did you know that cannabis can also help with weight loss? You heard that right. Cannabis can actually act as an appetite suppressant rather than an appetite stimulant.
There are strains high in certain cannabinoids and terpenes that help promote weight loss. As the science of this misunderstood plant develops we’re learning that it’s not all about THC when it comes to weed. Breeders are starting to work on potent new genetics that focus on a different potency.
THC has been where it’s at with cannabis until recently, but the entourage effect has become a popular theory in regard to cannabinoid science. Instead of focusing on the highest THC levels possible, folks are looking for a wide spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes.
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Cannabinoids are the compounds found in cannabis like THC, CBD, THCV, CBG, CBN, THCVa, THCa, and more. There are hundreds of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant with some in such miniscule amounts they’re hard to detect.
Terpenes are what’s responsible for the lovely aroma or smell from cannabis. Limonene, linalool, myrcene, and caryophyllene are some of the most common terpenes found in cannabis. These terpenes also help determine the level of cannabinoids absorbed by the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Together, terpenes and cannabinoids play a pivotal and essential role in the effects a consumer will experience with cannabis. Factor in the many methods for consuming cannabis and you have a world of potential for patients who are tired of hurting and waiting.
Speaking of waiting, many people are surprised to learn that cannabis can help with weight loss.
THCV May Help With Weight Loss
THCV is a cannabinoid that is showing promise with helping weight loss. Known as TetraHydroCannabiVarin, or THCV for short, it may help you lose a few pounds. If you suffer from appetite loss or anorexia you may want to try and avoid THCV as it suppresses the appetite rather than increasing it.
THCV helps reduce insulin resistance, tremors, blood sugar levels, and it may help with anxiety attacks in PTSD patients. But it doesn’t stop there for this incredible cannabinoid.
THCV shows promise at helping with brain lesions from Alzheimer’s, and since it stimulates bone growth and could help with osteoporosis and other bone-related medical conditions.
As you can see, THCV has an impressive list of potentials- one of the biggest being an appetite suppressant. Most people think that weed will make you put on the pounds when the truth is weed smokers just blaze right through the pounds. A large portion of cannabis consumers have a low BMI.
Strains High In THCV
If you are tired of waiting to lose weight, wait no longer. Get your hands on some weed that is rich in THCV. Are you not sure where to start looking? Here are a few strains that Leafly says are high in THCV. Try one or try them all, maybe even try them all together! If you do though, we want to know about it!
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When you buy weed on the legal market be sure to keep an eye out for lab tests and the places that test for cannabinoids beyond THC and CBD. When it comes to this incredible plant there’s more to it than just a cannabinoid or two. There are loads of cannabinoids and terpenes that can help all kinds of things. Maybe cannabis can help you.