Marijuana is commonly associated with weight gain, not weight loss. While it is true that THC can increase appetite and give you the “munchies,” CBD is actually believed to have the opposite effect. If weight loss is a goal of yours, check out these 3 Ways CBD Can Help You Lose Weight!
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most popular cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, which is the cannabinoid that will get you “high,” CBD does not produce psychoactive effects. With that being said, it is still capable of a vast array of medicinal benefits. One of these potential benefits is helping you lose some excess weight!
Ways CBD Can Help You Lose Weight
Primary studies have found that CBD may play a role in speeding up your metabolism, thus increasing your rate of weight loss. Your metabolism is the process responsible for converting food to energy. The faster it is, the more calories you burn, and the more weight you can lose.
Improves Focus, Positivity, and Energy
Marijuana is commonly believed to bring you down and chill you out. Most people don’t think of it as an “upper,” but that is usually because they’re thinking of THC, not CBD. THC often makes the user feel relaxed, drowsy, and unfocused. CBD, on the other hand, can increase focus and boost positivity, often times allowing you to make healthier choices throughout the day. This can assist the weight loss process.
Furthermore, one study has determined that CBD may be wake-promoting. Instead of making you feel sleepy, it can actually increase energy levels. This can help you be more active throughout the day.
Reduced Pain and Stress
When you workout out at a moderate or high-intensity, you’re more prone to being tired and sore in the following days. The pain-relieving capabilities of CBD may be able to speed-up recovery and decrease post-workout soreness. This will allow you to get back in the gym sooner, potentially increasing the rate of weight loss even further.
Obesity is a serious health problem that can lead to many other health issues (diabetes, depression, etc…) Speak to your doctor today, about choosing the right healthy-eating and exercise program for you. When combined with these two things, CBD can help you lose weight faster.
There are several different types of OCD that a person can be diagnosed with, making it difficult to treat. Depending on the symptoms, different forms of treatment will be used. One of these potential treatments is medication. Unfortunately, most medications capable of treating symptoms of OCD come along with some pretty nasty side effects. For this reason, it’s no surprise that more and more people are choosing medical marijuana for OCD, instead.
What is OCD?
OCD is an acronym that stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In the United States, it affects approximately 1% of adults, or 2.2 million people. Typically the disorder presents itself in a person by the time they turn 19.
There are several different types of the disorder, however the 4 most common are:
- Intrusive Thoughts
General symptoms of the disorder may include:
- Unwanted recurring thoughts or sensations
- Uncontrollable obsession with something (for more than one hour per day)
- Continuously struggling with ideas that force you to do something compulsively or repetitively. This may include obsessively checking things, cleaning things, or repeatedly getting the urge to wash your hands.
These symptoms usually will interfere with social interactions, work, school, everyday tasks, and other important functions.
When the patient can’t give in to, or fights against the compulsions or obsessions, distress, anxiety, depression, or tension can result. For some people, the obsessions and compulsions are so severe and uncontrollable that they are unable to pay attention or focus on anything else.
Obsessions may include:
- Needing things to be a certain, specific way
- Extreme aversion to dirt and contamination
- Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
- Unwanted, uncontrollable thoughts (religious, sexual, etc…)
Some examples of compulsions are:
- Maintaining a specified routine
- Cleaning / Organization
- Requiring constant reassurance
With that being said, a patient won’t necessarily be both obsessive and compulsive, although that is often the case.
How is it typically treated?
Common treatments for the symptoms of OCD include cognitive behavioral therapy (cognitive therapy & exposure/response prevention,) anti-anxiety medication, antidepressants, or a combination of all these things.
Medications can manage depression and anxiety long enough to give therapy a chance to work. While this is usually relatively effective, there is some bad news. That is, negative side effects from these medications can be moderate to severe, sometimes making the situation worse.
Potential side effects from anti-anxiety medication and antidepressants might include:
- Blurred vision
- Impaired thinking
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
Medical Marijuana for OCD
Marijuana has been utilized as a pain & anxiety-reliever for hundreds of years. Although the effectiveness of marijuana varies from person to person, one recent study concluded that a large majority of participants experienced relief from anxiety with medical marijuana. The other participants reported increased anxiety, which is due to the unique body chemistry of every individual.
Traditional therapy (medications) boost serotonin, which is your body’s “feel good” chemical. Marijuana does not produce serotonin, but it does stimulate the release of another hormone called anandamide. Anandamide interacts with THC, causing a soothing effect, thus relieving anxiety just as effectively. Reducing anxiety helps the obsessions and compulsions dissipate.
On a side note, if a patient must continue to take anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants, CBD may be able to help alleviate some of the negative side effects.
Medical marijuana can help treat these side effects of treatment/symptoms of OCD, as well:
- Abdominal cramps
- Impulsive behavior
- Repeated behavior and thoughts
- Social anxiety
- Weight loss
If you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you may want to consider medical marijuana for OCD. It is safer than traditional medication, and possibly more effective. It is always advised to speak to a licensed physician before switching treatments.
The US government is finally funding cannabis research! For decades, federally-funded medical marijuana research has been significantly lacking– to say the least. The fact that medical marijuana is still federally illegal, makes studying it extremely challenging. Up until now, research has primarily been focused on drug addiction studies. Clinical studies are a fundamental stepping stone to getting a substance verified as a pharmaceutical, which is why this news is so encouraging.
In December of 2018, the federal government, specifically the NCCIH (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) shared it’s intent to study the potential pain relieving effects of “minor cannabinoids” and terpenes.
The NCCIH is one of twenty-seven institutes that make up the NIH (National Institute of Health). This agency utilizes rigorous, in-depth scientific investigation to examine the effects and safety of different health interventions.
What “Minor Cannabinoids” and Terpenes are being Studied?
We’ve all heard (and probably know quite a bit) about the cannabinoids THC and CBD. There are many others, however, that we know close to nothing about. Some of the “minor cannabinoids” of interest are: CBG (cannabigerol,) CBN (cannabinol,) and CBC (cannabichromene.)
There are several terpenes that are going to be studied as well. These include limonene, myrcene, linalool, terpinene, and more.
As you may also know, all of the different cannabinoids work together to provide different pain relieving results.
Why Pain Relief?
Marijuana has proven itself effective in treating a whole slew of ailments, so why is the NCCIH focusing on pain relief? Chronic pain affects approximately one-third of people in the United States. Treating this pain costs Americans well over $600 billion each year. Furthermore, companies suffer an estimated $300 billion dollars annually in lost productivity.
We know that THC and CBD have effective, pain-treating qualities. We also know that other cannabinoids, and even terpenes, synergistically work together to produce healing effects (especially when it comes to pain relief.)
The cost of current pain treatment and the effectiveness that marijuana seems to have, are two driving factors for why the NCCIH wants to study cannabinoids and terpenes more. Research is a necessary stepping stone to certifying marijuana as a viable treatment option.
This research into alternative pain relief could also help reduce the opioid epidemic. Researchers have determined that cannabinoids and terpenes enhance the pain-relieving effects of opioids, which means opioid users can take lower doses.
The federal government has made developing an alternative pain management strategy a priority. The NIH is especially interested in the pain-relieving, non-intoxicating properties of marijuana. Marijuana has been viewed in a negative light for far too long. The fact that the federal government is finally funding cannabis research is extremely encouraging.
Many people (including doctors) have accepted the fact that marijuana is capable of treating a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. Unfortunately, there are still some disorders that are overlooked, even with the mounting evidence that marijuana can help. In this article, we’re going to look at the viability of using cannabis for depression.
What is Depression?
Depression is an intricate mood disorder that can negatively impact every aspect of life. It can interfere with completion of the most basic tasks. Depression can make it difficult to sleep, eat, work, or even maintain a love or social life. Severity of depression can differ from person to person, ranging from mild to extreme.
There are many things that can cause a person to be depressed, the most common cases being a traumatic life event, death of a loved one, abuse or illness.
The World Health Organization says that approximately 350 million people suffer from depression, making it the leading cause of disability in the world.
Common Symptoms of Depression
Depending on the severity and cause of depression, each and every person will exhibit different symptoms, which may include:
- Loss of Appetite
- Weight Loss
- Excessive Hunger
- Weight Gain
- Loss of Interest in Activities
- Mood Swings
- Excessive Crying
- Trouble Sleeping
- Excessive Drowsiness
- Social Isolation
- Lack of Concentration
- Racing thoughts
- Suicidal Thoughts
How is it Commonly Treated?
Most health care professionals will recommend eating a healthy diet, trying to get plenty of exercise, seeking cognitive therapy, and taking a prescribed medication.
Again, depending on the severity and cause for depression, medical professionals may prescribe one of several different medications including SSRIs, SNRIs, TCAs, Dopamine Reuptake Blockers, MAOIs, and more.
Side Effects of Commonly Prescribed Medications
While many of these medications can improve symptoms, they also come with some pretty nasty side effects, which may include:
- Increased Appetite and Weight Gain
- Decreased Libido
- Dry Mouth
- Blurred Vision
- Suicidal Thoughts
Why Choose Marijuana Instead?
Depending on the strain, marijuana will enhance your mood and provide you with more energy and focus (CBD.) It will also combat loss of appetite by inducing hunger and ward off insomnia by inducing sleep! (THC)
Aside from common mild side effects like dry mouth and drowsiness, using cannabis for depression instead of prescription medication seems to be much safer. It also appears to take effect much more quickly. Better yet, many people that suffer from depression claim that it has helped their symptoms more than prescription medications ever did.
It’s important to note, that while rare, THC can cause increased paranoia in some people. The only way to know how it will affect you is to give it a shot. Chances are high that it will effectively treat your symptoms.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, there is ALWAYS another way. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you suffer from mood disorders, like anxiety or depression, call us at (844) 442-0362 or schedule your free consultation online with one of our licensed physicians, today! Don’t live in pain another second. We’re here to help.