Does CBD Make You Hungry?
Everyone knows that marijuana stimulates your appetite and gives you the munchies, but what about other cannabidiol products? THC is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana plants responsible for producing feelings of euphoria while CBD is the non-psychoactive chemical substance found in hemp plants. CBD won’t get you high, as this non-intoxicating compound gets processed from plants that are specifically bred and grown for their low THC content.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says, “THC is the substance that’s primarily responsible for the effects of marijuana on a person’s mental state. Some cannabis plants contain very little THC (under 0.3% Delta-9 THC). Under U.S. law, these plants are considered industrial hemp rather than marijuana.”
CBD products offer pain relief, reduce stress, and improve the quality of sleep, but have you ever wondered if you’ll feel hungry after using GoGreen Hemp CBD tinctures, edibles, or capsules products? Unlike THC, CBD won’t make you hungry but rather encourages your body to use its own natural endocannabinoid system more efficiently.
How Endocannabinoid System Influences Your Digestion
Medical News Today mentions, “the human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals from cannabinoids.” There are two main categories of cannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids are produced in cannabis and other plants such as dark chocolate, black pepper, cloves, hops, and ginseng. Your body also naturally produces endogenous cannabinoids, aka endocannabinoids.
The endocannabinoid system controls two-way communication between the gut and the brain and helps regulate digestive action including metabolism, appetite, and hunger. In a study published in the American Journal of Physiology, researchers discovered that the presence of endocannabinoids in the gastrointestinal tract plays an important role in the regulation of gut microorganisms and overall gastrointestinal health and wellness. When your gastrointestinal system is unbalanced, certain conditions could arise such as weight gain, bloating, cramps, constipation, food allergies, and other digestive issues.
Cannabidiol and THC are just two of hundreds of different phytocannabinoids found in cannabis plants. While both compounds interact with the endocannabinoid system, there are important differences. Let’s take a closer look at how these cannabinoids interact with the different ECS receptors.
Why Does THC Make You Hungry
Many people associate smoking pot with increased appetite. Cannabis plants contain hundreds of phytocannabinoids, with THC and CBD being the most researched. They both affect your appetite but in different ways. The quick explanation is that THC makes you high, but CBD doesn’t.
There are two main receptors, cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) in the endocannabinoid system. CB1 receptors are concentrated in the brain and central nervous system while CB2 receptors are mostly found in the peripheral organs and cells associated with the immune system. CB1 and CB2 both play a role in maintaining a healthy digestive system by regulating communications in the gut-brain axis.
THC binds to the CB1 receptors in your brain’s olfactory area and as a result, food both smells better and tastes better. Your neural networks have literally convinced your brain that you are starving and the only cure is to go on a high-carb, high-fat, high-salt, junk food eating binge. Congratulations you are now experiencing a false sense of hunger or a dreaded case of the munchies.
Cannabidiol doesn’t produce this same effect on the digestive system as it binds differently to the cannabinoid receptors. This is good news as you won’t get uncontrollable food urges or experience hunger pains after using CBD products. However, CBD is showing promise helping to enhance overall gut health.
Current studies are focusing on the potential of tapping into the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, as a therapeutic obesity treatment. In other words, CBD won’t give you the munchies but, it may help stimulate a temporary change in appetite if your gastrointestinal system is out of balance due to illness or disease.
Find Quality CBD Products at GoGreen Hemp
Now that you know CBD won’t make you hungry, or cause the munchies, it’s time to shop for the top CBD products at GoGreen Hemp. We work with third-party ISO-certified labs to test the potency of each batch of our broad-spectrum CBD products and ensure they are always THC-free.
CBD edibles are a popular way to consume cannabidiol and always a customer favorite. Our CBD infused edibles are available as delicious tasting gummy bears, sour gummies, peach rings, fruity chews, and vegan CBD gummies.
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