There is a lot of hype surrounding therapeutic uses of CBD oil these days. It is being touted as a weight loss aid and treatment for a variety of health challenges that includes inflammation, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, acne, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, and many others.

The Science Behind CBD and Weight Loss

There is some evidence that backs the claim that CBD can help users lose weight. This is believed to be achieved through the two CB receptors, identified respectively as CB1 and CB2. Typically, the brain is where the CB1 receptors are located, with the CB2 receptors present all over the body (R).

CB1 receptors that usually reside only in the brain but also appear to spread throughout the body in fatty tissue. This anomaly has led research scientists to consider that there may be a possible link between CBI receptor activation and obesity.

While CBD does not directly cause the activation of CB receptors, it is believed to encourage the body’s cannabinoids to interact with receptors, either to block them or activate them. That explains how CBD may contribute to weight loss.

Why CBD Works

There is research that indicates that CBD reduces your appetite which prevents overeating. A 2012 animal study found that CBD reduced the rats’ appetites. One treatment resulted in a reduction of cholesterol by 25 percent in obese rats. Additionally, there was evidence of lower blood sugar readings and improved liver health (R).

Another benefit associated with CBD is that it turns white fat into brown fat which is believed to help the body burn calories. This is good news for the prevention of diabetes and heart disease. There is also speculation that CBD melts fat and then expels it as waste.

Risks to Consider

It is important to remember that everybody is different and that results can vary. In any healthy approach to weight loss, eating a nutritional diet and regular exercise provide the foundation of long-term weight loss results.

It is entirely possible that a person who wants to lose weight and who depends on CBD for results without factoring diet and exercise into the plan may not reap any of the benefits that CBD oil may offer for weight loss.

Doctor Recommendations

Consulting with a doctor is always highly recommended. While some people will be extremely sensitive to CBD, others may need larger doses. Before taking CBD oil for weight loss (or for any other purpose) it is important to discuss other medications you are taking to prevent any possible negative drug interactions.

Since CBD is categorized as a dietary supplement, it carries little risk. With that said, you should be sure to review the label for dangerous ingredients to ensure that you know what you are getting. When in doubt buy CBD from a trusted source. It is currently being sold in health food stores, pharmacies and online. Your doctor should be able to help you with this as well.

Purity & Potency

Unfortunately, many CBD oil products are mislabeled with incorrect information about THC and cannabidiol content amount. In the worst cases, CBD oil may be contaminated with pesticides, dangerous solvent residues, artificial flavors, corn syrup, and other unhealthy ingredients.

It is also important to remember that the legality of CBD oil and other cannabis products is still an issue in many locales. For this reason, Healthline recommends that you review the laws in your state to be sure you don’t violate the law.

Dosage Recommendations

The question about the right CBD oil dosage to take is impossible to answer with a definitive number for all people. Since we are all different sizes and our body is unique and can react differently than expected, you should be flexible and test your dosage. Metabolism rates vary wildly.

Limited scientific study has been done to conclude the best dosage for CDB oil and cannabinoid-containing products. Among peer-reviewed studies, dosages range from 30mg to 600mg for single-servings, though tend to average around the 100mg range for therapeutic purposes. That is, addressing health issues—not just maintenance use (R).

Give yourself five days at a specific dosage level to see how you’re doing before going to a higher dosage amount. It takes your body time to adjust.

Once you start taking CBD, if you experience any negative side effects such as anxiety, nausea or fatigue, then you should lower your dosage. Conversely, if you don’t see any positive changes or weight loss, then you may need a higher dosage.


There is no denying the fact that studies conducted on rats show promise for legitimate weight loss associated with the use of CBD oil. More research is required on humans before the full potential of CBD can be determined. People interested in trying CBD should always consult a doctor first if they are taking other medications.

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