Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 80 compounds from the group of molecules known as cannabinoids, and one of over 480 compounds found naturally in cannabis. Of these, CBD and THC are found in the highest concentrations in cannabis, which is why they are the most recognizable and researched.
CBD is legal, and the most important active substance in medical marijuana and cannabis, with a wide range of applications. Of the several hundred substances found in cannabis, CBD is known to provide the strongest health benefits. CBD hemp oil is non-psychoactive and can be used as an all-round therapeutic agent without fear of altering consciousness. Cannabidiol (CBD), unlike THC, does not cause side effects, is not intoxicating and is not addictive.
CBD is a completely safe ingredient in hemp that mimics the effects of naturally occurring substances in the human body. Substances with a similar effect and chemical structure can be found in the body of every human being, and even in breast milk. Cannabidiol is perfectly tolerated by the human body, and its overdose is impossible. CBD is a vegetable oil found in nature only in hemp.
Cannabidiol has a beneficial pharmacological effect on both the body and mind of the user. CBD extracts are used in the treatment of most first-world diseases such as stress, problems with concentration, insomnia, and lack of appetite. Let’s focus on the last one.
Where does the lack of appetite come from?
We have all been in a situation where we had a lack of appetite. Sometimes it took hours, sometimes even days, to feel like eating again. This can be caused by a cold, for example – when the immune system is trying to fight viruses, we don’t necessarily feel like having a meal. Another cause of a lack of appetite can be stress. A compressed stomach, for example, before an important exam or a public speech, may cause you to miss several meals. When should a lack of appetite start to bother us? When there are no clear reasons for it – you are not preparing for the college session, there is not too much stress, and you also enjoy your well-being. When the situation continues, a doctor should be consulted, as with any medical ailment, in case the cause of the lack of appetite requires medical intervention. In extreme cases, prolonged lack of appetite can lead to individuals wasting away, known as Cachexia or “Wasting Syndrome”. In relation to oncology patients, this is known as cancer-related anorexia-cachexia syndrome, or CACS. Another condition where appetite and Cachexia are often encountered is HIV and AIDS patients. These are extreme examples, and generally, natural methods that are safe for the body to improve the appetite are enough to solve the problem. A great way to regulate your appetite is CBD.
How can CBD help regulate your appetite?
CBD cannabidiol acts on the endocannabinoid system found in the body. It is involved in numerous physiological processes, although its primary function is to aid in maintaining homeostasis, that is., the state of complete equilibrium. This system consists of cannabinoid receptors, endogenous ligands and enzymes that synthesize and degrade ligands. The best-known cannabinoid receptors are CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are one of many that are responsible for pain sensation, motivation to act and for regulating appetite. CBD is an exogenous cannabinoid, that is, one that is supplied to the body from the outside, not produced by it itself. It affects cannabinoid receptors, improving their efficiency. Research has shown that CBD affects the CB1 receptor. This means that it can significantly affect the appetite by preventing its excessive fluctuations.
So, in the case of over-eating, CBD can help by supressing the appetite. Conversely, in the absence of appetite, cannabidiol can restore the desire to eat.
How does CBD affect appetite?
CBD oil is known for its wide-ranging effects on several different body systems and may have positive, indirect effects on appetite.
Nausea and vomiting, experienced either together or separately, can be a huge impediment to a healthy appetite. Research into CBD oil’s action on nausea and vomiting is limited in humans, yet animal research shows that at certain doses CBD reduces retching and can have anti-emetic actions (vomiting-reducing effect). This is believed to be due to the cannabinoid acting on the region of the brain that controls the vomit-reflex. As an anti-inflammatory there is potential for CBD to reduce discomfort and inflammation in the digestive tract. This may also be a factor in individuals reduced desire to eat.
CBD may have a positive effect on anti-inflammatory action, soothing the digestive system, as well as stimulating appetite and therefore can be helpful for patients with Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBD), like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s, as well as diarrhea, constipation or abdominal pain. Also, pharmaceutical drugs can result in decreased or entire lack of appetite, also leading to unintended weight loss.
Appetite regulation and CBD – who can it be helpful for?
When it comes to the power of CBD in restoring lost appetite, it can be especially helpful in the case of elderly people, who very often suffer from a lack of appetite, with even the most delicious treats unable to convince them to eat. A little support for the body in the form of CBD can prove very valuable here. CBD can also help restore your appetite if you are experiencing exorbitant amounts of stress. It is true that we all experience stress from time to time, but only when this condition lasts too long can there be a disturbing decrease in appetite. CBD can be of great help here, and in two ways:
- Cannabidiol helps to reduce stress levels and improve sleep quality. If you are feeling stressed, and your sleep quality has been drastically reduced, it may be time to turn to CBD for support.
- Cannabidiol can help restore your appetite – which is very good news for people who suffer from a lack of appetite due to prolonged stress.
CBD can also enhance sensory experience around eating, desire and enjoyment in eating.