Despite all the information that is out there, for all to read and learn, Americans are still gaining weight. The average weight of Americans has increased steadily since the 1970s. Even with the marketing of products designed to help boost your metabolism, shed pounds, feel better, ad nauseum, the waistline of America gets larger.
Surgical methods for weight-loss are more popular than ever and there are several variations on the procedures. There are lap bands, gastric sleeves, complete bariatric by-pass surgery and more. Losing weight is a big industry but the problems that exist for many Americans is that they are just hungry all the time. There is a likelihood that the foods produced today are higher in fat, MSG and additional food preservatives that make us feel hungry most of the time. Cravings for pizza are because of the ingredients in the pizza that you are craving. Cravings for products is a sign from your body that you are detoxing and having symptomatic withdrawal. You may feel jittery, thirsty, and obsessed with a specific food – usually carbohydrate dense – that you just can’t stop dreaming about until you finally rush out and grab it, and a handful of other similar items while you are there at the store.
If you’re like most people, you’ll consume this food you had to have and then you will feel sluggish, tired, and even potentially depressed because you are sad you ate it and wish you hadn’t. Many people tend to eat to feed their feelings, and as you can see, this is a potentially vicious cycle that you can get yourself caught-up in. Breaking the cycle of emotional eating, and giving in to the symptoms of cravings, is horrendously difficult. It’s been said that detoxing from sugar is like trying to quit cocaine. That’s how addictive sugar is!
If we can think of food as an addiction, because it is, then we can possibly approach the way we eat in a different way. If we are to break the food cycle, then we must break the habits that we are in and that is like detoxing from a drug. People who quit drugs are often checked into rehab and get substance abuse counseling. When you eat a pizza, you just feel bad and likely, since the diet is already blown, you’ll dip into a half a gallon of ice cream too. What the heck, right?
Our mentality changes greatly when we treat food addictions with the same seriousness as we do drug addiction. Addiction is addiction – period. So where do you turn when you need help stopping the cycle that you are in with food? Is there a path out if it?
CBD as an Addiction Breaker
CBD has been proven to have a value in helping to break addictions for smokers, cocaine users, heroine users, and people who are hooked on opioids. Why not food? It absolutely will work with food addictions because of the way in which CBD works in the body’s neural circuitry to stop the signals of cravings from ever getting to the brain, meaning the body will not act on the cravings. The signals of cravings are blocked and never get to the brain, telling it to make you seek the substance. You can forget about being hungry because you won’t get the message that you are. If your nerves want some sugar, that message isn’t going to get to your brain. Let’s get more in-depth regarding this.
How This Works
CBD activates the endocannabinoid system in the body by bonding with the receptors of that system. There are two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors bind with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is found in marijuana but not in CBD products. Those receptors are concentrated mostly in the brain but there are a few around the rest of the body. This causes people to feel high when they smoke weed. Removing THC from CBD products (cannabidiol) prevents you from getting high when you use a CBD product.
CBD bonds to the CB2 receptors which are scattered all over the body. They help block messages from parts of the body that are on their way to the brain, without affecting the brain function so that you aren’t mentally foggy. CBD is not a psychoactive ingredient, but THC is. Therefore, THC is found in medical marijuana and it is highly regulated. CBD products are not as regulated and can be purchased easily, no matter where you live. All fifty states now allow for legal sale of CBD but there are few municipalities and counties that have made these products off limits. Check locally to be clear what the law is in your city.
We know that CBD blocks signals and this is the single thing that makes it so amazingly effective for so many different issues, illnesses, and conditions. CBD successfully blocks pain, cravings, thoughts, and more. If you have a chronic condition, CBD will be your rescue from pain. If you suffer tremors, CBD can help the nervous system from telling the brain to trigger them and give you relief from the constant shaking of Parkinson’s Disease or other tremors. If you have ADHD, the blocking of constant thoughts can be slowed down, allowing the brain to stop being overreactive. If you suffer depression, the constant negative thinking that causes your sadness can be nearly eliminated. If you overeat, your brain will not get the constant impulses that are sent to it, telling it you need to eat. Powerful medicine for a plant-based oil extract, eh?
Additional Benefits Research Has Shown for Weight-Loss Using CBD
To understand fully the way that fat cells are used or stored in the body, we need to understand that all fat cells are not created equal.
Two Types of Fat:
- White Adipose Tissues – These fat cells are harder to break down. This tissue is known to lead to diabetes, heart-disease, arterial clogging and other health issues. The belly fat that is so common for those with weight-related health problems is this white adipose tissue.
- Brown Adipose Tissue – This tissue is known to burn readily and is available for immediate use as energy. This type of fat is good to have, can convert to weight-loss power, and keeps the body free if excess fat in the arteries. With less clogging of your ‘engine’ you are likely to remain healthier for longer.
CBD plays a role in determining which type of tissue fatty foods are turn-into. CBD causes the process of ‘fat browning’ to happen. This means that fewer white adipose tissues will develop, keeping you leaner and healthier overall, when you use CBD. This is truly an incredible health benefit that can be life enhancing for many people who struggle with trying to break the cycle of food addictions.
CBD can hit back in two important ways, when it comes to breaking an addiction related specifically to food, and the ways it impacts your health. This is incredible knowledge that will not just help you stop eating foods that are horrible for you, but you can also begin living a healthier life from this day forward.
All That Remains is to Purchase Your CBD Oil
If you have never used a CBD product before, you may want to start with a basic oil and blossom from there. If you’ve ever smoked or used marijuana, you will recognize the smell as well as the taste. The terpenes of the hemp plant are akin to those in the marijuana sativa plants that are used for the purpose of getting high. Terpenes is the name given to the smell and flavor of the plant and its oils. Terpenes occur naturally in the plant but depending on the methods of extraction, there can be fewer terpenes in some types of extracted oils.
Tinctures tend to be thicker than oils and may often come in flavors. If you are not wild about the smell or taste of hemp or marijuana, then you might want to go with this type of use. You can add tinctures into syrups. For example, adding a blueberry flavored tincture of CBD into your pancake syrup is a great way to get it into your system first thing in the morning and not even know that you’re taking something good for you. If you are eating healthier than pancakes, try mixing CBD into your honey that goes into your hot tea. Are you doing protein shakes to try to lose weight? Add your CBD directly into that and enjoy cutting calories, taking the edge off your hunger, and creating healthier cells. I can’t get much easier than that, can it?
If you aren’t sure how much CBD to use, the right CBD dosage, or what milligram to start with, you can do a little reading to get an idea of what has worked for others. There are articles, message boards and more available on the internet by the hundreds. Doing what you are doing right now is a huge part of your journey and in learning more, you will find new questions. You may even become a CBD advocate, meaning that you will start recommending it to everyone you meet.
For starters, you may want to start with 500 to 1000 milligram strengths of CBD oil. Most people start with a half-dropper at a time, once per day. If you feel that you are still struggling, you may increase your dose as you see fit. The beautiful thing about CBD is that there is no doctor’s prescription required and you don’t have to check with anyone for what amount to use. You decide what works best for you and go with that.
Start low, so you have room to increase. You can find strengths of up to 2500 or even 3000 milligrams. You want to start low though, because starting with too much can trigger some minor side-effects that aren’t serious but can be rather uncomfortable. CBD diarrhea will occur if you take too much CBD when you aren’t used to it. Lower your dosage or even skip a day, then start again at a lower dose. Give your body a week to get used to that dose and then gradually increase. Other mild symptoms of taking too much too soon are stomach pains, cramps, and headache. If you experience any of these, simply follow the same instructions given above and you’ll be fine. There are no long-term side-effects from using CBD. It is very safe, even for children and for pets. Many people use CBD for their children who have ADHS and for pets with separation anxiety or chronic arthritis pain.
Given that CBD is so safe, a lot of people give up using prescription medications for themselves, their children, or CBD for pets, simply because they do not have to worry about toxicity in the body, side-effects that are harmful, or the worry about poisoning other members of the household if someone else gets ahold of the prescription medications. You also won’t have to worry about drug-seeking in the family. CBD is non-addictive. No one will become so dependent upon it that they get sick and have withdrawals. You definitely will get used to how good you feel and will want to continue taking it though. Liking something and being addicted to something are two different things.
CBD Products Available
If you get bored with the oil and the tinctures, there are other things that you can try. CBD edibles are made with the CBD already added. Just open the package and eat. Gummy candies are quite popular, and you can control how many milligrams you or your child take each day because you can see how much is in each candy.
If you find that you get overwhelmed by cravings suddenly and you want something you can take to help you in the spur of the moment, consider using a CBD vaping oil that can be used with a vaping pen. Breathing something into the lungs introduces it to your blood supply almost immediately. The vaping oils are also available in many different flavors, like mint, bubblegum, or berry flavor. When you find yourself challenged in the moment, be prepared and have a vaping oil ready. You can even buy single-use vaping pens that are disposable, and you can simply keep one with you for ‘just in case’ moments. They aren’t overly expensive, most running less than twenty bucks. Isn’t your healthy life worth a twenty-dollar bill?
Learn to cook with CBD. That might sound counter-productive to trying to lose weight, but the truth is that when you make cooking healthy foods a habit, you gradually change your lifestyle to a healthier one. CBD oil can be incorporated into your meals as part of the ingredient list and there are many websites that exist purely for the exchange of recipes.
If you enjoy a cocktail from time to time, you may even enjoy adding one of the flavored CBD syrups on the market into your drink for additional flavor. CBD seems to offset some of the more obnoxious side-effects of alcohol and makes the experience less nauseating and hang-over free for many people. Also, CBD combats some of the more unpleasant side-effects of alcohol, such as moodiness and depression. If you are someone who has no issues with alcohol abuse and just enjoy the occasional drink with friends or a glass of wine at home, try infusing your CBD right into that drink to make a CBD Cocktail.
If you are incorporating more salads or raw diet into your meal plan, CBD is a vegetarian/vegan friendly product if it hasn’t had any additives introduced to it. Make sure you are purchase ‘pure CBD’ for this purpose. Add it directly into pureed nuts, mix it into salad dressings, pair it with olive oil for a deeper, woody flavor. Get creative with the way you incorporate CBD into your weight-loss journey and don’t forget to take time for yourself as well. Quiet time, for relaxation, and exercise should both be part of your daily routine. It is hard sometimes, to set-aside time, especially if you are a parent with young children. Only five minutes each day can make an enormous difference on your health and the lowering of your stress, which will make it less likely that you’ll be triggered to stress-eat as well.
No matter what you do during this journey to a healthier you, remember that you’ll make mistakes. You will have good days and you’ll have bad days. Forgive yourself and know that the most important person in your world is you. Pat yourself on the back. Tell yourself that you are worth it. Forgive yourself for making a few mistakes along the way because none of us are perfect. If you eat something that you shouldn’t have, don’t beat yourself up over it because that only makes matters worse. Forgive and move on. Your priority should simply be to love yourself and all else will fall into place. CBD can make the journey more enjoyable. Be well and good luck.