It’s not entirely uncommon for people to assume that CBD will make you hungry; THC (one of the other more popular compounds in the cannabis plant) is notorious for making you want to inhale a whole sleeve of Oreos.
However, CBD and THC are different in several ways, and this is one of them! So… does CBD make you hungry? Let’s take a deeper look.
THC vs. CBD
Cannabis (and hemp) contains over 400 different active compounds- although we don’t yet know the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of all of them. The two most prominent cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
THC is the main intoxicating compound, delivering its effects by binding directly with CB1 cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body.
THC makes you high; CBD doesn’t. And, as it turns out, they affect your appetite in different ways, too.
Will CBD Make You Hungry?
CBD, has a lot in common with THC.
However- and this is where it gets complicated- THC interacts with the parts of your body that makes you feel high, while CBD interacts with the parts that reduce pain and inflammation.
Researchers have identified two receptors in the human body that respond to cannabis, known as CB1 and CB2. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate bodily functions like appetite, mood, and energy.
So- does CBD make you hungry? In short- not usually! At least not due to anything that happens biologically or chemically.
Since CBD does not bind to the CB1 receptor, it doesn’t have the same influence on your appetite that THC does. In fact, research indicates that CBD can actually reduce THC’s efforts to stimulate the appetite when the two cannabinoids work in tandem.
However, many people who find they need a bit of a boost when it comes to their appetite usually do so because they suffer from an illness (or side effects of an illness) that keeps them from feeling hungry.
While CBD doesn’t have the same effect as THC on your appetite, it may help the body maintain its overall digestive health.
CBD and the Effects on Metabolism
There are many benefits of CBD – from relieving pain to reducing anxiety to easing menstrual cramps- but research shows that CBD can also have a positive effect on our metabolism as well!
A recent study took a look at the effect CBD has on fat cells. They found that CBD can actually stimulate the proteins and genes that help break down fat.
If you’ve ever recovered from even a minor illness, you can attest to the fact that when you feel better, you eat better. So, in this case, the answer to “Does CBD make you hungry?” can be a yes, and that can be a great benefit to those who need it.
Here’s the Takeaway
Based on everything we know, taking CBD will not make you hungry, nor will it lead to weight gain.
So if you’re taking CBD, you don’t need to worry about getting the “munchies”- it won’t cause you to raid the fridge like THC might, but it can improve your appetite once your body is brought back to equilibrium.
CBD dosing is a highly individual process, so head over to our dosage guide for more information on how CBD will affect you.
As with any new supplement or lifestyle change, be sure to consult your physician or health care professional before introducing CBD into your daily routine.
Articles on The Bloom are not meant to substitute medical professionals advice, so please check with your doctor before taking CBD, especially if you are taking prescription medications or have any kind of medical conditions.