BY MARIE LODI
Cannabis and weight loss aren’t often mentioned in the same breath. After all, we’ve been conditioned to think there isn’t a correlation, especially because cannabis can cause the munchies, aka those intense, seemingly limitless cravings for the most delicious but least nutritious food. (Let’s be real, have you ever smoked a bowl and had an overwhelming urge to eat a...salad afterward? If you’re fried, then so is your dinner.)
Fine, maybe there’s no stoner diet to lose weight. However, a recent study found evidence that cannabis users put on less weight than those who didn’t use cannabis over a period of three years. This falls in line with previous research that yielded similar results, concluding that there is, in fact, a possible connection between cannabis usage and lower BMIs. There have also been findings on communication between the gut microbiome and the endocannabinoid system. However, whether weight loss (or less weight gain) is related to cannabis itself, or is simply due to an individual’s behavioral habits (perhaps they’re more aware of having the munchies, so they resist indulging?), is still uncertain, and more research is needed.
So what’s the best way to put a cannabis diet plan into place? There are a couple ways to go about it. If you’re one of the many people on the popular Keto diet, you can easily combine cannabis oil daily by adding it into your morning bulletproof coffee. It’s as simple as adding a couple of drops of cannabis oil, whether it’s CBD-only or it contains THC. This is because MCT oil, which is what people generally add to their fat-powered bulletproof coffee, is usually the base of CBD oils, so you can easily skip your regular MCT oil and substitute for CBD. Research has also shown MCT oil to help boost calorie-burning and weight loss. Another thing to note is that CBD does not have appetite-inducing effects, unlike THC its psychoactive cousin.
The cannabinoid THCV has the potential to lower appetite, which means if you look for cannabis strains with a high presence of THCV, chances are you’ll be safe from the munchies. Strains like Durban Poison and Jack the Ripper are both known to have high levels of THCV. You can also opt for a more balanced strain like ACDC, which has low levels of THC, but is high in CBD. The next time you’re at a MedMen cannabis retailer, talk to your budtender about these strains.
Whether or not your goal is to lose weight, incorporating cannabis into your diet can help you create an overall wellness plan. Further proof that the potential medicinal benefits of cannabis are vast!