CBD is one of the hot topics of the decade. The sky-rocketing popularity and benefits are undoubtedly increasing its customer base mostly belonging to the age-group of 18-34. In a recent poll, it was found that 64% of US adults were familiar with CBD, and around one-third of Americans have already used CBD products, be it for pain, anxiety, insomnia, or inflammation. As per an anticipation, the US CBD market is expected to touch $20 billion sales by 2024.
What actually is CBD?
Cannabidiol, popularly known as CBD, is one of the chemical compounds of cannabis and is directly derived from the marijuana plant. It comes in various forms, such as CBD oils, CBD pills, CBD creams etc. CBD oil is produced by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and CBD products are made by adding this CBD oil to various carriers.
How does CBD affect your body?
As aforementioned, there are various fields that are targeted by CBD, such as pain, insomnia, inflammation, etc. It affects the body simultaneously in various other ways as well, out of which the gut health is the most prominent one. Yes, gut health is deeply affected by cannabis, some of the ways are mentioned below-
1. It eases digestion
If the food is poorly digested, it leads to several issues like upset stomach, nausea, acidic stomach, constipation, etc. CBD lets the food move smoothly through the digestive tract and the body absorbs the nutrients in a better way. The cannabinoid elements affect the digestive system positively.
2. It prevents inflammation to the maximum extent possible
Inflammation can affect the person in various ways, like constipation, fatigue, nausea, mood swings, bloating, irregular periods, etc. The receptors in CBD help control inflammation to a great extent.
3. Enhanced communication between gut and brain
The gut and the brain are highly interconnected and their health affects the other’s functioning too. The improperly functioning gut affects the brain and likewise, the disturbed brain (due to stress, lack of sleep, or any cause) lasts an impact on gut too. The endocannabinoid system bridges the communication between the two.
Does CBD make you Anaemic, thus triggering hair loss?
A person eats something because of two reasons, one- because he is hungry and second- because he is craving for something. Both are totally different scenarios. So the above question doesn’t have a direct answer as CBD may not make a person hungry but it can make someone feel like eating something. But it’s not true that CBD increases one’s appetite.
As CBD also helps in relieving nausea and making the nervous and digestive systems calm and composed, the calm persons automatically intake more. Similarly, when in pain, people tend to eat less. CBD also relieves the person from pain and hence, less pain means more appetite.
It is a myth that CBD affects one’s appetite just like THC, both affect the body differently but CBD can maintain a situation that leads to an improved gut, a balanced appetite, and eventually a healthy digestive system.
Does CBD help in increasing or reducing weight?
Now, you must have got confused about whether CBD aids in weight loss or leads to increased weight. CBD has been scientifically proven as a weight-loss supplement but it undoubtedly comes with certain other effects as well.
1. Improves metabolism and reduces appetite
Initially, research on animals recommended that CBD diminished their intake of food and increased metabolism that may lead to weight-loss. There are not enough studies on humans to conclude the same though.
2. May lead to the burning of fat
Human beings have two types of fat cells, namely white and brown. The most ‘common’ fat that is generally known to everybody is the white one. It’s the most prevailing one and may lead to chronic diseases like heart issues and diabetes, when abundantly available. Whereas, brown fat is good fat and aids in burning calories. White fat can be easily converted into the brown one through various measures and CBD is one of those. However, more research on humans is required in this regard.
In spite of the above benefits, CBD may lead to weight gain unexpectedly. The most vital factor contributing to it is the change of appetite that is the outcome of CBD treatment. In an interview of 117 parents whose children were treated with CBD for a disease, it was found that there was a reduction in the symptoms of the disease but 30% of the patients were found with an increased appetite too.
However, studies exhibit mixed reviews of CBD regarding appetite. In a 3-month study of 23 children suffering from epilepsy, it was found that a few children were found with increased appetite whereas others with decreased one. In another review of 2409 subjects, it was found that 6.35% experienced extreme hunger due to the intake of CBD.
Hence, more research is required in this regard. Nothing can be claimed right now as hunger is influenced by various other factors as well.
Which brand to go for?
The market is flooded with ‘n’ numbers of CBD products and brands targeting various issues.
It is therefore important to readup on reviews of any and every CBD brand before buying. This will help you identify which brand offers the best value in terms of money spent, how effective a particular brand is for a specific problem, whether their CBD is full spectrum or broad spectrum etc.
Fab CBD, popular for their full spectrum CBD oil has been reviewed in great detail here.
How long does CBD stay in the body?
CBD generally stays in the body for 2-5 days but it may vary from person to person. This period depends upon a variety of factors, like the quantity of intake, the frequency of consumption, etc.
Conclusion: Does taking CBD leads to Hair Loss?
So, overall it can’t be claimed that CBD makes its users hungry, and therefore it can’t be linked to hair loss It does help in weight loss (if that’s the target) but at the same time, it may increase or decrease one’s appetite. Currently, the studies have been done on animals, not much research is concluded on human beings.