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Different High? Can Taking CBD Oil Increase Your Metabolism?

Stacey Wellington

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CBD and Obesity

Obesity is an alarming health problem in the U.S. A recent CDC report said nearly one 40% of Americans are obese. According to the study, which covers the years between 2007-2008 and 2015-2016, the rates of obesity increased significantly in adults, from 33.7% to 39.6%. Meanwhile, the rates of severe obesity rose during the same period from 5.7% to 7.7%.

If the rates remain as is, the researchers estimated that half of American teens would be overweight or obese by 2030.

The U.S. is only one of the countries where obesity has already alarmed public health authorities. The WHO reported that in 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults (18 years and over) were overweight while 650 million were obese. This figure means that in the same year, 39% of adult men and 40% of women worldwide were overweight while 11% of men and 15% of women were obese.

Clinically speaking, obesity means having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Medical scientists say obese people are prone to a host of serious diseases such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Asthma, sleep apnea, and other breathing problems
  • Diabetes
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallbladder diseases and gallstones
  • Gout

Obesity results from too much eating due to increased appetite and lack of physical activities. However, doctors say other medical conditions contribute to this health problem, such as excessive consumption of processed food and sugary drinks and foods. Genetic disorders such as Prader-Will Syndrome and other medical conditions like hypothyroidism and Cushing’s syndrome are also culprits.

CBD Oil and Obesity

Gaining too much weight is a severe medical condition that requires immediate attention. One of the remedies for this health problem is taking of cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Of the more than 100 cannabinoids (compounds from cannabis), CBD and THC are the two with substantial benefits to health. These two substances can influence the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a network of receptors responsible for regulating different functions in the body, including appetite, pain, pregnancy, mood, and memory.

Researchers say that taking THC oil boosts a person’s appetite while CBD oil suppresses it. Various scientific studies have proved this claim. One of these is a study conducted by Korean researchers about hunger in 2016. After keen monitoring of CBD and its effects on immature fat cells (preadipocytes), they discovered that the cannabinoid has three ways of causing “fat browning”. Unlike white fat which stores calories, brown fat cells burn energy and produce body heat.

Another study by the University of Nebraska College of Medicine researchers published in 2013 found that the use of marijuana was associated with weight loss. However, Dr Rachna Patel, a California-based physician and a cannabidiol expert, said the weight management benefits of CBD are just a side effect while treating other health conditions. She noted that animal studies have also shown CBD consumption results in a boost in metabolism, but she has not yet prescribed it as a weight management supplement.

CBD Oil Not A Weight Loss Supplement (Yet)

While CBD oil is excellent for pain, anxiety, and other health issues, Dr Michael Verbora, the chief medical officer for Aleafia, a medical marijuana facility in Ontario, Canada say no reliable study links cannabidiol to weight loss. Like Dr Patel, Dr Verbora said weight loss is a side effect of treating chronic pain in some patients. Both doctors do not prescribe CBD capsules and other products for weight management as more scientific studies are still needed.

According to Dr Verbora, while taking CBD products is safe and potent in many health issues, there is still no substantive evidence of its efficacy in weight management. But with some scientific proof suggesting that this cannabis oil can help boost metabolism, there is still a possibility that soon, the medical community will officially use it for weight management.

 

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The Oral Health Benefits of CBD [VIDEO]

Carissa Stevens

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Oral Health Benefits of CBD

Suffering from toothache and gum problems? CBD may be the answer. Known for its potent pain-relief and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can provide great relief for gum and tooth diseases as it reduces irritation and promotes faster healing. Watch this video to know more.

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Does CBD oil work for Gout? | Gout Pain Relief | CBD oil for Gout [VIDEO]

Carissa Stevens

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CBD for Gout

People suffering from gout can find great relief in using CBD. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joints and is known to be extremely painful. CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties not only relieves the symptom of gout, but it may also work to prevent its occurrence in the first place.

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Can Kratom Boost My Energy Levels?

Jordan Webber

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Kratom

Everyone has their daily list of tasks that they need to complete by the time the day is over. But when you’ve had a terrible night’s sleep prior, it makes waking up and getting all the things you need to do done very hard to do. Coffee and caffeine can only do so much. You may be wondering, is there another alternative? If you find yourself desperate for a solution then you came to the right place! Today we’re going to be talking about a plant called Kratom, what it is and how it affects your energy. We’ll also be discussing other potential benefits this herb may possess.

What Is Kratom?

Kratom, or Mitragyna Speciosa, is an evergreen tree that is a part of the coffee family. It is native throughout Southeast Asia, and it is commonly found in countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Kratom is known for its euphoric like effects and the health benefits it possesses. Although Kratom is legal in the United States and sold in many alternative medicine stores, it is illegal in numerous parts of Southeast Asia due to a lack of testing and knowledge about this plant.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has not yet approved Kratom for medical use because there have been few clinical trials to fully understand the herb. People take Kratom for a variety of reasons. Some use it for purely recreational purposes, whereas other people use it for pain relief or try to substitute it for opioids or to treat withdrawal symptoms. Kratom is a highly controversial substance that hasn’t been researched enough to know the long term effects.

Kratom For Energy

There are three main strains of Kratom. These strains include red, green, and white variations. The best strain for energy or motivation is white Kratom. Some people state that when taken in small doses, white Kratom makes them feel energized, focused, and sociable when they otherwise won’t be. But when taken in higher doses, people have reported feeling calmness, euphoria, and even sedation, which isn’t good when you are trying to be focused and energized. It is advised if you do plan on taking Kratom of energy, motivation, and focus, that you choose white Bali Kratom. It is one of the milder types of Kratom but will give you the boost that you need. There is also white Maeng Da Kratom or white Borneo which are more potent but they are also good for boosting your energy if taken in small doses.

Other Benefits Of Kratom

Along with Kratom having great energizing properties, it also some other benefits. First of all, many people say that Kratom is a great relief for chronic muscle pain because it works like a sedative in relaxing your muscles. Another thing that people use Kratom for is treatment for anxiety and depression as it can energize you and make you crave more social interaction. Of course, none of these are scientifically proven, but people that actively use Kratom have stated these benefits.

In conclusion, although the Kratom plant is quite a controversial herb, it can have amazing benefits and qualities and may be a useful source for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, treatment for drug addicts, and an energizer. Many people in today’s age are opting for natural path options instead of modern-day medicine, and this could be the new up and coming natural medication. With further research and clinical trials, this plant may one day be approved by the FDA and become as common as THC and CBD are becoming.

The effects are said to usually start within 10 minutes after ingesting the plant and can last up to one and half hour.

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