Cannabinoids have been long known for their effects on appetite
With the most common one being an increase in food intake, commonly known as the “munchies.” However, a lesser-known cannabinoid, THCV, has been found to have the opposite effect, reducing food intake and possibly aiding in weight loss. This paper reviews the current research on THCV and its potential as a weight loss aid.
Obesity is a growing problem worldwide, with over 650 million adults being classified as obese. It is a major risk factor for numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. While diet and exercise are the primary methods of weight loss, there is a need for effective supplements that can aid in weight loss. Cannabinoids have been proposed as a possible weight loss aid, with THCV being the most promising due to its ability to reduce food intake.
THCV and its effects on appetite:
THCV is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in Cannabis sativa. While it has a similar chemical structure to THC, the compound responsible for the “munchies,” it has been found to have a completely different effect on appetite. A study conducted by Farrimond et al. (2012) found that THCV reduced food intake in both rats and mice, with the effect being more pronounced in the latter. The study found that THCV had a biphasic effect on food intake, with lower doses reducing intake and higher doses increasing it.
THCV and its effects on metabolism:
In addition to reducing food intake, THCV has been found to have other effects on metabolism that may aid in weight loss. A study conducted by Riedel et al. (2009) found that THCV increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation in obese mice. The study also found that THCV improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, both of which are important for maintaining a healthy weight.
Potential uses of THCV:
Due to its ability to reduce food intake and increase energy expenditure, THCV has potential as a weight loss aid. While more research is needed, THCV may be useful for individuals who struggle with overeating and have a hard time controlling their appetite. It may also be useful for individuals with metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity, as it has been found to improve glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity.
THCV has the potential to be a useful weight loss aid due to its ability to reduce food intake and increase energy expenditure. While more research is needed, THCV may be a useful supplement for individuals who struggle with overeating or have metabolic disorders. As with any supplement, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before use.
“THCV is a promising compound for the treatment of obesity and its related metabolic disorders. It has unique properties that differentiate it from other cannabinoids, such as its ability to suppress appetite and increase energy expenditure.” – Dr. Christian Büttner, Assistant Professor at the German Institute of Human Nutrition
“THCV may be useful for individuals who have difficulty controlling their appetite, as it has been shown to reduce food intake. It may also be useful for individuals with metabolic disorders, as it has been shown to improve glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity.” – Dr. Ethan Russo, Director of Research and Development at the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute