We are living in a time of the cannabis renaissance. Knowledge of this power plant is accessible and acceptable than ever before. We must not waste this gift from nature. Cannabis can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle. CBD is soon becoming a household name. Known for its therapeutic benefits, CBD is a great starter for the cannacurious. Cocoa Meds has a delicious Milk Chocolate CBD bar that will help you ease through the day.
But did you know that there are properties in the cannabis plant that can help you lose weight?
I know what you are thinking. “Cannabis and weight loss! You’ve got to me kidding me!” Cannabis use and the munchies have always had a symbiotic relationship. But now studies show that cannabis may do much more than you thought.
Let’s Look at the Science
A sativa strain high in humulene and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) both may provide many healing benefits. Researchers have found many benefits in this terpene and cannabinoid, respectively. Humulene has been found to be anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and inhibits cancer cell growth. THCV may help with panic attacks, PTSD, diabetes and bone growth. Both humulene and THCV may suppress your appetite and are ideal if you are trying to lose weight. Jack Herer and Super Lemon Haze are high in humulene. Ace of Spades, Durban Poison, Agent Orange and Tangie are some strains that are high in THCV.
A study by the American Journal of Medicine showed that cannabis users are more likely to have smaller waist lines. Their bodies may have the ability to regulate insulin and facilitate metabolic function better than sporadic or non-cannabis users.
Another study found that cannabis did not work as an appetite suppressant for those who already have a lean body type. However, the same study discovered that appetite was in fact suppressed in an obese subject. One could conclude that using cannabis as an appetite suppressant could be beneficial at the start of losing weight.
Take control of the munchies, don’t let them control you.
Of course you can indulge once in a while. But eating healthy food when you have the munchies is a great tactic for guilt free eating. Imagine making your very own agave lime dressing over a bed of greens and tons roasted veggies. Or have some homemade guacamole, salsa and organic bean chips ready before you medicate. If you have the munchies you will probably end up eating more because it tastes double delicious. I know this works for me.
On the flipside – find a strain that is high in THCV and/or humulene so that you don’t indulge. I remember times where I enjoyed a session and realized I wasn’t hungry at all. Realistically, discipline and intention is the key. You can’t depend on cannabis to do the work for you – it is just an aid. Adopting a healthy diet, regular exercise and responsible cannabis intake could be the right path for you. Think about this scenario – you are going to a party that will probably have a lot of tempting foods. First eat beforehand so you are already full. Then right when you get to the party, consume a cannabis strain that is high in THCV and/or humulene. See what will happen. Is it a recipe for success? It could be…
Chocolate Matcha Beverage
Juice freshly cut raw cannabis flowers. Heat transforms THCA into THC which will activate the psychoactive effects of cannabis. When you use fresh flowers, 90% of the plant nutrients are still available. If you don’t have access to fresh cannabis, try to grow one plant. She would be comfortable in a window that gets sunshine and give it lots of love. Soon you will be able to reap the benefits of fresh cannabis
1 Cocoa Meds CBD Milk Chocolate Bar – melted and cooled
2 tbsp of Rishi Matcha Powder
2 cups of non-dairy milk
10 fresh cannabis leaves
2 inches of fresh cannabis flower
Mix everything together in a powerful blender. Add ice if you want it more slushy. Raw cannabis is an acquired taste. Add agave to your sweetness level. Makes two servings.
This recipe is delicious without the raw cannabis. Try it out as a warm beverage.
Disclaimer: Posts are made for getting the conversation going about the popular uses of cannabis. It is not intended to diagnose or make any medical claims.