The Top Cannabis Strains That Encourage Weight Loss
I know what you’re thinking… how can a plant that is notorious for giving people munchies also promote weight-loss? Well its’ a little more complicated than a simple yes… but yes, it’s possible. You can use cannabis to lose weight through the appetite suppressant cannabinoid or through using the infamous munchies to your advantage. Research shows that cannabis consumers are a slimmer population compared to those who do not consume cannabis. Before we get into how cannabis can be used for weight loss and which strains are best, let’s have a look at the cannabinoids involved.
THCV is an Appetite Suppressant
We all know that Cannabidiol (CBD) is widely used and researched for its’ medicinal properties. It makes sense to assume that this cannabinoid would also be involved in the process of weight-loss. However, it does not suppress or stimulate appetite and metabolism at all. Thankfully, cannabis plants have many cannabinoids, just like the human body. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) are two cannabinoids that play significant roles in our appetite and metabolism while under the influence of cannabis. THC stimulates your appetite and is responsible for the munchies, while THCV acts as an appetite suppressant. Cannabis consumers are less likely to be overweight or obese due to researchers’ hypothesis that THC causes changes in gut microbiome which helps to regulate weight loss and digestion.
If you are looking to eat-less and suppress your appetite, then THCV is cannabinoid you’re looking for. THCV has gained fame for its rarity and health benefits. It also acts as a block against the receptors that respond to THC. Along with suppressing your appetite, THCV increases the energy you spend and reduces glucose intolerance.
The American Journal of Botany tested over 157 plants around the world for their THCV content. They found that the highest THCV content found in cannabis plants that originate from South African and parts of Afghanistan. The highest testing flower for THCV at the 2014 High Time Times Seattle U.S Cannabis Cup was Durban Poison. It is important to remember that not all strains of cannabis contain THCV so choosing the right one is important, especially if you only start consuming cannabis for weight-loss and appetite suppressing.
Cannabis Strains That Promote Appetite Suppression:
- Tangie (Skunk lineage)
- Girl Scout Cookies (Durban Poison lineage)
- Durban Poison
- Jack the Ripper
- Dutch Treat
- Skunk #1
- Doug’s Varin (bred for THCV content)
- Willie Nelson (bred for THCV content)
It is believed that consumers who use strains that share a lineage with the above strains will also benefit from THCV. If you have chosen to consume THCV strains simply for weight-loss, try micro-dosing.
If you are a frequent cannabis consumer and are looking to lose weight, then keep smoking on and make a few changes to your choice of snacks and meals. Conventional advice suggests that one should eat less to lose weight while many health nuts and gym junkies believe that the key to losing fat is to eat more… but to eat more of the right types of food. If you do not exercise and eat well for your body, consuming cannabis that does not contain THCV will not lead to weight-loss, it will simply prevent weight-gain. Manipulating the munchies for your benefit may be more work, but it is worth it seeing as though you can continue to eat a lot while losing weight. When you eat more nutritious and quality foods, you’re more physically and emotionally satisfied than when you spend your energy on restricting yourself.
Tips For Munchies And Weight Loss:
- Trade sugary treats such as chocolate for healthier alternatives such as fruit (my personal favorite is strawberries- sometimes covered in 80% cocoa dark chocolate)
- Instead of bread, opt for rice cakes and whole-grain cracker bread.
- Exchange chips/crisps for popcorn, nuts or seeds.
- Drink lots of water.
- Trade sodas/cold drinks for home-made ice-teas.
- Don’t buy junk food. If your household has no junk for you to eat, you won’t have any junk to eat when you have the munchies.
- Do not rush your snacking. Take your time and really enjoy what you’re tasting. This will help avoid over-eating.
- Educate yourself on healthier and yummy recipes. Eating healthy does not have to be boring or bland. (check out the recipe for a healthier alternative to conventional brownies below)
- Most importantly: PREPARE. Make snacks and food before you consume cannabis. This gives you control over what you put in your body.
- Remember, your body is a machine and should be given the correct fuel to run at its’ best.
Like all weight-loss strategies, frequent exercise is key to weight-loss although your eating habits will determine whether you succeed or fail in your quest. To benefit from THCVs appetite suppressant or THCs munchies, you can consume them as usual… through a jay, bong, oil or whatever your personal preference is. Besides weight-loss, cannabis cannabinoids have many benefits to your health which comes as a package when consuming it. Take charge of your health and weight, stay lifted and happy strain hunting.
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The Best Cannabis Strains for Appetite Suppression
Wednesday January 23, 2019
C annabis consumers and non-consumers alike are well aware that using marijuana is bound to increase your appetite, giving you what is popularly known as “the munchies.” But are there strains that could do the opposite and help to reduce appetite? To find the answer, let’s take a closer look into the world of cannabinoids and how they interact with the human body.
Are there Cannabis Strains that Curb the Munchies?
The body has its own endocannabinoid system, which interacts with the cannabinoids found in marijuana. When cannabis is consumed, it activates a receptor called CB1, which researchers believe is behind the munchies phenomenon.
Though research is scant, it is thought that strains high in THC are behind the activation of CB1, which stimulates appetite, while strains that contain balanced or larger amounts of CBD may counteract the mechanisms of CB1. So, while THC is getting busy activating CB1 receptors – and making you hungry – CBD, which triggers CB2 receptors, may inhibit the action of CB1, helping to tamp down the impulse to eat while high.
In addition to CBD, another cannabinoid thought to be useful for curbing appetite is THCV.
Very similar to its counterpart THC – the compound behind marijuana’s high – both THC and THCV interact with the same receptors. However, THCV acts as an antagonist of receptors CB1 and CB2, meaning it acts in the opposite way. So, if the interaction of THC on these receptors makes you hungry, THCV is acting to block the reward centers in the brain associated with the pleasure of eating food, making it less enjoyable, and therefore, less desirable. In fact, it may be why cannabis users, on average, are thinner than those that do not partake.
Top Strains for Appetite Suppression
THCV, in amounts large enough to make a difference in decreasing appetite, is rather tough to find. Though it is psychoactive like cannabis, the high is believed to have a more psychedelic feel and wear off much quicker, so it is often bred out of popular strains, many of which are bred for a potent high.
Current thought points to African sativas as the most likely to have higher amounts of THCV, and as the market for cannabis grows and more research is done, it is likely that finding THCV will be much easier to find in the near future. In the meanwhile, here are some strains that may be able to stave off the munchies:
Best Strains to Curb Appetite:
- Durban Poison is a South African sativa with sweet and spicy notes known for its clear-headed effect
- Super Silver Haze is thought to be the perfect sativa-leaning hybrid because of its balance of both mental and physical effects
- Green crack is an energizing, upbeat sativa-dominant hybrid with an earthy taste and citrusy scent
- ACDC is a strain low on THC and rich in CBD. With the sweet smell of lemongrass and cherries and a CBD/THC ratio of 30:1, this strain is good for those who want to avoid both the munchies and getting high
- Lemon G13 is heavy on the terpene limonene, making this sativa-leaning hybrid one of the most aromatic. Even though it offers a very cerebral high, it is also very energetic and uplifting
While these strains might help you avoid the munchies, relying on strains rich in CBD or THCV to manage weight is not a great idea. Getting around 30 minutes of moderate activity every day should do the trick, and it can be as simple as mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, or taking a walk around the block. For optimal functional fitness, combine this with strength training a couple of times a week, and take it easy on foods high in fat and sugar. These changes, combined with an appetite-suppressing strain to ease any post-exercise aches and pains, could add up to a healthy lifestyle that doesn’t include the munchies.
What are your favorite strains for appetite suppression? Share them in the comments below!
Erin Hiatt is a New York City-based writer who has been covering the cannabis industry for more than six years. Her work – which has appeared in Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, PotGuide, Civilized, Vice, Freedom Leaf, MERRY JANE, Alternet, and CannaInvestor – covers a broad range of topics, including cannabis policy and law, CBD, hemp law and applications, science and technology, beauty, and psychedelics.
Most cannabis consumers have experienced a run in or two with the munchies, but are there marijuana strains out there that can actually do the opposite? Learn more about the best strains for appetite suppression and why THCV content plays such an important role in curbing hunger.