It just so happens that March is National Nutrition Month. To commemorate the day, we ponder the question “What if weed could help you lose weight?,” and you might be surprised at the answer.
Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, and recent research has shown that it may have a number of health benefits. One cannabinoid that has been getting a lot of attention lately is tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). THCV is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is found in small amounts in some strains of cannabis.
THCV has a number of potential benefits, including reducing panic attacks, regulating blood sugar levels, reducing inflammation, and more. However, one of the most interesting potential benefits of THCV is its ability to help with weight loss.
THCV is thought to help suppress appetite and manage cravings, making it easier to eat less and lose weight. In fact, a 2016 study found that THCV was able to reduce food intake and body weight in human subjects.
Several studies have suggested that THCV may have potential benefits as a weight loss aid. A 2015 study published in Diabetes Care found that THCV reduced fasting plasma glucose levels and improved insulin sensitivity in patients with type 2 diabetes. Another study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that THCV suppressed appetite and increased energy expenditure in mice.
While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of THCV on weight loss, the early results are promising. If you’re interested in trying THCV for weight loss, it’s important to talk to your doctor first. THCV may interact with other medications, and it’s important to make sure that it’s safe for you to use.
Ultimately, THCV is a yet another in a long list of cannabinoids that may have any number of potential health benefits. While more research is needed to fully understand the effects of THCV on weight loss, it would not be inconceivable to envision a time where we might see THCV at the corner drugstore.