Cannabis edibles don’t make you lose weight, but there’s evidence that marijuana can indirectly help with weight loss.
In fact, one study suggests that marijuana legalization triggers a 2-6% reduction in the affected population’s obesity rates.
Keep reading to learn more about how edibles can support weight loss and what types of edibles you should eat if you want to shed body weight.
The study we mentioned above makes two important observations about marijuana’s health benefits:
Drawing from this study, additional research, and anecdotal evidence, we identified some of the ways that cannabis use can help with weight management:
You can use cannabis edibles and other forms of marijuana to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
Unfortunately, marijuana edibles aren’t an appetite suppressant. In fact, many medical marijuana patients report an increase in appetite.
This phenomenon is often referred to as “the munchies,” and it often becomes the target of marijuana-related jokes. When you want to lower your food intake, however, it can feel like a serious issue.
At the same time, anecdotal evidence suggests that only certain cannabinoids cause increased appetite. Many people note that products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) trigger hunger, while products containing cannabidiol (CBD) do not.
If you find that cannabis medicine makes you hungry, you could try a medication high in CBD or one of the coping activities mentioned in our side effect guide.
Again, edibles alone won’t help you to lose weight. However, they (or any other medical cannabis products) can be used to support health and wellness.
But you still need to practice healthy eating habits. Eating too many sugary edibles would be counterintuitive to your weight loss journey.
So, what types of edibles should you eat?
Well, it depends on how you want to lose weight:
Remember to maintain a weight-loss diet that keeps you energized and healthy. If you find yourself getting exhausted or sick from cutting back on food, try adding more calories back to your diet.
Certain foods can help you to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. For instance, increasing your intake of healthy carbohydrates, protein, vitamin D, and vitamin B can kickstart your mind and mood.
These edibles can help you feel calmer and happier so you can focus on your weight loss strategy:
Remember to consult with your doctor when using cannabis medication for mood disorders. You can work together to find a solution that improves your symptoms.
Dieting can help to regulate your blood sugar levels. Foods high in fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants can help you reach your goal.
You can also look up the glycemic index of the foods you want to add to your diet.
Try these ideas:
A physician or registered dietitian can help you find even more foods that keep your blood sugar at steady levels.
Find more ideas here: Medical Marijuana Recipe Guide
Edibles are a lung-friendly alternative to smoking cannabis. And as you can see, you can eat many kinds of infused food to achieve a lower BMI.
Make an appointment with a cannabis-friendly doctor to get your medical marijuana card and develop a strategy that fits your needs.