It’s finally 2018, which makes for an ideal time to set goals, make improvements, and grow as much as possible. Some individuals choose to set physical goals like losing weight or toning their figure, whereas others choose to set goals and put a plan in place to improve their mental health. Regardless of the specific goals you have in mind for 2018, if you’re looking to lose weight yourself or if you know someone who’s striving for some degree of weight loss, then read on to find out how certain marijuana strains could help keep you on track.
Although many marijuana strains act as appetite stimulants, there are other strains that do the opposite. In other words, certain marijuana strains act as appetite suppressants, which can lead to weight loss. If you’re interested in losing weight, the best option would consist of consuming a high-CBD strain as compared to a high–THC strain. For individuals who want to focus on weight loss rather than weight gain, high-CBD varieties will most likely be the easiest to find.
THCV and How It Can Help Promote Weight Loss
Aside from CBD, THC, and the other main cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant, there’s a compound called THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), which could help individuals lose weight and keep it off.
Overall, according to an Herb.co article, THCV is thought to provide a fast-paced yet energetic marijuana experience. In addition to these effects, it has been shown through rodent research that THCV could be beneficial for people looking to manage their weight.
The research finding goes on to state that THCV could contain appetite-suppressing effects, which has sparked conversations all over the world.
On the same note, according to a High Times article on this topic, THCV in its purest form appears to soothe the irrational urge to overeat while also reducing hunger cravings. Not only is this cannabinoid highly potent, but it also has a unique quality of taming an individuals’ appetite, which could lead to significant weight loss.
Although it’s currently expensive and difficult to cultivate THCV, this won’t stop researchers from trying until an affordable and relatively simple method is found.
Additional THCV Research Findings
On top of the THCV and rodent research study mentioned above, another study was conducted by Joseph Sabia, Jeffrey Swigert, and Timothy Young from Health Economics.
It was found that there was a 2-6 percent reduction in obesity rates within U.S. states that have medical marijuana laws. This study also confirmed THCV’s appetite-suppressant qualities. Some people may not believe marijuana can suppress your body’s appetite because marijuana is known to produce the munchies. However, times are changing, and more cannabinoids and their medicinal properties continue to get discovered.
If you’re focusing on weight loss for this year, try to find marijuana strains that are high in THCV, humulene, or both. In general, THCV is more common in sativa–dominant marijuana strains, as mentioned by a Cannabis Now article. A few examples of marijuana strains high in THCV include Pineapple Purps and Doug’s Varin.
Marijuana Strains That are Helpful for Weight Loss
If you’re interested in meeting your weight-loss goal for 2018, consider purchasing any of the following marijuana strains:
Out of these five options, Harlequin and Cannatonic are strains high in CBD and low in THC, but you may still feel minor psychoactive effects such as euphoria, calmness, and alertness. On the other hand, Durban Poison, Cherry Pie, and Northern Lights are strains that are known to treat obesity and help with weight loss. These three strains also contain varying levels of THCV, which significantly help the weight loss process.
Finding the Right Weight Loss Strain for You
Fortunately, THCV is found within various sativa marijuana strains, but you should educate yourself on which strains will be the best for you and your specific needs and wants. Since THCV is an antagonist of the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors, THC is blocked as a result, which prevents users from getting the munchies.
Overall, if you’re a regular medical marijuana consumer and/or recreational user who wants to lose weight this year, be sure to check your local dispensary for any of the five marijuana strains listed above. However, you can also consume marijuana strains high in the terpene humulene as an alternative to THCV since this specific cannabis terpene contains a similar appetite-suppressing quality.
So, next time you’re looking to shed some weight and/or keep your food cravings at bay, consider trying out a marijuana strain high in THCV and/or humulene to maintain control throughout the entire year.