It has long been rumored that the use of cannabis leads to “munchies” and a subsequent weight gain. However, according to recent findings, cannabis and weight loss have quite a surprising and promising partnership.
Unlike what most people might think, there are certain cannabis strains that have the opposite effect on the body, and look quite promising in the treatment of obesity. Moreover, the connection between obesity and eating is a lot more complex than you might think.
Currently, over 35% of adults in the U.S. are obese, and over 34% are overweight. Obesity also affects 17% of children between the ages of 2 and 19 years. However, the most shocking statistic is that 75% of the American population is estimated to be obese by 2020.
In this post, we’ll share the best marijuana strains that help with the treatment of obesity.
Best Marijuana Strains for Obesity
Overall, taking the best strains can help you with two main things – avoiding cravings and helping your exercise better. The best strains contain terpenes and cannabinoids that help to suppress appetite. Research has demonstrated that strains with the THCV compound can help with the suppression of appetite. THCV ideally counteracts the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which ideally block THC and prevents you from getting a high or the munchies.
Here are the best strains for obesity.
1. Durban Poison
This is a popular strain that originates from South Africa, and is a favorite of people who want to lose weight and keep it off. It achieves this by keeping you active and on track with your exercise routine. The THC levels of this strain can reach as high as 24%, which is perfect for getting a happy head high through the day. Nonetheless, dosing is important with this strain as it can cause higher anxiety levels.
While it’s not the most common marijuana strain, grapefruit sativa should be on the top 5 list of anyone looking to keep their mind of food. This strain is actually known for its energetic and happy stress relief effects. It packs about 20% THC with a 70:30 percentage Sativa/Indica ratio. Grapefruit is perfect for treating depression, stress, and PMS, and leaves you feeling incredibly motivated and active. It won’t increase your appetite or give you any munchies.
3. Blue Dream
Blue Dream is another popular sativa-dominant hybrid strain for obesity. It’s a cross between the Blueberry Indica and Haze Sativa, and it known for providing relief and luxury, and can significantly help curb appetite. It’s also known for keeping a person well focused and motivated, giving you the boost of energy that hits hard. It will keep your mind off any food and keep you energized.
4. Cherry Pie
You can be sure that this strain tastes as good as it sounds. As such, it’s perfect for those looking for a delicious strain that will curb appetite and relieve pain. Cherry pie is a hybrid that’s Indica dominant, and contains 16% to 24% THC and 1% CBD. The strain is often used by people suffering from anxiety, PTSD, and migraines, but is also commonly used in lots of weight loss programs that incorporate medical cannabis.
5. Northern Lights
One of the main culprits when it comes to obesity is lack of sleep. Northern Lights is one of the strains that will help with this. For some people, it offers a sleepy, relaxed feeling, and you can be guaranteed that it will help alleviate any sleep problems. Nonetheless, with this strain, it’s important that you reach the right dosage, and you’ll soon find yourself sleeping like a baby bear through hibernation.
High CBD (cannabidiol) strains are great when it comes to appetite suppression, since CBD oil for weight loss is known to counteract the appetite stimulating effects of THC. In Harlequin, the CBD:THC ratio is 5:2, which means that the strain has more health effects that psycho-activity. As a sativa strain, harlequin is ideal for anyone looking for an energy boost before exercising or engaging in any intense activity. Keep in mind that a high dose of Harlequin could produce sedate the user, and smaller doses tend to have better effects.
This hybrid sativa + Indica strain has a special citrus-pine smell. While it won’t give you munchies or a potent high, you can still enjoy it for its anti-inflammatory and relaxing properties. The strain also has little THC content, so you’ll still get a bit of a high from it. Cannatonic won’t exactly help you lose weight directly, though it’s a perfect replacement for the other high-calorie beverages.
8. Black Beauty
The Black Beauty strain is actively being studied for diabetes care and weight loss. It comes with a floral, tropical pineapple flavor, and contains 7% THC and 4% THCV. This means that it will give you a high, but at the same time act as an energizer, which culminates into a fast-paced cannabis experience. Black beauty is perfect for suppressing appetite and providing the energy-boost for workouts.