Smoking weed can help you lose weight. Not too many people who skip sweets and indulge in daily weigh-ins would say it’s a total blast losing weight, so why not indulge in a little sticky-icky to help you along your path?
The thing is that smoking weed can help you decrease that number on the scale and your overall BMI.
This study conducted in 2014 shows that cannabinoids derived from cannabis are regulatory in nature (help promote homeostasis).
It found that cannabis can help those who are underweight get to a healthy weight, but it did not make people gain weight when they were at a “normal” weight.
Can Smoking Weed Help You Lose Weight?
Yes, smoking weed can help you on your weightloss journey.
The best part? Cannabis works with your ECS (endocannabinoid system).
Did you know your body produces cannabinoids?
CB1 and CB2 are receptors in your body (think of them as messengers) who deliver information to and from your ECS and throughout vital systems in your body.
Your ECS monitors and regulates your nervous system, digestive system, and helps promote homeostasis throughout your entire body.
Cannabis produces cannabinoids similar to the ones our body produces. Smoking weed can help your ECS help you.
When it comes to weight loss, certain cannabis strains will work better than others.
Physical aches and pain may be a reason you’re dreading your daily cardio.
Anxiety and stress sometimes play a role in why people gain weight, and they may also play a role while we try to shed it.
Because cannabinoids derived from cannabis promote homeostasis (mind/body balance), smoking/eating weed can ease pain, improve your mood and give you that boost of energy or motivation you may need to get that workout in.
Let’s take a look at the best cannabis strains for weight Loss.
Cannabis Strain #1: Original Skunk #1
As the story goes, Original Skunk #1 was the first true stabilized hybrid.
Sacred Seeds created this in the late 1970s by crossing an Afghani Indica (Acapulco Gold) with a Mexican and Colombian Gold Sativa.
Cannabis enthusiasts consider her as a perfect balance of sativa effects with indica characteristics. With THC levels between 19-22%, this balanced hybrid is very easy to grow.
Skunk No. 1 has been widely used as a breeding parent for most of today’s leading "skunk" and many other strains.
Skunk #1 produces effects that are cerebral in nature.
This strain is perfect to amp up your levels of motivation before a sweaty session at the gym.
Cannabis Strain #2: Cherry Cookies
Cherry Cookies is a delectable cross between Canuk Cookies F2 and Cherry Pie.
With an impressive THC content of up to 26%, this potent is the perfect tasty treat post-workout.
You can use this strain prior to meditation or yoga to enhance your mindfulness.
Euphoria, happiness, and creativity are a few of the effects this strain produces.
you have a high tolerance, use this strain after a long day, or when you don’t have any major plans.
It’s easy to Indulge in the sweet cherry flavour. This strain is known to promote relaxation, reduces stress, anxiety, and physical aches and pains.
Cannabis Strain #3: CBD Durban
This highly medicinal strain contains 8% CBD and 8% THC and is the result of using an IBL Durban Poison to create a stable set of genetics high in CBD.
CBDurban is a sativa dominant hybrid (70%).
The taste and aroma are sweet with hints of aniseed and licorice.
CBDurban is deal for people living with chronic pain, muscle spasms, Epilepsy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis,
Thanks to the high level of CBD and lower level of THC results in a relaxing physical high that may relieve muscle and nerve pain, decrease the intensity and frequency of muscle spasms, and act as an anticonvulsant for those living with Epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
CBDurban has also been known to reduce inflammation, making it the perfect choice for those wanting to utilize cannabis for weight loss without psychoactive effects of THC.
Cannabis Strain #4: Northern Lights
Northern lights is a classic cannabis strain that will never go out of style!
What was developed indoors in the late 1970s has blossomed into one of the top-selling cannabis strains in history.
She carries all of the spicy, earthy, and woody aromas the original is known for.
Thanks to her heritage (Afghani/ Skunk #1/ Haze), Northern Lights produces THC levels around 22.
When it comes to weight loss, she is perfect for those wanting to get a good night’s rest or reduce stress and anxiousness.
You can expect typical indica-dominant effects like couch lock, sedation, and deep relaxation.
Cannabis Strain #5: Blue Dream
Blue Dream is the offspring of two classic cannabis strains: Haze and Blueberry.
It’s Haze genetics makes Blue Dream hits fast with mostly stimulating and cerebral sativa effects.
Consume this strain before a workout to enhance your energy and motivation levels.
Thanks to its Blueberry heritage, you can expect to slip into full body relaxation and euphoria shortly after consumption.
You can also use her post-workout to help reduce inflammation.
Blue Dream is typically more Indica in appearance, with dark blue hues throughout.
Cannabis & Weight Loss: Final Thoughts
Your experience with cannabis and weight loss will be different from everyone else.
Your ECS is unique and depending on what your body needs, smoking weed may help or hinder your experience.
This study is a theoretical discussion on how cannabis use varies from person to person.
Things like cannabinoid and terpene content will play a role in the effects produced.
Play around with different strains and consume different amounts.
You may find microdosing to be more effective than smoking a whole joint. Sativa-rich strains may cause you to feel anxious as opposed to reducing anxiousness.
Strains high in the terpene linalool may make you feel groggy and not relaxed.
This is why experimenting with different strains and levels of consumption is essential.
Have you used cannabis to lose weight? We want to hear about your journey. Leave a comment down below, or reach out on our social channels.
As always, stay lifted!
About the author: Heather Burton
Heather lives with her husband and two children in beautiful British Columbia. Her passion has always been to enhance the lives of others by helping them reach their business goals.
Content management is her specialty, and writing is what she does best. Working specifically in the cannabis market, Heather strives to help dispensaries, patients, doctors, manufacturers and recreational users by giving them the voice they need. When she is not writing, you can find her anywhere outdoors and away from the screen.