How to Use Hemp Oil for Sugar Cravings: 5 Effects for Healthier Habits
Has someone ever told you, “Just eat healthier?” Most of us express a desire to eat closer to the Earth – but ask anyone who has tried to quit sugar and they will tell you it is one tough cookie to put down.
Here’s how to use Hemp Oil for Sugar Cravings – I learned Industry Guidelines recommend you take 20-25 mg of Hemp Oil daily for the best results. Consistency is the key to success. As your body replenishes it’s Cannabinoid Levels, your Dopamine Levels can begin to stabilize. This may provide a “reset” for your cravings, helping you gain control. Discover the 5 Effects of Hemp Oil for Sugar Cravings below:
5 Effects Hemp Oil Might Offer Those Struggling with a Sugar Craving
5 Scientific studies are pointing to Hemp Products with high-CBD and low-THC levels as the best solution for balancing the body’s Dopamine Levels. The 5 Effects Hemp Oil might bring you include:
- Control. This study showed when CBD enters the body, it stimulates CB1 and CB2 receptors to help us reverse addictive behaviors.
- Stress Management. When stress and social anxiety make you feel like sweets are the only way to cope, hemp products with high CBD, low THC content seem to help control binge eating.
- Better sleep equals better eating habits – Sleep happens to be CBD’s most prominent health benefit.
- Mental Clarity. Studies show depression can get the better of our best dietary intentions. CBD can help bring you a little light.
- Finding Balance. CBD can help bring balance to our CB1 and CB2 receptors, thus promoting balanced Dopamine levels.
What is CBD? And which product can help me create Healthier Habits?
So, what is CBD? CBD stands for “Cannabidiol.” It is 1 of 100 different botanical compounds, or “Phytocannabinoids” in the hemp plant. CBD is a Phytocannabinoid alongside:
- THC – the notorious Phytocannabinoid responsible for “the high.”
Health products with CBD, along with CBC, CBG, CBN and the 95 others we know of will not make you high. Even low levels of THC will not trigger a high. Scientific studies are pointing to products with high-CBD, low-THC levels as the best solution to help balance chaotic Dopamine levels. We formulated our Full Spectrum Max with only 0.3% THC so all of the Cannabinoids help your body activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors, supporting benefits of balance and calm.
In this 2015 study, the Substance Abuse Journal identified CBD as a cannabinoid that offers you therapeutic benefits without developing binge-eating behaviors. The study states:
Unlike THC – CBD Does Not Give You “The Munchies”
That means that if you?re underweight, CBD can help you gain weight but if you’re a normal weight, or overweight, the use of CBD won’t increase your appetite to the point where you add pounds. This could be because CBD can help regulate the body’s endocannabinoid system (and we will get into how that could be possible in just a bit). So, CBD can help appetite, yet it does not seem to compel you to head to the pantry in search of high sugar treats, and it can also help combat cravings? We think there is compelling evidence that points to this very possibility.
Experts like Dr. Robert Lustig Expose the Addictive Nature of Sugar
Dr. Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, quotes, “We don’t need sugar to live. No one does.” He is absolutely correct; what we need is health. Sugar addiction entices us with short-lived contentment, the feeling that the last piece of cake or just one more cookie is going to bring us joy – but when we come down from the sugar high, we are left with more calories than we ever intended to consume. You could say sugar robs us of health – we would also add sugar leaves us empty-handed with nutrition our bodies can’t use.
It can sometimes feel impossible to not eat sweets, especially when we restrict ourselves heavily. So, how can you naturally combat the urge to indulge and keep your resolve?
Perhaps a surprising answer: CBD sourced from hemp.
By now, you may be aware of the growing use of legal cannabis throughout the nation and even the world. It seems like every month there is a state newly legalizing cannabis for either recreational or medical purposes.
The growing legality is due to the fact that there is solid scientific evidence for the use of cannabis in some medical applications.
New studies are coming out every year supporting hemp’s efficacy for conditions like epilepsy and chemotherapy-related nausea, with more trials in process. Before we get too deep into the science of hemp or how it may work within the body, an important distinction needs to be made: Hemp is not marijuana.
Hemp Is Not Marijuana
Marijuana is a slang term for a species of cannabis – that part is true – but cannabis is not just one species. The hemp plant is often interchangeably called marijuana, hemp, and cannabis. The correct scientific name is Cannabis Sativa.
Hemp can be used for a variety of things including:
- Building Materials
- Food-grade oils you can buy in the supermarket or from a trusted online retailer
Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the ingredient in the separate species, Cannabis Sativa, that gets you high.
Scientists are exploring both species, and the one-hundred-plus compounds they contain, but THC and CBD (cannabidiol) are the most widely known, used, and studied.
Other compounds, such as terpenes are being investigated for their therapeutic potential, but there isn’t yet a lot of information into how they work. The important thing to know is that THC and CBD are two different entities within the cannabis plants with completely different effects on the body. So now that we are clear on this, let’s delve into CBD and its potential for dealing with sugar cravings.
Here Are the 5 Effects:
Study #1: Control. This study showed when CBD enters the body, it stimulates CB1 and CB2 receptors to help us reverse addictive behaviors.
Why it matters – CBD might be effective give you control over addictions.
According to researchers in this study, dosing with CBD can alleviate drug-seeking behavior in heroin addicts. Seemingly, within 24 hours of administrating CBD, the desire to self-administer opioids was lessened. The Shock Factor – The effect was still seen up to two weeks later.
The study was done on rats, but the authors note that these results are particularly fascinating and say clearly greater attention needs be given to the potential role of CBD in the treatment of addiction in humans. Another study, this time with humans, shows a marked reduction in the consumption of tobacco by 40% among cigarette smokers during treatment.
Although it was a small group, treatment with CBD was associated with a 40 percent reduction in cigarette use compared to a placebo. That’s almost half and I don’t know about you, but I would be thrilled to have cravings for anything cut in half!
The researchers note “These preliminary data, combined with the strong preclinical rationale for use of this compound, suggest CBD to be a potential treatment for nicotine addiction that warrants further exploration.” Admittedly, the effect of sugar on the body cannot be compared to that of tobacco or heroin, but there is a documented potential for sugar dependence.
It is also notable that using CBD to moderate addictive behavior in general is of particular interest to researchers. CBD on its own has no known abuse potential and is seen as non-addictive, so you can rest easy knowing you’re not trading one habit for another.
Study #2: Stress Management. When stress and social anxiety make you feel like sweets are the only way to cope, hemp products with high CBD, low THC content seem to help control binge eating.
Everyone feels stress or anxiety at some point in their lives. Between work pressure, college tests, relationship conflict, or even the hassles of everyday life, no one is immune to it. With stress and anxiety being a common reason people reach for snacks, sweets in particular, it seems like reducing these conditions could naturally help with cravings.
When it comes to dealing with panicky feelings, there is clear evidence that CBD has a positive effect on panic disorders in both humans and animals. CBD obviously has an anxiolytic-like effect, that means anti-anxiety for us laypeople. Researchers are unclear about the exact mechanism within the body and state that further studies are needed to determine proper dosages.
On a similar topic, this study shows that CBD can help with general social anxiety disorder. Both trials are promising for the diagnosed sufferers of these disorders and could be interesting to those of us with intermittent anxiety. CBD can also reduce stress caused by public speaking, one of the most common fears.
Dosing with CBD helped both objective measurements of stress (heart rate and blood pressure) and the subjects own self-assessed feeling of stress. The presence of CBD did not seem to impair the ability to speak or cause much if any, sedative effect at the doses in this study (600mg). All of this points to CBD helping promote a feeling of calm and if you’re feeling calm, surely you won?t feel the need to over-indulge in sugary treats.
Study #3: When it comes to health benefits, hemp and sleep are Batman and Robin fighting sugar cravings together.
Golden Quote – Sleep is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. CBD is showing big results for sleep.
If it seems like you eat more when you feel sleepy, there is a reason for that: you do. The body generally feels the need to fuel itself with high-calorie foods, more so when tired.
Perhaps because there isn’t a store of sleep to draw from, the body craves calories to power it throughout the day. Since sugar is a high caloric density food, it makes sense that you would crave it. Nutritionists are starting to consider the lack of sleep in their patients when creating diet plans. There is a clear relationship between sleep deprivation and higher calorie intake.
An easy solution to sleep deprived snacking is to simply get more sleep. If you aren’t tired, you are less likely to graze on the office’s umpteenth birthday cake this month. Well, it just so happens that CBD can help you get the rest you need. There are numerous studies that show a correlation between consumption of CBD and better quality sleep. If you are well rested you may not crave the boost of sugar, an elegant solution.
Study #4: Mental Clarity. Studies show depression can get the better of our best dietary intentions. CBD can help bring you a little light.
Everyone is familiar with the stereotypical statement, I’ve been dumped and now I’m going to inhale an entire carton of ice cream. It’s a stereotype for a reason, because when we feel bad we want things that make us feel good, and sugar can be one of those things.
Treats like dark chocolate may actually have a soothing effect, but what if you didn’t need the soothing to begin with? It is possible that CBD may act as an anti-depressant. If you feel better in general, sugar may lose a bit of its allure. It is important to note that this study was done on mice and further research is needed, but it is promising nevertheless.
Study #5: Finding Balance. CBD can help bring balance to our CB1 and CB2 receptors, thus promoting balanced Dopamine levels.
In addition to the 100 Neurotransmitters found in the human brain such as Dopamine and Serotonin, researchers have recently discovered Cannabinoid Receptors in the Pancreas. Since this discovery, they have been trying to develop synthetic cannabinoids to aid in weight loss. While the particular Cannabinoid in this study was synthetic, and also ultimately failed, the authors stated ?natural cannabinoids, such as CBD and THCV, also have tremendous therapeutic potential and we hope that some of these new approaches will be useful in clinical practice in the near future to aid patients with diabetes?.
So how does CBD balance our cravings for sweets?
The human body will happily repeat an action over and over again for a reward. Whether that’s a sweet or a sport, the human body wants to be rewarded with a Dopamine spike. In 2011, this peer-reviewed study found eating disorders such as Anorexia can be triggered when sweets become the target of our reward system. It has been found that products with high-CBD, low-THC levels can reset our bodies’ hunger levels through calming our Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The result – a reduced desire for sweets.
How CBD Activates Our ECS
CBD is believed to function by supplementing the body’s own Endocannabinoid System (ECS). I have mentioned the ECS a few times already so let me elaborate. The ECS is an incredibly complicated system involving three major parts: endocannabinoids, neurons, and receptors. Endocannabinoids are made by the body. Neurons in the brain continuously monitor the level of endocannabinoids within the body. Receptors throughout the nervous system (and even in major organs and the gut) bind to the endocannabinoids.
It is believed that the ECS plays a part in hormone regulation, sleep cycles, and there is evidence in its role in endocrine function. With so many responsibilities the system can, of course, malfunction and fall out of balance. CBD, being a cannabinoid, may help supplement the endocannabinoids of your body and restore the balance within. Of interest is the fact that the system also comes equipped with an enzyme to break down excess cannabinoids which could be why it’s basically impossible to overdose on cannabis.
Any time you try to make a change – you are going to face resistance. A huge problem with removing what many consider to be an addictive substance (sugar), is dealing with the cravings. As a recap, here are the 5 Effects of Hemp Oil for Sugar Cravings:
- Stress Management
- Better Sleep
- Mental Clarity
- Finding much needed Balance
Since there are no currently published studies to answer the question of will CBD help me with my sugar cravings, I cannot offer scientific proof that CBD will help. However, I will say that hemp products with high-CBD and low-THC have credible research to help us reset our Dopamine Levels which could help us create new healthy habits.
Since, on its own, Full Spectrum Max won’t make you high and is generally very well tolerated, using it as your personal supplement is considered safe. I hope you find a Hemp Oil for Sugar Cravings that suits your lifestyle and are able to live your healthiest life. Thank you for reading this post!
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A disclaimer: This article cannot be substituted for the advice of a doctor and is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your doctor before taking any dietary supplements, including CBD, for advice and information on drug interactions. Although hemp-derived CBD is legal at the federal level, there are variances state by state, be sure to check local laws for full compliance.
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