Can CBDV Help Promote Weight Loss?

by Feb 4, 2022Hemp & CBD Use, Medicinal Hemp

“Eat your greens,” we were always told. “You’ll become big and strong”…meaning vivacious and sexy of course…but the G-rated version is always what our parents used.

Now in our adult search for vivacious and sexy…or at least for functional and feeling good…is it possible this engrained childhood logic can extend beyond the typical garden fare and oldskool fork-to-mouth method of ingesting said “greens”?

Bluntly speaking…can we ingest hemp and become vivacious and sexy? As galaxy-brained a setup as this may seem…it appears, yes.

A recent study strongly shows cannabis hemp components DO help promote weight loss. And very effectively too.

What hemp components might affect weight loss?

While the list may grow larger than these three – sticking with empiricism – researchers funded by an NIH grant found in a recent 90 day, 125 participant double blind study that a proprietary commercial hemp oil blend called Nitro V containing mostly CBD, THCV, CBDV, and trace amounts of other cannabinoids produced frankly remarkable results in terms of weight loss achievement:

Every single participant of the 100 given the Nitro V blend lost weight over the 90 days, without any notable change to diet or exercise. Every. Single. One.

This compares to 64% of the participants in the placebo group, who actually gained weight over the period.

And not only was the success rate high – but it went deep too. According to Forbes:

Participants taking Nitro-V saw their body mass index (BMI) scores drop by an average of three points and lost an average of 2.4 inches from their waist measurements. On average, study subjects in the placebo group gained weight and saw their BMI remain the same.

Forbes, “Study Suggests Hemp Extract Is An Effective Weight-Loss Aid”

Two point four inches across 100 participants, on average! That’s a pant size+ folks.

One participant lost 22lb and according to the report, all 100 dropped at least a fiver.

How Does it Work?

It seems each major cannabinoid in the hemp oil concoction plays a role in the observed outcome. This follows two major principles about cannabinoids that tend to continually resurface in our research:

  • Cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system are generally associated with regulating and balancing metabolic processes.
  • Cannabinoids have been observed acting more effectively together, in a phenomenon dubbed the entourage effect.

The star of the weight loss function here has to be recognized as THCV, known as “the skinny cannabinoid” in some circles. Research has shown that modest doses of THCV can suppress appetite and regulate blood sugar – two components critical to dropping from an excessive to a more healthy weight.

The other major leg of the weight-loss function here comes from CBD and its known propensity to modulate cardiovascular responses to stress. Additionally its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties promote general wellness, which is desirable in parallel with any weight loss journey.

While less direct information is given about CBDV‘s intended role in the triage, research suggests it may be more effective than CBD at some of the aforementioned functions, especially due to its significant anti-convulsive affects.

It’s reasonable to see CBDV’s presence in the Nitro V blend as both a low-risk moonshot meant to accentuate the desired affects of the CBD, and as a middle-ground of intended function between the two other major components.

Whether CBDV can promote weight loss on its own remains questionable, but there is no reason to assume a negative affect.

Too Good to Be True?

If you’re a general skeptic, “too good to be true?” is a fair question here. 100 out of 100 people losing a minimum of 5lb is enormously statistically unlikely, even for dedicated training programs. The reported numbers are very strong, but the study was done only through NIH grant, has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed science journal, and not much information is given about how, where, or by whom it was conducted in the original press release from Nitro V‘s owner, ECS Brands.

This being noted, the statistical likeliness of results that compelling being wholly wrong in their conclusion – even if overstated through some study-hacking (only a reasonable hypothetical, not an accusation) – are much lower.

Forbes’ report also stated that participants were NOT informed weight loss was going to be a key measure, which DOES add to the study’s credibility in general.

From here we believe it is logical to support further institutional exploration, at the very least. Pressure in this area to overcome the final legislative roadblocks barring us from full study are steadily building. We look forward to following new science and reporting it here as it becomes available every step of the way.

In the meantime, eat your greens! And in the wake of this article, take that to mean whatever you will. 🙂

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