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Can CBD detox tea help you lose weight?
If you’ve heard of detox tea, you’ve probably also heard about the wide range of benefits that a detox can provide for your digestion, metabolism, weight loss, and overall health. And, if you’ve heard of CBD, you’ve probably heard about the equally long list of benefits that CBD has for reducing inflammation, anxiety, and managing certain chronic health issues.
So what happens when the two come together as a CBD detox tea? Well, according to many CBD fans, this new CBD detox tea could be a great way to lose weight.
What is CBD detox tea?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main compounds present in the cannabis sativa plant. It’s a safe, non-addictive substance with a number of therapeutic benefits. In fact, CBD hemp oil has been widely recognized in scientific studies for its benefits to human health. Its popularity has soared in recent years and it’s often touted as a powerful supplement for maintaining wellness.
As the name suggests, CBD detox tea is a tea containing a full-spectrum hemp extract. Some teas may also contain additional extracts to facilitate weight loss and suppress appetite.
Benefits of CBD detox
Detoxing is nothing new; it’s a health regime that has been practiced for centuries. While detox methods vary, the general concept is the same: to rid your body of toxins and improve overall wellness. Although our bodies are designed to do this naturally, it’s common for us to accumulate so many toxins in everyday life that our detoxification organs (the liver and kidneys especially) can’t keep up.
In recent years, one of the most marketable benefits of a detox regime is weight loss. CBD has already been touted as both an effective weight loss solution and a powerful detoxifier, which suggests that a CBD detox tea may be a great way to shed excess pounds!
How is this possible? CBD works by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system, otherwise known as the ECS. Your ECS plays an important role in regulating many of the processes that keep your body functioning every day: blood pressure, mood, energy production, immune function, glucose metabolism, appetite, pain management, and more.
CBD is made up of phytocannabinoids that are similar to the cannabinoids your own body produces. By mimicking these cannabinoids, CBD encourages your body to provide relief from pain, inflammation, anxiety, stress, insomnia, and even chronic illnesses.
CBD detox tea and weight loss
So, we know that CBD can help support overall health and wellness. But how can CBD detox tea support weight loss?
It’s packed with antioxidants
Antioxidants are natural substances that help to prevent oxidation, the chemical reaction that produces free radicals which damage the cells. Studies have shown that cannabidiol (CBD) harbors a variety of potent antioxidants, which could be highly beneficial for weight loss. How? The damage caused by free radicals leads to chronic inflammation, which in turn is the most common cause of illness or disease. Even weight gain itself is a result of inflammation—it’s believed that inflammation of fat cells can slow down the metabolism.
By reversing or reducing this low-level inflammation, the antioxidants in CBD can help to boost the function of the mitochondria, the tiny ‘engines’ that power your cells. Without healthy mitochondria, you become fatigued more often and gain weight more easily.
It helps reduce inflammation
CBD hemp oil has been shown to help reduce inflammation in the body by elevating an endocannabinoid called 2-AG. In this way, CBD oil indirectly stimulates the CB2 cannabinoid receptor, which in turn influences your immune system functions. Studies have shown that by stimulating this particular cannabinoid receptor, CBD helps to reduce the production of inflammatory cells produced by the body while still allowing natural healing to take place. As mentioned above, chronic inflammation is a known contributor to weight gain. Research has found that weight increase has a linear relationship with inflammation; in other words, as a person’s weight increases, so too does the level of inflammatory chemicals in their blood.
It supports digestive function
Some brands of CBD tea claim that regularly drinking the tea can help to clear out the intestines and digestive tract. This can go a long way to improving overall digestive function, as the body is better able to break down the food you eat. Tea is an excellent way to hydrate the intestines, which helps promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract. The more efficient your digestion, the less likely you are to suffer from bloating and indigestion.
How to use CBD tea bags
CBD tea is a great way to get your dose of CBD through a delicious cup of tea. To use, simply prepare as you would any other cup of tea. Boil your kettle to 100°C then leave to cool slightly, until it reaches around 80°C. Pour the boiled water into your favorite mug with a CBD tea bag. Allow to steep for around 4–7 minutes so that the CBD tea is infused into the water. Then enjoy! Best taken without milk, like any herbal tea.
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I Tried CBD in My Tea, and Here’s What I Felt
Curious about CBD? Here are some first-time tips.
I’ve been burned by a lot of wellness fads in the past. Indeed, it’s been my job for over a decade to embrace what companies say will be the new “revolution” in health and personal care and make myself a guinea pig. I’ve tried any number of products, diets, even retreats to determine if they have hope (probiotics) or belong at the bottom of the bin (rocker bottom shoes).
So naturally, with the rapid proliferation of CBD shops across the U.S., my nature brought me to the point at which I had to try this much-hyped and ballyhooed product—and write about it so you’ll know if it’s right for you or not.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of several dozen active compounds found in cannabis. CBD’s popular first cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the compound that’s associated with marijuana’s “high” or psychoactive effects. CBD has zero psychoactive effects.
Research shows that CBD has some positive benefits on health, however. For example, studies show CBD may help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It’s also been shown to help treat or prevent seizures in people with epilepsy. CBD has shown promise as a treatment for common side effects of cancer treatment, including nausea and vomiting. It even holds promise as a treatment for anxiety, and it might help with short-term sleep problems, too.
So CBD Isn’t Marijuana?
No, it’s not. Some people confuse hemp with marijuana because they’re both types of cannabis. Indeed, both hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the same plant species, Cannabis sativa. But marijuana typically has between three and 15 percent THC, and hemp has less than one percent. CBD products, by law, cannot have more than 0.3% THC by dry weight.
In December 2018, the U.S. Congress removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. It is no longer illegal to possess hemp-derived products in all 50 states. That’s why you’ve likely seen so many stores popping up in your town, or even found your local spa or health food store selling CBD products. Indeed, a recent report found that the popularity and accelerated growth in the market has CBD on track to be a $2-billion dollar industry by 2024.
I Tried CBD in My Tea
There’s a stigma, for better or worse, associated with marijuana that may be deterring people from trying CBD. I will be the first one to tell you that, as a rule, I’m no fan of the sensation of being “high” or stoned. I do, however, like and am always curious about, alternative treatments to health issues I face, whether it’s essential oils for headaches, acupuncture for low-back pain, or probiotics for regular tummy troubles. Because research shows CBD may help ease symptoms of anxiety, I decided it was a good option for me to try.
I started by using half a dropper of a 500-milligram tincture in a cup of green tea in the morning and a cup of herbal tea before bed. I did this every day for one week. Each half dropper delivers about 8 milligrams of CBD; a full dropper would be 16. Typical recommended doses for people trying CBD for the first time are between 20 and 40mg per day. However, research shows much higher doses are well tolerated.
My first experience with CBD was at night, after a long day of work. I was exhausted but decided to go ahead and give it a try. Many brands recommend you take CBD oil sublingually, or under the tongue, for a faster-acting effect. I chose tea in order to mask the bitter oil flavor of the tincture.
I don’t know if I can fully credit the CBD—I was very tired already—but I found myself quite relaxed within 15 minutes of finishing my cup of tea. I was asleep shortly after, and I had very deep sleep that night. My sleep tracker recorded 100 percent sleep quality, with very little movement. That’s unusual for me, but again, it was a long, taxing day. My body could have been responding to the exhaustion, not the CBD. But I was certainly curious.
The next morning, I repeated the amount and felt nothing, not even a hint of relaxation. That’s OK. I’m typically more relaxed and refreshed in the morning as is, so it could be that I didn’t have any “symptoms” to alleviate.
Over the course of the next four days, I only noticed mild effects when I would take the CBD with my tea before bed. During the day, I felt nothing. I decided to up my dosage to a full stopper for the three remaining days. That’s when I began to notice some differences.
My first day with two full droppers (32mg), I felt incredibly relaxed, almost too relaxed. I struggled a bit to find motivation for work. Thankfully, it was a Saturday, so I could afford the luxury of laziness. I didn’t experience any “head” symptoms, like dopiness or feeling spaced out, as some people with higher doses report. But I did certainly feel a bit disconnected from my sense of drive. That night, when I used another whole dropper in my tea, I fell to sleep rapidly and slept harder than I had slept in some time.
The next day, the effects of my first higher-dose day weren’t as strong. I was able to accomplish my work and felt productive, but a certain “edge” was taken off my mind. When I work, I typically feel crunched or pinched by deadlines, even when I’m on not late. The higher CBD didn’t fully erase the “urgency” I feel with my work, but it helped me feel calmer, less frantic.
For that, my week with CBD counts as a win, and I will likely keep taking it, especially during periods of high stress or anxiety. I may also venture to try other options, like gummies. Other brands have different formulations that may make the effects of CBD more or less powerful, too. Though my total dose, even on the “high” dose days, was well within the recommended limits for a first-time user, I would be curious to see the impact of a higher dose. I’ll just be sure to do it on days when I don’t have deadlines.
My initial impression is a positive one. I fully believe people can have positive results after taking CBD for a variety of issues. In my experiment, I was only trying to treat anxiety, and I found it to be moderately helpful. It did not eliminate the anxiety or associated stress, but it felt as if it took the sharp edge off the running worries and constant stream of thoughts that I frequently experience. I felt calmer, though not at all “high.”
It’s important to note that CBD use and products are still in their infancy, and newer, better products will probably be available in the next few years that will make these initial products look silly. Indeed, some studies suggest CBD is really, truly only beneficial in large doses (over 300 milligrams), so it’s possible the impacts people like myself do experience are minimal compared to what’s possible. As studies increase and products improve, the CBD landscape may change dramatically.
If you are interested in trying CBD yourself, be sure to source high-quality CBD products. Unfortunately, CBD products have been dropping in quality in recent years, and they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That means you cannot know for sure, just by looking at a bottle, if you have a good product. Look for third-party lab tests—reputable companies will proudly promote them—and read a lot of reviews. Websites like Leafly and CannaInsider provide extensive reviews on effectiveness and potency.
Curious about CBD? Here are some first-time tips.