Hoping to lose weight? As luck would have it, you may not have to give up your cannabis. It’s common knowledge that the plant can cause the munchies. Yet, that doesn’t always have to be the case. Not all cannabis strains make you hungry. In fact, some strains might even suppress appetite. Here’s the scoop on the five best strains for weight loss.
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Harlequin is a high-CBD strain that can boast a 5:2 ratio of CBD to THC. If you’re hoping to lose weight with cannabis, opting for a high-CBD strain is preferable. Rodent research has found that while some cannabis compounds increase appetite, cannabidiol (CBD) might actually make you less hungry. Studies have also shown that adding CBD to THC reduces the appetite-stimulating effects of the cannabinoid.
Harlequin is a happy sativa that produces little to no psychoactive effects. Instead, this strain provides a calm and focused uplift that makes it perfect for the workday. In large doses, high-CBD strains like Harlequin may have a more sedative effect.
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Cannatonic is another noteworthy high-CBD strain. This flower is a plucky hybrid with a citrus-pine aroma and an upbeat attitude. This strain often features about 15 percent CBD but tends to produce 6 percent THC or less.
Some consumers may feel a very slight psychoactive effect from Cannatonic. However, this flower provides a focused, alert, and sociable experience overall. This would be a great flower to take to a social event as a way to unwind instead of picking up a high-calorie alcoholic drink.
3. One to One
Those hoping for a slightly more mind-bending experience may enjoy One to One. As the name suggests, this strain features a one-to-one ratio of THC to CBD. Experienced cannabis consumers will likely not feel any psychoactive effect from this bud.
However, novices might find that One to One gives them a slight euphoric boost. While One to One is alert and upbeat, this strain offers a slight sedation thanks to a higher THC content, which is up to 14 percent.
4. Black Beauty
When it comes to the best strains for weight loss, high-CBD varieties will be the easiest to find. However, new cultivars are emerging which may be of interest to those watching their waistlines.
Rodent research suggests that a less common cannabis compound called tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) may be beneficial for those hoping to manage weight. Mice treated with purified THCV spent less time at their food bowls and ate less than other rodents, suggesting that this compound has possible appetite-suppressing effects.
Black Beauty is a rare strain that features about 7 percent THC and 4 percent THCV. THCV is thought to provide a very fast-paced and energetic cannabis experience. This strain will likely have a strong cerebral effect that may be useful for morning or daytime consumption.
5. Doug’s Varin
Unfortunately, there aren’t all that many strains that produce high levels of THCV. Black Beauty and Doug’s Varin are two cultivars that are known to produce significant levels of the compound. Doug’s Varin, however, is significantly more potent than Black Beauty. In laboratory tests, this strain has produced 19 percent THC and 15 percent THCV.
Powerful, this flower will produce a significant psychoactive experience. It will also be significantly more alert and cerebral than many of the Kush strains that dominate dispensary shelves. If you come across some Doug’s Varin, it may be useful to mix and match this flower with a high-CBD variety. Otherwise, the high levels of THC might still give you the munchies.