CBD oils for lack of appetite

Cbd oil for lack of appetite

When the loss of appetite lasts too long, it consequently leads to unintentional weight loss. It is a symptom of concern if the weight loss exceeds 5%. Lack of appetite in adults is associated with serious consequences in the long term. The reasons for loss of appetite can vary widely. And is it worth using CBD oils for lack of appetite? Are CBD oils able to restore the desire to eat? This largely depends on the reasons for the loss of appetite. 

Reasons for lack of appetite

Only a well-balanced and healthy diet ensures that the body receives all the nutrients it needs to function properly. Energy shortages, if they arise, are immediately signalled and the brain immediately mobilises those structures responsible for the appetite mechanism (located in the hypothalamus region) and we simply become hungry. Unfortunately, sometimes this well-oiled mechanism fails and the person stops feeling the need to eat. What could be the cause?

There are many of these. The reason may be some gastrointestinal disease, but the lack of appetite may also have a psychosomatic basis. Anorexia is a symptom of many serious diseases, such as cancer or endocrinological diseases (diabetes). But it can also be a simple viral or bacterial infection. You can also lose your appetite by taking certain medications, smoking or abusing alcohol. Lack of appetite is also experienced by elderly people. Is CBD oil is able to remedy every case? Well, unfortunately, not always. It is not even an elixir of youth. But in many cases CBD oils used for lack of appetite can be very helpful.

CBD oils and lack of appetite due to digestive diseases

It is well known that when the digestive system fails, there are problems with eating. Whether it is stomach ulcers, duodenal ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis or Crohn's disease - All of these diseases cause loss of appetite. In these cases, the use of CBD oils will support not so much the return of appetite as the treatment of the aforementioned diseases.

You will find information on this topic in our other articles. There we discuss the scientific research on the subject and its results. It is well worth using CBD oils, as dealing with the disease will also bring back the desire to eat.

CBD oils and lack of appetite due to stress, anxiety and depression

The situation is analogous with psychological complaints. These cause a loss or increase in appetite. And in this case CBD oils support the treatment of depressive and anxious conditions. They also have a relaxing effect to combat stress. CBD oils for depressionCBD oils for stressCBD oils for anxiety - dozens of studies have already been conducted and the results are extremely promising. Also in these cases, CBD oils are extremely helpful in treating the cause of appetite problems. 

In 2013, the American Psychological Association published an interesting study. They state that among the adults surveyed in the past 30 days, 30% claimed to skip meals due to stress. As many as 41% of those surveyed skip meals due to stress at least once a week, and more often several times. And as many as 67% of them attributed skipping meals to the stress they live under. 

Given this data, it is worth including CBD oils in your diet, as they are great for dealing with stress. The cause will disappear and the ailment of lack of appetite will also disappear.

CBD oils and lack of appetite due to cancer and chemotherapy
Cancer diseases are most often treated with chemotherapy, which is a very powerful drug that destroys cancer cells. In addition to the salutary effects, taking these drugs also has many side effects, such as nausea and vomiting. All this leads to a loss of appetite. Scientists have published research results that speak of the ability of CBD oils to inhibit nausea and vomiting. This is why use of CBD oils during chemotherapy can significantly help patients. 
The endocannabinoid system and appetite

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a very complex system of receptors that are spread throughout the human body. They are found in every organ and in every other system, such as the respiratory system, the immune system, the immune system, the skeletal system, etc. Receptors of the system are also found in the brain.

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining balance (homeostasis) in the body, but also has a significant impact on metabolism, mood and, precisely, appetite. 

Admittedly, CBD does not have the power to interact with the receptors found in the brain to the extent that THC (cannabis) does, but it also has a positive effect on craving levels, which should be balanced. 

Can CBD oil increase appetite

Cannabidiol, as mentioned above, stimulates the receptors of the endocannabinoid system and can therefore influence appetite. These may include serotonin receptors, i.e. affecting the level of happiness caused by food. The second issue is 5-HT receptors, which play a very important role in digestion and appetite levels. Indeed, research suggests that taking CBD oil can increase appetite by reducing the symptoms of an upset stomach, in this case acting indirectly and eliminating the cause of a lack of appetite. 

Can CBD oil suppress appetite 

And this is where CBD oil can prove itself somewhat. This is mainly about the issues of CBD oil's effect on the mental sphere. That is, it will not affect mechanisms related to appetite, and its soothing effect of taking it comes to the fore. This can assist those who are stressed. This is because alleviating the symptoms of stress and anxiety indirectly affects appetite.


  1. "An introduction to the endogenous cannabinoid system"; authors: Hui-Chen Lu, Ken Mackie; 2016; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4789136/
  2. "Cannabinoids and appetite: food craving and food pleasure"; by Tim C. Kirkham; 2009; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19367510/


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