CBD could assist scale back binge consuming in mice: research

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The author claims that the effects of CBD on eating behavior have not yet been studied.

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Emma spears

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July 30, 202126 minutes agoRead for 2 minutes Join the conversation The goal of the latest study was to find out whether CBD affects homeostatic feeding or feeding behavior in mice. / Photo by artisteer / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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Some have touted cannabidiol (CBD) as a panacea for a long list of health conditions, including pain and anxiety. But according to a small study by the University of Helsinki in 2021, this list could be expanded to include the use of the cannabinoid to treat certain eating disorders in the future.

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However, the study author notes that the effects of CBD on eating behavior have not yet been studied in either rodents or humans.

For the study, the researcher conducted five separate experiments. This included studying the effects of CBD on exercise activity; Monitoring the effects of CBD on homeostatic nutrition (which occurs in response to the brain’s perceived energy needs) in non-binge-eating mice; Providing mice with constant access to food, but on a high-energy, high-fat diet (HED) for 24 hours every five to eight days; Monitoring food intake without CBD dosing; and investigating whether or not the effects of CBD can be inhibited by the TRPV1 receptor antagonist AMG9810.

“In each test, food intake was monitored at 0.5, 2.5, and 24 hours after CBD treatment. In addition, the water consumption was measured in each experiment, ”reports the author.

“The results suggest that acute systemic administration of CBD reduces HED uptake and possibly increases feed intake at the same time, suggesting a balancing effect on feeding in feeding bugs,” he writes. “However, the role of TRPV1 in this effect remains unclear and further studies are needed.”

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