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Can Cannabis Help with Intermittent Fasting?

It may seem like another diet fat, but intermittent fasting has been around for a long time. Before it was ever known as intermittent fasting, numerous cultures and religions have been adjusting their diet for thousands of years. To this day, fasting is still widely done among religious communities.

However, where does intermittent fasting fit in today’s world? We’re more health conscious than ever, and it isn’t slowing down anytime soon. According to statistics, it’s estimated that about 45 million Americans try to diet each year. On average, this equals to $33 billion spent on weight loss, and exercise products. It’s difficult trying to stick to a diet that you hate — you’ll ultimately give up before you’ve had time to see any change — but that’s OK. Diets are usually made to fail.


What is Intermittent Fasting?

It’s more than just skipping meals. The way intermittent fasting works is by focusing on the body’s state of absorption. In other words, it gives your body the time to absorb the nutrients that you’ve eaten. You may hear people explaining that they feel more conscious about what they eat. It gives you time process what you’re eating — or not eating enough of — to keep your body at a healthy, functioning level.

There are different options with intermittent fasting — you don’t have to starve yourself. Some plans restrict the amount of time you have to eat in the day, while others require you to eat regularly for five days and fast for the remaining two.

For example, Alternate Day Fasting reduces how many calories to have on your ‘fasting’ days to about 500. On the days that you’re not fasting, you can continue with your normal diet. More extreme versions of this choose zero calories instead of 500 on alternate days. There’s also the 16/8 approach, 24-hour fasting, and twice a week method.

Those that adopt an intermittent fasting lifestyle have reported having more energy. Research has also found that it encourages weight loss by lowering insulin levels, lowers risks of cancer and diabetes, and improves heart and brain health.

Pros and Cons of Cannabis and Intermittent Fasting

For a long time, cannabis has been tied to weight increase. Generally, this is true. Cannabis does increase our appetite. So why would anyone think that medical marijuana can help people with intermittent fasting?

There is a chemical found in small quantities in cannabis called tetrahydrocannabivarin, or THCV for short. Surprisingly, it’s an appetite suppressor. It may sound very similar to THC, but they have the opposite effects — THC increases our appetite, and THCV suppresses it. This would mean that using THCV with an intermittent fasting regime shouldn’t risk spoiling your fasting days.

Unfortunately, this product is not available on the market yet, so appetite-suppressing cannabis is a pipe dream right now. However, THCV may take a popular turn in the same way as CBD. With more cannabis compounds being explored, there could be a possibility of THCV focused strains.

Ultimately, intermittent fasting and cannabis don’t appear to be good bedfellows — unless you consider how you’re blending it in with your fasts. It’s hard to find reasons why cannabis would be beneficial for intermittent fasting, other than increasing the enjoyment of food on your days off. Otherwise — for both recreational and medicinal purposes — cannabis usually increases your appetite, making your fasting days harder to get through.

While there might be an appetite suppressor strain in the works, cannabis and intermittent fasting are not mutually beneficial.


Top Strains of Cannabis for Appetite Suppression

THCV, in amounts large enough to make a difference in decreasing appetite, is rather tough to find. Though it is psychoactive like cannabis, the high is believed to have a more psychedelic feel and wear off much quicker, so it is often bred out of popular strains, many of which are bred for a potent high.  Current thought points to African sativas as the most likely to have higher amounts of THCV, and as the market for cannabis grows and more research is done, it is likely that finding THCV will be much easier to find in the near future. In the meanwhile, here are some strains that may be able to stave off the munchies:

  1. Durban Poison is a South African sativa with sweet and spicy notes known for its clear-headed effect
  2. Super Silver Haze is thought to be the perfect sativa-leaning hybrid because of its balance of both mental and physical effects
  3. Green crack is an energizing, upbeat sativa-dominant hybrid with an earthy taste and citrusy scent
  4. ACDC is a strain low on THC and rich in CBD. With the sweet smell of lemongrass and cherries and a CBD/THC ratio of 30:1, this strain is good for those who want to avoid both the munchies and getting high
  5. Lemon G13 is heavy on the terpene limonene, making this sativa-leaning hybrid one of the most aromatic. Even though it offers a very cerebral high, it is also very energetic and uplifting

While these strains might help you avoid the munchies, relying on strains rich in CBD or THCV to manage weight is not a great idea. Getting around 30 minutes of moderate activity every day should do the trick, and it can be as simple as mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, or taking a walk around the block. For optimal functional fitness, combine this with strength training a couple of times a week, and take it easy on foods high in fat and sugar. These changes, combined with an appetite-suppressing strain to ease any post-exercise aches and pains, could add up to a healthy lifestyle that doesn’t include the munchies.


Content and image contributions from potguide.com and cannabismd.com


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