Can Cannabis Promote Weight Loss?
Despite the science behind cannabis and weight loss, Fit gummies claim they can promote it. But can cannabis really promote weight loss?
The New York Times reported that the Fit gummies look just like any other marijuana edible: orange squares coated with sugar, with brightly-colored packaging. But they offer a different promise; diet assistance that will “help disrupt unhelpful eating habits and put you back in control of your diet.”
However, the science backing these new gummies might not add up.
Wana Brands, an established company, released Fit gummies. These are only available in Colorado, where the company is located, at this point. One of the ingredients in these gummies, tetrahydrocannabivarin, also known as THCV, could be the next popular cannabinoid to hit the market.
What is THCV?
THCV is a cannabinoid extracted from the marijuana plant. However, it doesn’t offer the same psychoactive effects as THC. Some studies highlight that it could have an impact on appetite and diabetes, giving some logic as to why it could be used in a gummy to promote better eating.
But what about “the munchies?” Could these gummies really aid in diets?
States continue to legalize cannabis, and more new products are coming to fruition each day. A new boutique market for cannabis-infused foods is growing in Colorado, which could make this an attractive option for dieters who want to reduce their calorie intake while continuing to indulge in gourmet food.
With more studies highlighting how cannabinoids can assist with sleep, libido, sociability, and focus, products are being developed for all hours of the day. Whether one wants to begin their day, end it, or prolong it with cannabinoids, product developers are making it happen.
Wana’s marketing materials outline how its product’s weight-management benefits have been proven using a 2021 clinical trial commissioned by its partner on the gummy’s development, ECS Brands. The trial is also supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Wana’s website claims, “the recently completed NIH-supported, a 90-day human clinical trial found 100 out of 100 participants in the study lost weight without exercise or changing daily caloric output values.”
ECS Brands’ informational sheet covering the trial claims that it was completed under the Mayo Clinic’s guidance, as well.
However, both the NIH and the Mayo Clinic claim to have no record of this trial. The trial also is not registered on ClinicalTrials.gov. However, the founder and chief executive of ECS Brands, Arthur Jaffee, insists that the NIH was involved and has called this a “paperwork issue.”
“We have full confidence that everything that we did is accurate and true,” Jaffee said.
However, the trial’s results have yet to be published in a scientific journal and haven’t been peer-reviewed.
“Despite the lack of randomized controlled trials, considered the ‘gold standard’ for pharmaceuticals, there is very strong consumer demand for cannabis products that tap into the myriad potential benefits the plant can provide,” Mike Hennesy, the vice president of innovation at Wana Brands, explained in an emailed statement.
Could this claim be bogus? Perhaps. But everyone has high hopes that the science isn’t too far behind the marketing and public consumption.
Do you think it’s possible that cannabis can help with weight loss? Let us know your experience with it in the comments below!