Can Marijuana Help You Lose Weight?
Can Marijuana Help With Weight Loss? Maybe.
Some studies claim that there is an increase in metabolic rate after smoking weed. That’s when you can experience the munchies. As a result, it is possible that some people lose weight smoking weed. However, others don’t see the same effect and it may have nothing to do with fat burning capabilities of weed at all. We have obesity epidemic in our country, so I figured that I would share some info about this topic. Keep reading to find out if marijuana can help you with your weight loss goals!
You’ve probably heard lots of hype about cannabis these days and its potential benefits, including weight loss. Cannabis has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, but it wasn’t widely embraced as a treatment option in Western medicine until recently. In fact, the popularity was on the rise prior to increasing restrictions on marijuana cultivation and use — restrictions that have held back progress in the research and development of new therapeutic applications of the drug.
You know that cannabis can help with a plethora of medical ailments, you've seen firsthand how it helps your friend's grandfather shed dozens of pounds, and you've heard countless success stories of marijuana helping people lose weight. But before you run to your friendly neighborhood cannabis dispensary to pick up some ganja to help shed off those unwanted pounds, there are a few things to consider.
At a time when diabetes and other weight-related ailments are becoming more common, many people are looking to lose weight. Surprisingly, marijuana may be able to help. A study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that marijuana users actually had smaller waists than those who did not use the drug.
Why is this? Researchers are still uncertain about why marijuana appears to be associated with lower waist circumference, but it may be due to the fact that medical marijuana patients tend to eat more. This leads to higher calorie intakes, which can lead to lower BMIs (body mass index) for those who use medical marijuana regularly.
More research is needed before doctors start prescribing cannabis for weight loss, but those who suffer from diseases like cancer and AIDS might find some relief from their symptoms through cannabis use. The drug has already been shown to help with nausea symptoms, which are common among those suffering from these diseases. The drug might also help reduce appetite in patients who suffer from anorexia as well as other eating disorders.
Some people use marijuana to relieve symptoms of illness, but some also claim it stimulates the appetite. This has led researchers to wonder whether marijuana could help with obesity management — and the findings are intriguing.
Marijuana contains compounds called cannabinoids. The two main cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the “high” feeling, and cannabidiol (CBD), which does not cause a high. Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, but most strains of medical marijuana are bred to contain higher amounts of CBD than THC, as CBD has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties without the mind-altering effects of THC.
Some research suggests that marijuana with a higher level of CBD may be effective at reducing inflammation and regulating appetite in people with diabetes or metabolic syndrome. However, more research is needed before any conclusions can be made about the effectiveness of using marijuana for weight loss. According to research published by The American Journal of Medicine, marijuana users have healthier blood sugar levels than non-smokers. Healthy blood sugar levels are linked to lower BMI and lower body fat, which could mean that stoners are less likely to be obese than the rest of us.
While it's difficult to imagine how a drug that makes you eat everything in your fridge could help with weight control, there's plenty of evidence that pot users are thinner than their peers and don't suffer from obesity-related conditions like type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. This isn't the first time research has found a link between cannabis use and better blood glucose control, but previous studies were limited because they didn't account for diet or exercise. This new study is exciting because it compared people who were otherwise similar except that one group smoked weed while the other didn't.
There are a lot of people who are skeptical about marijuana's potential for helping people lose weight, and that's understandable. However, there is some evidence out there that shows that marijuana can help in this regard. Here's what we know so far:
Marijuana helps regulate insulin production in the body.
According to studies published by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC), marijuana can help regulate insulin production in the body, which helps protect against diabetes and prediabetes. And because diabetes and prediabetes are often linked to obesity, this may also help with weight loss.
Marijuana reduces stress levels.
Stress has been linked to increased cortisol levels, which can lead to increased appetite and comfort eating — two things that can seriously derail diet plans. However, according to the AAMC, cannabis lowers cortisol levels in the body and reduces stress levels overall. This may help people resist emotional eating or eating as a coping mechanism when they're stressed out.
When it comes to your diet, your endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a role in regulating appetite and energy balance. This system is responsible for regulating pain, mood, memory, sleep and appetite — and it happens to contain cannabinoid receptors. There are two main types of these receptors: CB1 and CB2. The former is expressed primarily in the brain while the latter exists primarily in the immune system. These receptors are activated by the body's own endocannabinoids as well as by plant cannabinoids — like those found in marijuana. So
how do these receptors affect our bodies?
THC activates CB1 receptors located in both the brain and the digestive tract which can increase hunger and lead to overeating. However, CBD has been found to inhibit these receptors, thus reducing appetite and suppressing cravings for food without making people feel high or stoned.
Marijuana can be a part of an overall strategy for weight loss on several different levels. It doesn’t solve the problem but can do a lot to help with the stress and anxiety that comes along with any diet. In addition, it makes it easier to keep your appetite under control. Make sure you are using a reliable source though, and make sure you have the right strain of marijuana that is right for you.
In the end, it all comes down to one’s personal preferences when deciding on a weight loss strategy. For some people, cannabis could be the perfect solution—but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is also right for you. Regardless, you should always speak with your doctor and or nutritionist if you have concerns about your eating habits.
Below you can find some strains that we suggest when considering a weight loss plan such as this one.