Marijuana for Weight Loss
Obesity and being overweight are risk factors for many diseases, and can even cause death. Doctors currently prescribe appetite suppressants or surgery to reduce the weight of the severely obese; however, these methods have serious side effects. Despite being known to cause hunger, certain strains of marijuana can actually help reduce weight.
While cannabis has long been known for its appetite inducing effects, research is now indicating that it can actually helps with weight loss, can lower BMI and reduce obesity. In fact, states with medical cannabis laws have even seen a 2-6 percent reductionin obesity rates. In the United States, more than 78 million adults and 12.5 million children and teens are obese. By the year 2030, it is expected to increase to 115 million adults.
For those looking to lose weight by dieting, marijuana may be the answer. Experts have found that THCV and CBD, chemicals found in certain strains of marijuana, may help with weight loss. THCV is believed to possess around 25 percent of the psychoactivity of that found in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). So, users experience less of a high effect, while helping to suppress their appetites.
Combined, the two may provide serious help for weight management. Animal research on THCV showed that the compound improves intolerance to glucose and reduces body weight. With CBD, there were lower levels of fat and cholesterol. Some studies even suggest the two may increase metabolism. CBD oils are quickly becoming a popular way to take marijuana, especially when it comes to weight loss and dieting. Studies show that CBD influences a countless amount of immune and metabolic processes.
Cannabis promotes weight loss by:
- Absorbing glucose
- Improving “good cholesterol” levels
- Increasing metabolic functioning as a whole
This same study also suggests that taking cannabis orally might be especially helpful to access the weight-loss properties of THC.
Your body contains the Endocannabinoid system, which takes care of endless tasks to keep your body functioning at top levels. CBD oil literally feeds that system, so it’s able to function at its best. The more toxins, the more your body creates in order to filter out toxins from our organs. Using CBD oil also helps promote the release of toxins in the body.
It’s important to note that cannabis is not a be-all, end-all prescription for weight loss: If you don’t exercise and have unhealthy eating habits, then smoking weed probably won’t help you have a lower BMI. But according to a 2011 study from the American Journal of Epidemiology, even if cannabis consumption increases appetite, “people using cannabis are less likely to be obese than people who do not use cannabis.”