Cannabis effective in controlling obesity

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Marijuana is being recommended for inclusion in weight loss programs

Obesity is considered to be the fifth leading risk for mortality around the world. Each year, over 2.8 million die from being obese, or even simply overweight, and 40 million children under the age of five are said to be tipping the scales – triple the amount that was seen in the early 1970s. Fortunately, there is a solution that is not only inexpensive but which is completely healthy and doesn’t rely on laboratory chemicals.

Marijuana is being shown to be an effective part of a weight-loss program. Specifically, cannabinoids found in cannabis have properties that can alleviate symptoms related to obesity and help the consumer lose weight. One of the cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), contains appetite-suppressing properties and also acts to activate CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body.

Cannabidiol (CBD) can also help to regulate the appetite and to combat the desire to binge on food. Humulene, a terpene found inside cannabis is also an appetite suppressant.

Several studies have found that cannabis can help control obesity. One study examined 786 participants, comprised of marijuana and non-marijuana users, and showed that marijuana users, on average, had a lower body mass index (BMI), decreased fasting insulin and decreased resistance to insulin. Another study indicated that obesity was not nearly as prevalent in marijuana users as it was in those it didn’t consume.

Obesity can be a debilitating issue. It can lead to depression, muscle and joint pain, anxiety and fatigue. Additionally, there is significant evidence to support the fact that it can lead to type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease and arthritis. However, combining a healthy diet and exercise with cannabis can be one of the best ways to lose weight.

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