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Yes, we have all heard the jokes about smoking weed and getting the munchies. After a joint or two, everyone piles into the car to head to the drive-thru for some nuggets, fries, and burgers. Then there is the theory that those who smoke weed are just lazy people sitting on the couch all day. So, with all of these attacks of the munchies and sedentary behavior, why do you never really see overweight marijuana users? There are some, of course, but for the most part, marijuana users tend to be on the slimmer side.
Let’s dive into this a bit more and see what the scientific research says about cannabis use, weight loss, body weight, and diabetes.
For one thing, we do know for certain that those who use cannabis or marijuana on a regular basis actually do have lower body mass index, lower risk of being obsess, and are probably able to control their weight better than those who do not use marijuana.
Well established researchers from the University of Nebraska, Harvard, Beth Israel Medical Center noticed in their study that those who used marijuana had waist circumferences that were smaller than those who did not use marijuana. One other study from 2011 which had 52,000+ participants found that obesity rates for marijuana users was 1/3 lower than it was for those who did not use marijuana. Which is crazy to think about considering people who use weed tend to eat about 600 additional calories per day.
But it is not just weight, there seem to be other positive correlations. In the peer-reviewed journal Obesity, cannabis users had higher levels of the “good” cholesterol (HDL-C) and lower levels of the “bad” cholesterol (LDL-C).
That is fascinating but how does it really work?
It appears that there is a relationship between cannabis use and ghrelin, a small hormone that regulates appetite, and basically makes you hungry. But more than that, it also helps to break down and process carbohydrates. So yes, you might get the munchies, but your body might metabolize better than someone who does not use cannabis. There could also be relationships between another compound, CBD or cannabidiol, and hormones that regulate hunger. Visit our site today to learn more about the benefits and the positive wellness benefits of using CBD oil.
Whether it is THC, or CBD, it ultimately comes down to fasting insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone in the body that helps to stabilize blood sugar, or glucose. Blood sugars do a lot of work for our cells by providing energy for various needs.
When someone has low levels of fasting insulin, they could have Type 1 diabetes, when the body can’t make enough insulin on its own. When someone has high levels of fasting insulin, that means they have insulin resistance, and could possibly have Type 2 diabetes.
One study having over 4600 participants, showed that those who used marijuana regularly had lower fasting insulin (up to 16% lower) than those who did not use marijuana and had lower levels of insulin resistance (up to 17% lower).
Someone who has excessive insulin their systems may also be obese as this can lead to gaining weight. Those additional sugars that can be broken down are just converted to fat. Marijuana use, along with a healthy diet, and exercise, might be the trifecta of healthy living. As more studies investigate the relationships between cannabis use, the various compounds involved, and insulin resistance, hopefully more keys to the puzzle will be unlocked.