How Weed Keeps You Skinny: What Researchers Say About Marijuana, Weight, And Diabetes
The munchies may be notorious when using marijuana but it's no joke when I say research is showing it can actually contribute to keeping a healthy, and even skinny figure.
Studies show that marijuana users have lower BMI's and have reduced chances of obesity. Not only that but scientists from all over including the University of Nebraska, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that marijuana users had a smaller waist circumference than those who had never used cannabis.
In 2011, a study that consisted over 52,000 test subjects outlined results showing that rates of obesity are about one-third lower among cannabis users. These results are definitely fascinating, as marijuana users tend to eat about 600 more calories a day.
Another study consisting of 700 subjects showed regular cannabis users had increased levels of High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol HDL-C (good cholesterol) and slightly lower levels of Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol LDL-C (bad cholesterol).
Now here's something interesting. Tetrahydrocannibinol a.k.a THC is the active chemical in marijuana. THC is responsible for "getting you high" but that's not the only thing it does. THC stimulates a specific hormone in our bodies called ghrelin. This hormone is a potent appetite enhancer, hence why we get the munchies. Now adding the twist ghrelin not only makes you hungry but also plays a vital role in our metabolism. Ghrelin breaks down and helps metabolize carbo-hydrates. Ironic how that works but very cool att he same time.
Diabetes and marijuana can coorelted somewhat as well. Studies suggest it's rather a possitive thing to smoke weed than to not when it comes to diabetes. “Fasting insulin” refers to the insulin in your body prior to eating. Insulin is the hormone that helps our bodies regulate glucose, or blood sugars. These blood sugars provide vital energy for our cells, enabling them to function properly and keep us healthy.
Extremely low levels of fasting insulin is a sign of Type 1 diabetes, where the body cannot produce enough insulin naturally to provide cells with energy. However, fasting insulin levels that are too high are also dangerous, leading to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the hallmark signifier of Type 2 diabetes.
In studying over 4,600 test subjects, researchers found that regular marijuana users had fasting insulin levels up to 16% lower than their non-using counterparts. The same 2013 study also showed that the herb-friendly test subjects had a 17% lower levels of insulin resistance.
Too much insulin also promotes weight gain, as excess sugars are converted into stored fat. Too much excess stored fat leads to obesity. So far, obesity has been targeted as the number one cause of insulin resistance that leads to Type 2 diabetes.
Keeping a healthy diet and excercise in conjuction with marijuana can help improve an even healthier lifestyle. Marijuana doesn't have to be and isn't just used to get "high." It can help one enlighten, relieve stress, focus, be creative, relax and meditate. It's a powerful substance and isn't bad at al whatsoever. There are many healthy marijuana activists that prove it can used for good and result in possitive outcomes.
“When you work with The Marijuana Diet you will watch your cravings drop away, and your mind become awake, aware, and creative,” explains Art Glass, Cannabis Activist and author of The Marijuana Diet. “Not only will it help you lose weight, but it will help you will find that you love the person that you are.”
Though no formal research has been done to put The Marijuana Diet to the official scientific test, one thing is certain: marijuana users are in fact skinnier than average, with lower BMIs, smaller waistlines, and less risk of developing obesity and diabetes.
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