Waking Times report on the effects of cannabis on weight loss and metabolism.
Millions of people are becoming more educated on the benefits of cannabis’ cannabinoids daily, as cannabis is becoming more integrated into mainstream culture.
Cannabis facilitates metabolic function, lowers insulin resistance and improves fasting insulin. Athletes and moderate exercisers alike are discovering the benefits of daily consumption of the once wickedly portrayed plant.
The added bonus of pain-relief provided by cannabis goes well with exercising and improving physical health. Insulin regulates blood sugar levels, and overshoots to compensate if glucose levels rise too quickly. The excess is stored as fat; too much unused glucose in cells will make people put on weight. If insulin production is out of balance, people also gain weight.
Cannabis affects insulin
Fasting insulin is the insulin present in the body before eating. A recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine found cannabis users have 16% lower fasting insulin than people not consuming cannabis. The same study declared 17% lower insulin resistance levels, plus a smaller waist circumference. It was concluded that there is a significant correlation between small waistlines and cannabis use.
Many athletes insist on using marijuana or extracts containing THC or CBD to enhance their performance by easing anxiety, and to push their threshold of pain when they train.
The anti-inflammatory effect of cannabis, and the compounds in cannabis which imitate the endorphins found naturally in the body could imitate the so called ‘runner’s high’ making it easier to push our physical boundaries.
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The body naturally copes with pain
A study, done in 2003, found that exercise activates endocannabinoids in the same way that cannabis does. The cannabinoid system is responsible for controlling appetite, influences mood and memory, and eases pain.
It might be a case of the body producing cannabinoids naturally as a coping mechanism. The study mentions that humans produce higher levels of endocannabinoids when they exercise, causing a little “high”.
The medical fraternity has known for a while that THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, is stored in fat cells. A recent study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence says this storage can give an extra boost when exercising up to 28 days after cannabis was consumed, when the body burns off fat.
Munchies don’t make fat
Cannabis consumption is often associated with an increase in appetite, or the “munchies”, yet studies can’t confirm a likelihood of weight gain or loss.
Researchers uncovered the fact that exercise and cannabis activate the same endocannabinoid system in the brain. Our brain will naturally produce endocannabinoids to help us cope with pain when we do rigorous exercise.
When cannabis is smoked or vaped, it takes 3-8 minutes for concentrations of cannabinoids in the blood to reach a peak. When cannabis is consumed by eating, it takes 60-90 minutes, while oil edibles take effect after 20 minutes lasting up to 2-4 hours.
In 2013, a study showed obesity is lower in all groups of cannabis users if compared to those abstaining for 12 months. The lower Body Mass Index (BMI) of cannabis users could be explained by the fact that THC initially stimulates the CB1 receptor, but long-term stimulation may result in an antagonistic effect, which would dampen hunger signals.
Cannabis for weight loss: CBD could work too
CBD and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) may reduce body weight. Studies on animals have shown that THCV increases the metabolism of fat cells. It might be true that cannabis burns fat, but do the research, and choose your cannabinoids wisely.