Can Cannabis Help You Lose Weight?

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Marijuana is often associated with the stigma of an increased appetite and getting the "munchies" as a side effect, so it might come as a surprise that the plant can actually help someone control or even lose weight. A new report coming from The American Journal of Medicine suggests smoking cannabis can actually support metabolic health. The participants of the study who smoked cannabis regularly had lower insulin levels and a smaller waist circumference in comparison to those who did not smoke. These findings were consistent even after researchers adjusted for external factors like age, sex, tobacco and alcohol use, and physical activity levels.

How is smoking cannabis able to help someone shed the pounds? Many researchers attribute this ability to the cannabinoid THCV, which is an antagonist of CB1 and CB2 receptors. This means that the cannabinoid blocks THC from interacting with the receptors, and in turns prevents the onset of the "munchies." While the cannabinoid does have the same psychoactive effect as THC, the feeling tends to take effect more quickly but lasts for shorter period.

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