Frequent Cannabis Use Protective Against Metabolic Syndrome

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According to new information published in the journal Psychological Medicine, the consistent use of cannabis can lower the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which consists of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, all of which could lead to heart disease or adult onset diabetes. 

In the study, Australian researchers searched for a link between cannabis use and metabolic syndrome by sampling 1,813 participants across the nation. In participants who had not used cannabis within the past year, 63% had metabolic syndrome. In contrast, only 43.5% of those who used cannabis at least once a week for a span of 52 weeks displayed metabolic syndrome. The researchers explained that after adjusting for potential confounding factors, participants who used cannabis were significantly less likely to have metabolic syndrome. They went on further to say, "[T]hese data suggest that (cannabis) may... have a cardiometabolic protective effect."

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