We’ve all seen the classic marijuana smoker stereotype on television and film. The smoker is couch-locked, eating copious amounts of junk food, and the room is obscured in a haze. Despite the feelings of hunger brought on by smoking marijuana, research suggests that marijuana users are at a lower risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a reduced body-mass-index measurement.
It seems a bit contradictory that eating more after having smoked can improve your metabolism. To find out how marijuana both stimulates your appetite and positively affects your metabolism simultaneously, you must first understand how metabolic disorders occur.
Metabolic dysfunctions come in many forms when our body cannot properly process fats, proteins, sugars, or nucleic acids. Researchers believe that a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system is to blame for the increased risk of metabolic disorders. When you’re craving something to eat, your body naturally produces an endocannabinoid called anandamide. Anandamide operates by stimulating the CB1 cell receptor, sending signals to our brain that we are hungry.
Many researchers suggest that an overstimulated CB1 receptor it the main cause for metabolic diseases like obesity, which is the reason many anti-obesity drugs have targeted the CB1 receptor. It may seem counterintuitive to suggest that marijuana, which increases appetite, can decrease risk of metabolic-related disorders that can lead to stroke, heart disease, or worse. When you consume marijuana, THC replaces the naturally-occurring anandamide to produce the same biological response of increasing your appetite.
The synergy between CBD and THC, ultimately, results in deactivation of CB1 receptors. Despite THC activating appetite stimulants, CBD blocks the biological response. Scientists suggest that developing a tolerance to marijuana is responsible for dulling and eventually weakening CB1 receptors. Once weakened, they are unable to respond to appetite stimulation. Furthermore, THC produces a hormone called ghrelin, an appetite stimulator that can also help break down and metabolize carbohydrates more efficiently.
In 2012, scientists in Budapest concluded that CBD reduced fat buildup inside arteries without the harmful effects like depression or reduced insulin sensitivity. Reduced fat deposits inside arteries contribute to high blood sugar. Additionally, a study based at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties could help treat insulin resistance that lead to diabetes.
Although more definitive research is required, marijuana has the potential to lower risk in obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels, and a lower body-mass-index measurement. Make sure to purchase high-quality organic marijuana with a high CBD content.
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