Many Cannabis users tend to weigh less than people that do not consume the drug. It is argued that cannabis effects on the body comes with an increased metabolism.
In 2013, the American Journal of Science released a report that noted the low prevalence of obesity in cannabis users despite an abundance of evidence linking stoners to high caloric diets. According to a study, the most important finding is that current cannabis users appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than nonusers. “Their fasting insulin levels were lower, and they appeared to be less resistant to the insulin produced by their body to maintain a normal blood-sugar level.
This can make you ask yourself if its worth trying as a way to increase your metabolism. Researchers have argued over the physical benefits related to increased metabolism. Endocannabinoids — chemicals similar to marijuana, that your body naturally produces has led researchers to think that blocking cannabinoids may decrease the chance of someone developing metabolic syndrome — which is a group of risk factors that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and other possible health issues.”
The effects of cannabis on the body can go beyond increasing your metabolism.
A past relationship was an experience with a partner that had lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation throughout the body, especially in joints, skin, kidneys, and the brain. I observed episodes where her pain was so bad that her whole body seemed to be morphed into a spasm. Uncontrollable spasms like this caused her to wet the bed more than once if an episode happened during sleeping hours.
Cannabis effects on the body extends to this disease. Relief of pain and inflammation are two commonly recognized therapeutic elements of cannabis, so its ability to treat lupus effectively is not surprising. Unfortunately my partner at the time didn’t have a strain strong enough (lol). Using cannabis helped her cope with the pain in an effort to keep it to a minimum, but she is certainly eligible for the medical strains with her condition. Fortunately now medical cannabis is starting to be more available for people that really need it.
Some argue that cannabis seems to be the only safe, natural, and effective treatment that exists for lupus. The effects of Cannabis on the body makes it the number one alternative to prescription pills, which usually tend to have a more devastating effect on the body long term opposed to cannabis.
CB1 vs THC
Extensive Research targets the CB1 receptor as a potential cause for obesity. Namely, sufferers of metabolic diseases have overstimulated CB1 receptors. Endocannabinoids is what enables you to feel pleasure from eating. It also is what helps your body regulate blood sugar levels and sends a signal letting you know when you should stop snacking. Yet for some perplexing reason, stuffing your face with carb-laden, fatty deliciousness while high doesn’t seem to add inches to the waistline.
The funny thing about the cannabis plant is that when you consume it, you’re taking in two substances that largely contradict each other. THC increases appetite by binding to CB1 cell receptors in your brain. But, at the same time, CBD tells those cell receptors to deactivate.
Scientists have found that CBD was effective at reducing the amount of fat build-up inside arteries. This fat build-up happens when you have high blood sugar. A study also found that CBD protected insulin-producing cells from damage in the pancreas. CBD in general helps decrease body weight.
Research results have made CBD a huge target as a future medicine for diabetes, obesity, and other metabolic illnesses. UK-based GW Pharmaceuticals is currently developing a cannabis-derived diabetes drug. GW Pharma is the creator of Sativex, a cannabis mouth spray that treats muscle spasms for people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.
Studies suggests vaping cannabis is the best way to lose weight. When a person combines cannabis in its dry herb or concentrate form with a temperature controlled vaporizer, they’re not going to miss out on any of the plant’s beneficial effects.
Cannabis does not come without controversy due to its negative effects also. Besides memory loss, short term negative effects includes:
- Severe anxiety, including fear that you are being watched or followed (paranoia)
- Loss of sense of personal identity
- Lowered reaction time
- Increased heart rate
- Increased risk of stroke(due to smoking in conjunction with tobacco products)
- Problems with coordination ( playing sports)
- Sexual problems (for males)
- Up to seven times more likely to contract sexually transmitted infections
than non-users (for females)
Long term negative effects includes
- Decrease in IQ (up to 8 points if prolonged use started in adolescent age)
- Poor school performance and higher chance of dropping out
- Impaired thinking and ability to learn and perform complex tasks
- Potential development of opiate abuse
- Relationship problems, intimate partner violence
- Antisocial behavior
- Financial difficulties
- Increased welfare dependence
- Greater chances of being unemployed or not being able to get good jobs.
You may tend to forget about things more often, but cannabis use would not be substantially damaging to brain health if taken in moderation. There are pills to promote memory and brain function that can be used in conjunction to fight off that negative side effect. Harder drugs or alcohol will damage your brain to the point that there is no coming back
What do you think about cannabis effects on the body. As the most popular drug consumed on earth, everything we consume must come with a right balance. People tend to become addicted and consume more than what is necessary. When that happens you tend to slip away from all aspects of healthy living. For people that don’t need cannabis for medical purposes, there are some benefits in using it in moderation. When we indulge ourselves too much in any one thing, the cons start to outweigh the pros.
Please feel free to leave comments if you have any questions or perspective on the topic. Do you think the good outweigh the bad? Should cannabis be more available for public use like alcohol? People that suffer from different illnesses really need it. Do you think there is a better alternative for people with such conditions?