The Cannabis Affect on Obesity: Can You Lower Your BMI with Medical Marijuana?
Having a hard time losing weight? Have you tried medical marijuana? Recent research shines a light on the impact of medical marijuana in fighting obesity, inflammation, and diabetes mellitus.
Your BMI: Body Mass Index and Medical Marijuana Use
America suffers from obesity on a scale that is unknown in human history. A review and meta-analysis has established the medical marijuana consumers have a healthier BMI than the average population. The studies make a mockery of the past ‘drug war’ stereotypes of ‘couch potatoes’ and ‘crazed munchies.’ In fact, the opposite appears to be true.
Cannabis use appears to reverse the impact of the modern American diet on health by reducing the effects of an elevated ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids on endocannabinoid (eCB) tone. Source: Theoretical Explanation for Reduced Body Mass Index and Obesity Rates in Cannabis Users
Theoretical Explanation for Reduced Body Mass Index and Obesity Rates in Cannabis Users
Studies posted on the National Institutes of Health determined that the American diet tends to lead to obesity and cannabis use can help ‘reverse the (negative) impact of the modern American diet.’ In short, too much fat, carbs, and sugars is literally killing Americans (daily.) The use of medical marijuana can help reduce the negative effect of a ‘pro-inflammatory’ diet.
America: The Pro-Inflammatory Diet, Omega-6, Omega-3 Balance, and Medical Marijuana
We are what we eat still rings true. The studies showed a relationship between the use of medical marijuana and a better balance of Omega 6 and 3. A body living on a diet that is unbalanced will suffer accordingly. Medical marijuana appears to help naturally balance the human body to perform better when fighting obesity, inflammation, and diabetes.
The current review and meta-analysis establishes the impact of Cannabis use on body mass index (BMI) and obesity rates, and provides a well-supported physiological, causative explanation for this impact. Cannabis use appears to reverse the impact of the modern American diet on health by reducing the effects of an elevated ratio of omega-6/omega-3 fatty acids on endocannabinoid (eCB) tone. It is therefore necessary to understand how diet impacts health to understand the health impact of Cannabis use. Theoretical Explanation for Reduced Body Mass Index and Obesity Rates in Cannabis Users
Diet is the main cause of premature death and disability in the United States. The modern western diet is proinflammatory and obesogenic.1,2 Diseases associated with inflammation and obesity include cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus (DM), Alzheimer's disease, mood disorders, autoimmune disorders, liver and kidney disease, and musculoskeletal disabilities.1–12 A significant dietary factor contributing to these health problems is an increased ratio of omega-6 (linoleic acid, LA) to omega-3 (α-linolenic acid, ALA) fatty acids,2,10,13–21 especially in the context of a high glycemic load and reduced physical activity. Theoretical Explanation for Reduced Body Mass Index and Obesity Rates in Cannabis Users
Recent reviews show that dysregulation of the eCB system plays a major role in development of obesity and metabolic disorders, and strongly implicate the elevated omega-6/omega-3 ratio as a primary cause of this dysregulation. Source: Theoretical Explanation for Reduced Body Mass Index and Obesity Rates in Cannabis Users
In conclusion, science shows that the American diet can result in an elevated dietary omega-6/omega-3 ratio. An elevated omega-6/omega-3 ratio leads to elevated levels of AEA and 2-AG, overstimulation of CB1R, and dysregulation of energy homeostasis. The end results is weight gain. Medical marijuana use appears to help create a healthier state of homeostasis.
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