The Positive Effects of Cannabis on the Human Diet
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
A man had a malignant esophageal tumor removed, which resulted in the raising, repositioning, and reattachment of his stomach. From the time of this life-altering surgery, he was unable to eat normally, which resulted in his nourishment being dispensed through a feeding tube. When he was allowed to try to eat solid food, he could only take a few bites before becoming very nauseous and going back to bed.
The man’s eldest daughter was hopeful her father would try marijuana in some form, to help stimulate his appetite. If it worked, perhaps he would be able to eat some of the foods he enjoyed and not need to rely on the feeding tube for nourishment.
Unfortunately, her Mother was not convinced of the idea and would not allow this “illegal drug” to be tried by her husband, even though it may have helped him consume some regular meals.
Food, water, and oxygen are what keep us alive. When this man lost his ability to prepare meals and eventually lost his taste and ability to savor flavors, he lost a very special aspect of his life that was never regained.
Medical marijuana has been approved for sale in nearly half the states and two US territories, because it is known to stimulate appetites in cancer patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments; minimize seizures in epileptic patients; relieve pain and other symptoms associated with Multiple Sclerosis patients; stabilize optic pressure in glaucoma patients; and now, it may curb obesity in marijuana users. Wait. What?
That’s right. Medical marijuana can stimulate appetites, and is known to cause the “munchies”, but it is can also be a natural remedy to obesity. This is a HUGE breakthrough when you consider America’s overweight population continues to expand along with waistlines each and every year.
In 2011, Time Magazine reported findings from a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the results of which concluded “an intriguing connection
between marijuana use and body weight, showing that rates of obesity are lower by roughly a third in people who smoke pot at least three times a week, compared with those who don’t use marijuana at all.”
The data was collected from two groups totaling 52,000 participants. There is always a margin of error in these studies, because there could have been obese marijuana smokers who participated in the study. However, as the Time article explains, “Some research finds that highly religious people are less likely to take drugs, but more likely to be obese — perhaps because they’re substituting one compulsive behavior (overeating) for the other (smoking marijuana). So, some of the obese people in the national surveys may be religious folk, who might otherwise be heavy marijuana smokers, but are eating too much instead. That could make it look like marijuana is slimming.”*
A more recent 2015 study by the American Journal of Medicine surveyed 4,657 individuals, 579 of which indicated they used marijuana regularly, and the study concluded ͞those who used cannabis at least three to five times each week had16 percent lower fasting insulin levels.͟ The article also stated there had been other studies with similar results, even though they were “few and far between.”
The results of these investigations could be because cannabis seems to promote the body’s ability to absorb glucose which is used for energy, while “increasing levels of ‘good cholesterol’ and improving one’s over-all metabolic functioning, though it is uncertain how exactly this happens.”
Another theory is “cannabis can regulate weight by interfering with cannabinoid receptors in the brain that affect memory and appetite. Over time, however, these receptors can become desensitized making the chronic user less likely to gain weight.”**
Additionally, it stands to reason that chronic marijuana users do so to feel better, much like overweight individuals use food as a comforting agent.
Whatever the reasons, certain strains of marijuana and its components seem to have a significant impact when it comes to diet, be it for appetite stimulation or potentially, weight loss.
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