Obesity and Diabetes are associated with inactivity and overeating. It just so happens that Stoners are often associated with having “the munchies” and being lazy.
By this logic Stoners should be at an increased risk for obesity and diabetes, right?
Cannabis and Blood Sugar Study Findings
A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine has revealed a potential benefit from the use of cannabis. The article, entitled “The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among U.S. Adults,” investigated the blood sugar-related effects of cannabis use among participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005 to 2010.
In several other studies of large populations, lower rates of both obesity and diabetes have been noted among users of cannabis, as compared with non-users.
The researchers noted that although cannabis smokers generally consume more calories than non-users, they paradoxically live with lower body mass indexes (BMIs) and reduced rates of both obesity and diabetes.
The researchers found that subjects who were current cannabis users had lower levels of fasting insulin, lower levels of insulin resistance, smaller waist circumference, and higher levels of HDL cholesterol, which is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
it is believed that cannabis acts on the cannabinoid 1 and 2 receptors in the brain, enhancing the activity of adiponectin. This hormone helps to regulate blood sugar and plays a role in controlling weight and reducing the tendency toward diabetes.
Based on results reported in this study and supported by other epidemiological surveys, it is possible that cannabis use helps to reduce the tendency toward both obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The regulating effects that cannabis induces within the human body continue to reveal benefit after benefit. As we approach the legalization of cannabis, let’s take a moment to observe this current conundrum through these appropriate words from Joe Rogan:
People say “Well you can abuse marijuana”. Well shit you can abuse cheeseburgers too.
Ya know, you don’t go around closing Burger King because you can abuse something. I can take a fuckin’ fork and jam it in my eyeball. Does that mean forks should be illegal? Ya know, I could jump off a bridge, should we outlaw bridges? Lets Nerf the world!
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