I never thought I’d hear the two words weed and weight loss in the same sentence; not to even mention the idea that marijuana actually might be the perfect solution for getting rid of those extra pounds. The two are wildly counterintuitive due to cannabis’s effects. Just ask any stoner and they’ll tell you that the only association food has with weed is that consuming weed makes you want more food. So what is this about a marijuana diet?
How is it that the cannabis smoker is thinner, on average, than non-smokers? A research study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found a direct link between the two. It suggested that the rates of obesity are less in pot smokers by more than one third. The data was extrapolated from national surveys involving some 52,000 participants. The results revealed that about 22 percent of those who did not smoke weed were obese. Comparatively, only 14 percent of those who smoke marijuana at least three times a week were overweight.
Even after adjusting for other variables, the relationship between smoking marijuana and weight loss remained strong. However, researchers are quick to warn that the correlation between losing weight and firing up a blunt does not mean that weed helps you to shed pounds.
Where’s the Causation?
There are other reasons as well. For instance, studies have determined that those who are highly religious tend to avoid drugs altogether and therefore tend to be more obese. In this case, they may be exchanging one bad habit for another. There may have been a higher than normal number of religious individuals in the sample and hence the variations.
A 2015 research study found that THC reduces weight gain, energy intake, and fat gain levels in mice. After being treated with THC three times per week, it was observed that the obese mice lost weight but the mice that were already slender.
Reportedly, we have almost five pounds of live microorganisms in our intestines. These microorganisms work together with our body’s digestive tract to maintain good health, break food down and aid in weight loss or gain. THC changes the microbiome in your intestines that are believed to a healthy weight. The psychoactive modified the ratio of so called weight-enhancing microbes in the gut to a more nutritious intake after consuming a high-fat diet.
Marijuana smokers allegedly have lower body mass indexes and smaller midsections than non-smokers. However, this remains true even though the weed smoker takes in about 600 more calories a day than his/her non-smoking counterpart. One explanation might be the fact that pot smokers tend to be more active and have a lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes with almost 16 percent lower levels of fasting insulin.
What About the Munchies?
But why are people who take a drug that has clearly been found to increase the appetite not getting fat? Research in the field of obesity tells us that the cannabis compound Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) might also stimulate weight loss in addition to improving insulin sensitivity, balancing blood sugar and reducing inflammation in the pancreas. There are several strains that are high in THVC such as Black Beauty, Durban Poison, Charlotte’s Web, Pennywise, Doug’s Varin, and Cannatonic.
The medical community is not surprised to know that our bodies store THC in our fat. As we begin to burn fat, tiny amounts of THC are released and flow back through the bloodstream.
THC binds itself to fats, cell receptors, and lipids when we smoke weed. The edocannabinoid system plays a leading role in our neurological system when considering overall human health. The endocannibinoid is basically responsible for relieving stress, regulating your mood, and controlling your appetite. It takes only about 5 minutes once you inhale marijuana to take effect but more than an hour usually with edibles and oils.
How to Get Started
If you are interested in weight loss and using cannabis products, experts advise that you should start by purging your home of sugary, salty, and fatty foods that you can’t resist. Focus your attention on fruits and vegetables so that you will be prepared when the munchies show up. It is recommended that you utilize a sativa strain. Begin working out; not like a gym rat, but exercise moderately. You should also use an indica strain for recovery after your workout. Also, think about trying a topical cannabis based lotion for sore and achy muscles.
Losing weight is no easy feat. It’s simple enough to get started but maintaining your momentum becomes more difficult as time passes. You’ll accomplish a couple things by infusing pot into the plan. For example, you’ll notice a healthier insulin level which might result in a better cardio workout. There is appetite suppressing strains of marijuana that would also augment your diet plan.
Okay, now hold it. Before you go running to the nearest dispensary scouring through indica strains, remember that consuming more than you burn will not help you to lose weight no matter how much weed you smoke. In order to get the most out of a cannabis-focused diet, you will need eat better and to exercise; at least a little bit.