The trick is figuring out which weed strain will end up becoming a gym buddy
The sharp rise in the munchies — seriously, it’s a thing — is being blamed on the legalization of recreational pot.
But a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in March 2019 by Michigan State University highlights an interesting finding. “Contrary to the belief — that marijuana users who have a serious case of the munchies will ultimately gain more weight — those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don’t,” Michigan State University notes.
While marijuana does increase appetite, it could also help with losing weight; the trick is figuring out which weed strain will end up becoming a fitness buddy.
Are long-term marijuana users less likely to be obese?
It seems as though that’s true. A study published in 2011 evaluated the presence of obesity among adults over the age of 18. The results showed that “of the 50,736 eligible respondents from the U.S., the prevalence of obesity was significantly lower in cannabis users than in non-users.” Another study, published in 2010, collected data from 2,566 adults over the age of 21. Once again, findings highlighted lower overweightedness and obesity among adult cannabis users. Still, “further research is needed to examine the mechanism of this association,” researchers added.
“The effects can be varied on individuals,” says Dr. Murdoc Khaleghi, senior medical advisor for Elevate Hemp, a U.S.-based manufacturer of CBD products. “Some people admit that cannabis makes them more alert, while others find the effects calming. The big difference lies in the cannabis strains,” Dr. Khaleghi notes.
What cannabis strains can help you lose weight?
The basics of losing weight include monitoring calorie intake, exercise and getting proper rest or sleep both before and after workout sessions. And while cannabis can’t solve all of life’s problem, it can certainly help.
“I discovered early on that cannabis sometimes reduced my appetite. One time I sat down to have a meal, after I had vaporized, and I was no longer hungry,” says Bethany Rae, founder of Flower & Freedom, a community exploring cannabis use for fitness. “I later learned that it was strains high in THCV that were reducing my appetite instead of stimulating it.”
THCV, also known as tetrahydrocannabivarin, is a compound found in cannabis that acts as an appetite suppressant, unlike THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, that is known to increase appetite. Some of the cannabis strains high in THCV, as recommended by Civilized, are Durban Poison, Doug’s Varin, Dutch Treat and the stoner classic, Girl Scout Cookies.
Then, there’s cannabidiol (CBD): wonder drug for some, marketing scam for others. For the rest, CBD is the compound found in the cannabis that doesn’t cause any high, one that “can potentially decrease appetite,” says Dr. Khaleghi.
Published: June 27, 2020
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