According to a new study, including cannabis in your diet and lifestyle can go a long way in reducing weight and fighting inflammation.
Doctors recommend maintaining a healthy weight in order to prevent the disorders associated with obesity. This includes diabetes, cancer, stroke and heart diseases. Systemic inflammation, on the other hand, can lead to fatal ailments including autoimmune conditions, cardiovascular diseases and neurodegenerative disorders. It is relatively unclear how obesity triggers body inflammations. Scientists have said, however, that more weight means that the body has more inflammation while weight reduction leads to less inflammation.
The new study revealed the role of body mass index (BMI) in the anti-inflammatory effects of marijuana. Researchers studied the experience of 712 young people by examining the pathways that connect inflammation to cannabis consumption. The respondents were examined during six biannual visits with BMI and plasma samples acquired during the final visit. The findings suggest that BMI may be biased in demonstrating cannabis effects. The presence of inflammation biomarkers would typically be reduced with cannabis use. According to the research authors, these findings may be helpful in setting up intervention targets.
Other studies have also pointed out that the reason cannabis users might have less risk of inflammation is because they have a lower BMI. Michigan State University (MSU) conducted a study to see if regular cannabis users were inclined to gain weight. The study was conducted between 2000 and 2005 and relied on information from 33,000 U.S. participants above 18 years of age. According to the study, 77% of the subjects had never consumed cannabis, 18% had given up, 3% had begun and 2% were regular users.
The research was more observational than behavioral, and over a three-year period, the study noted that all respondents had gained weight again. Despite cannabis being an appetite stimulant, regular users had less of a weight increase. New users also recorded a lower BMI as well. Meanwhile, only 15% regular users were considered obese in comparison to 20% of nonusers.
According to Alshaarawy, the lead author, the study’s observational approach misses out on examining the behavioral aspects. For example, a cannabis user might be conscious about food intake and as a result have a lower BMI. The research concludes that future studies should integrate that aspect in their future observations.
The use of cannabis in a healthy lifestyle to reduce weight is an efficient way to reduce inflammation. Moreover, this can be achieved by also staying away from refined sugars, fried foods, carbohydrates and soda. In case an individual wants to incorporate marijuana into their diet plan, they need to seek recommendations from a cannabis-friendly medical practitioner.
The full therapeutic potential of cannabis and its products manufactured by marijuana companies such as Cannabis Strategic Ventures Inc. (OTC: NUGS) could take years to be fully documented, which is why there is a need for federal policy reforms so that research into this versatile substance can accelerate.
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