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How Does Medical Marijuana Affect Metabolism?

By GreenDoorWest

How Does Medical Marijuana Affect Metabolism?

One of the more relatable side effects of smoking marijuana is feeling hungry. Getting the munchies has always been a natural part of getting high, but it turns out that the influence of medical cannabis on the human digestive system is much more complicated than we initially thought. More specifically, it seems that marijuana can have a profound impact on the body’s metabolism, and could lead to better overall health as a result.

Lower Obesity and Diabetes Rates

At first glance, one would assume that eating junk food while stoned is a surefire way to gain a ton of weight and become unhealthy, but the fact is that there is plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise. In fact, despite plenty of stories of stoners eating food that would make a sober person think twice, it seems that those who partake are far less likely to become obese or diabetic. This is according to several recent studies, including one of the Inuit people, who are common marijuana smokers.

Cannabis and Metabolism

Overall, patients that smoke marijuana regularly seem to have an improved carbohydrate metabolism than nonsmokers and have less risk of developing high blood sugar, retaining fat, and having high cholesterol. But what gives?

Well, one leading theory as to why this happens is because of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Endocannabinoids are naturally produced by the body, and they can help regulate all kinds of internal systems such as digestion, mood, and movement.

Overall, it seems that smoking weed contributes to both increase one’s enjoyment of food while also reducing one’s appetite and ability to gain weight.

While more research needs to be conducted, it seems like smoking weed can have a net positive effect on your metabolism and lead to both weight loss and improved blood sugar.

Medical Marijuana Delivery

Although you should consult your doctor before trying any kind of alternative treatment, if you are taking weed for any reason, you should look into getting it delivered. Whether you smoke it or use other methods like a cannabis Epsom salts bath, delivery makes it easier for you to get what you need.

So, if you were looking for another reason to get high, it seems like your waistline may thank you for taking up the habit.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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