It may seem counterintuitive since marijuana tends to make you hungry, but cannabis can also help you manage your weight, according to a new study.
But How Does This Work?
Many people who suffer from obesity have a higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in their bodies. These high levels of omega-6 lead to over-stimulation of of the CB1R cannabinoid receptor. So reducing CB1R stimulation can lead to weight loss.
Where Does The Weed Come In?
Turns out, consuming cannabis actually downregulates—or reduces the stimulation of—the CB1R receptor, which "plays a major role in assimilation, storage and conservation of energy," according to researchers.
So, while consuming cannabis can induce hunger in the short-term, on a macro-level, marijuana actually helps the body manage food as it makes its way through the body. Researchers say this "more than offsets the short-term increase in energy stores that follow" after you woofed down your preferred smoke sesh snacks.
Great, So I'll Just Smoke My Calories.
Not so fast. This is currently a hypothetical model proposed by the researchers. And these suggestions certainly aren't a good reason to stop eating your greens or to give up your exercise regime. However, it does add to the growing base of evidence that shows how cannabis can be a part of a healthy lifestyle.
h/t Marijuana Moment