Cannabis may be renowned for giving you the munchies, but the munchies are not making you fat.
In fact, it could be helping you along your weight-loss journey.
Researchers looked at 4,657 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, and of them, compared the 579 cannabis users to the 1975 non-users. In 2013, The American Journal of Medicine concluded,
“We found that marijuana use was associated with lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR [homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance], and smaller waist circumference.“
These three conclusions from this study are your new reasons why cannabis is your hidden weapon to tackle weight loss.
1. Better regulated insulin levels.
The 579 people who regularly used cannabis had an approximate 16% lower level of insulin than their non-using counterparts.
When your insulin levels are normal, you’re able to get the glucose into your cells so your body can use it for fuel. However, if your insulin levels are too high, it can lead to problems with glucose control.
A person who suffers from diabetes will show elevated insulin levels.
2. Lower body mass index (BMI) and lower prevalence of obesity.
Despite the associations with increased caloric intake, the BMI (the measure of body fats) for those participants who never used cannabis, used it in the past, and current users respectively had an average BMI of 29.1, 28.5, and 27.2 (kg/m^2).
This means that those who currently use cannabis had a lower measure of body fats than those who used it in the past and of those who’ve never used cannabis before.
We speculate that this could potentially mean that the effects of cannabis are influencing our susceptibility to obesity and a breakthrough in weight-loss technology.
3. Lower waist circumference.
The most simplistic way of measuring weight-loss is to record the actual circumference of the waists of the test subjects.
The results of the measurements revealed that current users, on average, had smaller waistlines by 3.8 cm than their non-user counterparts.
These participants probably weren’t aware that their attendance in the cannabis community may have been influencing their weight-loss.
The link between cannabis and weight-loss is still under debate. As the industry expands, so does the need for research and development. While the causality is still being interpreted, the evidence may be pointing to a cannabis weight-loss secret that is waiting to be unlocked.