If the questions is: Can Marijuana help you lose weight? then the answer is yes, but make sure to read the fine print. There is no doubt that Cannabis provides stress relief, helps with pain and makes your creativity bloom. Approved as a medical treatment for seizures, chronic pain, PTSD, Multiple Sclerosis among other, proves its versatility. It is also approved for patients that suffer from wasting syndrome associated with AIDS and chemo induced nausea/vomiting in cancer patients because it helps them gain weight by increasing appetite.
It is of popular knowledge that Cannabis can give you "the munchies". Patients usually describe it as a voracious hunger that makes them want to eat everything they see. So this might lead you to think that potheads are more obese than non-smokers but in realty they are less. Several recent studies have found that daily marijuana use is associated with a lower BMI, smaller waist circumference, and lower fasting insulin blood levels. Does that mean cannabis is the secret to weight loss? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
This might be a multi-factorial coincidence that can be explained in many ways.
Appetite is controlled by region of the brain called the hypothalamus which then regulates the secretion of two different hormones: ghrelin and leptin.
Leptin creates the sensation of satiety while Ghrelin stimulates hunger.
Ghrelin, which is regulated in the hypothalamus is stimulated by CB1 receptors. This is how THC creates such powerful cravings.
CBD, however, happens to be an super effective CB1 blocker. Animal studies showed that rats given CBD ate less food than the control, and CBD has been shown to increase leptin levels.
In conclusion; There’s simply no silver bullet when it comes to rapid, lasting weight loss. Losing weight requires discipline, dedication, and time. Still, anyone who uses Cannabis for medical or recreational purposes can rest assured that marijuana won’t make them fat. What Cannabis can do is help get your body and mind in rhythm and help you enjoy and get more out of your workouts by keeping you motivated. Just make sure to chose the correct strains that provide appetite suppressant properties and the correct diet to match your healthy needs.