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Get tall, lose weight: according to science, how the herb can help you lose weight

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MOVING, Entire 30. The new weight loss plan is what you hid from your parents in high school. Some scientists are linking tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, with weight loss. “People assume that marijuana users are heavier because it stimulates appetite,” says Tom Clark, president of the South Bend department of biological sciences at the University of Indiana.
Clark and his team analyzed 17 studies that included almost 156,000 participants, and found that marijuana users were lighter than drug-free users. And your body mass index (BMI) is 7 percent lower on average; For a 6-foot man, that’s an extension of 15 pounds. The most interesting thing is that marijuana users are 30 to 35 percent less likely to be obese.
THC seems to speed up the metabolism over time, so even if there is an initial stroke of munchies, the increase in metabolism compensates, and more. “And if modern strains have lost the munchie effects, but the increase in metabolic rates remains, I think the effects of reducing obesity would be even greater,” says Clark.
And it is not necessary to be a frequent smoker to lose kilos. A single user hits their metabolism for up to four weeks, so getting high a couple of times a month can cause you to cut significantly, the studies revealed. The exact dose needed is not clear, but THC is imperative, rather than more broadly legal non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD). Our modern American diet is thought to be too rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which come from sources such as vegetable oil and butter.
In excess, omega-6 can cause inflammation in the body. It also overstimulates a receptor called CB1R, which causes increased hunger and improves the taste of food, lowers metabolic rates and promotes fat storage. THC can “talk” to the CB1R receptor and help restore homeostasis, says Clark. In other words, it can help reduce hunger and weight gain.
THC can also improve the intestinal biome, which also affects weight. Obesity is linked to higher levels of a group of bacteria called Firmicutes, and lower than another, Bacteroidetes.
In an animal study from the University of Calgary in Canada, obese mice on a high-calorie diet received THC. Your intestinal bacteria levels normalized and stopped gaining weight. Even so, marijuana cannot undo bad nutrition. “If you want to lose weight, you cannot maintain a diet rich in fat, sugar and artificial sweeteners,” says Myron Szewczuk, a biomedical researcher at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.
Not everyone buys it. “The data that cannabis causes weight loss is not solid,” says Diana Martinez, a professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York. “There are studies in animals, but human research is based on self-reports, so there is no way to know how much they are taking. To test the theory requires a study that gives some people THC and others a placebo.”
Martinez it’s not necessarily anti-pot. She says she has treatment potential for debilitating conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and Crohn’s disease, that need more treatment options, but in the US, the regulations governing THC in research they must loosen up before large-scale human studies can be carried out. Unless you live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal, this diet advice will be difficult to follow. Definitive science, you are not a buzz if you choose to follow a good diet and exercise.