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Marijuana May be Able to Help Weight Loss and Diabetes

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New study findings are constantly providing us with surprising news regarding the potential of medical marijuana.  The question we have to start asking is why are we still shocked to hear about these developments.  No other treatment available has demonstrated such a wide variety of applications.  Marijuana is producing results in areas that have baffled doctors and scientists.  Recently we learned that cannabis appears to posses the potential to help combat the spreading of the AIDS virus.  Additionally, new information is showing much promise for marijuana helping victims of PTSD and schizophrenia, two conditions where research has not been able to yield quality treatments.  This of course, is beautifully combined with the older and more well known applications of medical marijuana such as pain and nausea.

New research actually shows that marijuana may be helpful in an area that could seem silly if only analyzed from the surface.  While smoked cannabis is known for appetite stimulation (or the munchies as its more commonly referred as) GW Pharmaceuticals has found that two specific cannabinoids may be useful in appetite suppression and weight loss.  Cannabidiol (more commonly referred to as CBD) and THCV (a homologue of THC) could help burn calories and reduce hunger.  In tests, GW Pharmaceuticals found that animals introduced to the two cannabinoids displayed a boost in metabolic rates and fat burning.   Professor Mike Cawthorne, who has been conducting the trials and director of metabolic research at the University of Buckingham  said “Overall, it seems these molecules increase energy expenditure in the cells of the body by increasing the metabolism.”

This research builds on previous findings that the two cannabinoids were also effective in treating animals with type 2 diabetes.  The two studies provide hope for a new avenue of treatment for heart disease, stroke and other conditions that can result from weight gain and a breakdown of the metabolism.  Dr. Steph Wright, director of Research and Development at GW Pharmaceuticals agreed and recently said “We are interested in how these drugs effect the fat distribution and utilization in the body as a treatment for metabolic diseases.”

The pursuit of a magic weight loss pill has seemed as daunting as discovering the fountain of youth or spotting a unicorn.  However this quest is usually undertaken for cosmetic reasons and not always to improve health.  In either case, America’s obesity epidemic has reached dangerous levels with new and younger generations already dependent upon processed and unhealthy foods.  New research is confirming that cannabis is not taking lives, but may hold the potential for saving lives.


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