Cannabis has long been associated with the munchies. However, new research shows that some cannabinoids such as Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCv) may act as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.
According to Medical Jane, “THCV is psychoactive, but causes more of a psychedelic, clear-headed effect… The THC effects also die off a bit more quickly with the presence of THCV.”
Unfortunately, THCV only exists in very small quantities within the cannabis plant, mainly sativa-dominant strains originating from African regions.
A New Kind of Cannabis for Health
The words cannabis and marijuana conjure up demonized images of Woodstock, free love, and hippies. The corporate world is doubtful of its efficacy due to its legal classification. Like everything else, there are the pros and cons. Among the users is a ‘Who’s Who’ list of dignitaries professed to have dabbled in it including Bill Clinton, Barak Obama, Sarah Palin, Lincoln Chafee, Conan O’Brien, Susan Sarandon, Martha Stewart, Morgan Freeman, David Letterman and Ted Turner. If you smoke weed, rest assured you’re up there with some of the best.
The problem is that cannabis is currently scheduled as a Schedule 1 narcotic by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This claims it’s as dangerous as LSD and heroin and has no currently recognized medicinal uses. This has led to a widespread fear of all cannabis products, including those only containing cannabidiol (CBD), a medicinal cannabinoid with no psychoactive effects.
Cannabis and Exercise
For many cannabis consumers, cannabinoids also work beautifully with exercise to improve physical health and promote weight loss. New strains are always hitting the market to increase alertness and reduce memory impairment or paranoia. Certain cannabis compounds release endorphins, enabling athletes to push through the pain threshold of a fat-burning workout. The American Journal of Medicine on ‘The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin and Insulin Resistance among US Adults’ (Penner et al. May 16, 2013) found lower obesity and diabetes mellitus rates in cannabis users. In essence, the body’s insulin is less resistive or more available for uptake and to break down floating glucose. This mechanism prevents excess fat storage.
Some refined cannabis products will also act on cell receptors the same way as natural exercise. During exercise, our bodies release and burn fat-based THC – the same ‘feel good’ psychoactive compound found in cannabis – which reduces the sensation of pain, hunger, and nausea. It’s easier to reach peak physical endurance and performance when you’re not distracted by appetite, pain, or inflammation. The difference between THC and CBD is that THC binds to brain receptors, promoting psychoactive effects. CBD exerts its influence on metabolic processes or endocrine systems for a full-body wellness experience.
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“The Immediate Effects of Cannabis on Weight Loss & Metabolism” (Oct 13, 2015)