Medical Marijuana: Can Weed Treat Obesity?

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We're still trying to wrap our heads around this item, but here we go...

Several British researchers claim that cannabis -- fondly known for inducing intense cravings for everything from Hot Pockets to Doritos to Taco Bell -- might actually have appetite suppressant qualities, and could even be used to treat obesity.

For reals...

So what's up?

Researchers at GW Pharmaceuticals are using pot in clinical trials as a treatment for metabolic syndrome, "a risk factor for diabetes," according to UPI.

That's because THCV and cannabidiol -- chemical components in pot -- themselves suppress appetites. Though this effect only lasts temporarily, scientists "found the compounds also had an impact on the level of fat in the body and its response to insulin, a hormone that controls sugar levels in the blood."

With mice, these compounds actually speed up the animals' metabolism, cutting the amount of liver fat and blood cholesterol, the newswire reports.

This recent report on reefer research comes shortly after another development in the world of prescription pot: Remember that buzzkill Israeli scientists have bred a highless variety of medical marijuana.

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Pat Shane
Pat Shane

Estimates show that marijuana is America’s number one cash crop, making more money than corn and tobacco. However, marijuana remains untaxed.  Over 500 of the nation’s top economic professors from prestigious schools such as Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago and George Mason University have shared their opinion in supporting the removing the prohibition and imposing the taxation and regulation of marijuana as a way to slow the federal deficit.  Please join electedface.com and sign the petition at electedface.com supporting the taxation and regulation of marijuana.  When you sign up for electedface members can even create their own groups and will automatically be connected to their state legislatures, allowing users to lobby their point of view in numbers.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_tUy6fylQs

Anony
Anony

@Pat Shane : no way! tax for that? fuck the gov't.

Casbeat
Casbeat

I've always said that every stoner I've met is usually very skinny.  This never made sense to me as it is famously know to increase appetite.  Go figure.

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