WASHINGTON, June 4, 2013 — According to new scientific evidence, breaking out the bong for some Mother Nature has multiple health benefits. According the American Journal of Medicine (AJA), the benefits are remarkable and some fly in the face of what should be expected from a drug that produces the ‘munchies’, a rabid appetite. The AJA reports no weight gain from marijuana users and reports marijuana may help prevent diabetes type 2 and obesity.
These benefits apply specifically to perennial pot smokers and not to former smokers. Socio/political cartoonist Garry Trudeau’s character “Mr. J” would be proud; obesity and diabetes type 2 benefitting from his product.
Diabetes 2 occurs when the body’s cells become resistant to insulin and cannot process insulin correctly, resulting in a potentially life-threatening metabolic disorder. The American heart Association estimates at least 35 percent of the American population has Type 2 diabetes, and diabetes type 2 is a leading cause of illness and related disabilities. Diseases such as kidney failure, heart failure, liver failure, nerve damage, arterial obstruction/restriction and a host of related diseases may be positively affected by research in this area.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are an estimated 285 million people in the world with diabetes and 90 percent are diabetes.
Obesity, closely tied to diabetes type 2, may also benefit from marijuana’s primary ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and with the majority of people in America overweight and 30 percent of these people obese, the implications are more profound and of greater interest.
The AJA reports although the munchies do create a substantial appetite, the resulting consumption does not lead to weight gain. Studies reveal smokers intake more calories than non-smokers but do not gain weight as a result and maintain a lower body mass index which suggests properties in marijuana affect metabolism, a most interesting phenomenon by all standards.
Some tests were conducted by with the National Health and Nutrition Examination administered annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also published results that show marijuana users have smaller waist circumferences and better levels of ‘good’ cholesterol known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
Much more testing, research and studies are needed to be conclusive but data to date shows significant promise.
One can be certain volunteers for studies will not be in short supply.
Paul Mountjoy is a Virginia based writer and a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
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