Cannabis can be used for multiple purposes, you can pick the most suitable strain for each occasion and/or benefit. The most well known effect is the “munchies”, but there is much more to learn about how cannabis interacts with your metabolism in order to help you stay slim.
Cannabis consumers are skinnier in comparison to non consumer, this also translates to people with lower rates of obesity and diabetes. The average shows that cannabis consumers are 1.5 inches smaller in their waistline.
A study was made in an indigenous population who frequently consume cannabis. The results showed that cannabis consumers have low Body Max Index, lower fat percentages and lower fasting insulin levels. This studied was carried by researchers at Université Laval in Quebec.
Many research related to cannabis and metabolism have been done in the past, they all show the low rates of obesity despite the famous munchies and the stigma linking cannabis consumers with high caloric diets.
“The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than nonusers,” Murray Mittleman, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the lead author of the study, told Time. “Their fasting insulin levels were lower, and they appeared to be less resistant to the insulin produced by their body to maintain a normal blood-sugar level.”
The research done by Murray consisted in analizing data collected from more than 4.600 people, 48% claimed using cannabis at least once and 12% reported to be active cannabis consumers at that time. The results indicated that cannabis users had 16% lower fasting insulin levels and 17% showed reduction in insulin resistance. Also, 30% of people are less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.