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Does Using Marijuana Help You Lose Weight or Gain Weight?

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Cannabis users have known about the effects of cannabis on appetite for years.

Indeed, one of the more persistent stereotypes of the side effects of cannabis use is that the consumer gets the “nibbles” after use, which is often a prominent feature of modern US television sitcoms, such as:episode from “The Big Bang Theory” and others.

But the nibbling craze has a more serious side. This side effect of cannabis use is now the focus of studies by researchers in clinical trials of cannabis in cancer patients, who typically lose their appetite and thus lose weight.

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One such study, published in the Internal Medicine Journal, found that patients were delighted with the results of increasing their appetite with cannabis in tablets, oral sprays, or vaporizers (smoking is generally not considered a medically correct method for people with compromised immune systems).

A 2014study, In the journal Nature Neuroscience it was shown that the CB1 cannabinoid receptor, which signals the smell, increases odor recognition when consuming cannabis and promotes food intake, whereby hunger is linked to an increased ability to smell and thus a higher food intake.

THC was shown However, more work needs to be done to be an effective treatment for anorexia in animal studies as well as severe weight loss in people with AIDS. For example, a study published in Biological Psychiatry in 2011 showed this People with anorexia and bulimia have a misfiring brain cannabinoid system. According to the journal’s editor, Dr. John Krystal, the role of endocannabinoids in appetite control is clearly important. These new data indicate important links between this system and eating disorders. “

Another problem is the actual taste of cannabis, which has become the focus of most edible and infused cannabis manufacturers. For example, food manufacturers use a lot of garlic, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other substances to mask the taste of cannabis to suit the needs of some consumers. “Most of the bad taste in food is likely due to phytol (a terpene that produces a mild sedative effect), chlorophyll (a green photosynthetic pigment found in plants), and oxidized (rancid) vegetable fats.” said Michael Backes, Editor of the book Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana.

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Consumer demand for cannabis infused foods is strong today and growing as more and more beginners recognize the medicinal value of cannabis for treating pain.

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There are now edible foods available in 1, 2, and 5 mg microdose powdered THC that you can add to any food or drink Foods designed to control timing the effect within 2 to 15 minutes using a better bioavailability function.

Food regulations are still evolving, partly due to persistent health concerns about their consumption reported in US News.

Colorado food regulations are pretty typical of most states where THC-infused foods are legal: any THC-infused product must contain no more than 10 mg of THC per serving.

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A state company that makes 5 and 10 mg THC-infused non-alcoholic lagers (and other non-THC-infused beers), Ceria Brewingresearched how to make a 100 mg infused beer. However, according to Keith Villa, co-founder of Ceria Brewery, this would have to be done in a resealable bottle with a small cup to measure the correct 10 mg serving.

Can Using Cannabis Help You Lose Weight? However, the jury is still not therea 2015 study found that obese mice actually lost weight from ingesting cannabis because THC caused changes in the gut microbiome that regulate weight loss and digestion.

Explore your universe of nibbles and try to balance that with exercise during this COVID-19 era. Because even if you overeat, marijuana may help you lose that weight later. It’s just another layer of cannabis karma, a plant researchers find is a mystery embroiled in a riddle of positive human health discoveries.

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Beth Edmonds