It’s estimated that 45 million Americans go on a diet at least once a year. This figure paints the picture of a nation of men and women who are becoming more weight conscious than ever before. Unfortunately, approximately 95% of diets fail, so these efforts rarely lead to significant weight loss or improved health.
Studies show that obesity remains a top priority for public health in the United States today. In 2017, the rate of adult obesity was 35% or higher in seven states. A further 29 states saw rates of 30% or higher. The state with the highest rate of obesity was West Virginia at 38% and the state with the lowest rate was Colorado at 23%.
The health risks associated with obesity are no great secret. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and heart disease. These are some of the leading causes of deaths in the United States today, so tackling obesity as a preventative measure has never been so important.
The role of medical cannabis in weight loss and weight gain is still largely mysterious. Some studies indicate that this ancient plant medicine could promote weight loss and lower the risk of obesity, while others suggest the opposite. Medical researchers are currently investigating the effects of cannabis on weight and obesity, and it is hoped that these efforts will lead to greater understanding in the near future.