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There isn’t a magic fat burner to solve your weight loss problems, but there are things that can help. We’ll show you how weight loss with cannabis works.
Struggling with losing weight?
What you need is an effective fat burner that can make your current diet and exercise strategy even more effective. That fat burner might just be found in a surprising source: marijuana.
Marijuana is often associated with snacks and watching T.V. on the couch. However, studies have shown that cannabis has many applications besides recreational fun – it can be used to treat all sorts of medical and health issues.
Weight loss is one of the many things marijuana has been shown to help with. Wondering how it works, and whether or not this fat burner can help you? Keep reading to find out more!
A study in the American Journal of Medicine found that people who used cannabis regularly (at least three to five times a week) had fasting insulin levels that were 16 percent lower than those who didn’t.
Although the effects of marijuana on weight haven’t been extensively studied, because the legal status of marijuana made studies difficult for a long time, other studies have pointed to the same results.
The pancreas creates insulin, which allows sugar to travel through your cell walls and be changed into energy. When insulin production is too high, more glucose than your body needs gets absorbed. This can make you feel tired.
However, if your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, glucose will build up in your arteries and damage them.
Interestingly, cannabis appears to assist in the absorption of glucose, boosting your body’s good cholesterol and helping your metabolism work better. More research is needed to understand exactly how this works, but the connection with cannabis is clear.
There are some speculations on how this works.
One idea is that cannabis helps regulate your weight because of how it interacts with the brain’s cannabinoid receptors.
Your brain’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS, helps regulate things like sleep, memory, and appetite. Your body naturally produces its own cannabinoids that are supposed to do this regulation for you. However, when your body’s natural systems fail, taking cannabis could help make the difference you need.
This interaction explains why cannabis often gives people the “munchies” – it affects the parts of your brain that regulate appetite. However, people who use cannabis regularly are less likely to experience this effect, since their brains become desensitized to it.
Another theory poses that the reason people overeat is that it creates a positive response in the brain’s reward center, or the nucleus accumbens. Simple sugars seem to make this response even more compelling.
This makes overeating kind of like a drug – it creates a drug-like response in the brain. However, cannabis also stimulates the reward center, giving the same kind of positive feeling without all the excess calories.
This could be the reason why regular cannabis users are less prone to be overweight – they’re already getting the pleasure center reward from marijuana.
Of course, different strains have different effects, and not all of them are ideal as fat burners. Which strains should you try when weight loss or a faster metabolism is your goal? Let’s break down the best ones for the job.
It’s commonly known that many strains of marijuana stimulate the appetite. This is great for people who need to put weight on – not so much for people who need a fat burner.
However, some strains are actually known to suppress the appetite, not increase it. Cannabis plants that come from East and South Africa, in particular, are known to have this effect.
How does this work? A compound called THCV is responsible for these plants’ effect on the appetite.
The cannabinoid THCV actually blocks THC by interacting with the brains CB1 and CB2 receptors. This block prevents the appetite-stimulating effects of THC from entering your brain.
However, you will still feel the other effects of THC. This high hits you fast, but doesn’t last as long as many other strains, so a lot of growers actively breed out these traits.
You can ask your marijuana supplier for a strain that’s high in THCV to get the best appetite-suppressing effects. If you don’t know where to start, try checking out one of these strains.
This hybrid is sativa-forward, made using a cross of Skunk #1, Northern Lights, and Haze. The body high here is pleasant and lasts for a long time, while the head high leaves you clear and mentally on point.
These buds are dense and rich with THC-laden trichromes, so you know you’re getting your money’s worth. Smoking Super Silver Haze gives you a pleasant, earthen flavor.
After several hours, the sativa effects of this hybrid will lessen and the indica becomes more noticeable. It’s a good idea to smoke this strain while doing something active, so you’ll stay energized and won’t end up on the couch.
This South African sativa gives an energetic high and is a pleasure to smoke, with a sweet yet natural flavor. This is a great strain for exercise or any physical activities.
However, this is a strain you’ll want to steer away from if you’re prone to anxiety, since Durban Poison can cause anxiety levels to spike. You can also try it mixed with an indica strain to lessen the effect of the anxiety.
This fast-hitting high doesn’t last long, but it is intense. Green Crack is another hybrid with more sativa than indica, with a sweet, citrusy flavor upon smoking. Take this one in small doses, since if you smoke too much it can have a disorienting effect.
This is an indica strain of unknown origins. However, this strain is well-known for being effective at managing pain without putting you to sleep.
It’s also an effective appetite suppressant. Smoking G13 has an earthy taste and gentle, enjoyable effects. However, this appetite-suppressing strain also tends to put you on the couch, unlike the more active sativa hybrids on this list. This means that G13 might be better for your less-active days.
Now that you know the best strains to keep your appetite in check, and how marijuana can work as a fat burner, how can you use it to your best advantage?
Cannabis is great for keeping your arteries clear of sugar-related buildup and helps your body regular glucose absorption. However, this fat burner won’t be effective if you sabotage it by eating junk food and not exercising enough.
There’s no magic weight-loss solution – just things that can help you achieve your goals faster. Cannabis is one of those things, but only if you support it with healthy lifestyle choices.
The first thing you’ll need to do is phase out high-fat, high-salt, and high-sugar foods. These foods have an addictive quality that causes cravings, so quitting may be hard, but you can do it.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to completely abstain from unhealthy foods you love – just keep them to a minimum. The pillars of your diet should be whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and healthy proteins.
Marijuana’s fat burner capacity can only be seen if you choose a strain that doesn’t come with the munchies. That’s why we suggest trying a strain like those listed above.
Your best bet is usually to stick with a sativa or sativa-dominant strain, since those tend to promote a more active lifestyle. Some people may find that light exercise is more enjoyable under the influence of marijuana – just avoid it during intense exercise when you could injure yourself.
After your workout, you might want to try an indica strain to help you unwind and relax, though. You can even use CBD oils and topical treatments to combat sore muscles after exercising.
As marijuana’s health and medical applications become more accepted, more research is being done to figure out how marijuana affects weight loss.
A 2015 study of overweight mice found that THC helped them stop gaining both weight and fat. Interestingly, the same treatment on mice that weren’t overweight didn’t affect their weight levels.
This is in line with the other studies that point to marijuana as an effective fat burner. But how does it work? These researchers wanted to take it a step further and find out.
The examined the mice’s intestinal microbes and found that after they were treated with THC, the biome in their digestive systems was changed. Some microbes promote weight gain, while others promote weight loss and other changes.
Treatment with THC appeared to promote the growth of microbes that caused weight loss. THC is known as an antimicrobial – it’s believed to help prevent the cannabis plant from getting infected. Maybe its effect on digestion is due to this antimicrobial power.
If you just can’t figure out how to shed stubborn pounds, weed might be your answer.
Cannabis is known to have many different health applications, and comes with few, if any, unpleasant side effects. This amazing plant might just be the weight loss solution you need.
Make this the year you lose weight and upgrade your cannabis experience at the same time.