A new study on marijuana use has turned up some fascinating health benefits. The researchers behind this latest positive study looked at 4657 participants who had completed a drug-use questionnaire as a part of the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Survey) database between 2005 and 2010.
Of these, 579 were current users (had self-reported smoking marijuana
or hashish in the past month), 1975 had smoked marijuana in the past
but were not current users, and 2103 had never inhaled or ingested
marijuana. Fasting insulin and glucose were measured via blood samples
following a nine-hour fast, and homeostasis model assessment of
insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) was calculated to evaluate insulin
Compared with those who had never used cannabis, current users
had 16% lower levels of fasting insulin, 17% lower HOMA-IR, 1.63-mg/dL higher HDL-cholesterol levels, and lower (smaller)
waist circumferences. The results were no different when participants with diabetes mellitus were excluded from the analysis.
Importantly, the best results were seen in current users of cannabis.
This study adds weight to previous epidemiologic studies that also found lower rates of
obesity and diabetes in marijuana users compared with people
who have never used marijuana. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, and biochemically, this is similar to a study that I covered on krill oil, which was shown to act on the endocannabinoid system (which influences appetite and mood).
So have a great long weekend, "Canada-bis!"
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Source: The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among US Adults
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