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Cannabis for Obesity

Obesity is a complex disease involving the buildup of an excessive amount of body fat. Adults are generally considered obese if they have a body mass index of 30 or above. Obesity increases the chances of developing diabetes, heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure) and some types of cancers. Obesity rates have tripled worldwide since 1975, and is considered one of the world’s most pressing health concerns.

The idea that cannabis may help treat obesity is an unusual one for many, as cannabis is often associated with the “munchies” – the hunger you get after consuming cannabis, and THC in particular. However, cannabinoids like small doses of THCV, CBD and CBG, as well as terpenes like humulene, may act as hunger suppressants, helping curb appetite. Cannabis users are also likely to have a lower body-mass index (BMI) on average compared to non-users, meaning that it could be an effective treatment for obesity.

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Animal Study

19

Double Blind Human Trial

3

Human Trial

2

Laboratory Study

5

Meta-analysis

31

Total studies

Obesity

60

Positive

49 studies

82%

Inconclusive

10 studies

17%

Negative

1 studies

2%

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