Prompted by “Marijuana, the Munchies and Obesity”: http://www.hightimes.com/read/marijuana-munchies-and-obesity
Cannabis shows all signs of being the first proven symphonic (not sharply targeting) drug — one leaps and bounds beyond today’s ‘bloodletting by leeches’.
Our relationship with this highly evolved plant is nothing shy of amazingly revolutionary.
That extends to sugar problems (e.g. obesity, diabetes, etc.)
The evidence is mounting—despite the legendary munchies, marijuana does not make people fat.
Actually, quite the opposite is the case. A new study in the February issue of the medical journal Obesity demonstrated a connection between cannabis use, lower body mass index, lower fat mass and lower fasting insulin levels.
Diabetes and related metabolic disorders have become a major health problem in the United States and other countries around the world. The disease is characterized by a reduction in the body’s ability to process or metabolize glucose produced by the consumption of sugars and carbohydrates.
Breads are high in carbs (even supposedly healthy whole grains), and sugar extends to cover too many foods and drinks.
Without obsession (we need some carbs, and coercively dieting can be ironically destructively stressful), I focus upon eating what humanity has largely evolved with (hint: not bread). That includes proteins (simply without sauces when necessarily cooked) and fat that — unlike breads that spike energy and drop fast towards premature hunger — carries me until my next meal.
When I eat junk food, I try to eat only items with a low glycemic index (e.g. Peanut M&M’s, reduced-fat Cheezit crackers, etc.), because that weight gain is easier to work off.
A healthy diet matches optimal evolutionary diet (just common sense).
In this study, it was the lower body mass that appears to have caused the lower blood sugar levels, but more research is needed on this issue, and “further studies should look into the possibility of acting on the cannabinoid system and the possible effect on weight.”
The American Journal of Medicine published a 2013 study that associated cannabis use with a reduced risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes, which at the time was characterized by the editor of the journal as “remarkable observations.”
Yes, marijuana is an appetite stimulant. Yes, appetite stimulation can lead to increased consumption of calories, and this in turn can contribute to weight gain.
However, research is indicating that more often than not marijuana use is associated with healthy eating practices, healthy BMIs and reduced vulnerability to diabetes. It seems that cannabinoids help mitigate against some of the risk factors for diabetes and that other aspects of marijuana use mitigate against weight gain.
The human body is a complex energy signature (according to mainstream physics). Unhealthy stress distorts the healthy flow of that signature, and that’s what leads to health problems (the longer the distortion remains unaddressed, the worse the alteration against a healthy stress signature).
Cannabis is a symphonic drug. Upon proper intake, it harmonizes that signature against unhealthy stress. In other relatively crude words for clarity, cannabis is a technological application for better health (basically like clothes are), so works in addressing many (if not all) health issues.
It’s fine time for humanity (especially medical experts) to stop looking at the body as a distinctive set of parts (cells, organs, etc.), and start fundamentally treating the body as the energy signature it most certainly is. Upon doing so, the mystery of cannabis’ health success will no longer be a mystery.
These findings expand the concept of responsible use from the narrow issue of public safety to the larger issue of personal health. Marijuana use is not evidence of an unhealthy lifestyle.
This is why I don’t like the ‘treat cannabis like alcohol’ meme that accompanies the ‘less harmful than alcohol’ meme.
Alcohol is harmful when all is said and done. It’s a terribly cheap and pathetic stress management drug that remains pitifully laughable (if not so horrifyingly destructive) by comparison.
Cannabis is harmless — not less harmful — when used responsibly (which is easy to achieve upon learning the basics of this psychedelic skill), according to the full body of science available on the matter (and common sense).
Mainstream society bombards us with carbs, coerces an unhealthy balance between work and relaxation ethics, and engages in mass rights-infringement to effectively steal billions of taxpayer dollars annually to ban carrying a plant. All of it comes from reason abuse — the most dangerous public scourge by far that remains absent in public discussions (nonetheless often embraced by the mainstream media for professional survival).
These are the days when reason abuse — e.g. lies and the ‘partial truth = whole truth’ scam — is considered clever, wise, and necessary for progress. That’s despite the hideously obvious objection by any just definition of sanity.
Reason abuse (metaphorical monkey crap throwing) leading to law abuse (sanctioned thuggery) is obviously not the path to improving public safety. It’s the well-stirred path to continuously strengthen momentum towards a well-earned extinction.
To stir against that sadly powerful momentum is the path of the justly brave.
To successfully stir against that momentum requires many brave people (hopefully including you with yours truly).