Marijuana Diet? American Journal of Medicine Study Says Pot Might Be Good For You

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Good news potheads: aside from the obvious legal implications, there is no reason to put down your bongs--or that full package of double-stuffed Oreos.

Turns out new studies have claimed that marijuana is not only helps with cancer, but has a whole host of other health benefits, as well--including weight loss.

Even though getting high can give you a massive case of the munchies -- causing some smokers to 'inhale' an extra 600 calories per day -- that extra junk food doesn't show up in the pot-smoking communities' Body Mass Index (BMI). Meaning, the munchies don't make you fat.

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A study published in the American Journal of Medicine, entitled "The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among US Adults," found a strong correlation between smoking pot and smaller waistlines.

Conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of Nebraska analyzed more than 4,600 adults, 12% of whom admit to inhaling on a regular basis. Another 42% admit to smoking pot in the past.

Each participant was tested for different measures of blood sugar regulation: fasting insulin and glucose levels, insulin resistance, cholesterol levels, waist circumference.

Turns out, even after adjusting for factors like age, sex, physical activity, and booze and cigarette consumption, current potheads had a significantly smaller waistlines than their straightedge peers. Research has shown that individuals who store fat in their waistlines are at a greater risk for developing health-related problems, like high blood pressure, type-II diabetes, and hyperlipidemia -- high levels of fat in the blood.


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bugmenot3
bugmenot3

Wow ... comments esp on jury nullification and legalization are completely right on target, and are as informative as the article itself (which is very good). More and more people are seeing right through self-serving government police state lies about pot. Florida, a Mecca for vacationers and elderly is a natural for some cannabis sanity to return. But police, rightly, see this as money OUT of their pockets, so they (via their unions and intel ops) pressure corrupt politicians (which is most of them) into keeping up the lying about pot. Anything, oh, anything to keep arresting and jailing people for pot! That's Job Number One for (Florida) police. But people are getting wise to all that, and jury nullification and state referendums are key in this process.   Amen.

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16 topcommenter

Fight Prohibition with Jury Nullification!

When called for jury duty on a case concerning a drug violation with no overt act of violence, do not convict! If the offender is non-violent, do not send them to prison! Another person in a federal or state prison for drugs is not going to make society any better or our families any safer, in fact, it WILL do the exact opposite.

* It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict.

* You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention, ether before or after taking your seat on a jury.

* You are also not required to give a reason to your fellow jurors on your position when voting—simply state that you find the accused not guilty.

* Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. It is of no consequence If the Judge or the other jurors disapprove; there is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion.

We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for: Please Vote To Acquit!

Roger_Murdock
Roger_Murdock

I've come to the conclusion that anytime the drug warriors make a claim about cannabis, it will eventually be discovered to be not only false, but the complete opposite of the truth.

1. “If we legalize pot, stoned drivers will wreak havoc on our highways!” Oops, cannabis legalization appears to be more likely to DECREASE traffic fatalities. States that legalized medical marijuana experienced an 8.7% decline in traffic fatalities.

2. “Only stupid people smoke pot.” Oops, illicit drug use is associated with higher-than-normal IQ.

3. “Weed is a ‘gateway’ drug that leads to harder drug use.” Oops, there’s evidence that cannabis can be an effective TREATMENT for addiction to harder drugs (such as alcohol). In other words, cannabis is an “exit” drug.

4. “Smoking pot causes lung cancer.” Oops, not only did the Tashkin study find no increased risk of lung cancer among marijuana smokers, it revealed that they had a somewhat LOWER cancer risk than non-smokers. (In contrast, the tobacco smokers in the study had a 20-fold increased lung cancer risk.)

5. “Smoking pot kills brain cells.” Oops, cannabis appears to be a neuroprotectant. It may actually promote neurogenesis.

6. “Smoking pot makes you fat, you know, because of the ‘munchies.’” Oops, cannabis appears to regulate weight. A recent study showed that tokers were significantly LESS LIKELY to be obese than their “just say no” counterparts.

7. “Smoking pot makes you crazy!” (a.k.a. “REEFER MADNESS!”) Oops, it looks like cannabidiol (one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis) is an effective ANTIpsychotic.

8. "Smoking pot causes depression!" Oops, cannabis appears to TREAT depression. A recent study found that the passage of a medical marijuana law was associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate and an 11 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 20-through 29-year old males.

9. “If pregnant women smoke pot, it will ruin the health of their babies!” Oops, there was a study that tested babies for a variety of drugs at birth. “Cannabis positive” babies suffered 8.9 deaths per 1,000 births by the age of two. Babies in the “No drugs at birth” suffered 15.7 deaths per 1,000 births. (Cocaine-positive and opiate-positive babies had a slightly elevated risk of death.

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

eating pot concentrates can cure diabetes in some cases

BradForrester
BradForrester

In the immortal words of Bob Seger, "I thought to myself, shit, I've known that for 10 years"!

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