Cannabis Use May Lower Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome
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Cannabis Use May Lower Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome

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A new study published in the journal Psychological Medicine suggests that marijuana may protect from metabolic syndrome, a health condition that is linked to heart disease and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome describes several health risk factors that are associated with heightened risks for heart disease and diabetes along with other health problems.


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Health statistics show that more than one third of U.S. adults suffer from metabolic syndrome, which is a health condition that describes several risk factors that includes high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood sugar and abdominal fat which are often lead indicators for heart disease and diabetes.

According to a new study published in the journal Psychological Medicine in March, cannabis users are less likely to show signs of metabolic syndrome. The new study is based on 1,813 participants who provided data on marijuana use as part of the second Australian national survey on psychosis.

The authors of the report write that participants who reported having used cannabis in the previous 12 months were significantly less likely having metabolic syndrome as compared to non-users.

“This association remained significant for frequent users (using at least once per week in the previous 12 months) after adjustment for a range of potential confounders, including lifestyle, cognitive function, antipsychotic use, diagnosis and sociodemographic characteristics”, according to the authors of this new study.


The researchers note that while the new findings are based on sample data from adults with psychotic illness, there exists previous research that has also suggested a strong link between cannabis use and metabolic improvements among the general population.

This previous study shows evidence for a positive impact on cannabis on cardiometabolic risk factors for cannabis users as compared with non-users. In this previous study, researchers found lower levels of fasting glucose and insulin, fewer cases of diabetes along with on average smaller waist circumference, a lower body mass index (BMI) and higher levels of “good” high-density lipoproteins (HDLs) in cannabis users.



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It is noteworthy to mention that the positive effect of cannabis for the prevention of metabolic syndrome was observed to be greater in those users who frequently used marijuana as compared to occasional users.

The authors have an explanation for this finding: THC is stored in the body’s fat cells so that it can gradually be released over several days and weeks. This way, cannabis can maintain a therapeutic effect consistently and for a longer time after last being used.

The authors of the study however point out how there is still more research required to better understand the complex role of cannabis in the prevention of metabolic syndrome.




Written by: Georg
Based in Spain, Georg spends a lot of his time not only geeking out at his computer but in his garden as well. With a burning passion for growing cannabis and researching psychedelics, Georg is well versed in all things psychoactive.

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