Here at Cannabis & Glass, we appreciate marijuana in all its forms for recreational and medicinal use. We recognize it truly is a miracle plant.
Is it actually possible to use any cannabis strains for obesity, though?
While this suggestion might seem counter-intuitive since marijuana has a reputation for inducing the munchies, you might be surprised that certain strains indeed can reduce appetite.
To help you understand how, let’s first look at what obesity is and what causes it.
What Is Obesity?
Obesity is more than simply being overweight. If you have accumulated this much body fact, it can be harmful to your health. Obesity is measured using the BMI (body mass index). This measure expresses a relationship between your height and weight. A measurement of 30 or greater is classified as clinically obese (20% higher than your ideal body weight).
Why do some people become overweight?
What Causes Obesity?
The root cause of any weight issue is a calorie surplus. If you take more calories on board than you need, relative to the amount of energy you expend, you’ll pile on the pounds. It’s simple math.
There are contributory factors beyond consuming too many calories, though.
Genetics can set you off on the wrong foot. If your parents are obese, you’re more likely to run into problems yourself. Studies have also shown that a sedentary lifestyle and a lack of sleep can induce obesity. Medications can also throw your metabolism and appetite out of kilter. Beyond physicality, psychological factors can also trigger overeating, which could lead to obesity.
Given this range of contributory factors, where does marijuana fit into the picture, and how might it help to reduce obesity?
Marijuana and Obesity
In a study of 13,000 people by the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, men who consumed marijuana daily had a BMI index of 2.7% lower than non-users. Women smoking marijuana daily averaged a reading fully 3.1% lower than those who didn’t consume marijuana at all.
Of the 100 cannabinoids in marijuana, THCV has been proven to suppress appetite rather than stimulate it. Why is this?
THCV acts as an antagonist to the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors that occur naturally in your body. It impairs the psychoactive effects. So, it prevents the stereotypical outbreak of uncontrollable hunger associated with marijuana usage.
Since THCV mitigates the effects of THC, strains have been developed with elevated THC levels. You’ll still get high if that’s what you want.
3 Great Strains That Won’t Give You the Munchies
Before we highlight your best options if you’re looking for a strain that won’t bring on the immediate need to dial in pizza delivery, beware—do not look at marijuana as a standalone weight loss tool. You will be disappointed.
You should seek medical guidance on reducing obesity in a sustainable way, starting with a better diet and more exercise.
That out of the way, the top-tier munchie-free strains are:
- Northern Lights
- Durban Poison
Since the classic Northern Lights strain is almost certain to ease you toward dreamland, you’ll likely improve your sleep and reduce your chances of insomnia. Poor sleep habits don’t help if you’re struggling with obesity.
This Sativa-dominant strain boasts an elevated 20% THC level. You’ll undoubtedly get high, and the heady buzz will also energize you and reduce stress levels and anxiety. If you’re more active and less stressed, there’s far less chance of overeating or comfort eating.
The South African beast Durban Poison has a whopping 24% THC content, packing a hefty punch while leaving you feeling energetic rather than pinned to the couch. While in lower doses Durban Poison induces euphoria, go over the top, and you might feel anxious so get the balance right here.
What to Do Next
Pop down to Cannabis & Glass to check out our Northern Lights and Grapefruit, both ideal if you want marijuana without the munchies!
We’ve got dispensaries in Spokane, Spokane Valley, and Liberty Lake all packed with hundreds of strains of the best medical and recreational marijuana in Washington. Why wait?