Great news for Cannabidiol (CBD) users. In a study done in 2016 with close to 8500 people ages 20-59 and published in the American Journal of Medicine, marijuana users are much less likely than non-users to develop metabolic syndrome, which is a significant risk factor for obesity, type II diabetes, and heart disease.
Participants were separated by 3 categories: current marijuana users, past users, and those who had never used marijuana. It was discovered that less than 14% of the current users had metabolic syndrome, with the current national average being 22% of all adults. In younger adult cannabis users, 54% are less likely than non-consumers to get metabolic syndrome. Seniors who use marijuana tend to be skinnier and less insulin resistant than their counterparts who don’t use.
The science behind this begins with our body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors. THC (the “high” cannabinoid) can give users “the munchies” and increase appetite, CBD has the opposite effect on these receptors, decreasing appetite and weight gain.