Marijuana Could Benefit Weight Loss and Diabetes Patients

 by lucy

Researchers have discovered that substances found in marijuana can help manage metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.  Scientists with GW Pharmaceuticals have discovered that marijuana leaves contain two substances, cannabidiol and THCV, which can increase the number of calories the body burns.

Not only do these substances increase the number of calories burned, they also have been shown to contribute to the treatment of type 2 diabetes in test animals.

Scientists are hoping that these two substances can be manipulated into pharmaceutical drugs which could be taken to combat obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, which in turn could help to limit the chances of heart attack and stroke among patients.

Clinical trials are currently being run on 200 patients.  According to Dr. Steph Wright, “We are interested in how these drugs effect the fat distribution and utilization in the body as a treatment for metabolic diseases.”

Cannabidiol and THCV have been observed to suppress the appetite for short periods of time.  They also increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin and protect the cells that make insulin.

Additionally, these substances have been found to increase animals’ metabolisms, which led to a lower cholesterol level and a reduction of fat in the liver.

Significant research still needs to take place, but the researchers at GW Pharmaceuticals are hopeful that their findings will lead to a new drug to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes, two of the fastest growing health epidemics in the United States.




8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    BA said on Jul 9, 2012

    "Scientists are hoping that these two substances can be manipulated into pharmaceutical drugs"

    F that….it's way cheaper to grow my own and make my own concentrated tinctures/hashes

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    Cope420 said on Jul 9, 2012

    Wow another benefit to marijuana and its still classified as a scheduled 1 drug. Meaning no health benefits. Fuck off government, you guys already steal our money. Least they can do is stop lieing.

  3. 5

    said on Jul 10, 2012

    If you're from the federal government and you're reading this…from the bottom of my heart…fuck you.

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    ensignharry said on Jul 12, 2012

    another example of everybody bending over and taking off their pants for Big Pharma, the politicians are just whores selling themselves for profit

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    high_iamgone said on Jul 12, 2012

    first – fuck GW pharm – they were the ones that were trying to push that synthetic THC Sativex a few years ago

    secondly – hey hey hey, smoke weed everyday

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