By TNT Bureau
Sep 16, 2016: As cannabis becomes more integrated within mainstream culture, millions are becoming more educated on the many benefits of cannabinoids. Not only does cannabis consumption lower insulin resistance, but it also improves fasting insulin and facilitates metabolic function. More athletes and even those engaged in moderate recreational fitness have incredible benefits from daily consumption of the once demonized plant. Coupled with the pain-relieving effects of both plant and human-derived cannabinoids, cannabis and exercise seem to go hand in hand if you’re looking to improve your physical health.
Cannabis and insulin
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Insulin helps keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high or too low. If you consume a meal which make blood glucose levels rise quickly, insulin secretion often overshoots to compensate and the excess is stored as fat. If you have too much unused glucose in your cells, you will gain weight. If your body isn’t handling insulin properly, you may also gain weight.
A study published in the American Journal of Medicine has found that regular cannabis consumers have fasting insulin (insulin in your body before eating) levels 16% lower than non-consumers. The study also found that cannabis consumers had 17% lower insulin resistance levels and lower average waist circumferences. The researchers concluded that there were significant associations between marijuana use and smaller waist circumferences.
Cannabis and weight loss
One thing most commonly known about weight loss is the impact of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones from the brain that make us feel happy and energetic. While these hormones are a great source of motivation and we are always looking towards endorphins to motivate us to get moving and lose weight, we can also look to the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is activated when we exercise. The cannabinoids released in this process are what make you feel high and happy when you are running around.
The endocannabinoid system is also the system responsible for pain relief, mood changes, memory and, importantly, control of appetite.The body stores the natural occurrence of the primary psychoactive ingredient from cannabis, (THC) in fat, and as the body begins to burn fat during exercise, small amounts of the compound are released into the bloodstream. This produces similar effects to those experienced if you were to consume a small amount of cannabis.