A new study has been conducted that shows that regular marijuana smokers tend to have better blood sugar control and are skinner than those who don’t smoke it regularly. The research was published in the American Journal of Medicine, recently.
The study showed that people who smoke marijuana have a lower risk of insulin resistance and also had lower fasting insulin levels than those who have never smoked marijuana before. There was also a finding that pot smokers had a better level of the HDL cholesterol which is the good cholesterol and they had a smaller waist circumference. Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the University of Nevada contributed to this study.
Marijuana is still illegal in most of the country although some states have legalized medical marijuana. Even though these good effects can come from it, there are far more harmful side effects that should not be ignored. These include mental impairment, likelihood of dropping out of school, lowering IQ, and of course breathing problems from the smoking itself.
The study followed 4,657 people. Of the group, some had used marijuana before and some were not current , while others were current users. The study was conducted between 2005 and 2010. 2,103 people reported that they had never used marijuana. The current users had 16% lower insulin levels that those who have never used. The number was not quite as significant with those who had used before but currently didn’t.
The researchers are not sure yet as to why those who smoke regularly tend to have smaller waists. When smoking marijuana you tend to eat more calories as you endure “the munchies”. There is a new pill that has been developed that has the main ingredient of marijuana and relieves pain just like medicinal pot does, but has less side effects due to the fact that you don’t have to smoke it.