Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Medical Marijauna For Weight Loss?

The following article discusses marijuana is a possible anti-obesogenic substance. Many questions arise both legal and moral upon this latest revelation. One must ask how the fatosphere is going to react to this recent scientific findings. Will they suddenly become violently anti-pot in the same way that they are violently anti-diet?

From a medical point of view a 33% reduction in obesity is significant so this begs the question, will medical marijuana dispensaries be selling marijuana for weight reduction?

People have asked me, Fat Bastard, for the reaction of the new fat acceptance movement. I tell them that we remain neutral on the subject as we see it as a wash and that we have no official position. Personally I, Fat Bastard, like it. Food tastes better when you are stoned and the fact that it makes you leaner allows you to eat more. How can that be bad? At the end of this article there will be some expert commentary from our resident culinary nutritionist and medical marijauna patient The Chef.

Marijuana Slims? Why Pot Smokers Are Less Obese

Super hot thingling getting baked!
If cannabis causes the munchies, how is it possible that pot smokers are thinner than nonsmokers?

A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology finds an intriguing connection between marijuana use and body weight, showing that rates of obesity are lower by roughly a third in people who smoke pot at least three times a week, compared with those who don’t use marijuana at all.

Researchers analyzed data from two large national surveys of the American population, which together included some 52,000 participants. In the first survey, they found that 22% of those who did not smoke marijuana were obese, compared with just 14% of the regular marijuana smokers. The second survey found that 25% of nonsmokers were obese, compared with 17% of regular cannabis users.

The association between pot smoking and lower risk of obesity remained strong even after adjusting for other factors that could influence body fat and health, such as cigarette smoking, age and gender. But the correlation between weed and weight doesn’t mean that marijuana smoking actually causes weight loss.

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Many other factors could account for the connection. For example, some research finds that highly religious people are less likely to take drugs, but more likely to be obese — perhaps because they’re substituting one compulsive behavior (overeating) for the other (smoking marijuana). So, some of the obese people in the national surveys may be religious folk, who might otherwise be heavy marijuana smokers, but are eating too much instead. That could make it look like marijuana is slimming.

Also consider that one of the most popular uses of medical marijuana is to stimulate appetite in people with cancer, AIDS or other diseases. Such patients are significantly less likely to be obese than the general population — so in this case, weight loss would precede or prompt the marijuana smoking.

Whatever the explanation for the link between marijuana and less obesity, it’s unlikely that cannabis could serve as an effective diet aid. For one, smoking pot has been shown to increase appetite in multiple studies, at least in the short-term, so it likely wouldn’t help dieters resist temptation.
Secondly, a drug that has the opposite effect of THC, marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient, has itself been shown to aid dieting. Called rimonabant, at high doses the drug nearly tripled the weight loss achieved by people taking placebo. It also frequently caused severe depression and suicidal thoughts, however, so while it was briefly approved by European authorities, it was ultimately pulled from the market.

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Of course, none of this explains why marijuana smokers in the national survey samples didn’t get fatter by taking a drug that can clearly stimulate appetite. One factor may be tolerance: many of marijuana’s effects are reduced in frequent users, as the body adjusts to it.

Another may be substitution — the smokers could be seeking comfort by smoking more marijuana, rather than eating more. Or, perhaps other ingredients in cannabis like cannabidiol (CBD) could reduce the appetite-increasing effects of THC in the same way that they reduce its paranoia-inducing properties.

Whatever the case, marijuana research never lacks for surprises!

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Maia Szalavitz is a health writer at Find her on Twitter at @maiasz. You can also continue the discussion on TIME Healthland’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIMEHealthland.

Commentary by The Chef 
Note: The Chef, a man of color speaks in the third person.

The Chef is a big man with a big appetite and he ain't makin no aplogies for it. The Chef also possess a degree in culinary nutrition from the esteemed Johnson and Wales cooking school. The Chef is a proud man of color but unfortunately the chef is a bit gouty in the leg. Because this the chef smokes a bong or two of the sticky green... For medicinal purposes only. This makes the chef an expert in this area. As an expert culinary nutritionist, proud man of color and medical marijuana patient the Chef is eminently qualified to speak on the subject. There's nothing better than a good meal after inhalation of some BC Hydro. The Chef only smokes the best. There ain't no telling how fat the chef would be if he did not medicate his condition with the smokin of the sticky green. The Chef would encourage nearly everyone in America to smoke pot. Pot makes everything better.

The Chef loves the ladies and ladies love the Chef. When the Chef is making sweet love to a fine lady he likes being high. The Chef likes his ladies like he likes his stakes thick and juicy but he got no wood for them BBWs God bless em.



    As a man of science (as opposed to a man of faith like BLA), I know some things about statistics and research. Just because MJ smokers are less likely to be obese does NOT mean that that protects them against obesity. Why?

    Just looking at the obesity rates does not tell the whole story. First of all, younger people have a lower obesity %, because they have had less time to get fat over the years and they exercise / run around / play sports more. That group also tends to smoke more pot than older people.

    In order to do a true scientific study, you'd need to have a test group and a control group, assign people randomly to one of each in a double blind study (where neither the participants nor the test administrators know whether a particular person is in the test or control group) and then at the end of say 5 or 10 years, compare and see which group got fatter. Of course, since people would know whether they're high on drugs or not, you couldn't really get people to not know about what group they were in. But anyway, that would be the scientific way to do a real study.

    This kind of "study" is just an observation; it's like saying that watching Matlock reduces the pregnancy rate because Matlock viewers virtually never get pregnant. Well, that's because it's old people watching that show. See what I mean?


  2. You are correct Belly Boy, the evidence is anecdotal and correlation does not mean causation but it is compelling.

    I feel a Boom Shakalaka Coming on.

    Boom Shakalaka Smoke the sticky green.
    Boom Shakalaka makes a body lean.
    Boom Shakalaka the herb superb.
    MILF smokin weed in my suburb.

    Fat Bastard gets a refund from Jenny Craig, buys an OZ from the Chef, sparks up the bong and starts he weight loss journey.

    Gene Collier

    Them boys from Oklahoma roll their joints all wrong
    They're too damn skinny or way too long
    I ain't no holy roller so I just use a bong
    Them boys from Oklahoma roll their joints all wrong

    Them boys down in Texas got some damn fine weed
    They smuggle across the Rio, they use the Mexican breed
    That's expointin' cheap labor, but hell that's Texican's creed
    Them boys down in Texas got some damn fine weed

    Them boys in Arkansas they got some damn fine pot
    That's a direct result of all them good seeds they got
    Haulin' water up a hill's a chore, but man I tell you what
    Them boys from Arkansas they got some damn fine pot


    Them boys up in Kansas, hell all they got is a bunch of schwag
    And they'll try to screw you for fifty bucks a quarter bag
    I got some in my guitar case and I'm not the type to brag
    But it's a damn sight better than that Kansanian schwag

    Them boys in Louisiana got trouble growin' their weed
    Them alligators is mean, and they eat up all the seeds
    But on a bayou night by the light of a full moon
    You can walk out and pick you a sack full of 'shrooms

    1. I don't do pot and it does not receive the Belly Boy Seal of Approval. I'm sorry, it just doesn't. Here at Belly Boy Politics, we believe in following the laws, both state and federal, and pot is illegal under FEDERAL law everywhere in the United States. Did you know that if you go abroad where it is legal, that that can still be held against you in terms of getting certain jobs? So, I'm sorry to not be my normal jovial self but I just cannot endorse that.

      Stay drug free
      It's the way to be!
      Salad is for birds
      The same goes for herbs
      Follow the law
      Or Bubba mouth-fucks your jaw
      Spread that HIV semen right down ya'lls throat
      Cuz we got gangsta prisons, that ain't no joke
      Six hours in a holding cell
      Can be your death knell
      Cuz them guards ain't watching
      Whose ass-cherry they popping

      keep the military strong
      keep away from the bong
      Can't be a super-secret agent or a military hero
      If you high as a kite eating that subway hero

      Neither I nor BLA have ever used any illegal drugs.
      Really, the way that I broke down the evidence makes complete sense. I know plenty of morbidly obese stoners, and it actually sounds to me like you're falling for that NAAFA BS argument that weight loss and weight gain are caused by anything other than calorie deficits and surpluses. Anything that makes you eat more makes you fatter. Pot makes you eat more. Pot makes you fatter. To argue the opposite is absurd.

      OINK OINK.

      BELLY BOY, OUT... (but, the crowd wonders... for how long? Days? Months? Forever?)

    2. Just to clarify, the BOOM SHAKKA LAKKA rap was not directed at anyone in particular, even though it uses words like "you", it is just meant to be a "scared straight" type of rap designated at members of the audience who are deciding whether they should do drugs or not.


  3. Boom shakalaka stay off the pipe.
    Or you'll take a dump and forget to wipe.
    Chef smoke weed that's no baloney.
    Boom Shakalaka for medicinal purposes only.

    Chef needs his weed so don't make him beg.
    Boom shakalaka cause he's gouty in the legs.
    Boom shakalaka Chef's gets serene.
    Boom shakalaka smokes the sticky green.

    Belly Boy, we know that weight is as simple as calories in vs calories out. I think that when people are baked the chew slower and longer so they end up eating less and they also gravitate to sweets whic have 4 cals per gram as opposed to fats that have 9 cals per gram. Also professional stoners don't drink booze because it wrecke the refer buzz. Alcohol contains 6 cals per gram.

    I think I, Fat Bastard, have solved the mystery. I called the Chef and he thinks I'm correct. Hardcore stoners go for carbs.

    1. You and I both know that "medical" marijuana is complete BS. The doctors who "prescribe" it don't write real prescriptions, just give a card and there is no paper trail leading back to them. They will "prescribe" it to anyone for any reason, or no reason. People just say they have headaches or whatever and they get a "prescription" automatically so that California state law enforcement will be required to leave them alone regarding it. That is not bona fide medicinal purposes, that is BS.

      Actual medicine is not just used as a "cure-all" prescribed for anything. The overwhelming majority of the people with "medical" pot cards just want to get high.

      Gout is curable within a couple of weeks using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. You are claiming that "The Chef" has had gout for over a year. Obviously he isn't seeing a real doctor or it would have been 100% cured by now. This just reinforces the idea that pot is not some magical cure-all. It hasn't cured his gout, when real medicine would have.

      You are also severely wrong about pot causing weight loss. Potheads load up on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and you know it. That is filled with fat from the cheese. Alcohol is only a major source of calories in alcoholics and some college students, so that's a non-factor. Most people only have 1 or 2 drinks per week which is less than 1% of their weekly calories. Marijuana activates the hunger mechanism in the brain, triggering the person to become hungry even if they weren't previously. That leads them to eat when they otherwise would not have, and usually junk food. That leads them to consume more calories than they normally would. It also causes them to become sleepy and sleep more, burning fewer calories than they would if they were awake for a full day.

      I am very strongly considering departing from Bigger Fatter Politics over this.


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