Does Medical Marijuana Help Obesity ?Let’s Talk!
Today’s question is – does medical marijuana help obesity?
Obesity we have found thru our research can be a sensitive topic.
Before we go into the information that we have learned about does medical marijuana help obesity, let’s look at the definition and facts regarding obesity.
A Definition of obesity per Obesity Medicine Association is as follows
“is a chronic, relapsing, multifactorial, neurobehavioral disease, wherein an increase in body fat promotes adipose tissue dysfunction and abnormal fat mass physical forces, resulting in adverse metabolic, biochemical and psychosocial health consequences“
That is a mouthful, right?
Another words obesity is being too heavy for one’s height, basically.
It’s Accumulated body fat. Your physician will look at our height, age, sex and build. National Institutes of Health has defined obesity as a BMI of 30 above.
What the heck is BMI? It’s Body Mass Index OK, , so what does that mean?
MedicineNet describes Body mass index as follows “ a key index for relating weight to height. Abbreviated BMI. BMI is a persons weight in kilograms divided by his or her height in meters squared.”
The National Institutes of Health defines weight, obesity and overweight by BMI verses the traditional weight and height.
27.3 or more in women and 27.3 in males is considered overweight.BMI over 30 for either sex is considered obesity.Which, is approximately 30 lbs.
Keep in mind a muscular athletic person might have a higher BMI but without health risks.
Obesity is common, very common. We have reached epidemic proportions in the good ole United States. One in three Americans are obese.
What are the causes of obesity?
2. Sleep deprivation
3. Lack of movement
Now that we know what obesity is, let’s talk about complications of obesity. Here we go with a short list.
- Heart problems such as Hypertension– high blood pressure
- Atherosclerosis-clogging of arteries
- Fatty liver disease- inflammation and scarring of liver tissue
- Poor hygiene
- Multiple types of Cancer
- Sleep apnea-where you stop breathing.
Obesity can definitely shorten your life.
What about the emotional aspect of obesity .
How do you measure that?
People of all ages can be cruel and judgmental yes? Yes indeed.
We have actually witnessed people in upper management say “ do not hire anyone that is overweight “Really? Really!”
Is it just me or are the seats in an airplane and movie theater getting smaller? Don’t answer that. Kinda getting hot under the collar if ya know what I mean.
My goodness, what about all the commercials, and advertisements for thin people, like really thin people. What a message. Body shames the overweight people and force others that have health issues to be anorexic/bulimic.
What a horrible cycle.
There are many types of treatment for obesity
- Diet including possible starvation.
- Behavioral therapy
Now let’s talk about medical marijuana/cannabis.
As always Scarlett and I encourage you to speak frankly with your medical team regarding use of medical marijuana/ cannabis. We are not doctors but we have years, decades in the medical field and it is our privilege and calling to research and educate as many people as we can.
Research does show evidence in medical marijuana helping obesity. Medical marijuana without the high.
So go ahead and say it “I thought people got munchies when they partake of marijuana/ cannabis” Thank goodness specific strains have been found to have the exact opposite effects, hence helping one lose weight.
Guys, we have a serious epidemic going on. Obesity kills!
We need to sincerely spread the word, the education, of the wonderful benefits of cannabis.
Look how Penicillin changed the world. It was actually an accidental discovery per the history books. Penicillin has saved millions and millions of people.
November 1 st 2013 it was estimated that near 200 million lives were saved by this discovery.
Doctors did not know what they did not know!
Here we are 2018 and we are fortunate to know what we do know about cannabis and how it’s saving life’s every day!
How do you think you would feel if you lost 10-15-20-200-300 lbs? We get many, many adjectives are coming to mind. One of our patients Ralph said “ he was overwhelmed with joy and feeling proud the day he could purchase clothing at the mall and didn’t have to be a special order for obese people” Another patient, Danny, was so proud when he could board a plane, Alice reports” I can walk 5 feet without having to stop to get my breath” That one really hurt, she was excited about being able to breathe.
If this peaks your interest for you or you loved one, I encourage you to check us out.
Elaine and I being in Hospice for over 70 years combined.
We’ve seen first-hand patients who have been helped by different medicines. Some conventional some not. We are advocates of
Medical Marijuana because it does work. And for CBD oil which is readily available and legal for everyone. If you are interested in checking it out.
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