Cannabis, a tool to fight obesity?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 28, 2012
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Cannabis a tool to fight obesity

The speculation over cannabis helping obese patients has been going on for a long time now. A recent study suggests that cannabis could be a tool to combat obesity. The researchers claim that two compounds (THCV and cannabidiol) in the herbal plant increase the amount of energy body expends.

Trials conducted on animals imply that the plant can help treat type 2 diabetes, along with lowering cholesterol levels in the blood stream and reducing fat. Research and development wing of GW Pharmaceuticals is currently conducting clinical trials on about 200 patients suffering from metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a diabetic condition, wherein high blood pressure and obesity together increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Dr. Steph Wright, head of the research panel told the Daily Telegraph that encouraging results have been obtained so far. He was positive about its use in formulation of drug being used as an effective weapon for fat distribution and utilisation in the body as a treatment for metabolic diseases.

 

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