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Different High? Can Taking CBD Oil Increase Your Metabolism?

Stacey Wellington

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CBD and Obesity

Obesity is an alarming health problem in the U.S. A recent CDC report said nearly one 40% of Americans are obese. According to the study, which covers the years between 2007-2008 and 2015-2016, the rates of obesity increased significantly in adults, from 33.7% to 39.6%. Meanwhile, the rates of severe obesity rose during the same period from 5.7% to 7.7%.

If the rates remain as is, the researchers estimated that half of American teens would be overweight or obese by 2030.

The U.S. is only one of the countries where obesity has already alarmed public health authorities. The WHO reported that in 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults (18 years and over) were overweight while 650 million were obese. This figure means that in the same year, 39% of adult men and 40% of women worldwide were overweight while 11% of men and 15% of women were obese.

Clinically speaking, obesity means having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Medical scientists say obese people are prone to a host of serious diseases such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Asthma, sleep apnea, and other breathing problems
  • Diabetes
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gallbladder diseases and gallstones
  • Gout

Obesity results from too much eating due to increased appetite and lack of physical activities. However, doctors say other medical conditions contribute to this health problem, such as excessive consumption of processed food and sugary drinks and foods. Genetic disorders such as Prader-Will Syndrome and other medical conditions like hypothyroidism and Cushing’s syndrome are also culprits.

CBD Oil and Obesity

Gaining too much weight is a severe medical condition that requires immediate attention. One of the remedies for this health problem is taking of cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Of the more than 100 cannabinoids (compounds from cannabis), CBD and THC are the two with substantial benefits to health. These two substances can influence the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a network of receptors responsible for regulating different functions in the body, including appetite, pain, pregnancy, mood, and memory.

Researchers say that taking THC oil boosts a person’s appetite while CBD oil suppresses it. Various scientific studies have proved this claim. One of these is a study conducted by Korean researchers about hunger in 2016. After keen monitoring of CBD and its effects on immature fat cells (preadipocytes), they discovered that the cannabinoid has three ways of causing “fat browning”. Unlike white fat which stores calories, brown fat cells burn energy and produce body heat.

Another study by the University of Nebraska College of Medicine researchers published in 2013 found that the use of marijuana was associated with weight loss. However, Dr Rachna Patel, a California-based physician and a cannabidiol expert, said the weight management benefits of CBD are just a side effect while treating other health conditions. She noted that animal studies have also shown CBD consumption results in a boost in metabolism, but she has not yet prescribed it as a weight management supplement.

CBD Oil Not A Weight Loss Supplement (Yet)

While CBD oil is excellent for pain, anxiety, and other health issues, Dr Michael Verbora, the chief medical officer for Aleafia, a medical marijuana facility in Ontario, Canada say no reliable study links cannabidiol to weight loss. Like Dr Patel, Dr Verbora said weight loss is a side effect of treating chronic pain in some patients. Both doctors do not prescribe CBD capsules and other products for weight management as more scientific studies are still needed.

According to Dr Verbora, while taking CBD products is safe and potent in many health issues, there is still no substantive evidence of its efficacy in weight management. But with some scientific proof suggesting that this cannabis oil can help boost metabolism, there is still a possibility that soon, the medical community will officially use it for weight management.

 

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Demetrix Gains $50m in Series A Funding, Aims to Brew Cannabis

Stacey Wellington

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Demetrix Funds to Brew Cannabis

Demetrix Inc. recently announced its successful foray into the Series A funding round. Following this, the company garnered $50 million, which the business states will be used for researching and producing synthetic cannabinoids in the market.

The Series A funding round was led by Tuatara Capital, a New York-based investment group, together with Horizon Ventures, a Hong Kong-based firm. Based on the press release by the cannabis firm, Horizon Ventures also participated in the Series Seed round, contributing $11 million to the business.

Shaping the Future

Demetrix’s press release revealed that the global market for cannabinoids are slated to reach $100 billion comes 2029. Alongside the boom of this industry, Demetrix intends to “help the world benefit from nature’s rarest ingredients.”

Besides brewing, the startup is also looking to isolate the cannabinoids. The firm also looks to expand the business and commercialize its products in the future. With more than 100 cannabinoids being explored by the California-based startup, it believes that it can cater to different consumer product companies, including the pharmaceutical and supplement sector.

To achieve their goals, the California-based company reportedly intends to use baker’s yeast to yield a larger volume of cannabinoids. Through the company’s “industry-leading fermentation technology that accelerates the production of cannabinoid,” it hopes to shape the future of the field.

Continued Show of Support

Both Tuatara Capital and Horizon Ventures released statements revealing their promising futures by working with the cannabis firm. In the press release, Tuatara Capital partner, Marc Riiska shares that they believe Demetrix has what it takes to “consistently produce high purity, single cannabinoids in a process that easily scales to meet demands.”

Meanwhile, Patrick Zhang of Horizon Ventures state that “Demetrix is uniquely positioned to bring these compounds to market in a cost-efficient way.”

Industry Background

Demetrix chief executive officer Jeff Ubersax is planning to use technologies surrounding yeast genetics and biochemistry and applying this to cannabis. Although the business employs the same method of brewing beer, the fermentation process using the marijuana plant will produce synthetic cannabinoids instead.

While the company’s approach to making a larger volume of cannabinoids sounds promising, Tech Crunch notes the startup “has a long way to go before it becomes competitive with extracts from the marijuana plant.”

As of writing, the company has successfully raised a total of $61 million.

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Research Found Recreational Marijuana Users End Up Consuming the Plant as Medicine

Jordan Webber

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Recreational Marijuana

Many cannabis users who buy in Colorado adult-use cannabis dispensaries use the product as a medicine, a study revealed.

The study found that people who purchase items that are supposedly for fun have used them to treat specific health issues, like chronic pain and sleep disorders. The researchers led by Marcus Bachhuber of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York said customers of adult-use cannabis usually end up consuming it for symptom relief.

The combined research team from the New York-based college and the University of Miami polled 1,000 customers in two Colorado dispensaries between August 2016 and October 2016. Around 65% of the respondents said they used marijuana for pain relief, while 74% reported using the plant to promote sleep.

The study was recently published in the “Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.”

Potent Prescription Medicine Alternative

The respondents ended up using cannabis for medical reasons because of its potency. Many of the respondents who use marijuana for health reasons said that using the plant helped them to reduce the use of other medicines. More than two-thirds (82%) reported cutting or stopping their prescription medications.

Nearly 90% of those who purchased cannabis for pain relief said they had reduced or stopped taking opioid pain relievers. Meanwhile, 87% of users who use marijuana as a sleeping aid reported they minimized or halted their use of over-the-counter taking aids. Moreover, 83% of those taking medicine sleeping pills said cannabis helped cut down or stopped their use of these medications.

While the study has somehow shown the potency of cannabis for medical use, it has some limitations. Of the 1,000 study respondents, 90% were below the age of 50. Less than half (42%) of them were women while a little more than half (66%) were white.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) deputy director Paul Armentano backed the findings of the study. In a press release, he said that the study proved the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana. He also acknowledged its possibility as an alternative medication to prescription medications, particularly opioids.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the U.S. die following an opioid overdose. The agency admitted that the abuse and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids is a national crisis. Prescription opioid misuse costs the U.S. $78.5 billion a year and affects not only public health, but also impacts social and economic welfare.

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Minnesota Approved Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s

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Minnesotta OK'd Medical Cannabis for Alzheimers

Starting July 1, all registered patients with Alzheimer’s disease can begin registering for Minnesota’s medical cannabis program. This will enable them to purchase medical marijuana from the state’s two manufacturers starting August 1, the High Times reported.

The recent approval marked Alzheimer’s disease addition to the 14 conditions that qualify patients for medical marijuana in Minnesota. This includes cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette Syndrome, ALS, seizures (e.g. epilepsy), severe and persistent muscle spasms (e.g. multiple sclerosis), inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease), terminal illness, intractable pain, PTSD, Autism, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Alzheimer’s disease is the only qualifying condition approved by Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm among the seven new conditions proposed by a citizen’s review panel. Conditions that didn’t make the cut includes hepatitis C, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, panic disorder, psoriasis, and traumatic brain injury.

“Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence,” said Health Commissioner Malcolm. “However, there is some evidence for potential benefits of medical cannabis to improve the mood, sleep, and behavior of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.”

Currently, there are more than 94, 000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s living in Minnesota, and 254, 000 people providing care for loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

For the next 30 days, the Minnesota Department of Health is expected to be working in registering Alzheimer’s patients to the state’s medical marijuana program. Among the requirements included for a patient to obtain medical cannabis is for a licensed health care practitioner to certify that the patient indeed has the disease.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. It’s a neurodegenerative disorder that happens when plaques containing beta-amyloid develop in the brain. This leads to cognitive impairments, such as problems with one’s memory, thinking, and behaviour. As of today, there is still no available cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, various studies show that cannabis helps improve symptoms or slow the rate of decline in Alzheimer’s patients.

The recent move by Minnesota marked its entrance into the twelve U.S. states that have included Alzheimer’s disease in the list of their qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.

“I believe that advanced dementia patients with tremendous anxiety, restlessness, and pain will benefit,” wrote Dr. William Orr, a Minneapolis-based geriatric psychiatrist who supported the petition.

“Such patients are episodically distraught and become quickly angered and paranoid of staff trying to help them due to their confusion and inability to understand their circumstances,” he added.

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