Herbalists Less Likely To Have Metabolic Syndrome

While the stereotype of herbalists is that we are lazy, unmotivated and constantly have the munchies, it may lead people to assume that we are more prone to metabolic syndrome.  According to research published in The American Journal of Medicine, those who smoke marijuana are 50 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome than those who don't. 

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Metabolic Syndrome is a group of risk factors like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels. Conditions like these are known to increase the risk of heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes, as well as other health problems.  Based on data from a study conducted by National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 2005-2010, researchers from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine discovered that 19.5% of people who did not smoke marijuana had met the criteria for metabolic syndrome; while only 13.8% of herbalists met the criteria. 

“Among emerging adults, current marijuana users were 54 percent less likely than never users to present with metabolic syndrome,” the researchers stated. “These findings have important implications for the nation as marijuana use becomes more accepted and we simultaneously face multiple epidemics of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.”