A study undertaken at the Metabolic Genetic Diseases Research Laboratory at Deakin University, Australia has revealed that a weight loss pill made from a combination of cannabis and vitamin A could be made available within the next 5 years.
What research was undertaken?
The team of researchers used zebrafish and human cells to test the effect of the Endocannabinoid system (a compound found in cannabis that can help with appetite suppression and prevent the formation of new fat cells) and Retinoic Acid Pathway (found in vitamin A) to reduce fat deposits.
They discovered that when used together the 2 ingredients complemented each other and fewer side effects were noted. For example the effect cannabis can have on your brain.
Dr Yann Gibery, head of Metabolic Genetic Diseases Research Laboratory had this to say about the findings:
“The results of our study show, for the first time, that particular compounds in cannabis and vitamin A can work together to reduce the deposit of lipids (fats).”
“The complementary actions of the Endocannabinoid system and Retinoic Acid Pathway in reducing fat deposits have the potential to treat obesity in a safer and more effective way than if they were used independently.”
“This approach only focuses on fat, and avoids effects on brain, which has been a concern in previous research involving cannabis.”
Of course this research is promising, and it would be good if a weight loss pill can be created from these ingredients if they do indeed work.
However, we must note that research is very much in its infancy and 5 years is a long time. Where further discoveries are surely going to be made.
In the meantime you would be best to use more traditional methods to aid your weight loss efforts; for example you should try to eat a little healthier and should get regular exercise too.