Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Marijuana Munchies Hold Weight-Loss Clues

NZ Obesity/diabetes has been linked both behavourally and clinicaly to cannabinoid related drug policy.... see for more information.

By Alan Mozes
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, Dec. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Biting into the science behind the "marijuana munchies," American researchers have uncovered clues to pot's effect on appetite.

Their insights might also lead to drugs that could help increase -- or curb -- wayward appetites.

The team of researchers at Columbia University, in New York City, didn't focus on the drug itself, but rather on the body's own version of pot's principal ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Naturally produced cannabinoid molecules, called endocannabinoids, are drawn to the hypothalamus -- a region of the brain that regulates hunger and other basic functions such as memory, perception and movement.

Researchers have long known that once endocannabinoids dock with their brain receptors -- known as CB1s -- hunger ensues.

What has not been understood is why.
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