Growing cannabis in an indoor environment can help you feel healthier and boost your mood, researchers have found.
The research, which was published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, found that people who lived in the UK had higher levels of vitamin C, a substance found in marijuana.
They also had higher concentrations of vitamin B12, which is also found in the leafy cannabis plant, and high levels of lutein, a vitamin B3 that helps the body regulate blood sugar levels.
“It seems to be the case that the higher the vitamin C level in your body, the better your mood is,” Dr Daniela Bocca, a bio-immunologist at Imperial College London, said.
“So it’s possible that vitamin C could help your mood and energy levels.”
The researchers studied two groups of people who grew cannabis indoors: people who were exposed to the same temperatures and humidity as those in the US but who were also allowed to smoke the herb, and those who were not.
The results showed that the cannabis plants were producing a lot of vitamin D, which increases your metabolism and boosts your metabolism of ketones, the breakdown products of ketone bodies.
“Our study is one of the first to show that indoor cultivation may be helpful in controlling certain chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, because it’s able to produce vitamin D and it’s also effective at increasing the production of luten-free, low-dose vitamin D in the body,” Dr Bocra said.
This is because the vitamin D is converted to vitamin B6, which helps your body convert vitamin B9 to vitamin D3.
“There’s this new way of getting your body to make these compounds.
And vitamin D2 is one way of doing that,” she said.
The researchers also found that the levels of a type of vitamin called beta-carotene, which may have antioxidant properties, were higher in the cannabis gardeners.
The findings were a result of their study being conducted in two different countries, but Dr Bacca said there was a lot more work to be done before we can say whether indoor cannabis is effective in controlling some diseases.
“What we know from other studies is that there is some relationship between cannabis use and chronic diseases, like cancer,” she told News24.
“However, there are many things that we still need to do to make this a really robust clinical trial.”
The study was carried out by scientists at Imperial University in London, University College London and the University of Bristol.