Marijuana may be useful in treating obesity disorders, as a new study shows that many compounds derived from cannabis have healing properties for individuals suffering from a variety of serious metabolic conditions.

Researchers at GW Pharmaceuticals and the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom say that in recent animal trials, cannabis compounds have proved to be beneficial in suppressing appetite, lowering cholesterol, decreasing fat and improving the body’s reaction to sugars -- all imperative characteristics for treating people at risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity and stroke.

GW Pharmaceuticals is revered as a leader in the development of marijuana-based drugs, having produced treatments for multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cancer and a variety of other illnesses. Interestingly, the company recently received approval from the FDA for a cannabis-based medication (Epidolex) that will be used to treat children living with a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome.

Meanwhile, researchers across the US have essentially been crippled in their attempt to study the medicinal properties of marijuana because the federal government is only funding research aimed at uncovering the negative effects of cannabis.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse -- the only legal government drug dealer permitted to supply marijuana for the purpose of research -- has denied approval  for nearly every organization looking to study the medicinal benefits of marijuana.

Many pot proponents find the government’s unwillingness to allow ill citizens to have a natural medicine disheartening.

“To now find out that marijuana’s molecular structure can actually help with obesity and related diseases is wonderful, but it’s also infuriating when one thinks about the Obama administration’s continued attacks on medical marijuana,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “If the First Lady is really concerned about obesity in America, she should tell her husband to stop interfering with state medical marijuana laws and research. After all, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes kill hundreds of thousands of people in this country every year. Marijuana kills exactly zero.”

Mike Adams writes for Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, BroBible and Hustler Magazine. Follow him: @adamssoup; facebook.com/mikeadams73.