New Study Explores Marijuana’s Weight Loss Potential


Marijuana comes from the same plant as cannabidiol. But unlike CBD, marijuana doesn’t hold as many health benefits for health. In fact, it can make one high owing to its THC-imposed psychoactive properties which is why it is necessary to keep away from it.

From the many vices marijuana has been associated with, one is its ‘munchies effect.’ As per this myth, it is believed that marijuana can make one gain weight. Perhaps, this myth has been created by looking at the marijuana-users portrayed on television who keep munching on junk food.

Unhealthy junk food and their expanded diet combined make marijuana takers pack on more pounds. However, a new study says the opposite. It concludes that marijuana-users weight less than those who don’t take marijuana. Clearly the image of marijuana users that we have in mind is not correct.

What Does This Study Reveal?

A new research which has been conducted by researchers at the Michigan State University has found that people who use marijuana weight less than those who do not. This goes against the myth that marijuana users are more likely to sit on their couch and consume junk food.

This study has been published on the International Journal of Epidemiology. The lead author of the research, Omayma Alshaarawy said, “Over a three-year period, all participants showed a weight increase, but interestingly, those who used marijuana had less of an increase compared to those that never used.”

The study found that new as well as persistent users of marijuana are less likely to be obese or overweight. For the purpose of this study, scientists involved looked at the data of 33,000 people taken from the National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions. All these were people above the age of 18. Researchers looked at their BMI, body mass index.

It was noted that across the entire sample size there was an average 2-pound difference between marijuana users and non-users. Marijuana users weighed less than non-users. Researchers weren’t able to find out the exact cause behind the difference in weight in marijuana users. There can be several factors behind why marijuana users weighed less.

Perhaps they were aware of the ‘munchies effect’ marijuana had and consciously worked to avoid it. Or perhaps it is that cannabis can effect certain receptors and consequently, influence weight gain. More research needs to be carried out on this matter. Regardless of the potential that marijuana has in reducing weight, it shouldn’t be considered a weight loss aid.

Key Takeaway

A new study shows that marijuana users weigh less than non-users, however, the cause behind this hasn’t been found yet. More studies are required to find why marijuana users weigh comparatively less. A similar conclusion has already been driven by another 2011 study as well. However, this doesn’t mean that marijuana should be used for weight loss as it comes with several health-damaging qualities.


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