Marijuana users suffer less from being overweight
The impression that cannabis users rarely suffer from obesity has often emerged. A research team from the American Michigan State University has now investigated the question in their current study. Do cannabis or marijuana users actually weigh less than people who do not consume it?
The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, contradicts the belief that marijuana users who consume more sweetened sweets will ultimately gain weight.
Period of study
"Over a three-year period, all participants showed weight gain, but interestingly enough, those who used marijuana had less weight gain than those who never used marijuana," said Omayma Alshaarawy, lead author of the study. "Our study is based on the fact that this opposite effect occurs."
The results also indicate that new and enduring consumers are less overweight or obese overall.
Data from over 30,000 subjects
The researchers used data from surveys on alcohol and related conditions, examined the body mass index (BMI) of all 33,000 participants aged 18 years and older and compared the numbers.
"An average difference of one kilo does not seem to be that much, but we found it in more than 30,000 people with different behaviors and still got that result," says Alshaarawy.
Does marijuana affect the weight? Alshaarawy points out that this is still relatively unknown.
"It could be the use of cannabis itself that can alter the response of certain cells or receptors in the body and ultimately affect weight gain. But more needs to be researched. "
However, Alshaarawy points out that marijuana should not be considered as a diet aid!
"There are too many health concerns about cannabis use, which by far overshadow the positive but modest effects on weight gain," says Alshaarawy. "People should not think of it as a way to maintain or even lose weight." (Fm)