Study: Cannabis Users Less Likely To Be Obese
It turns out using cannabis on a regular basis makes you statistically less likely to become obese – despite the ravenous nature of the munchies!
When it comes to cannabis use, the assumption is that more than anything, cannabis may encourage weight gain. It is often used as an appetite stimulant and has stoners across the globe scouring their kitchens and local supermarkets for the most satisfying foods. Yet according to new research from Quebec University, if anything, cannabis users are more likely to avoid obesity and diabetes.
The observations come after analysing the data of 786 participants aged 18 to 74. It was found that those who had used cannabis, on average, had a much healthier Body Mass Index (BMI), lower levels of fasting insulin, and lower insulin resistance. It all points to cannabis having implications into weight gain and diabetes prevention.
It was concluded that “In this large cross-sectional adult survey with high prevalence of both substance use and obesity, cannabis use in the past year was associated with lower BMI, lower percentage fat mass, lower fasting insulin, and HOMA-IR. […] The inverse association observed in our work supports evidence from a larger proportion of previous cross-sectional and follow-up investigations. […] As a result, cannabinoids from cannabis may be viewed as an interesting avenue for research on obesity and associated conditions.”
This research backs up previous forays into the field, with observational trial data from 2013 finding that those who consumed cannabis had better health measurements in relation to diabetes than those who had never used it before. Other research analysing a cross-section of the public found that obesity was sharply lower in the portion of the population who reported using cannabis.
So, all in all, things are looking pretty good for cannabis users. This doesn’t mean cannabis directly prevents diabetes or obesity, but there is a correlation to suggest that there is some kind of link somewhere. More detailed research investigating what is going on is required. But for now, yet another piece of research shows the potential upside to lighting up every now and again!