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  • Joshua Powell

Contrary To The Stereotypes, Marijuana Users Weigh Less

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

Green Drink in Cup with Marijuana Leaf Sticking Out

Earlier this week MSU Today released the findings of a Michigan State University study that suggest "the munchies" aren't having much of an effect on the waistlines of marijuana users, in fact they actually weigh less than adults who don't use marijuana.

The findings found in International Journal of Epidemiology (read the whole study here) shine a surprising light on the subject.

“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,” said Omayma Alshaarawy, lead author and an assistant professor of family medicine. “Our study builds on mounting evidence that this opposite effect occurs.”

“We found that users, even those who just started, were more likely to be at a normal, healthier weight and stay at that weight,” she said. “Only 15% of persistent users were considered obese compared to 20% of non-users.” So why is this the case? Funyuns and Mountain Dew certainly aren't calorie free. “It could be something that’s more behavioral like someone becoming more conscious of their food intake as they worry about the munchies after cannabis use and gaining weight,” she told MSU Today. “Or it could be the cannabis use itself, which can modify how certain cells, or receptors, respond in the body and can ultimately affect weight gain. More research needs to be done.”

The study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health included over 30,000 people.


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