When people think of marijuana the last thing that comes to mind is weight loss. One of the most well known side effects of cannabis is the “munchies”, which makes weight loss for users seem unlikely to say the least. But according to a new Oxford study, recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, seems to have found a link between marijuana use and lower rates of obesity in more than 30% of marijuana users studied, when compared to the non-users.
The study was conducted by analyzing the data from two national surveys in the United States, more than 50,000 total participants, and the results for stunning. The two surveys had nearly identical findings with between 22% and 25% of non-smokers reported being obese with only between 14% and 17% of people who smoked at least three times a week. These were the numbers after adjusting for other factors such as age, gender, cigarette smoking and others.
Researchers were careful to point out that this data is extremely preliminary however. In the first place a lower rate of obesity does not suggest that you can use cannabis for weight loss. There are simply too many other possible factors to consider. Religion for instance can be large factors. In general highly religious people have higher rates of obesity, which could affect these numbers. Another factor is someone who is trying to break one habit, while picking up another to compensate. People who quit smoking are often plagued by sudden weight gain. Another factor is people who use marijuana for medical reasons.might is suffering from something that causes weight loss and are stimulating their appetite with cannabis.