“I discovered early on that cannabis sometimes reduced my appetite. One time I sat down to have a meal, after I had vaporized, and I was no longer hungry,” says Bethany Rae, founder of Flower & Freedom, a community exploring cannabis use for fitness. Getty Images
The trick is figuring out which weed strain will end up becoming a gym buddy
The sharp rise in the munchies — seriously, it’s a thing — is being blamed on the legalization of recreational pot.
But a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in March 2019 by Michigan State University highlights an interesting finding. “Contrary to the belief — that marijuana users who have a serious case of the munchies will ultimately gain more weight — those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don’t,” Michigan State University notes.
While marijuana does increase appetite, it could also help with losing weight; the trick is figuring out which weed strain will end up becoming a fitness buddy.
Are long-term marijuana users less likely to be obese?
It seems as though that’s true. A study published in 2011 evaluated the presence of obesity among adults over the age of 18. The results showed that “of the 50,736 eligible respondents from the U.S., the prevalence of obesity was significantly lower in cannabis users than in non-users.” Another study, published in 2010, collected data from 2,566 adults over the age of 21. Once again, findings highlighted lower overweightedness and obesity among adult cannabis users. Still, “further research is needed to examine the mechanism of this association,” researchers added.