According to new findings that appeared in the peer-reviewed journal, PLOS ONE, small amounts of THC successfully prevented weight gain in mice that were fed a high fat diet. While the investigators suggest further research is necessary, they reported, "Chronic THC treatment... prevented high fat diet-induced increases in body weight... the effect on body weight was due mainly to an inhibition of increased fat mass... These actions may be mediated in part by modifications of the gut microbiota."
These new findings remain consistent with many other observational-studies, in which researchers reported obesity and body mass index were lower in cannabis users than in non-users. In one recent study, cannabis users were 50 percent less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome than non-users.