New Study Finds Regular Cannabis Use Associated with Lower Body Fat, No Loss in Bone Density

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A new study from Oregon's Health and Science University have determined regular cannabis use results in lower body fat percentage. The study, which was published in Archives of Osteoporosis, determined of the 4,743 participants between ages 20-59 in the survey, those who used cannabis more than five times a month had a lower body mass index when compared to non-users. Carrie M. Nielson, who led the researchers, wrote, "Heavy users of cannabis had a lower mean BMI compared to that of never users, with a mean BMI being 26.7 kg/m2 in heavy users and 28.4 kg/m2 in never users." Additionally, cannabis use did not produce changes in bone mineral density of lumbar spine or proximal femur. In fact, while bone density decreases with age, cannabis has been found to interact with CB2 receptors to actually boost bone density. Heavy users of cannabis were also more likely to be physically active and for longer periods of time.

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