With rates of obesity plaguing America, it's interesting to find that cannabis users are less likely to be obese. The study, published in Journal of Obesity, found marijuana users had a lower body fat mass, a lower body mass index, and lower fasting insulin levels than average. The study looked at 800 adults in the Canadian Arctic. Those who reported cannabis use averaged a 25% body-fat reading, and BMI of 26.8. Those who abstained from cannabis use averaged 28% body-fat and BMI of 28.6 (a BMI of 25-30 is considered overweight.)
One alternative theory to cannabis being responsible for these results, however, is that food insecurities in the arctic could have influenced the findings, and that cannabis users may have used the drug to distract themselves from the inaccessibility of quality food. That being said, more research is desired on whether or not cannabis may be a key player in fighting obesity. Cannabinoid receptors in the brain play a role in appetite, mood, memory, and pain perception, and CB1 receptors specifically release hormones that make you hungry. By suppressing CB1's activity, people might lose weight.
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