Researchers from the University of Miami may have discovered a link between cannabis ingestion and a lower BMI. In their study, which was published in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics and which utilized some data from the National Longitude Survey of Adolescent Health, they found that cannabis users had a lower BMI than non-users, typically by 3 percent. Researchers did note that the states where marijuana access is easier, like Colorado and California, happen to be states with the fewest obese citizens. Researchers admit there need to be more in depth studies that also take into account physical activity, socioeconomic status, and drug use.
While this this study has found a correlation between marijuana use and body mass index, that does not mean that it has revealed causation between the two. That being said, the study corroborates other previous findings. One survey from 2013 that was published in The American Journal of Medicine found cannabis users had lower rates of obesity, levels of fasting insulin, insulin resistance, and had smaller waists.
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