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People who smoke cannabis may have a lower BMI than those who do not use cannabis

Chips, burgers, hummus, guacamole, fries, everything goes. After smoking, the urge is irresistible: you have to eat, and quickly. And yet it seems that cannabis smokers are lighter than nonsmokers, according to a study by the University of Michigan.

Cannabis smokers are thinner

A study that looked at 30,000 people over five years revealed that although all participants gained some weight, people who used cannabis gained less weight. Moreover, those who had confirmed taking this drug were more likely to have a healthy weight than others.

And yet, another study from the University of Buffalo (USA) found that 93% of cannabis users snack after using it and 77% chose kebab/fries rather than a kale salad. Today, few studies measure the impact of cannabis on obesity and overweight, but with the rise in obesity worldwide and the legalization of this drug in many US states, experts think that research needs to be done in this direction.

Less obesity

The study was based on data from the National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions in the United States and more particularly to the BMI of 33,000 participants over the age of 18 years. Scientists realized that a 70-foot-tall, 90-kilogram participant who did not use cannabis was likely to take almost a kilo more than a participant who consumed it.

“Even if a kilo does not seem to be a big difference, we found the same result by analyzing the statistics of 30,000 people,” explains Omayma Alshaarawy, lead author of the study and assistant professor at the University of Michigan. “We found that even people who had just started using cannabis were more likely to have a healthier weight and stay at that weight.” Only 1 in 5% of regular users were considered obese, compared to 20 % for people who did not eat it. But as a warning, doctors do not advise the use of cannabis for weight loss. The effects are still poorly understood and require further studies.

Helen Pruden
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