Daily Cannabis Use Linked to Lower Body Mass Index
Cannabis users are often portrayed as slovenly and out of shape, probably due to the association of cannabis and the “munchies.” Not so, says a new study published by researchers from the University of Miami. In fact, they found the opposite to be true.
The team studied more than 13,000 men and women aged 18-24, collecting a variety of data points. They recorded each individual’s body mass index (BMI), a common measure of what proportion of a person’s body is comprised of fat. When they tested the same group six years later, the results were somewhat surprising. The BMIs of women who smoked cannabis daily were, on average, 3.1% lower than non-users. For male users, BMI was 2.7% lower than their cannabis-free counterparts.
It’s exciting to see so much new research into the effects and health impacts of cannabis. And it’s incredibly gratifying when that research helps debunk the lingering negative stereotypes associated with cannabis use.