The medicinal properties found in marijuana have been proven to help patients, around the world to treat and manage a diverse range of conditions including Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, Dravet Syndrome, Epilepsy, Anxiety, Depression, Cancer, Morning Sickness, and Eating Disorders, amongst many others.
As a result, a number of clinical trials have brought to light the many medicinal benefits that come hand in hand with one of the world’s most talked about drugs.
And this week, a new study revealed that people who smoke marijuana on a daily basis, may actually be slimmer than those who do not usethe drug.
Researchers found that people who use marijuana frequently had a 3 percent lower BMI (Body Mass Index) on average than participants who had never used the drug before.
Lead study author Isabelle C. Beulaygue, a research support specialist in interventional radiology at the University of Miami, has been quoted in a media publication responding to the report’s results: “There is a popular belief that people who consume marijuana have the munchies, and so [they] are going to eat a lot and gain weight, and we found that it is not necessarily the case.
As part of the study, researchers looked at more than 13,000 adults aged between 18 and 26 – both male and female.
Having collected the body measurements of all of the participants involved in the study, in order to calculate their BMIs, the resulted showed that the BMIs of women who smoked marijuana during the study were 3.1 percent lower than the women who did not smoke marijuana during the study.
For male participants – the results were similar. They revealed that the BMIs of men who smoked marijuana on a daily basis were 2.7 percent lower than the BMIs of those participants who did not use the drug – once again indicating that marijuana could in fact lower BMI.
The results, which have been published in The Journal of Mental Health also revealed that even when lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and alcohol consumption were considered, the results remained the same.
However, the researchers involved in the study were keen to point out that they are not advocating the drug as a new aid to weight loss. They also pointed out that previous studies have revealed that cannabis users who use the drug frequently may break down blood sugar more quickly, which could also prevent weight gain.
Of course, this is also one of the first studies, which has explored the link between marijuana and BMI. With this in mind, researchers have indicated that before a solid conclusion can be made, more research is needed that looks at marijuana’s connection with BMI.