Most people who smoke pot end up eating all the pizza or some sort of genius concoction like chocolate chip cookie nachos drizzled in peanut butter and topped with whipped cream.
And while you'd think all those calories would eventually add up, particularly among people who get high regularly, new research recently published in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics shows otherwise. In a study, researchers looked more than 13,000 people's pot consumption habits over six years, then compared that data to participants' body mass index (BMI), a number derived from your age, height, and weight to estimate and assess your body fat. They also adjusted the results for habits known to affect a person's weight, like how much they eat, exercise, and drink alcohol.
On average, women who used marijuana every day had BMIs that were about 3.1 percent lower than those who didn't indulge at all, and men who used daily had a 2.7 percent lower BMIs than non-smokers. (Because a high BMI can indicate an increased risk of heart disease, type-2 diabetes, cancer, and other health issues, it's generally a good thing to skew lower on the scale - even though BMI isn't necessarily the most accurate assessment of someone's overall health status.)
While this isn't the first time researchers have linked marijuana to lower BMIs, it doesn't prove that pot triggers weight loss or fends off weight gain. And because more research is needed to figure out exactly how marijuana - a drug that's proven to stoke the appetite - affects the metabolism to somehow keep body fat in check, experts aren't telling people to start smoking to lose a few pounds.
Anyway, about that pizza...
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