Friday, September 23, 2011

The Smoke Pot Diet

Smoke Pot. Lose weight? It sounds unbelievable. In fact the researchers who did the study found it unbelievable too.
Marijuana smokers are less likely to be obese than nonsmokers, according to a recent study.

The study found that roughly a third of those who smoke at least three times a week are less likely to be obese than those who do not smoke at all, according to a Sept. 8 Time magazine article.

Researchers analyzed two national studies consisting of 52,000 people and found that 22 percent of those who did not smoke marijuana were obese, compared to 14 percent of marijuana smokers who were obese.

Even when adjustments were made for sex and age, the numbers still showed that obesity is lower in those who smoke weed than in those who do not, according to the article.

Yann Le Strat, a co-author of the study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, said in an email that the study's results were unexpected.

Before the study, it was believed smoking weed increased appetites and may be linked to weight gain, Le Strat said.

"Cannabis is known to give ‘munchies,' and we hypothesized that cannabis use would be associated with an increased weight, an increased rate of obesity. We were surprised because what we found is that cannabis use is actually associated with a decreased weight, a decreased rate of obesity," he said.

People who use cannabis at least three times a week are spending less time overeating or drinking alcohol, according to the article.
So should you take up pot smoking to reduce your weight? Of course not. For one thing the stuff is illegal. And for another it doesn't seem to work for everyone. OTOH if you live in a med pot state and can get over the usual hurdles it might be worth a try for you if nothing else works. And you may actually find yourself laughing at Cheech and Chong movies.

Just another condition pot may help with. That Marijuana is some medicine.

H/T Drug Policy Forum of Texas

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