Study: Regular Marijuana Use Associated with Lower Body Mass Index (BMI)

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By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Those who consume marijuana more than five times per month possess, on average, a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who don’t use the substance.

bmiThis is according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Archives of Osteoporosis.

Researchers at Oregon’s Health and Science University assessed the relationship between cannabis use and a variety of health outcomes. They used a nationally representative sample of 4,743 participants between the ages of 20 and 59.

Authors reported. “Heavy users of cannabis had a lower mean BMI compared to that of never users, with a mean BMI being 26.7 kg/m in heavy users and 28.4 kg/m in never users.” The finding is consistent with those of prior reviews, such as those here and here.

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Study: Cannabis Users Less Likely To Be Obese, Possess Lower Diabetes Risk

By Paul Armentano, NORML

flowerA history of cannabis use is associated with a lower likelihood of obesity and diabetes, according to population-based data published in the journal Obesity.

Investigators from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers assessed cannabis use patterns and body mass index (BMI) in a cohort of 786 Inuit (Arctic aboriginal) adults ages 18 to 74. Researchers reported that subjects who consumed cannabis in the past year were more likely to possess a lower BMI, lower fasting insulin, and lower HOMA-IR (insulin resistance) as compared to those who did not use the substance.

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New Study Finds Cannabis Use Associated With Lower Body Mass Index, Lower Insulin Resistance

A new study publishedbmi in the journal Obesity, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis use is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI), which results in lower insulin resistance.

For the study, researchers set out to “ascertain the relationship between cannabis use, obesity, and insulin resistance” by analyzing “786 Inuit adults from the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey”. Information on cannabis use was obtained “from a self-completed, confidential questionnaire”, and “fasting blood glucose and insulin and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) served as surrogate markers of insulin resistance.” In addition, analysis of “covariance and multivariate logistic regression ascertained relationships between cannabis use and outcomes.”

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Cannabis Consumers Are Skinnier: An Infograph

Below is an infrographic which uses data from a study published earlier this year by the American Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted by scientists from Harvard, the University of Nebraska and the Beth Israel Medical Center.

The study found that those who consume cannabis have better insulin levels and a lower BMI (body mass index) than those who don’t. Researchers conclude that; “We found that marijuana use was associated with lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR, and smaller waist circumference.”

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