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

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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