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Marijuana users less likely to gain weight despite munchies: Study

The findings are contrary to the belief that marijuana users who have a serious case of the munchies will ultimately gain more weight.

Those who smoke cannabis, or marijuana, weigh less compared to adults who don’t, recent findings suggest.

The findings are contrary to the belief that marijuana users who have a serious case of the munchies will ultimately gain more weight.

“Over a three-year period, all participants showed a weight increase, but interestingly, those who used marijuana had less of an increase compared to those that never used. Our study builds on mounting evidence that this opposite effect occurs,” said Omayma Alshaarawy, lead author of the study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Results also suggest that new and persistent users are less likely to be overweight or obese, overall.

“We found that users, even those who just started, were more likely to be at a normal, healthier weight and stay at that weight. Only 15% of persistent users were considered obese compared to 20% of non-users,” she explained.

As part of the study, researchers used data from the National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions and looked at the Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 33,000 participants, ages 18 and older, then compared the numbers.

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