I’ll do my best to resist cliché.

French researchers found pot users, against all odds, are on average skinnier than people who don’t smoke/eat/etc. marijuana.


TIME magazine’s health blog referenced the study and the writer mentioned other research that claimed people who don’t smoke pot for religious reasons may overcompensate by overeating (?) and that medical marijuana users are more likely to be sick and therefore less healthy. The latter at least seems logical.

Though it begs the question, what percentage of pot smokers are medical marijuana users? Certainly not the majority.

From the abstract:

The adjusted prevalences of obesity in (survey one) and (survey two) were 22.0% and 25.3%, respectively, among participants reporting no use of cannabis in the past 12 months and 14.3% and 17.2%, respectively, among participants reporting the use of cannabis at least 3 days per week. These differences were not accounted for by tobacco smoking status. Additionally, after adjustment for sex and age, the use of cannabis was associated with body mass index differences in both samples. The authors conclude that the prevalence of obesity is lower in cannabis users than in nonusers.


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  1. luftmensch

    For one thing marijuana users are, in my expereience, less likely to consume large quantities of alcohol. And also I think the “munchies” are less prevalent than stereotypes indicate, and are probably more likely in less experienced users. Personally I haven’t had an attack of the munchies since I was in my early 20′s, but then I don’t overindulge in marijuana like I used to at that age either.

    September 12th, 2011 1:05 pm

  2. Bill Powell

    just wondering why the press democrat is advocating drug use?

    September 12th, 2011 3:39 pm

  3. MadBluDog

    And yet more research to confirm the benefits of the plant that will save the planet…

    September 18th, 2011 11:16 am

  4. Marijuana Magazine

    Interesting Post! Thanks for the information. Keep Posting.

    October 4th, 2011 10:21 am

  5. Zane

    People cope different ways. Anyone who has gone through recovery or who understands over-eaters anonymous will realize that eating more than we need is a common human method of soothing ourselves. We eat because it feels good, so we get fat. If we smoke weed for the same reason we don;t need to medicate with food.

    October 7th, 2011 7:59 pm

  6. keersha winds

    good reporting. i want all the news uncensored. There are many medicinal properties to this beautiful plant, it seems.

    October 11th, 2011 8:07 pm

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