As the number of states where cannabis is legal grows and cannabis culture becomes more mainstream, people are wondering how cannabis use can impact our weight. While some people insist that it can aid weight loss, others argue that there is no evidence to support this.
There has been little or research into specifically smoking cannabis for weight loss, and some things are hard to believe until then. Some research has been conducted, but it has been of questionable quality at best and as a result, its findings are not believed to be conclusive.
One study examined the link between cannabis use and weight by studying the weight of two different groups. The first group (Group A) lived in a liberal state where cannabis was legal. The other group (Group B) lived in a much more conservative state in which cannabis was illegal.
What the study found was that the first group had a lower rate of obesity and lower risk of obesity-related illnesses. However, these findings were very quickly discredited by a large proportion of the scientific community for the following reasons:
Studies like this can be dangerous as they’re based on low standards of research. By ignoring the key differences between the two subject groups, the results of the study cannot be trusted.
In 2011, researchers did a study on 50,000 people. Frequent users that smoked cannabis three times a week were 40 percent less likely to be obese than non-users. This is attributed to how cannabinoids react to our endocannabinoid system. While THC can cause an increased appetite, if a user builds up a tolerance, it can result in the opposite and suppress our appetite.
Most studies have been done on rats, not humans. So finding accurate information can be hard to come by.