Smoking Cannabis and Weight Loss: Is There Enough Evidence?

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Does smoking cannabis have any connection to losing weight? The research so far has revealed mixed suggestions. Image Credit: By on shutterstock.

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.

What Does the Research Say?

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 second 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:

  • The study failed to take into account the very health-conscious culture which is known to exist in the state to which Group A belonged.
  • It also failed to factor in the differences in weather and lifestyle. Group A lived in a state with very pleasant weather all year round and a very active outdoor lifestyle, while Group B lived in a climate with extremely harsh winters.
  • Finally, the study did not account for the vast differences in socioeconomic status and mean education levels between the two groups. Group A was more highly educated and on average, more affluent. Group B, on the other hand, had a higher proportion of citizens living on lower incomes and working in unskilled labor sectors.

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.

Kerri Louise Watt
Kerri Louise Watt
Kerri Louise Watt is an experienced health and fitness advisor with 20 years of martial arts under her belt. She reports on the healthy lifestyle revolving around CBD and its future potential in fitness. You can find her work at

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