Cannabis and weight loss haven’t always been synonymous. In fact, when most people think of cannabis use they conjure up images of late night binge eating and a generally sedentary lifestyle. While we know this to be an outdated stereotype that is an inaccurate reflection of today’s legal cannabis culture, the stereotype still prevails among many.
However, those who perpetuate this association could soon be proven wrong. A recent study suggests that there’s some correlation between those who smoke cannabis and a lowered risk of obesity. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Health Economics. Researchers claim that in states which have legalized medical cannabis they saw a reduction in the number of overweight people.
Unfortunately, many critics are claiming that the research is excessively simple and its results are very misleading. States that are more likely to legalize cannabis for either recreational use or medical use tend to be more liberal States, they say.
The citizens of these states tend to be better educated, in more highly paid employment, more concerned with health and wellness in general, and less likely to be obese. They also tend to consume less alcohol and lead much more active lifestyles. These are all major factors when calculating obesity risk.
Critics of the research argue that whether or not the citizens in these states are cannabis users, their risk of obesity is much lower as a result of their socio-economic status and the demographic they belong to.
Despite critiques of the study, researchers say that the states in which cannabis has been legalized for medical and recreational use benefited from a 2 to 6% reduction in the probability of obesity. This has caught the attention of the media and the general public and will likely spur more study into the effects of cannabis on weight loss.