Weight loss and gain is a very serious health issue. All that is definitely true, so much so that many people who are ill and have no appetite or people who need to put on weight often use medical marijuana to help stabilize their body mass at a healthier weight.
But what about the rest of us who are not trying to gain weight? The myth so far has been that people who smoke pot eat more and therefore weigh more.
New scientific research, however, is contradicting this popularly held believe.
According to the journal of Obesity Biology and Integrated Physiology , researchers have found that cannabis users have a lower body mass index. Basically, pot users are on average thinner than non-users.
Not only that but there’s good news for diabetics and pre-diabetics: Cannabis users have lower blood glucose levels than non-users. That’s not where the good news ends, either. Several studies show that cannabis users have a higher caloric intake on average than non-users despite the fact that they had a lower body weight.
This means that using cannabis may encourage the munchies and make you eat more, but your metabolism simultaneously gets a little boost that prevents weight-gain. Who would’ve ever thought that marijuana makes you skinny?
The reason for the metabolism boost is that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) stimulates the production of a hormone called ghrelin . Ghrelin is a poweful appetite stimulator and is often called “the hunger hormone” in the scientific community.
However, ghrelin also plays a big role in helping our bodies break down and metabolize carbohydrates.