Pots smokers might get the munchies, but that hasn’t affected their waistline, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine.
The study finds a reduced prevalence of obesity in the marijuana smoking community despite the average pot smoker eating an extra 600 calories per day.
Researchers at the University of Nebraska, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center examined the statistics for more than 4,600 adults located around the United States. Twelve percent of participants self-identified as pot users, and 42 percent admitted to smoking marijuana in the past.
Each participant in the study had their blood sugar levels tested for various factors which included their fasting insulin and glucose levels, insulin resistance, cholesterol levels, and waist circumference.
Researchers found that participants who smoke pot have significantly smaller waist circumference than participants who have never smoked marijuana. Researchers also had higher levels of HDL, also known as good cholesterol. Pot smokers also had a 16 percent decrease in insulin levels. Marijuana smokers had increased insulin resistance by 17 percent.
Researchers adjusted the study to account for changes in age, sex, tobacco and alcohol use, and physical activity levels.
Even participants who had used marijuana but failed to smoke in the last thirty days showed similar outcomes but to a lessened degree.
Researchers are not prepared to claim that pot smoking provides the benefits observed, only that those marijuana smokers in the survey showed improved statistics.
You can read the full study titled “The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among US Adults” via the The American Journal of Medicine.
Do you think pot smokers have an advantage over non-pot smokers? Looking back to my college days, my own observations do seem to verify that pot smokers are skinner than non-pot smokers.