Oregon Health and Science University researchers conducted a study with results showing that regular marijuana consumption may help keep people fit and help keep people active. The study showed that using marijuana five or more times a month helps reduce body max indexes.
Suggested in the study is that marijuana users are more physically active than those that use marijuana rarely or not at all, according to Salon. While this is a new study, the information simply coincides with other studies showing similar results. A study published in 2016 suggested that regular marijuana users have lower BMIs than those that don’t use marijuana.
Researchers said, “Heavy users of cannabis had lower mean BMI compared to that of never users, with a mean BMI being 26.7 kg/m in heavy users and 28.4 kg/m in never users.”
In 2013, a study showed that marijuana users have 16-percent lower fasting insulin levels and 17-percent lower insulin resistance levels. There were also “significant associations between marijuana use and smaller waist circumferences.”
In 2012, information was published in British Medical Journal showing that marijuana users have a lower risk of Type II diabetes. That same study also showed a lower risk of contracting diabetes than those who have never used marijuana.
Researchers from the University of Miami said, “There is popular belief that people who consume marijuana have the munchies and so [they] are going to eat a lot and gain weight, and we found that it is not necessarily the case.”