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Weed Smokers tend to weigh less, says new study

One of the things that is consistently associated with smoking marijuana is the possible creation of munchies. Maybe you and your friends have been there sometime. You may have smoked a common and unintentionally made a whole box of your favorite flakes. While this probably did not make any benefits on your way to a summer beach body, science has pointed to an interesting phenomenon that happens to those who smoke. According to new data from researchers from Michigan State University, those who smoke cannabis or marijuana weigh less than adults who do not. Published in The International Journal of Epidemiology is the results contra-intuitive to what you might think happens. Understanding Munchies You may have heard this term thrown a lot, but do you understand the science of munchies? Broken down by a study conducted by UCLA, Marijuana triggers an appetite that stimulates a hormone that tightens your smell and taste. The hormone, called ghrelin, stimulates your stomach's appetite. [embedded content] THC effects on the hormone are so interesting for researchers as it can be used to treat a variety of diseases. But Michigan State University's research points to an even more dynamic relationship between THC, hunger and weight gain. Study Now before you consider using a collection a day to keep your weight down, Omayma Alshaarawy, senior author and assistant professor of family medicine, says that this is not the case. As mentioned in the study, "there are too many health problems around cannabis that weigh greater than…

One of the things that is consistently associated with smoking marijuana is the possible creation of munchies. Maybe you and your friends have been there sometime. You may have smoked a common and unintentionally made a whole box of your favorite flakes. While this probably did not make any benefits on your way to a summer beach body, science has pointed to an interesting phenomenon that happens to those who smoke.

According to new data from researchers from Michigan State University, those who smoke cannabis or marijuana weigh less than adults who do not. Published in The International Journal of Epidemiology is the results contra-intuitive to what you might think happens.

Understanding Munchies

You may have heard this term thrown a lot, but do you understand the science of munchies? Broken down by a study conducted by UCLA, Marijuana triggers an appetite that stimulates a hormone that tightens your smell and taste. The hormone, called ghrelin, stimulates your stomach‘s appetite.

THC effects on the hormone are so interesting for researchers as it can be used to treat a variety of diseases. But Michigan State University’s research points to an even more dynamic relationship between THC, hunger and weight gain.

Study

Now before you consider using a collection a day to keep your weight down, Omayma Alshaarawy, senior author and assistant professor of family medicine, says that this is not the case. As mentioned in the study, “there are too many health problems around cannabis that weigh greater than the potential positive, but the modest effects have on weight gain.”

“People should not regard it as a way of retaining or even losing weight.” But there are some very interesting footnotes from the study. To carry out the study, researchers used data from the National Epidemiological Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions, by examining 33,000 participants 1

8 years and older. [19659009] SEE ALSO: MARIJUANA FROM AN ENGINEERING PERSPECTIVE: WHAT IS NOT GOING ON?

According to Alshaarawy, “Over a three-year period, all participants showed a weight gain, but interestingly, those who used marijuana had less of an increase compared to those who never used.”

“We found that users, too, those who just started were more likely to have a normal, healthier weight and stay on that weight, “she said. “Only 15% of remaining users were considered overweight compared to 20% of non-users.”

In short, marijuana smokers over a longer period of time showed little or no weight gain over their non-smokers. More research needs to be done to draw a complete conclusion, but there are some good news for those who participate in today’s festivities.

Happy 4/20!

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