Marijuana Smokers Are Skinnier Than Everyone Else

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Not normal. The fast-food bit, we mean.
Forget marijuana -- medical or otherwise -- as a performance-enhancer for such accolades as "winner" of the Chubby Bunny competition. Consider the magic plant, instead, as a partner in weight loss.

That's right, pard: the antimunchies. Or at least the antifatties.

Americans who don't use marijuana are more likely than cannabis users to be obese, according to a study conducted by two French scientists, recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Using data collected by previous investigations, the authors of "Obesity and Cannabis Use" found that folks who smoked cannabis three times a week were about 50 percent less likely to be dangerously overweight (22 percent of nonsmokers were obese, compared to 14 percent of smokers).

That may run contrary to folks' prevailing image of marijuana smokers indulging in midnight fast food runs, but here in the Bay Area, there's scientific, as well as anecdotal evidence to back up this perhaps surprising find.
For many in Northern California, marijuana use may be part of a general lifestyle: Of eating well, of exercising, of riding a bicycle taxi to work instead of an SUV. "None of our people are that fat," agreed longtime marijuana activist Michelle Aldrich, who with her husband Michael, the former operator of a dispensary involved in a landmark court case, received lifetime achievement awards in marijuana activism from High Times in June.

But why? Aldrich couldn't give a scientific reason. "I really don't know what to say -- but it's true," she said. "I don't know too many fat marijuana smokers."

In an interview with MSNBC, the study's authors admitted that the findings are preliminary, and are not at all intended to be interpreted as "smoke pot, get thin." Other factors such as physical activity and whether or not the marijuana users also used tobacco could take a role, but "we did our best to take them into account and still showed the association [between marijuana use and less obesity]," said Dr. Yann Le Strat, a psychiatrist at Louis-Mourier Hospital in Colombes, France.

"But there are a lot of different substances in cannabis," Le Strat told MSNBC, repeating what many a medical cannabis advocate and marijuana physician has been saying for years. "The observed association may be due to the effects of one of them."

One could be the body's endocannabinoid system, a set of receptors active in the human brain and elsewhere that, scientists say, is specifically set up to react to compounds in the cannabis plant -- a sort of lock and key situation where the substances in marijuana fit perfectly into brain neurotransmitters. A scientist in Israel, the late Ester Fride, had posited that the endocannabinoid system was vital for newborns: If a baby had a deficiency in its endocannabinoid system, it would refuse to suckle its mother's breast and die.

"Maybe that's part of it," Aldrich guessed. "If you smoke, you put your endocannabinoid system back into balance and you're just a normal person again. That's why people use it for pain and depression."

Perhaps the most encouraging bit of the study, for advocates of the plant, is that scientists in America didn't dismiss it: They wanted more information.

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JeffreyShurtz
JeffreyShurtz

Hello,

I am trying to purchase some Miracle Cannabis Oil for my aunt who has stage 4 lung cancer. Do you know where to buy it?

Jeffrey

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JeffreyShurtz
JeffreyShurtz

I am trying to purchase some of the Miracle Cannabis Oil for my Aunt who has stage 4 Lung cancer. Do you know where to purchase it?

Jeffrey

js@twistsf.com

HairBrainman
HairBrainman

Well, my guess is that good cannabis renders one more mindful, and so there might be that initial craving, but then that is satisfied, and consciousness expansion takes place and one just "enjoys the ride" without eating everything in sight, as is more often done with more mediocretypes of pot.  There is just more high-grade herb out there these days!

MaintainTheConstitution
MaintainTheConstitution

http://medicalmarijuanacouncil... provides lots of good information from doctors, scientists, researchers, and patients showing the broad range of health benefits of marijuana.  Why hasn't the federal law been repealed?  It's clearly not a schedule 1 drug, but rather a non-toxic herb.  Now we can add weight loss treatment to its growing list of therapies. 

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

 Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.   If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.

Drunkerton
Drunkerton

I think it has more to do with the age of the smokers.  I smoked weed when I was younger and I was fat now I am older and don't smoke weed and I am still fat.  As a general rule though younger people are thinner because they are more active.  Also as a rule older people stop smoking weed because they get jobs that drug test.  Any adult with maybe a few exceptions that smokes weed doesn't have a job there for poor - the money for weed and they don't have that much money for food.  Stupid study weed does not make you thinner it makes you poor.  LMAO 

MaintainTheConstitution
MaintainTheConstitution

I learned a lot of information at http://medicalmarijuanacouncil... that I was unaware of before regarding the endocannabinoid system that is mentioned in the article.  The interesting thing is that the cannabinoids in marijuana attach to the receptors and boost the cannabinoid system.  Our bodies actually produce cannabinoids, however when we are sick the endocannabinoid system isn't producing enough.  So the boost of cannabinoids provided by marijuana helps send those extra cannabinoids throughout the body to repair and heal.  Marijuana kills cancer cells, stops seizures, and provides many more healing benefits.  It is a non-toxic HERB.  The govt, and the pharma industry have known for decades that this plant has enormous healing properties.  However it can't be patented, so they've pushed it under the rug in hopes of selling more toxic chemicals produced from oil, which they can patent and control the money flow of. Anyone who has suffered cancer, of lost a loved one from cancer should be very upset that it has taken this long for the truth to slowly reveal itself.  It would seem implausible for a Govt. to hold a patent that clearly states medical benefits, yet at that same time classify marijuana as a schedule 1 drug and therefore having no medical benefits. 

Jim Bob
Jim Bob

You are right I never really noticed it before. LMAO Cool!

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Prohibition engendered black market profits are obscenely huge. Remove this and you remove the ability to bribe or threaten any government official or even whole governments. The argument that legalized regulation won't severely cripple organized crime is truly bizarre. Of course, the bad guys won't just disappear, but if you severely diminish their income, you also severely diminish their power. The proceeds from theft, extortion, pirated goods etc. are a drop in the ocean compared to what can be earned by selling prohibited/unregulated drugs in a black market estimated to be worth 400,000 million dollars. The immense illegal capital, gifted through prohibition, is what gives these criminal cartels and terrorists power. Power that has allowed them to expand into other areas with near total impunity.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Each day you remain silent, you help to destroy the Constitution, fill the prisons with our children, and empower terrorists and criminals worldwide while wasting hundreds of billions of your own tax dollars. Prohibition bears many strong and startling similarities to Torquemada­'s inquisition­, it's supporters are servants of tyranny and hate who's sole purpose is to make the rest of us suffer their putrid legacy of incalculable waste and destruction. 

Prohibition engendered black market profits are obscenely huge. Remove this and you remove the ability to bribe or threaten any government official or even whole governments. The argument that legalized regulation won't severely cripple organized crime is truly bizarre. Of course, the bad guys won't just disappear, but if you severely diminish their income, you also severely diminish their power. The proceeds from theft, extortion, pirated goods etc. are a drop in the ocean compared to what can be earned by selling prohibited/unregulated drugs in a black market estimated to be worth 400,000 million dollars. The immense illegal capital, gifted through prohibition, is what gives these criminal cartels and terrorists power. Power that has allowed them to expand into other areas with near total impunity.

Millions of fearless North Africans have recently shown us that recognizing oppression also carries the weight of responsibility to act upon and oppose that oppression. Prohibition is a vicious anti-constitutional assault on ALL American citizens by a criminally insane and dysfunctional government, which left unchallenged will end with the destruction of the entire nation.

Bart Wakker
Bart Wakker

I can confirm this story from personal experience. I grow my own weed and have increased my consumption since about 3 years (only recreative). I have lost about 15KG weight due to a more healthy life style since then. More excersize (I love to get active when I'm a bit high; not when it is too much however, the right dose is important), less alcohol are the main factors I think. Weed has replaced my alcohol (wine) consumption partially, back from 1 glass every day to maybe 1 or 2 per week. For myself I am 100% convinced that using weed has a beneficial effect for my health. Note I don't smoke since I do not want to damage my lungs. I eat or vaporize instead.

As for the munchies: yes they exist but the effect has diminshed. Mostly I have found that I now restrict eating ice cream and sweets etc. to times when I am high. Since I try to be a moderate user and at other times hardly take any candy anymore, the total effect is that I eat less, especially unhealthy snacks. Also I have come to appreciate fruit and vegetables more than before (e.g. when I have the munchies) instead of less healthy snacks and fastfood. Because of the enhanced experience and taste under influence, one may well find to appreciate such things than one would not like before.

Duncan20903
Duncan20903

Anyway, if people want to find out someone needs to fly down to Jamaica. They've got an island full of fundamental religionist Rastafari who have been smoking pot constantly since the Rastafarian pilgrims landed on Jamaica in 1930. Even better, the Rastafari don't drink much, any drinking alcohol, they rarely smoke tobacco, and they eat that crazy organic/raw/healthfood diet.

Oh wait a second, I forgot, they already have studied the Rastafari in depth in the 1970s. If you're in favor of prohibition you sure don't want that info getting out.

John Pheeva
John Pheeva

Rastafari is a culture not a religion. Although, many Rastas are Christian but you don't have to be to be a Rasta. FYI

Charles Hill
Charles Hill

I lived in Jamaica for two years in the early 80's.  As well as the facts that you mention, many Rastas don't eat salt (ital food).  Jamaica has one of the highest rates of heart disease and their national dish is salt fish and ackee.  It would be interesting to compare their differences due to their diet.

Disposable
Disposable

Is that statistic adjusted for either age or tobacco smoking?  Frequent pot smoking is typically more common among 20-year-olds than 50-year-olds, and people are more likely to be fat at 50 than 20.   And pot smokers are probably more likely to also be tobacco users than non-pot smokers are, though many of us are exceptions to that.

Duncan20903
Duncan20903

Are you sure about your claim that 50 year olds don't enjoy cannabis as much as the whippersnappers?

Citation? You're trying to give me government statistics to support your argument? Government statistic compiled by calling people up on the phone or dropping by their homes and saying, "Hi, I'm from the government and we're trying to determine how many people violate Federal law, the frequency of committing those criminal acts, and the total number of laws that are being broken."

Yeah, right.

Treymilligan
Treymilligan

This can't be true bc the federal government told me it has no accepted medical value and it causes you to touch yourself at night.  Those so called "scientists" don't know what their talking about. IIeeeegal forever!!!

Dustin Dannen
Dustin Dannen

Hey man you are on crack. If you can believe everything the federal government says then you are a f@#&ing moron!!!!!!!

Chris O'Hara
Chris O'Hara

just a litle sarcasm from trey its tough to pick up on in the written word

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

People who are high are more likely to buy organic food. Or at least, that's what I assume based on whenever I'm shopping at Rainbow.

beminus
beminus

I lost over 100 pounds while smoking pot pretty much everyday. I always thought the mechanism that made me hungry burned fat cells when I didn't eat, and I lost weight faster that way. Either way, I started a bulemic, but the MJ cleared that up too. I focused on weight loss and MJ balanced out my brain and let my body do its thing. Truly a wonder drug.

RazorSheldon
RazorSheldon

In paragraph 3, shouldn't it say "...50% LESS likely to be dangerously overweight?" 

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