Intuitively, you would think that smoking marijuana wouldn’t help you lose weight. Smoking inevitably gives you the munchies, which is often satiated (at least in my case) by a huge volume of rather unhealthy snack food.
However, the actual statistics tell a different story. A study performed by the american Journal of Epidemiology found that 22% of Americans who did not use weed were obese, compared with 14% of those who did smoke it. Even when the rates were adjusted for other factors, such as sex, age and tobacco use, the results remained the same.
Also interesting is that those who used marijuana had lower rates of diabetes, which has been linked to obesity in many studies.
One of the theories to explain this apparent anomaly is that people who smoke cannabis have higher metabolisms than those that do not. This allows their bodies to burn more calories and keep their weight down.
The evidence seems to point to weed being useful for weight loss, but of course, metabolism only makes a small difference to your overall calorie use in your body. People with vastly different metabolisms will still only vary by at most 400 calories when it comes to how much their bodies use. The best way to lose weight is still to control the amount of calories going into your body.
So, yes, smoking weed is linked to lower rates of obesity, but if you’re looking to lose weight, going down and buying a couple of grams of your favourite strain might not actually be the best way to go about it. It looks like it doesn’t hurt either though, I’ve never met a fat stoner.