Study: Cannabis Users Less Likely To Be Obese, Possess Lower Diabetes Risk

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director August 12, 2015

    Study: Cannabis Users Less Likely To Be Obese, Possess Lower Diabetes RiskA history of cannabis use is associated with a lower likelihood of obesity and diabetes, according to population-based data published in the journal Obesity.

    Investigators from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers assessed cannabis use patterns and body mass index (BMI) in a cohort of 786 Inuit (Arctic aboriginal) adults ages 18 to 74. Researchers reported that subjects who consumed cannabis in the past year were more likely to possess a lower BMI, lower fasting insulin, and lower HOMA-IR (insulin resistance) as compared to those who did not use the substance.

    Specifically, researchers reported that cannabis users possessed an average BMI of 26.8 compared to an index of 28.6 for non-users, after controlling for age, gender and other factors. Those subjects who reported using cannabis but never having used tobacco, or who were former users of tobacco, possessed on average the lowest BMI.

    Authors concluded: “In this large cross-sectional adult survey with high prevalence of both substance use and obesity, cannabis use in the past year was associated with lower BMI, lower percentage fat mass, lower fasting insulin, and HOMA-IR. … The inverse association observed in our work supports evidence from a larger proportion of previous cross-sectional and follow-up investigations. … As a result, cannabinoids from cannabis may be viewed as an interesting avenue for research on obesity and associated conditions.”

    Observational trial data published in 2013 in the American Journal of Medicine reported that subjects who consumed cannabis possessed favorable indices related to diabetic control compared to those without a history of recent marijuana use. Separate observational trial data published in 2012 in the British Medical Journal reported that marijuana users had a lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes and possessed a lower risk of contracting the disease than did those with no history of cannabis consumption, even after researchers adjusted for social variables such as subjects’ ethnicity, family history, and levels of physical activity.

    Cross-sectional data published in 2011 in the American Journal of Epidemiology similarly reported that the prevalence of obesity in the general population is sharply lower among marijuana consumers than it is among nonusers.

    20 responses to “Study: Cannabis Users Less Likely To Be Obese, Possess Lower Diabetes Risk”

    1. mexweed says:

      There was one unclear sentence: which had lowest BMI, cannabis users “never having used tobacco, or who were former users of tobacco”?

      Re Cannabis user diabetes avoidance success causes:

      1. maybe cannabis inspires digestive organs to use more imagination how they process eaten overdose carbohydrate, diverting more of it into interesting action and less into fat.

      Maybe certain cannabinoids promote good exercise by inspiring the autonomous unconscious mind to dream up interesting rhythms to try exercising (or overtly performing) to, as Satch Paige who pitched big league ball to age 57 said, he (unconscious brain?) kept something down there in the body jiggling all the time.

      Those 90 minutes after a toke are time to observe what autonomously tries to jiggle down in you, and to give it encouragement. Or massage including with medium stiff hairbrushes.

      Avoid any hurried eating in the first four hours “OUr fOUr hOUr tOUr”, nothing but water in first hour, maybe a well chewed slice of orange or melon from second hour. Busy Hands, Good Gluck.

    2. I’ve found cannabis Is a weight regulator. If you are too skinny it helps you put weight on, if overweight it helps you loose weight. I’ve seen it happen over and over

    3. Galileo Galilei says:

      NORML fans remember all the ‘Munchie’ jokes through the years. Isn’t this study a twist?!

      I wonder if anti-weed Governor Christie will similarly get the last laugh about all those ‘Twinkie’ jokes.

    4. Brian says:

      Not drinking alcohol also helps a lot 🙂

    5. marry says:

      Get rid of it, don’t mess with it.

    6. Anne says:

      “Marijuana Herb affects the Appetite Center; help to focus on food; nutrition and health”!

    7. Dave Evans says:

      Hello Normal, this is caused by marijuana’s ability to let people focus on what really counts.

      Even though marijuana gets people high, it improves the function of the nervous system. A large part of digestion is controlled by, guess what?, nerves! The chemicals placed in our food to make junk food addictive don’t work as well when one has marijuana in their system. It is a protective effect. The real drugs cause less harm when people consume marijuana.

      This is also the case for hardcore drugs users. Without marijuana, they would suffer even more because those drugs are poisons that attack the nerves; while marijuana protects nerves.

    8. Dave Evans says:

      So the effect is two fold: People are less likely to go for the junk food when they use marijuana, and even if they do, it causes them slightly less harm than if they didn’t use the marijuana. Those sugar rushes cause oxidative stress to our nerves!

    9. Fireweed says:

      I’ve said it before I’ll say it again; smoking pot is GOOD for you! I sensed this way early on when I was still new to smoking . After a night of alcohol-even a few drinks, I’ve never been a heavy drinker-I would wake up feeling tired achy and dehydrated,while after smoking cannabis I would wake up feeling exceptionally GOOD.

      Although the study controlled for variations in levels of exercise and diet, I’ve found smoking cannabis, especially sativa, rather than making me want to sit back and watch t.v. and eat chips, I want to DO something.

    10. Julian says:

      Every marijuana consumer seems to know someone who has a poor diet and borderline diabetic in a workplace setting where you feel free enough to discuss legalization but not quite enough to recommend they consume marijuana to control their diet and exercise for risk of revealing one’s own consumption. It’s like “Hey! I got the cure… Buuut I have my kids to worry about soooo… Enjoy you’re diabetes!”

      Meanwhile Congress can sit on the Carers Act while they attempt to grow cannabis from their D.C. address. How fkd up is THAT?

      The only mention of cannabinoids I found 10 years ago in a medical book was mention of CB1 and CB2 in my grandfather’s old Merc Manual. There’s always some mention that “we’re still figuring this out…” but basically CB1, from which THC simulates so well to stimulate the same receptors, is produced in the pituitary gland, including exercise-high feelings that provoke us to… Well… Exercise.

      The other big endocannabinoid our body produces naturally yet requires a diet rich in amino acids to sufficiently sustain is CB2 which is located in every major organ, and are simulated by a host of different cannabinoids found in cannabis, including but not limited to CBD, that stimulate the receptors in our intestines, for example, which tell us we are hungry and tell our intestines to do their job and finish digesting all the crap we eat. CB2, which is stimulated by hormones in the thyroid, is what stops being produced usually around adolescence for people who develop Chrone’s disease. Cannabis helps our organs function, as Mexweed pointed out, allowing our body to better metabolize nutrients, expel toxins, and fight disease.

      ( And that mother in Kansas was separated from her child and faces decades in prison for growing a few plants to treat her Chrone’s Disease? Kansas authorities need to treat their greed disease with a little herb).

      This article says that marijuana treats one of the deadliest most expensive illnesses in the United States today, diabetes, which by the way, is largely due to consuming crap like fast and processed foods, diet sodas (stay the hell away from artificial sweetners and try low glycemic agave syrup), and of course, consume some marijuana. 🙂