There’s been a lot of talk lately as to the extent to which cannabis can assist with weight loss. Some cannabis users swear that THC-heavy weed helps them stay in shape, despite its connotations with prolonged hunger pangs.
But what does the science tell us about weed’s relationship with weight management? Is there any direct evidence to suggest that cannabis really can help you stay in shape?
Surprising as it may be, the answer is yes – cannabis could well double-up as an effective weight management tool.
Cannabis Consumption Linked with Lower Obesity Rates
Multiple studies carried out over the past decade have pointed to the same probable conclusion. Where a person smokes weed (or consumes THC in general) on a regular basis, they’re statistically less likely to be overweight or obese than someone who abstains.
It’s a possible connection first brought to light in 2011, when an analysis of two studies linked cannabis consumption with lower obesity rates. It’s something that’s been looked into on an informal and anecdotal level several times since, which in all instances have reached the same basic conclusion.
How and Why Cannabis Can Assist with Weight Management
For the time being, there’s no formal scientific explanation as to how and why cannabis could support weight management. However, there are several primary theories as to why those who use cannabis on a regular basis are statistically less likely to be obese than their abstaining counterparts.
The most prominent examples of which being as follows:
1. Cannabis users have been found to be significantly less likely to consume elevated quantities of alcohol than their counterparts. Boozing heavily isn’t normally something that accompanies getting high as a kite, meaning those who choose weed over alcohol save their bodies from the burden of thousands of calories per week. This alone is suspected to be one of the main reasons stoners tend to be slimmer.
2. There’s also evidence to suggest that cannabis interacts with the body in a way that enhances the speed and efficiency of the metabolism. The result of which is reduced energy storage and more effective use of calories consumed, meaning that the person in question is significantly less likely to become overweight or obese.
3. Therapeutic cannabis may also play an important role in helping those who use it stay in shape. Medical cannabis users often turn to certain strains and products for relief from a wide variety of acute and chronic aches and pains. Which, when alleviated, no longer prevent them from exercising and staying active in general. Not all stoners are quite as sedentary as the stereotype suggests.
4. The fact that cannabis also reduces stress levels could also be significant. Stress is a known obesity risk factor for a variety of reasons, which when brought under control elevates the individual’s likelihood of maintaining a healthy weight.
5. Sleep patterns and regularity can also be improved with the regular and controlled consumption of certain types of cannabis. Research having shown that when a person doesn’t get enough sleep or has erratic and unpredictable sleeping habits, they’re exponentially more likely to gain weight and become obese.
For the time being, doctors and health experts in general aren’t yet willing to directly recommend cannabis and THC products as effective weight loss aids. Nevertheless, there’s growing scientific and anecdotal evidence to suggest that as part of a healthy lifestyle, cannabis could very well help you stay trim.
Even when factoring an occasional bout of the munchies into consideration, cannabis has the potential to serve as a surprisingly effective weight loss aid.