While some would have you believe marijuana is associated with the munchies or laziness, researchers at OregonHealth and Science University have concluded that marijuana use may actually be linked to more physical activity and a lower body mass index. Several studies have now come to similar conclusions as others show marijuana consumers having smaller waist circumferences than non-users, as well as a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. While no direct reason has be found, some suggest that those using marijuana could potentially break down blood sugar easier.
“Heavy users of cannabis had a lower mean BMI compared to that of never users, with a mean BMI being 26.7 kg/m in heavy users and 28.4 kg/m in never users.”
The study also suggested that people who consume marijuana on a regular basis are more physically activity than those that use it sporadically or not at all.
“There is a popular belief that people who consume marijuana have the munchies, and so [they] are going to eat a lot and gain weight, and we found that it is not necessarily the case.”