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Marijuana users less likely to gain weight despite munchies, study says

Are the munchies a myth?

No, but despite the increased appetite that sometimes comes with using weed, marijuana users are less likely to gain weight despite getting the munchies, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. New evidence from Michigan State University found that those who smoke cannabis weigh less compared to adults who don’t.

The research contradicts the common belief that pot users will pack on the pounds as a result of an increased appetite.

“Over a three-year period, all participants showed a weight increase, but interestingly, those who used marijuana had less of an increase compared to those that never used,” said Omayma Alshaarawy, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of family medicine at MSU. “Our study builds on mounting evidence that this opposite effect occurs.”

In fact, findings suggest new and persistent smokers are overall less likely to be overweight or obese.

“We found that users, even those who just started, were more likely to be at a normal, healthier weight and stay at that weight,” she said. “Only 15 percent of persistent users were considered obese compared to 20 percent of non-users.”

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