Study: cannabis use may lead to a lower BMI

New study published in "The Obesity Society's official journal" presents new evidence that cannabis use may lead to lower rates of obesity.

Researchers used data gathered in 2004 from 786 adults, using the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey, and found that 57.4% of adults being cannabis users. They also found that cannabis use was associated with:

- a lower body mass index (BMI)

- a lower percentage of fat mass

- a lower amount of insulin in the blood when not eating, suggesting a decreased chance of having/developing prediabetes

- a lower homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), a measure of   insulin resistance, also suggesting a decreased chance of having or developing prediabetes.

However, the researchers found there were no differences in fasting insulin or in HOMA-IR between cannabis users and non-users. The reason why cannabis users showed lower fasting insulin and lower HOMA-IR was not a direct result of cannabis use, but rather the result of a lower BMI potentially influenced by cannabis use.

The study supports the idea that cannabis use directly leads to a lower BMI, which leads to a decreased chance of having or developing prediabetes. However, the study does not support the idea that cannabis use itself leads directly to improved blood sugar regulation and decreased possibility of developing prediabetes.

study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25557382

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