People who use marijuana are often stereotyped as being lazy and unhealthy. A new study, however, proves otherwise.
A study published in the Journal of Obesity found that marijuana users have a lower body mass index (BMI) and less risk of being diagnosed with diabetes.
Researchers from Quebec University conducted a study on 786 adults between the ages of 18 and 74. They found that the BMI for cannabis users was 26.8 and 28.6 for non-users. The researchers were able to determine that the group that scored the lowest BMI were those who were cannabis users who had never used tobacco or had quit tobacco.
One of the more surprising discoveries of this study was that marijuana users were less likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, with lower fasting insulin and insulin resistance.
The author of the study said, “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 (insulin resistance).”
In 2013, the American Journal of Medicine published research that said cannabis users had lower insulin levels than non-users. The study suggested that marijuana could play a key role in controlling type 2 diabetes.
The Benefits of Marijuana Can No Longer Be Ignored
Currently, 40 states have passed laws that allow for the use of some form of medical marijuana. Even though marijuana clearly has medical benefits, it remains a Schedule I substance alongside heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and bath salts under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
The benefits of marijuana can no longer be ignored. The recent findings, NIDA’s admission, company developments, and the opinion of Dr. Sanjay Gupta and of the United States Surgeon General should be enough to reschedule marijuana and promote research into it.