People Who Smoke Weed Are Healthier, And Their BMIs Prove It
I haven't met one person who smokes weed and doesn't LOVE eating.
And as a food lover, it's awesome to be around pot smokers who embrace the munchies.
While one might think mindlessly snacking while stoned ruins your body, research proves that notion wrong.
A recent study published in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics evaluated the pot consumption habits over six years of more than 13,000 people.
Researchers also analyzed participants body mass indexes (BMIs). A person's BMI is made up of your weight and height to estimate your body fat. It's better to have a lower BMI since higher percentages of body fat are linked to health issues like heart disease and cancer.
The study also took participants eating, exercise and alcohol consumption habits.
Since smoking pot is known to give people urgent cravings for all things fried, greasy and sugary, you'd think the participants' BMIs would be quite high. Actually, researchers found the opposite.
Men who smoked weed daily had BMIs that were 2.7 percent lower than non-smokers. Women had BMIs that were 3.1 percent lower.
OK, so this is great news, but this doesn't mean you'll lose weight if you smoke pot. And it doesn't mean that if you don't smoke pot, your BMI is in bad shape.
But for weed smokers out there, this is a great sign you can probably enjoy your munchies guilt-free.
While more research needs to be done to reveal how weed actually affects the metabolism, there have been several studies that link smoking weed to lower BMIs.
In the meantime, we'll take this as a sign for more good weed news to come.