Good news potheads: aside from the obvious legal implications, there is no reason to put down your bongs--or that full package of double-stuffed Oreos.
Turns out new studies have claimed that marijuana is not only helps with cancer, but has a whole host of other health benefits, as well--including weight loss.
Even though getting high can give you a massive case of the munchies -- causing some smokers to 'inhale' an extra 600 calories per day -- that extra junk food doesn't show up in the pot-smoking communities' Body Mass Index (BMI). Meaning, the munchies don't make you fat.
A study published in the American Journal of Medicine, entitled "The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among US Adults," found a strong correlation between smoking pot and smaller waistlines.
Conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of Nebraska analyzed more than 4,600 adults, 12% of whom admit to inhaling on a regular basis. Another 42% admit to smoking pot in the past.
Each participant was tested for different measures of blood sugar regulation: fasting insulin and glucose levels, insulin resistance, cholesterol levels, waist circumference.
Turns out, even after adjusting for factors like age, sex, physical activity, and booze and cigarette consumption, current potheads had a significantly smaller waistlines than their straightedge peers. Research has shown that individuals who store fat in their waistlines are at a greater risk for developing health-related problems, like high blood pressure, type-II diabetes, and hyperlipidemia -- high levels of fat in the blood.