March 23, 2015
Proponents of marijuana legalization have a new argument to add to the debate: smoking weed may help solve America's obesity epidemic.
According to a 2013 study published in The American Journal of Medicine, people who smoked marijuana were found to have lower rates of obesity, smaller waist circumferences and controlled insulin levels.
The reason for this outcome is unknown, and it may seem oxymoronic given the common association of marijuana use and the munchies.
Medical Daily has created an infographic based on the study’s findings, which shows females and people ages 20-29 are the largest demographic of regular marijuana users.
People who attended college and exercise often are also more likely than those who didn't attend college and don't exercise regularly to have smoked weed in the past 30 days.
White people are more likely to be consider regularly pot smokers than Hispanics, blacks and other races, the infographic shows.
Despite the study's findings, exerts say smoking marijuana is not a viable weight loss option, according to Medical Daily.