Cannabis and weight

Does using cannabis lead to weight gain? Not necessarily, according to new research.

In a paper published in International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers used computer-assisted personal interviews with participants to learn about their cannabis use, body weight and height during the three-year duration of the study. Results showed an inverse association between cannabis use and an increase in body-mass index, one indicator of overall health.

At the same time, medical cannabis is often used by patients suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting to help stimulate appetite. Tilray is currently partnering on a study at the University of New South Wales in Australia to better understand the efficacy of using THC and CBD in low doses to help stimulate appetite.

Research has shown that cannabis can improve appetite among patients, including one study that found lack of appetite in cancer patients suffering from weight loss improved significantly after cannabinoid treatment, with no significant difference in weight.

It’s beginning to look like that stereotype which sees cannabis users elbow-deep in a bowl of cheezies might not be accurate.

Research will help us learn more about cannabis and the potential applications of cannabinoids like THC and CBD on illness and disease, while dispelling some persistent myths about cannabis consumers.

A new study published in 2020 in the journal, Nature, found that cannabis modulated blood concentrations of hormones that affect appetite and metabolism. It was the first randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of cannabis on this topic, which saw participants smoke, vaporize and ingest cannabis. Researchers then took blood samples for analysis.

A key result was that cannabis blunted the insulin spike users experienced after ingesting a cannabis brownie.

Researchers said that further study is needed to provide additional information on cannabis and the physiological pathways that regulate appetite and metabolism. You can read the full article here:

Effects of oral, smoked, and vaporized cannabis on endocrine pathways related to appetite and metabolism: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, human laboratory study