If you ask ordinary Americans what stereotypes are associated with regular marijuana users, you might hear a series of words such as “lazy” or “slacker.” What is deeply ingrained in American culture is that smoking a pot will leave you unmotivated to do anything productive. Have you ever thought about the authenticity of stereotypes? Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder University researched this, but their findings are not consistent with the popular image of the lazy stonemason.
“Body mass index (BMI) of cannabis users was significantly lower than non-users,” reads the study published this month in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Health Behavior. “These preliminary data suggest that current cannabis use status is not associated with a negative impact on fitness and efforts to increase exercise in sedentary older adults.” The study found that cannabis does not hurt health, but it also found that regular cannabis users are always better than those who do not use marijuana.
The researchers explained that the study was limited to Americans 60 and older, because “adults over the age of 50 are the fastest-growing population of cannabis users in the US and those 65 years and older exhibiting the greatest increase in cannabis use “Given the health problems associated with the elderly, especially when senior cannabis users often use the drug to help them face the pain of aging.
Weight is the main factor that determines the quality of life of the elderly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today, more than 71% of Americans are overweight, and nearly 40% are obese. Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States; CDC warns: “obesity is also associated with the leading causes of death in the United States and worldwide, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer,” 2017 In 2015, heart disease killed nearly 650,000 Americans, cancer killed 600,000 people, stroke caused nearly 150,000 lives, and diabetes killed 83,000 people.
“Interestingly, numerous studies have found that overweight/obesity rates are significantly lower among cannabis users compared to non-users,” the study says. “For example, Hayatbakhsh et al. found that young adults who reported using cannabis daily were approximately one-third as likely to be overweight/obese at 21 years of age compared with young adults who had never used cannabis.” The study in question, led in 2010 by the University of Queensland, found that “those who had used cannabis were less likely to be categorized in the BMI ≥ 25 [“overweight”] group with the least prevalence of overweight/obesity being observed in every day cannabis users.”
In both studies, researchers pointed out that marijuana use is related to increased appetite, which has been proven correct in clinical trials. Marijuana users call them “the munchies.” Under this influence, high-calorie foods become more attractive. The Colorado researchers explained that marijuana users might be much more active than people who do not use drugs, thereby offsetting their munchies.
“Research on the association between cannabis and exercise engagement, although limited, is suggestive of a positive association. A survey of adults 20-59 years of age found that current cannabis users were significantly more likely to meet minimum physical activity recommendations than past users and non-users,” the researchers write before diving into their findings.
This article is issued by LA Cannabis News.