Study Finds Medical Marijuana May Reduce Obesity

A new study published in an upcoming issue of Health Economics has found that states that enact medical marijuana laws see a correlative decline in obesity.

Although conventional wisdom would dictate that marijuana makes a person hungrier, and therefore more likely to gain weight, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the opposite may be true.

Using data from the 1990 to 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, researchers found a two to six percent decline in the probably of obesity in areas where medical marijuana laws were enacted.

Researchers hypothesized that for older individuals, weight loss may be attributed to increased mobility brought on by medical marijuana. For younger individuals, the decline in obesity may be attributed to less alcohol consumption, as many use marijuana as a substitute.

Researchers also estimate that medical marijuana laws may also induce a $58-$115 reduction in obesity-related costs.

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