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Marijuana and the Munchies

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When you smoke pot do you get the munchies?  When you drink do you get the munchies?  Do you just get the munchies?  Several friends of mine say they won’t smoke pot because it gives them the munchies and it will make them fat.  Funny, that only happens to me when I drink, then my willpower is completely gone!  Smoking pot can give you the munchies but I always found that a quick cup of tea with a little bit of honey curbed that “feed me now” feeling, immediately.  It’s my belief that if you’re worried about occasional munchies making you fat, then you are probably fighting some sort of weight battle already.  Well, it seems I was right.

In fact, researchers have found that the rate of obesity and diabetes among pot smokers is dramatically reduced compared to non-marijuana users. It turns out that not only are frequent marijuana users generally slimmer than non-users, but a study showed that their waistlines were actually 1.5 inches smaller, on average, than their former or non-using counterparts.

This is startling information – right?! Furthermore, researchers at Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, determined that smoking pot statistically correlated with lower (BMI) and fat percentages, as well as, lower fasting insulin levels.

So what does this all mean?  It means that there are hundreds of myths and legends about all sorts of things as it relates to Cannabis and Cannabis usage.  Marijuana has been a Schedule 1 drug for so long, it’s only now that we are seeing more research and testing.  Finally, we can begin to sort out fiction from fact.  My suggestion is keep reading, because now that there is movement in the legalization of medical [and rec] marijuana, we will see more studies and research on topics like “the munchies.” But beware, the internet is full of both great and bogus sites.  I can recommend good sites like Harborside and Patients Out of Time, which are legitimate sites with great research.  Just be careful where you get your information and, remember to “Always consider the source!”

Beyond this I can tell you that as a former personal trainer, if your diet is generally under control then getting the munchies on occasion shouldn’t affect your weight too dramatically.  Bong Appetit!

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