A new study has found that the legalization of adult-use cannabis is linked to reduced levels of obesity. This is surprising because marijuana is said to be an appetite stimulator. The study was conducted by researchers at North Dakota State University, the Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise.
The researchers conducted an analysis of obesity data in the state of Washington, which was one of the first states in the country to legalize adult-use cannabis. The researchers stated that despite the munchies factor and overall obesity concerns, the relationship between marijuana legalization and excessive weight gain was still being investigated.
So to help fill the gap, the researchers focused on the changes observed after adult-use retailers launched in Washington state in 2014 and then compared their findings to the rest of America. The study found that the launch of recreational cannabis dispensaries led to a reduction in the rate of obesity in Washington.
In their report, the researchers explained that their primary experiment demonstrated that adult-use cannabis legalization resulted in decreases in rates of obesity, noting that this was surprising, as prior studies had found that the use of cannabis was often linked to lethargy and increased consumption of unhealthy foods. This isn’t the only study that’s found that most stoner stereotypes don’t make sense.
For instance, one recent study investigated the idea that marijuana consumers were unmotivated and lazy, finding that there was no difference in reward-based behavior or apathy between individuals who used marijuana on a weekly basis and nonusers. Past research also found that in comparison to nonusers, the average cannabis consumer had a slimmer waistline.
The authors of the obesity study also noted in their report that as more states decriminalized and expanded the medicinal use of marijuana and legalized adult-use cannabis, their findings offered important insights into contemporary drug policy.
In addition to this, the group highlighted some of the study’s limitations, which included the fact that the study didn’t exactly determine why legalization seemed to be linked to reduced rates of obesity. They emphasized the importance of future studies identifying these potential mechanisms.
The researchers hope that their study will provide a better understanding of the relationships between the recreational use of cannabis and rates of obesity, as well as offer insights for public health policy examining the behaviors and determinants that can increase obesity.
The study’s findings were reported in the “Journal of Health Economics.”
As more stereotypes and myths about cannabis are debunked, the demand for marijuana products is likely to grow and a lot more companies may explore nontraditional financing options such as those offered to cannabis companies by entities such as REZYFi Inc. in order to grow or scale their operations.
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