A new study from researchers based at San Diego State University and Cornell University is linking marijuana use to weight loss.
The academics looked at the weight of populations in states that have legalized cannabis for medical use and concluded there’s a correlation between legalization and weight loss.
In fact, the researchers said, you’ll see a 2 to 6 percent “decline in the probability of obesity” in pot-legal states.
That translates to a $58 to $115 reduction in medical costs for each resident of a state where medical cannabis is legit, the study found.
The researchers used data from 1990 to 2012, which could be a problem. Many states didn’t get on the legalization train until after that. Even in California, a pioneer, legal medical marijuana wasn’t widely available until 2007 or so.
Still, it’s promising research.
“These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that MMLs (medical marijuana laws) may be more likely to induce marijuana use for health-related reasons among older individuals, and cause substitution toward lower-calorie recreational ‘highs’ among younger individuals,” a summary of the research says.