Cannabis Plate

A plate of marijuana between a fork and a knife

Research team from the University of Miami has published an interesting report on the apparent long-term effects of cannabis use. Adding to a growing archive of cannabis-related health findings, the team found that cannabis users generally have a lower BMI than those who do not use cannabis.

Specifically, they found that male cannabis users have on average a 2.7% lower BMI than their non-cannabis-using counterparts. In the case of female cannabis users, the difference in BMI was around 3.1%. The findings have been added to the September issue of the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics.

Lazy Stoners?

According to Isabelle Beulaygue and Michael T. French, the study’s lead authors, the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health was used to collect and analyse data from around 13,000 people. A variety of other influential factors were taken into consideration, including smoker status, exercise, employment, age, race and so on.

“Our findings run counter to popular belief, which associates marijuana use with laziness and increased appetite,” French commented on the study’s results.

Cannabis Law Reform

Scientific research backing cannabis as an important medicinal product has been growing for many years, making it borderline impossible for both lawmakers and the public to continue overlooking its potential. When medical cannabis is put to the vote in November, it could lead to the establishment of a billion-dollar industry for Florida – one that could benefit the lives of tens of thousands of citizens with a variety of health complaints. In Miami alone, it’s estimated that the industry could general more than $124 million every year.

The passing of Amendment 2 would immediately qualify more than 307,000 people across the state for medical cannabis purchase and use. As such, it is the hope of campaign groups that this time around, voters that were still on the fence a couple of years ago will have been swayed by important developments in medical cannabis research over the past 24 months.