Marijuana users have been portrayed historically as lazy bums. That is not actually the case. Many, many people live an active lifestyle and use cannabis. People that eat right and exercise regularly, yet also consume cannabis, are just as healthy and fit as anyone else. There are numerous examples out there of professional athletes who use marijuana and they are some of the top physical human specimens on the planet.
The results of a study were recently released which found that regular marijuana use is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI). The study was conducted in Oregon, where I live, which I think is very cool. Per NORML:
Those subjects who consume cannabis more than five times per month possess, on average, lower body mass index (BMI) than do those who do not use the substance, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Archives of Osteoporosis.
Researchers at Oregon’s Health and Science University assessed the relationship between cannabis use and a variety of health outcomes in a nationally representative sample of 4,743 participants between the ages of 20 and 59.
Authors reported, “Heavy users of cannabis had a lower mean BMI compared to that of never users, with a mean BMI being 26.7 kg/m in heavy users and 28.4 kg/m in never users.” The finding is consistent with those of prior reviews, such as those here and here.
As NORML touches on, this is not the first time a study has reached this conclusion. The study also found no relationship between marijuana use and decreased bone density. As NORML points out, marijuana use actually has been associated with bone-stimulating effects!