3 Reasons Cannabis is Your New Weight-Loss Secret

Cannabis may be renowned for giving you the munchies, but the munchies are not making you fat.

In fact, it could be helping you along your weight-loss journey.

Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - weight-loss

Researchers looked at 4,657 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, and of them, compared the 579 cannabis users to the 1975 non-users. In 2013, The American Journal of Medicine concluded,

We found that marijuana use was associated with lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR [homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance], and smaller waist circumference.

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These three conclusions from this study are your new reasons why cannabis is your hidden weapon to tackle weight loss.

Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - weight-loss

1. Better regulated insulin levels.

The 579 people who regularly used cannabis had an approximate 16% lower level of insulin than their non-using counterparts.

When your insulin levels are normal, you’re able to get the glucose into your cells so your body can use it for fuel. However, if your insulin levels are too high, it can lead to problems with glucose control.

A person who suffers from diabetes will show elevated insulin levels.

2. Lower body mass index (BMI) and lower prevalence of obesity.

Despite the associations with increased caloric intake, the BMI (the measure of body fats) for those participants who never used cannabis, used it in the past, and current users respectively had an average BMI of 29.1, 28.5, and 27.2 (kg/m^2).

This means that those who currently use cannabis had a lower measure of body fats than those who used it in the past and of those who’ve never used cannabis before.

We speculate that this could potentially mean that the effects of cannabis are influencing our susceptibility to obesity and a breakthrough in weight-loss technology.

Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - weight-loss
Alternative Medical Center blogs - AMC - weight-loss

3. Lower waist circumference.

The most simplistic way of measuring weight-loss is to record the actual circumference of the waists of the test subjects.

The results of the measurements revealed that current users, on average, had smaller waistlines by 3.8 cm than their non-user counterparts.

These participants probably weren’t aware that their attendance in the cannabis community may have been influencing their weight-loss.

The link between cannabis and weight-loss is still under debate. As the industry expands, so does the need for research and development. While the causality is still being interpreted, the evidence may be pointing to a cannabis weight-loss secret that is waiting to be unlocked.

Would you be open to experimenting with cannabis for weight-loss purposes?

Leave a comment below to share your opinion.

By |2018-09-12T17:03:59-07:00March 29th, 2018|Cannabis, Health, Weight-Loss, Workout|25 Comments

About the Author:

Passionate about the expanding cannabis industry, Laura intends to shed light on Sacramento's local cannabis culture and community.


  1. Lori Garcia April 11, 2018 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Yes I definitely would be open to this experiment.

    • Alternative Medical Girl April 11, 2018 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      Hey Lori! Seems like a win-win if you ask me. Enjoying cannabis and potentially losing weight at the same time? Sign me up too!

  2. Ginny April 19, 2018 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I would greatly benefit fm this study…

    • Alternative Medical Girl April 19, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Right?! Worth a shot, at least. Thanks, Ginny!

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  4. kevin steven June 7, 2018 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Very educative article. Weed actually help you stay skinny. I have read many stories and articles supporting the fact. THC is the main component that promotes the weight loss .THC causes changes in the gut microbiome that are thought to contribute to healthy weight. CBD may also help in reducing the appetite. I have also experienced that the weed is helpful in weight loss. My favorite is, sativa dominant Blue dream from https://medmen.com .

    • Alternative Medical Girl June 7, 2018 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Hey Kevin! So cool that you’ve experienced this first-hand! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience with us 🙂

      • Kevin Steven June 11, 2018 at 6:47 am - Reply

        🙂 keep up the good work!

  5. Jim Gibson June 24, 2018 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Apart from pain management, cannabis is very good in reducing weight for obese people like me. I personally gained the health benefits of cannabis when I reduced from 300 pounds to 250 pounds in 3 months. Could not thank cannabis enough! Nice post here!

    • Alternative Medical Girl June 25, 2018 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Hey Jim! That’s an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations on your progress. You must feel so good!! Thanks for sharing your story with us 🙂

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  7. Alex Cook July 9, 2018 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    A variety of studies have also found that cannabis is associated with lower levels of insulin resistance. Insulin helps glucose (a.k.a. sugar) convert itself into energy but when resistance occurs, cells can’t respond to the insulin hormone and ends up taking less glucose out of the bloodstream. This causes sugar levels to rise and red blood cells to build up. Long story short, regular cannabis consumers can break down blood sugar easier, which helps prevent weight gain.

    There’s no telling what the magic amount, frequency and strain may be to maintain a healthy BMI while using cannabis. Some reports say short-term use causes weight gain while others say chronic marijuana use helps you lose the pounds. Other substances may help or hinder the process and your current weight could determine if you’re more likely to gain or lose.

    • Alternative Medical Girl July 10, 2018 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Hey Alex! Thanks so much for your feedback! The power of cannabis is truly amazing.

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  9. Carol Stells July 24, 2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    I would like to participate in any study regarding cannabis.

    • Alternative Medical Girl July 24, 2018 at 8:59 am - Reply

      You n me both! 🙂

  10. Rose July 30, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Wow sounds really impressive. I think i should use it for myself.

    • Alternative Medical Girl July 30, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Let us know how it goes, Rose! Feel free to stop by our shop for all of your “supplies” 😉

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    Cannabis really amazing. When it’s true I will try that too.

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    • Alternative Medical Girl August 3, 2018 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Worth a shot, right? Thanks for reaching out!

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