You’ve likely heard of the munchies. Perhaps you’ve even experienced them. The term is frequently used to describe the cravings for highly-caloric and sometimes very sweet foods after using cannabis, which contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). With this trait, does marijuana make you fat?
Well, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, marijuana users are less likely than non-users to develop metabolic syndrome, which is a significant risk factor for obesity, type II diabetes, and heart disease.
Conducted by scientists at the University of Miami in Florida, this study examined the relationship between cannabis consumption and the individual components of metabolic syndrome, such as high blood pressure, increased abdominal fat, elevated blood sugar, and unhealthy cholesterol levels.
Nearly 8,500 people from age 20 to 59 provided survey data for the study. Participants were separated into three categories—current marijuana users, past users, and those who had never smoked the herb. Whereas metabolic syndrome afflicts 22 percent of the U.S. adult population, less than 14 percent of current cannabis-using adults in this study had metabolic syndrome.
Hopefully this answers the question of will marijuana make you fat.