Pot makes you thin?!?

September 7, 2011 § 2 Comments

No, it doesn’t. I just lied to you via the title of this post.

“We found that cannabis users are less likely to be obese than non-users,” [Dr. Yann Le Strat] says. “We were so surprised, we thought we had [made] a mistake. Or that our results were due to the sample we studied. So we turned to another completely independent sample and found exactly the same association.”

See, there is correlation, but causation has yet to be determined, so don’t go running out to buy a baggy just yet, OK?

Here, I’ll let the doctor tell you himself:

La Strat says there could be “confounding factors” which would explain the results — such as the level of physical activity of the pot smokers, or the fact that they might also use tobacco — but they tried to rule out such factors.

“We did our best to take them into account and still showed the association,” he says. “Our findings are too preliminary to answer [what accounts for the disparity]. But there are a lot of different substances in cannabis. The observed association may be due to the effects of one of them.”

Via The Body Odd

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