A good diet, fitness, and sometimes genes are what usually equate to a thin body, but now marijuana could be another reason.

According to researchers, the regular consumption of marijuana may keep you thin and active. The researchers at Oregon Health and Science University have concluded that people who use marijuana more than five times per month have a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who do not marijuana.

The study stated, “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.”

This isn’t the only study to conclude that marijuana users are more fit.

Last year the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics published a study that suggested that those who regularly use cannabis also have a lower BMI than those who do not.

Another study in 2013 in the American Journal of Medicin even found that cannabis users had a 16% lower level of fasting insulin compared to those who do not use cannabis and 17% lower insulin resistance levels.

So while people assume that marijuana is connected to the munchies which could lead to weight gain, it actually isn’t the case.

In a study last year, Isabelle C. Beulaygue from the University of Miami concluded, “There is a popular belief that people who consume marijuana have the munchies, and so [THEY]are going to eat a lot and gain weight, and we found that it is not necessarily the case.”

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