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Canadian Researchers Confirm Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Impedes Weight Gain

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According to a recent study published in the PLOS ONE journal, small daily doses of THC prevents weight gain in lab mice fed a typical American diet – one that’s high in fat.

Providing a sliver of hypothetical hope for the 78.6 million U.S. adults who suffer from obesity, a group of Canadian researchers looked at the potential impact of daily, minute doses of THC for mice suffering from diet-induced obesity. And contrary to popular belief, the inquisitive scientists at the University of Calgary and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario reported that rather than getting the munchies, mice that consumed tetrahydrocannabinol were inhibited from increasing their overall fat content.


“Chronic THC treatment reduced … and prevented high fat diet-induced increases in body weight and adiposity … Changes in gut microbiota potentially contribute to chronic THC-induced actions on body weight in obesity.”

Proving consistent with a 2015 observational study that concluded states with medical marijuana laws are associated with a 2% – 6% decrease in the probability of obesity. This recent Canadian study provides further evidence that marijuana consumption is directly related to a lower occurrence of obesity and their related healthcare expenditures.

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