Study: Marijuana Use Associated with Smaller Waistline, Lower Triglycerides

Quebec, Canada: The use of marijuana is associated with a smaller waistline and lower levels of triglycerides, according to data published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.

An investigator from the Canadian National Public Health Institute assessed the relationship between cannabis use, waist circumference, and triglyceride levels. Data analyzed in the study was extracted from a nationally representative database (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey).

The researchers reported that those subjects who consumed marijuana at least four times a week typically possessed a smaller waistline and lower triglycerides than either non-users or former consumers.

The finding is consistent with several prior studies, such as those here, here, here, here, and here, indicating that marijuana use is associated with lower rates of obesity, BMI, and cholesterol levels.

Full text of the study, "Lifetime average cannabis use in relation to hypertriglyceridemic waist phenotype in US adults: A population-based cross-sectional study," appears in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.