Obesity and Cannabis Use: Results From 2 Representative National Surveys

The role of cannabis and endocannabinoids in appetite regulation has been extensively studied, but the association of cannabis use with weight in the general population is not known.

The authors used data from 2 representative epidemiologic studies of US adults aged 18 years or older, the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC; 2001–2002) and the National Comorbidity Survey–Replication (NCS-R; 2001–2003), to estimate the prevalence of obesity as a function of cannabis use.

The adjusted prevalences of obesity in the NESARC and the NCS-R were 22.0% and 25.3%, respectively, among participants reporting no use of cannabis in the past 12 months and 14.3% and 17.2%, respectively, among participants reporting the use of cannabis at least 3 days per week.

These differences were not accounted for by tobacco smoking status.

Additionally, after adjustment for sex and age, the use of cannabis was associated with body mass index differences in both samples.

The authors conclude that the prevalence of obesity is lower in cannabis users than in non-users.

By Yann Le Strat and Bernard Le Foll  |  Published in Oxford Journals



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