Anti-drug activists might not like to hear this, but it seems legalising cannabis for medical use is good for people’s health.
Or at least, it’s having a big impact on obesity, according to Cornell University and San Diego State University researchers.
One of the reasons for this is that young people aren’t drinking as much alcohol – and it’s good for their waistlines.
The researchers reviewed 12 years of data – and found that overall, states which legalised cannabis for medical purposes had a 2% to 6% drop in the probability of obesity.
The researchers believe that, in older patients, medical cannabis also leads to an increase in mobility, by helping them deal with aches and pains – helping to combat obesity.
The researchers write, ‘These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that medical cannabis laws may be more likely to induce cannabis use for health-related reasons among older individuals, and cause substitution toward lower-calorie recreational ‘highs’ among younger individuals.
‘The enforcement of medical cannabis laws is associated with a 2% to 6% decline in the probability of obesity. Our estimates suggest that medical cannabis laws induce a $58 to $115 per-person annual reduction in obesity-related medical costs.’