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Studies Show Cannabis Helps With Weight Loss, Lowers Obesity

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Studies Show Cannabis Helps With Weight Loss, Lowers Obesity

Trying to shed some weight? You might be surprised by this weight loss tip; Start using cannabis.

While cannabis has long been known for its appetite inducing effects, research is now indicating that it can actually helps with weight loss, can lower BMI and reduce obesity. In fact, states with medical cannabis laws have even seen a 2-6 percent reduction in obesity rates.

So how does cannabis pull off this weight loss trick? And more importantly, how can we harness its power for our own weight loss goals?

Cannabis works to help with weight loss in a few ways. For one, some types of cannabis have special terpenes or cannabinoids that actually suppress appetite.

Cannabis and weight loss

THCV, for example, is a cannabinoid known for its appetite suppressing power. Rather than giving you the munchies, strains high in THCV tend to stave off your appetite. The terpene Humulene has a similar appetite suppressing effect. So those seeking to lower their daily caloric intake should check out strains high in THCV, Humulene or both.

THCV is more common in sativa dominant strains, so try high THCV strains for a more energetic option. Strains like Doug’s Varin and Pineapple Purps have been specifically bred to have incredibly high percentages of THCV. Doug’s Varin has the highest THCV levels with a 1:1 ratio of THC to THCV. If you are looking for a more sedative effect, try high humulene strains like Tahoe OG and Master Kush. For a hybrid with relatively high levels of both try Cherry Pie.

And what about THC? Most of these strains still have high levels of the infamous cannabinoid THC. You might think you should avoid THC because it is the cannabinoid known to induce appetite, but THC has its own weight-loss properties. A recent animal study showed that THC can actually reduce weight gain when eating a high-fat diet. The researchers found that obese mice when fed a high-fat diet and cannabis, had reduced weight-gain compared to the mice fed the high-fat diet alone. So even if THC gives you the munchies, you won’t gain the same weight that a non-cannabis user would.

This same study also suggests that taking cannabis orally might be especially helpful to access the weight-loss properties of THC.  Amazingly, the THC was able to alter the gut microbiota of obese mice, transforming it back into a microbiota that resembled the healthy lean mice.

Interestingly, the effects didn’t hold for mice who were not obese. Lean cannabis using mice did not experience this change. This is great news because it means that cannabis can’t be abused by those looking to lose unhealthy amounts of weight. You won’t waste away to nothing from using cannabis, but you can use it to help bring an unhealthy weight back down.

Do you use cannabis to control your weight? Tell us how below.



  1. freindlyflowers

    July 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    This a wonderful Information I love cannabis so much , everyday I watch news seeing how people get treated from Cannabis,. CANCER’, GLAUCOMA, EPILEPSY, and lots more I pray cannabis get legalized on every state in USA. Thanks

  2. JC

    June 10, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    I started using cannabis, January 2016. I weighed 403 lbs. I changed my diet not drastically, just heathier, side note I did not starve myself, and every once in awhile I had a cheese burger I used sativa strains high in THCv. I also used different indica’s that would help me sleep. Different strains for deferent people. What work for me, may not work for you. Long story long I lost 163pounds I don’t have to take blood pressure meds anymore, more energetic, and my wife says sex is like when we first met, in our early 20s. Porn style true statement. Cannabis fan for life.

  3. Dick

    April 16, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    I pay a quick visit day-to-day some websites and information sites to read posts, except this website
    provides quality based posts.

  4. Romit Malhotra

    January 10, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    That’s a great information, there are many hidden beneficial properties of cannabis that are not known to people. its medical properties and dosage can do wonders.

  5. joemunw

    September 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    nice one

  6. Les

    May 19, 2018 at 10:21 am

    All I know is I’ve never been a weed user but I decided to try it for sleep to help me sleep after the death of my son. I went 18 months with barely any sleep. I make brownies and eat them an hour before I want to go to sleep. Not only am I sleeping through the night, I feel more energized and I was shocked to see I lost 5lbs in 5 weeks. I have only been doing this for 5 weeks.

  7. Mrs. Kram

    April 13, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Stumbled across this and want to share my story:

    I have always been a chunky food loving monster. It’s how I was raised, and that’s cool, because it’s life. However, I also have underlying medical issues (thyroid/aps) that make it very difficult for me to lose weight, especially using traditional “eat healthy and excercise” methods.

    I lost a significant amount of weight (like 85+ pounds) while I “used cannabis” regularly, and I was able to keep it off for 2 years….until I stopped using (big move, stress, weird panic attacks all influenced my decision to stop).

    Then, I gained 100 pounds in the course of a year. Yeah.

    So I continued to gain more over the past 2 years, because I had still been abstaining. Well, that changed. The frequency of my “usage” has increased over the past year and is now daily.

    I am down 34 pounds so far!!! I feel….satiated. I feel awful if I eat a ton of food and am more conscious about the amount of food I eat and how often. It’s a blessing, really, and I hate that I ever stopped.

  8. Cannabis Avenue

    January 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Yes recipe please!!

  9. Mildred

    November 23, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    How to sensibly buy LEGAL cbd oil for weight loss online? Because I got a letter saying customs has confiscated my package two times already and I’m pissed.

    • Andrea

      March 5, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Please stop copying and pasting this post everywhere, I have seen it on several marijuana websites, and in many YouTube video comments.

  10. Tyanna

    September 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I started using cannabis regularly about five years ago. I struggled with chronic fatigue since my teens. Anxiety depression, ulcerative colitis, loss of appetite, migraines, serious weight gain from two pregnancies and a full hysterectomy. I was on Prozac and would definitely be considered a regular drinker. At one point, the drinking had become unmanageable. Over the course of the last 5 years using medical marijuana, I have had significant improvement of my health. I no longer drink. I have been off Prozac for almost three years now. No more migraines, colitis flare ups are minimal, and I have gradually lost over 70 pounds… i turned 40 last October and have to say I am way more active now. More stamina, less aches pains and fatigue. And my appetite has returned since food no longer make me nauseated.

    • Jerre

      December 2, 2017 at 9:30 am

      That’s fantastic!

    • Lisa Lanzo

      February 8, 2018 at 12:49 am

      Kratom works great for chronic fatigu, pain, opiod withdrawal depression. I have Fybromalgia and can’t live without my kratom. Works for everyone I give it to. What a wonderful.plant

    • Diane

      March 20, 2018 at 8:17 am

      That is just awesome!!

    • Alex M

      May 10, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      Hi, what brand do you use?

  11. TB

    September 7, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Hi! Medical pt in Las Vegas here –
    After doing some research and note-taking I can say this is true IF you find the right strains. For me I was looking for high THCV, high humulene and high CBD (big anti-munchi contributor!! Why not mentioned in article??) & low THC. Frankly, even in a medical state it’s difficult to find a strain that fits the bill. Most of the growers want to grow strains that cater to tourists just wanting to get high.
    I eat a low carb diet & am in ketosis for a month at a time (usually break for a wknd 1x/mo.). After several mo. of plateau in my weight-loss journey I started the cannabis experiment. I’ve lost 25 #’s since I started smoking in the evenings as a sub for dinner & its wonderful. I dont hate it but Im just….not interested in food. No desire.
    Normal daily meal plan – 2 fried eggs in am + cup of bullet coffee, small bowl of ground turkey/pprs & 2 slices of chs for snack. Note: <-it took several mo. To get my daily eating parred down to that so the 25's I'm referring to weren't suddenly lost at the beginning of my WL journey.
    Anti-munchi strains that reduce the production of ghrelin (the "im hungry" hormone!) Medi-haze, shiskaquine & sherbet by NV Matrix are favorites. Cherry Pie I thought was meh & blue dream did nothing for me. Note: I try to get strains specifically where the CBD is much higher than the THC and then look for the THCV and/or humulene. Hope this helps somebody!

  12. Jess

    August 24, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I lost 100 lbs in a year using marijuana. I don’t know what strain it was because this was over 5 years ago. I have since stopped using marijuana and gained almost have of what I lost. I am going back stat because it really helped me stay away from unhealthy food. It helped me become creative in the kitchen and definitely motivated me to exercise.

  13. Angela

    July 22, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I’ve Lost 50lbs in 8 months since starting cannabis (for PTSD & Chronic Pain) and occasionally drinking apple cider vinegar. I stick with sativas or sativa dominant hybrids mostly. There are a lot of strains out there that give energy and will reduce your appetite too.. Green crack, durban poison, girl scout cookies, ghost train haze, blue dream, are a few to name.. I also use sativa edible gummies which are the best for all day hunger control and they help with fatigue a lot so they increase my activity levels.

    • Bob

      October 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      I must admit since I started the medical cannabis since may I have lost 47 lbs. I know how it helped me. I was a couch potato chronic pain ptsd etc and I was able to start walking and counting my steps. At the his time, I am able To walk over 6 mil s a day. Please if I can help anyone with this please look me up

      • Roxanne

        October 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

        Hi, Can you please tell me what kind you used to help with energy and lose weight?

  14. Deb Wertz

    June 6, 2017 at 1:50 am

    These comments folks are making about losing weight with pot would be more encouraging if the poster would give some pertanent info on strains used and how/ when they use them.

    • Robert johnson

      June 17, 2017 at 12:50 am

      I agree that cannabis, In fact, can help you lose weight I am living proof. While using medical cannabis i notice that I started to shed weight and at first I was very confused but after doing some research I noticed that it was the cannabis that helps me shed 25 pounds, and the funny thing is that the weight supplement I was taking at the time had the opposite effect on me, while cannabis help me loose weight even though I was taking it for medical reasons. When I first started using cannabis I was over 200 pounds and after 3 weeks I was down to 175 using Sour Diesel. cannabis is great for losing weight fast!

      • Michelle

        July 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

        Truth my friend, I have over 11,000 patients and they all have regulated their weight with cannabis. Sour Diesel is a great choice, try Cherry Pie at night, Green Crack, Super Silver Haze and Durban Poison are also great weight loss strains.

      • Kyliegh Beriman

        August 27, 2017 at 10:04 pm

        We’re you smoking or digesting it?

      • Ali

        August 30, 2017 at 7:49 am

        How were you using the cannabis by smoking or eating? Also what were the quantities used on a daily basis? Thank you

  15. Late To The Party

    April 3, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I’ve struggled with my weight for the past 17 years, having put on 100 pounds in that time. I have tried – unsuccessfully – to lose weight over the years. I’ve just never been able to make any meaningful progress despite exercise and dietary changes. About a year and a half ago, when I was 37 years old, I smoked marijuana for the first time. I immediately noticed health benefits, got my medical card and began using marijuana every evening to help with insomnia and pain. In the last 7 months, without much effort on my part, I’ve managed to lose 35 pounds. No exercise. Mind you, this is something I’ve done off and on over the years, with my highest rate of success begin maybe a 5 lb loss which was always quickly regained. In this past year and a half, I’ve also seen a dramatic reduction in migraines (which were previously debilitating) and overall body pain. I’ve been able to stop taking medication for anxiety, pain and insomnia. I feel like I am living proof not only that marijuana helps with weight loss, but that the possibilities in regards to medical uses are endless and MUST be researched.

  16. Robert Collette

    March 17, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    This is major! The Marijuana Diet will sweep the nation. Those hippies were always skinny. There is nothing Americans like more than a new diet. Go long on green onion potato chips. Now for the American Marijuana Party to get the inside dope on politics.

  17. cslamer

    July 10, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    bread, water, and dabs mixed with high THC infused buds smoked through a stone pipe, then having 2 normal meals a day.

    So far lost 30lbs in 2 months.

    • Dhruva

      May 22, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      can u elaborate on how exactly you did it by any chance?

  18. 4 Corners Cannabis

    April 2, 2016 at 12:10 am

    But, does Doug’s Varin actually exist? I have not seen anything about it other than some sketchy looking lab test that has been floating around the net for years. Well, that and many articles writing about these lab tests. Please let me know if anyone has experience working with it. Cheers!

  19. David Smith

    March 30, 2016 at 12:41 am

    A smart diet and exercise routine is the real essential thing for losing weight and keeping healthy. If you’re looking for a safe and reliable way to lose weight and tone your body then this program might be for you. ‘Old School, New Body’ is a weight loss program aimed at people aged 30 and above. It will help you tone your body and lose any unwanted fat, it comes with a good diet, easy yet effective exercise routines and a guide on how to stay fit and keep the fat off you. You can use this for short term weight loss or even turn it into long term weight loss. It’s informative and it’s got some decent reviews. Here’s one review of the diet…

    • MS

      April 9, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      You’re so full of sh*t! Just trying to sell something that simply doesn’t work!


      June 2, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Just another diet that will let you down once you end the program. I am not looking to lose weight just maintain while using medical marijuana for my insomnia, PTSD, anxiety and depression without putting on weight. If I can do this by choosing the right strain that would be golden for me.

      There is no cure all for everyone with any weight loss gimmic. Following the FDA guidelines and doing it as a lifelong change is the key. Weight didn’t appear overnight and will not disappear overnight. The slower you lose the better chance you have to keeping it off. I have lost 120 pounds starting in 2003 – 2005 and have kept it off while still enjoying the foods I love ❤️, even the “naughty” ones on occasion.

      Just my opinion.

  20. The House of Cobraa

    March 28, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    lost 85 pounds since using cannabis less than a year ago for medical conditions. Weight continues to come off gradually with little to no effort.

    • MaNika HogLife

      March 29, 2016 at 6:52 am

      Same with me I have lost 98lbs in the last year and a half since i started using cannabis for my health issues

      • Me

        January 20, 2017 at 2:25 pm

        You use thc?

      • Robert Collette

        March 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm

        You guys are killing me. I put all my money in Domino’s Pizza.

    • Deborah Tamburri

      March 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      How did you use cannabis to lose weight. Did you use specific strains?

    • Dani

      July 10, 2017 at 6:46 am

      What strain are you using?

    • Barb

      July 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      What kind did you use

  21. Irena

    March 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve gone from 188 pounds to 158 pounds in 4 months. The only weight loss trick you need to know is two things. First, if your goal is mainly to lose weight, then all you need is an caloric deifict. Second, everything about nutrition you need to know can be online. For me, I’ve been successful with weight loss just tracking calories alone. So successful, I managed to lose 50 pounds doing it. My best advice would be to stop pushing your weight loss goals and start losing weight now! One day lost is one more day of not reaching your goals!

    • Malik

      November 23, 2016 at 10:14 am

      I have a question

    • Jim

      May 11, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Once again…… this is a article on marijuana MARIJUANA AND WEIGHT LOSS….. geeezzzz. I’m a master trainer and have been competing in bodybuilding for 31 yrs. I have more knowledge about diet nutrition than u and I’m not on here trying to tell people how to diet. NO shit, less calories equals weight loss. The article is about marijuana helping u lose weight. I’m the biggest skeptic in the world and I am living prof that marijuana makes u lose weight. I keep a great diet year round but since I’ve started eating marijuana with coconut oil at night for sleep, I have lost soooooo much body fat without doing anything different. At first I was scared I had cancer cause I lost pounds sooooo quickly. My body has never looked this good. It’s crazy!!!!

      • Catherina

        May 20, 2017 at 8:48 pm

        What strain do you use? And what’s the recipe??

      • Katherine

        June 8, 2017 at 6:51 am

        Yes recipe please!!

      • Tammy M Phillips

        June 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm

        Ok. So the question is…. What strain or strains have you found to be the most effective?

      • Adri

        July 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm

        Explain. How and what are you eating? I experienced weight loss from edibles I was eating. I don’t want to be high out if my mind, but love the side effects.

      • dawilree

        August 2, 2017 at 10:03 am

        how can this message get to Jim what strains did you use to lose the weight?

      • ANGELA

        August 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm

        thanks for this info . I have ms and have wanted to try this and out of desperation I read this.

      • Kyliegh Beriman

        August 27, 2017 at 10:12 pm

        What strain did you use

      • katie

        September 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm

        what strain did you use and can you share the recipe?

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