Yes, contrary to what most of the other answers have stated, smoking cannabis actually increases your metabolism, thereby allowing you to digest food faster. This is why people get the ‘munchies’, simply because they are able to digest food at a faster rate, therefore being capable of eating vast quantities without feeling full or bloated. People that smoke weed regularly tend to consume some 500–1000 calories more a day than people who don’t smoke, but their waistbands are also on average thinner.
I think how it specifically will impact you depends on your metabolism, health, brain chemistry and many other factors. Diet and exercise are what maintain a healthy body, in the end.
On a personal note, I find cannabis helps on both ends of the spectrum through my depression: when I can’t eat because I have no appetite, smoking cannabis can help me stomach something so I have calories to operate on; when I start binging on junk food, it’s usually because of high tension which cannabis helps relieve so I don’t consume quite as much food (but it doesn’t completely prevent me from buying donuts or baking biscuits either).
I think there are two different scenarios:
I would guess that those who use pot to self-medicate generalized anxiety can lose weight because the cortisol in their system from being chronically anxious can cause them to gain weight.
But for most people, pot inspires “the munchies.” This is one reason why it’s so helpful for people with cancer and other illnesses: it helps them have enough of an appetite to eat a proper meal. So, no you wouldn’t lose; it would probably make you gain. This is particularly true for a daily pot smoker, since pot also tends to inspire lethargy, lessening physical activity.
There have been several studies that link marijuana usage to fighting obesity. Even if someone may get “the munchies” while high that does not mean that they will necessarily always gain weight. Check out these articles that explain this in further detail… it is actually very interesting as many people would assume the complete opposite. Apparently marijuana speeds up your metabolism so even the increase in appetite does not affect the individual. Although, you need to always remember that everyone’s body is different.
No it does not.
Only if you stop buying food to buy more weed will it.
In fact most weed users get a thing called the munchies and they over eat, usually on snacks and sugar as apparently sugar decreases or mellows the “high”.
Chemotherapy and other hard medical treatment patients often use weed to put on weight because the mentioned munchies brings back their otherwise nonexistent appetite after the hard radiation treatment.
When one of my close friends was going through chemo the doctors were amazed that he still had is diet. He lied and said he didn’t know why either. On the way out one of the younger maybe student doctors whispered to him that weed helps with the appetite part.
My friend winked and said. “I know. Hehe”
This was in Ireland where it is very illegal.