Researchers Are Still Working To Figure Out What Causes The Change

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Can smoking marijuana make you thinner? A new study says that it can.

A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine did not offer a concrete explanation for the new information, and experts are surprised as marijuana smokers are often known to have higher caloric intakes than non-smokers, CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported Thursday.

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“We’d have to assume that there’s some compound that is involved with this marijuana smoke that causes an improvement in metabolism,” explained Dr. Stuart Weiss, a professor and endocrinologist at the NYU School Of Medicine.

“All the people who I know that do smoke it are pretty slim, actually,” local resident Arlene Meyer said.

The breakthrough research could also improve blood-sugar control, according to data. The study revealed that marijuana smokers have a 16-percent lower fasting insulin level.

However, some said that smoking marijuana could bring more lows than highs.

“Nothing positive about drugs, period,” said Brenda Peters, a drug counselor and social worker.

Peters told CBS 2 that she has seen firsthand that the bad outweighs the good when it comes to marijuana.

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Weiss explained that many of the negative side effects of marijuana smoking could be circumvented by isolating certain parts of the drug and putting them in a less toxic pill.

Data for the study came from nearly 5,000 patients over a five-year span.

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