Study says older cannabis users have lower BMI and more likely to work out

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Study Says Older Marijuana Users Have Lower BMIs And More Likely To Work Out
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A study suggests Americans older than 60 who use cannabis lead more active lifestyles.

The lazy stoner stereotype is one of the most prevalent ones when it comes to marijuana use. Making appearances in movies and college, it’s a stereotype that’s meant to be funny and used by people who are older or don’t know much about the drug.

Science has shown, a few times now, that regular cannabis use doesn’t imply a sedentary lifestyle, however. Turns out that many people get high and lead active lives.

A study conducted on older Americans found that those who consumed cannabis engaged in more workouts and physical activities than non consumers. Researchers surveyed participants over a period of four months, conducting an exercise intervention program. Participants who consumed cannabis had lower body mass indexes and were more likely to commit to their workout routines when compared to other participants.

“These findings suggest that it may be easier for older adults who endorse using cannabis to increase and maintain their exercise behavior, potentially because cannabis users have lower body weight than their non-using peers,” said the authors of the study. “At minimum, the evidence suggests that cannabis use does not hinder older adults’ ability to engage in physical activity, to participate in a supervised exercise program, or to increase their fitness as a result of physical activity.”

While the connection between cannabis and lower body mass remains unknown, these types of studies continue to show that cannabis is more than a drug that gives people the munchies and encourages them to laze around. Anecdotal and scientific data show that marijuana can be a helpful and motivating tool for staying active, a big issue that plagues Americans, especially those older than 50.

As scientists and users of different ages and lifestyles spend more time with the drug, more information is discovered. While it’s unknown whether the drug could help people work out more, studies like these are at least discouraging the spread of outdated stereotypes.


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