As more and more states around the country legalize marijuana, both medical and recreational, so spreads conventional fears about the plant. But a new study published in the journal Health Economics seems to tell a different story.
Most people expect marijuana users to be a little heavier, thanks to marijuana's most famous side effect. It turns out that, despite the munchies, people in states with legal marijuana are less likely to be obese.
The study recognizes that marijuana is an appetite stimulant but also uncovers that marijuana users are less likely to consume alcohol. Researchers found legal marijuana replaced alcohol in both older and younger populations. And if you know how America's youth drinks, that could mean a lot fewer calories.
So as marijuana becomes the new legal norm, maybe we should reeducate ourselves.