A common notion that surrounds marijuana is that cannabis users are indolent individuals who are basically couch potatoes, vegging out while eating snacks in bed.
While the origins of this stereotype aren’t clear, we can at least agree that marijuana helps individuals sleep, which isn’t a bad thing now, is it? Especially if you consider that one-third of all people in America have sleep problems.
Now a recent study has found that it’s not only inaccurate to refer to stoners as lazy, but it’s also not true. As a matter of fact, the study found that frequent and light users of marijuana recorded more physical activity in comparison with non-users, which suggests that cannabis may actually boost physical activity.
The study, which featured more than 2,000 participants who were all adults, was reported in the Harm Reduction Journal.
Combined with prior research done by scientists from the University of Colorado, which discovered that marijuana assisted in exercise routines, these findings add to the already existing evidence that shows that most of the preconceived notions about marijuana users and the effect of the drug on individual’s lives are baseless.
This also means that in lieu of burdening hospitals, as prohibitionists and opponents of marijuana legalization propose, marijuana legalization may have a net positive influence on public health.
Scientists from the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Longevity Science in San Diego as well as the University of California examined the responses submitted for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted in the years 2005–2006. The participants of the survey not only had to fill out questionnaires but also have their activity levels measured by accelerometers, which are used to measure the intensity and length of physical activity.
The researchers noted that the study was the first to measure physical activity using accelerometers. In addition, the participants were also classified as either non-, frequent, moderate or light marijuana users. This was dependent on how much marijuana use they reported.
Researchers discovered that the general activity rates of marijuana users did not differ from that of individuals who didn’t use marijuana. They also wrote that in comparison with non-users, frequent marijuana users engaged in more physical activity.
It should be noted that there were some limitations observed by the researchers, among them the fact that marijuana users were younger and had lower BMIs in comparison with non-users. Additionally, half of the marijuana users reported that they smoked cigarettes.
The researchers also found that those who didn’t smoke tobacco were more active.
The scientific proof debunking the lazy stoner mentality couldn’t have come at a better time given that sector players such as RYAH Group Inc. (CSE: RYAH) have gone as far as making a smart inhaler that can help those taking medical marijuana track the dosage of what they consume.
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