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What Smoking Weed Does for Weight Loss

by Grace

Cannabis is a miraculous plant that can treat many conditions and symptoms, such as cancer, anxiety, and seizures. Knowing the wide range of benefits that cannabis holds may leave some individuals curious about what it can do for weight loss. 

Evidence shows that weed may be a useful weight-loss tool. Keep reading to learn the main components of weight loss and how cannabis can improve your results.

The Components of Weight Loss

When a person sets their heart on losing weight and living a healthier life, they create goals and make a plan. For most, this plan includes changing their diet and physical activity. Of course, eating healthy foods and exercising should result in weight loss. However, there are often ignored components that also play a part in losing weight.

Motivation, diet, metabolism, physical health, and sleep are the main components of weight loss. Here is how each component affects weight loss and how smoking weed may benefit them.


Motivation is the driving force behind a person’s weight loss journey. We must be motivated to exercise regularly, eat healthily, go to bed on time, drink enough water, and more.

When we lose our motivation, we revert to our old habits that led to an unhealthy lifestyle. 

If you choose the right marijuana strain, smoking weed can improve motivation. Sativa strains can boost a person’s mood and create an energy boost, while indica strains are responsible for “couch lock.”

If you choose to smoke a sativa strain, the happiness and energy felt afterward can motivate you to get up and exercise and plan healthy meals.


Diet is an essential component of weight loss.

It is a common misconception that smoking weed puts the goal of eating healthy at risk because smoking often makes people hungry. Although cannabis often leads to snacking, evidence shows it seldom causes weight gain. Individuals who smoke regularly tend to have a lower BMI.

If a person does not have a weight loss goal, they may get high and grab some McDonald’s, or fruit loops, or both. However, evidence shows that if a person has a weight loss goal and smokes weed, they are more likely to stick to their diet.

Unfortunately, many people feel that if they eat less frequently, they will lose weight, but this can actually do the opposite. When we restrict food intake, our body goes into survival mode, creating fat stores and holding onto excess water. The increased appetite that comes with smoking weed can help regulate fat storage and water retention.

On the other hand, over-eating will cause weight gain. If you have a binge eating disorder or have a large appetite that you struggle to manage, smoking strains that contain THCV can help suppress your appetite.


Your metabolism determines how fast your body burns calories at rest and during physical activity. If you have a low metabolism, your body burns calories slowly, or if your metabolism is high, it burns calories fast. 

If you feel that your metabolism is slow, smoking cannabis may be able to give you the boost you need to lose weight.

Respiratory function plays a part in the speed of your metabolism, and when your ventilation increases, your metabolism follows. According to various research studies, individuals who smoke marijuana have a significant ventilation increase about 15 minutes after consumption, which did result in a faster metabolism. 

Additionally, smoking weed boosts metabolism because cannabinoids interact with the body’s CB1 receptors, which are partially responsible for metabolism function. 

Physical Health

Some individuals can spend months or even years taking all the necessary steps to lose weight, but the scale barely moves.

Unfortunately, this is a reality for many people and few understand why their hard work doesn’t seem to pay off. 

An inability to lose weight could be caused by an underlying medical condition such as:

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Insulin resistance
  • Cushing’s disease or syndrome
  • Testosterone decline
  • Diabetes

With many of these conditions, actively trying to lose weight will only maintain their weight because the conditions cause weight gain.

When a medical condition interferes with a person’s ability to lose weight, hormonal imbalances or dysfunctional internal functions are to blame. 

Cannabis can help manage these conditions because it can regulate hormonal imbalances and restore other dysfunctions. 


A fact known by a few is that your sleep schedule directly affects weight loss and weight gain.

Sleep is essential to weight loss for many reasons. 

  • Not enough sleep triggers the release of cortisol, a stress hormone that signals your body to store fat.
  • Decreased sleep also decreases energy levels, and your body craves excessive amounts of food to stay energized throughout the day. 
  • When you lack sleep, your bodily functions struggle to work properly-including your metabolism.

Cannabis can help the sleep component of weight loss because it relaxes the mind and body and often makes people tired.

Cannabis is prescribed to insomnia patients and individuals that have a hard time falling or staying asleep.

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