Yet another study (see this report from 2011) seems to support the idea that daily cannabis users don't necessarily have more to love, even if they have more to toke:
The study “Metabolic Effects of Chronic Cannabis Smoking,” just published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that daily smokers had less of a particular kind of belly fat and took in the same amount of calories as their non-turned-on brethren.
Researchers looked at 30 people who smoked about 10 joints a day and compared them to 30 who did not.
They found that the weed aficionados did not have a higher caloric intake, though they did end up eating more carbs. According to a summary:
There were no group differences in percent total body fat, or hepatic fat, but cannabis smokers had a higher percent abdominal visceral fat …
However, this analysis of the study notes that potheads also “had lower percentages of total and subcutaneous abdominal fat.”
In other words, not much difference, though you could argue a diet higher in carbs is less healthy.
And the study failed to prove, as some have suggested, that pot use might be able to help fight diabetes. There was a glimmer of hope here but, again, mostly there was no difference. The summary:
… Insulin resistance index … was lower (P < 0.05) in cannabis smokers. However, oral glucose insulin sensitivity index, measures of β-cell function, or incretin concentrations did not differ between the groups.
No miracle cure here. But no demon drug either.