Welcome back, to all of our faithful followers and to those of you who are new readers who are with us today! If you have been following this blog, then you’re already aware that we recently posted several segments of this article series which discussed 25 unusual and, perhaps, previously unknown facts about marijuana/cannabis use. Also, if you have followed this blog for any length of time, I don’t have to tell you that, historically, Dr. Scharf has been a Periodontist in Long Island who likes to spread the word to his readers as well as his patients, keeping them informed about all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health. We welcome those of you who are new to this blog, and invite you to follow along as we continue to part 7 of this article series as we talk a bit about weight gain as it applies to marijuana use and gum disease.
Can you gain weight with marijuana use?
For those of us who already have a propensity for putting on unwanted weight, yoyo dieting and a variety of health conditions which are associated with obesity and uncontrolled weight gain, you probably really don’t want to talk about this particular aspect of cannabis use. While I know you don’t need to hear yet another potential cause for unintended weight gain, this is an aspect of which you should be aware if you partake of marijuana/cannabis use. There is data which has been released from a study done several years ago that supports this. There are several factors which can have an affect on your weight-gaining potential, like the quantity of marijuana that you smoke and your gender for example. Researchers wanted to ascertain if pot users were at risk for putting on some extra poundage because, one of the side effects of pot use tends light up the munchie fire in many users. The researchers reviewed data amassed on teens, aged 12 or 13, who enrolled in a 13 year study on nicotine dependence in teens. When they reached the age of 20, 271 men and 319 women were queried about whether they had smoked marijuana in the past year and, if so, how often. The frequency of smoking cigarettes was also ascertained at this same time. Body mass indexes and waist sizes were also tracked from age 17 to 24 in this same group.
What the study revealed
The researchers found that for those in the study group who smoked marijuana with regularity but did not smoke cigarettes did gain weight — the more often they smoked marijuana, the more weight they gained. They found that men, for example, who smoked marijuana daily gained more weight than those men who only smoked the cannabis weekly.
More interesting information
The researchers ascertained that there are other factors which have an effect on weight gain with cannabis use … i.e. gender, level of marijuana use and cigarette smoking. The caveat, then, is this, the researchers also looked at the data for those men who smoked both cigarettes and marijuana and found that men who smoked both marijuana and cigarettes gained less weight than those who smoked marijuana only. I’m sure you’re curious as to the reason why they think this is so … the nicotine in the cigarettes tends to decrease appetite. And the gender issue … well, the study revealed that women did not gain any less weight whether they smoked marijuana only or both cigarettes and marijuana. They felt that the THC in marijuana and the nicotine in cigarettes is somehow modified by hormonal influences in the women’s brain.
Next time, we’ll talk about what happens in the brain with cannabis use. Until then, we want to impress upon you the importance of getting established with a dental professional who can evaluate, identify and treat any oral issues which may exist for any member of your family, whether marijuana is being used or not. Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island and, in the role, he can identify and treat gum disease in you and your family. Call him at (631)661-6633 or pay him a visit on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel.