Be Cautious of Reports on Marijuana Research

Don’t believe everything you read.

At least, apparently, when it comes to marijuana research.

An article recently appeared on Salon titled Science: Regular Consumption of Marijuana Keeps You Thin, Fit, and Active.

The writer made that statement based on new research from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).

In the OHSU paper, the following statement appears:

“Heavy users of cannabis [defined as having used marijuana five or more times in the past 30 days] had a lower mean BMI [body mass index] compared to that of never users; with mean BMI being 26.7 kg/m in heavy users and 28.4 kg/m in never users.”

The conclusions about health and fitness drawn by the Salon article hinged largely on that sentence.

“I want to reiterate that our study was not designed to examine the independent association between cannabis and BMI,” Carrie M. Nielson, an associate professor of epidemiology at OHSU and the lead author of

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