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In a society highly focused on physical appearance, people are increasingly using the so-called performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) or life-style drugs as an easy way to control weight. Preliminary data from online sources (e.g. websites, drug forums, e-newsletters) suggest an increased use of cannabis amongst the general population as a PIED due to its putative weight-loss properties. The use of cannabis and/or cannabis-related products to lose weight may represent a new substance-use trend that should be carefully monitored and adequately investigated, especially in light of the well-known adverse psychiatric and somatic effects of cannabis, its possible interaction with other medications/drugs and the unknown and potentially dangerous composition of synthetic cannabimimetics preparations.

Original publication

DOI

10.1002/dta.1891

Type

Journal article

Journal

Drug Test Anal

Publication Date

02/2016

Volume

8

Pages

177 - 179

Keywords

cannabis, image-enhancing drugs, weight loss, Anti-Obesity Agents, Body Image, Cannabinoids, Cannabis, Humans, Marijuana Abuse, Self Medication, Street Drugs, Weight Loss