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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




Journal article


Drug Test Anal

Publication Date





177 - 179


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