An academic has proven what we’ve always known to be true: weed DOES give you the munchies!
The University of Connecticut says “there may be something more substantial to the urban myth” after a study showed that legalising marijuana correlated with increased sales of junk food.
Michele Baggio, the institute’s assistant professor of economics, helmed the research and found a connection between the legalisation of dope and an “increased consumption of certain high-calorie foods.”
The researcher analysed data on the amount of chips, cookies and ice cream purchased from stores in over 2000 US counties in a 10-year period.
The results showed that in states where recreational marijuana use has been decriminalised, such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon, there was a 3.1% increase in ice cream sales, a 4.1% rise in cookie purchases, and a 5.3% surge in people buying chips shortly after the drug was legalised.
‘These might seem like small numbers, but they’re statistically significant and economically significant as well,” Baggio explained.
“I’m not an advocate for legalization or not. I’m just interested in whether there are unintended consequences to the policy.”