Marijuana Could Help Treat Diabetes According to New Study

First Posted: Apr 11, 2016 03:28 AM EDT

Studies from 2005 has shown that cannabis can help treat diabetes, but until lately, few evidence has come out to support that theory.

Over a decade ago, the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis found a long list of benefits of the drug when given to people, including balancing blood sugar, anti-inflammation properties that could stop arterial inflammation, reduction of neuropathic inflammation an pain, lowered blood pressure over time, and relief from the common "restless leg syndrome."

Since the initial study, evidence has been built upon by other researchers whoa are also supporting the claims. According to the American Journal of Medicine and Natural Medicine Journal in 2013 and 2014, respectively, cannabis, besides helping control blood glucose, also showed that users are less likely to be obese and generally have lower BMIs, have better fasting insulin, and have higher levels of "good cholesterol."

By 2015, researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as published in Diabetes UK showed that anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol found in marijuana may be effectively used to treat several illnesses, one of which is type 2 diabetes.

These studies prove that yes, medical marijuana does exist. According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws from Washington DC, this "illegal" substance contains endogenous cannabinoid system, which is an important part of maintaining human health. They said that endocannabinoids and their receptors can be found throughout the body, and thus promotes homeostasis in "every level of biological life."

This is why marijuana supporters believe that small, regular doses of marijuana may act as tonic for a person's central healing system.

Despite the evidence found from different studies, there are still risks to using cannabis as a treatment for diabetes. According to Health Line, people with depression, for instance, cannot be under the influence of marijuana as it can increase anxiety and paranoia for some people. The lowering of blood sugar can also be a disadvantage, especially when the drop of glucose levels go unnoticed by patients.

In conclusion, though marijuana may reduce blood glucose levels and help improve the health of diabetics, it is still advised that caution is needed when going down this path of treatment. 

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