A marijuana blood sugar study published by the American Journal of Medicine found that marijuana users have better blood sugar and smaller waists, a finding that adds diabetes prevention and weight control to the already well-known medicinal benefits of marijuana. “One possibility is that the anti-inflammatory properties of marijuana help ward off diabetes,” said Dr. Theodore Friedman, who has studied the marijuana – diabetes connection at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, according to a May 23, 2013, Reuters report.
For the marijuana blood sugar study, 4,700 U.S. adults participated, and surveys and blood tests were taken from marijuana users in order to determine the relationship between marijuana use and fasting insulin, glucose, and insulin resistance.
The results of the marijuana blood sugar study surprised even the authors of the study.
“We found that marijuana use was associated with lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR, and smaller waist circumference.”
The conclusion that marijuana users had smaller waists and lower levels of insulin resistance, which is often a precursor to diabetes, is raising for many the question whether marijuana can be used to prevent diabetes and weight problems.
However, until the cause and effect relationship of marijuana, blood sugar, and waist size has been studied more, it is unlikely that the Federal Drug Administration will add marijuana to its list of approved drugs.
As of now, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, and Austria have legalized some form of cannabis for medicinal use. In Amsterdam, there are marijuana shops and restaurants even for non-medicinal marijuana users.
According to the marijuana blood sugar study report, medicinal use of marijuana has been approved in 19 states and the District of Columbia. The recreational use of marijuana has been approved in two states.
The trend in medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is increasing as more and more physicians are encountering patients who use marijuana to combat the side effects of chemotherapy, to stimulate appetite, to treat glaucoma, to diminish pain, to deal with multiple sclerosis, and to fight depression.
“Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, and use is increasing. The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that between 2007 and 2010, the prevalence of marijuana use among persons aged 12 years and older increased from 5.8% to 6.9%, meaning there are an estimated 17.4 million current users of marijuana. Approximately 4.6 million of these users smoked marijuana daily or almost daily.”
While the new marijuana blood sugar study published by the American Journal of Medicine might sound tempting for some to use marijuana in order to control one’s blood sugar and weight, it might be advisable to speak to a physician first.
Marijuana, like all medicinal plants, can be a gift and a curse.