Diabetes has become a troublesome condition for health services the world over to solve. Diabetes is characterized by body’s failure to produce adequate levels of insulin – or poorly utilizing the produced insulin. Diabetes, if unmanaged, can have very severe effects on the body which could lead to death if left untreated.
At the moment, research has shown that there are approximately 250 million people who have diabetes worldwide. In the US, numbers are expected to climb to 50 million by the middle of this century. This is an exponential increase given that it was estimated that around 29 million people in the US were found to have diabetes in 2012. There is certainly an appetite for cannabis to play its part in the management of diabetes. So, how can it help?
While research and understanding of cannabis in treating various nervous disorders is relatively well known, there is a gap in our understanding of the way cannabis interacts with the human body’s metabolic processes. Because of the gaps in our knowledge, in depth research into the area is, at the moment, a little too risky.
There have been various animal studies which have offered promising results. But there have been some basic human studies which have attempted to identify a correlation between cannabis and its effect on Diabetes and weight loss. One of these studies looked at the levels of Glucose and insulin levels in the body as cannabis was used. In the study, 4650 cannabis users were examined. Just under 600 from this batch showed a lower level of prevalence of diabetes compared to non-users, which raised a few eyebrows. Cannabis users were also found to have a narrower waist than non-users – another interesting finding!
Another research study was conducted on diabetic mice. CBD was used in this piece of research, which doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects on the brain. It was found that CBD reduced the onset of diabetes (Type 1), which excited a great number of researchers across the world.
What does the future hold for Cannabis in the treatment of Diabetes and Weight Loss?
While initial studies seem to promote a definite positive correlation for using cannabis for diabetes, research is still at an early phase.More human based studies need to take place in order to reflect the positive results expressed in the animal tests. Not only has medicinal marijuana touted to help with Diabetes, research has also focused on other neurological disorders such as MS and Epilepsy. Clearly, cannabis will be well researched in the coming years to establish whether it does in fact offer positive benefits to the health of us all.
It certainly seems to us that we should all be lobbying for greater recognition of cannabis’s possible positive benefits in order for the general public to overcome the taboo that is all too commonly associated with cannabis.