Marijuana: Blood Sugar, Waistline Regulator?

    May 23, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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A new study shows that people who had smoked marijuana within the last month had smaller waistlines and lower levels of insulin resistance than those who didn’t have the drug.

“These are preliminary findings,” said Dr. Murray Mittleman, who worked on the study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “It looks like there may be some favorable effects on blood sugar control, however a lot more needs to be done to have definitive answers on the risks and potential benefits of marijuana usage.”

While the plant has been used to treat glaucoma and to help chemotherapy patients with nausea, those who conducted the study are quick to point out that it’s not enough to prove anything conclusive when it comes to weight loss or diabetes control…but the results are interesting. It’s thought that regular marijuana use could help regulate the hormone adiponectin, which affects blood sugar levels.

Of course, there are adverse affects that come along with smoking marijuana, too, such as respiratory problems, affects on mental health, and lowered I.Q. levels when used during adolescence.

Medicinal marijuana is now legal in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia.

  • Storm Crow

    The #2 compound in CANNABlS, cannabidiol (CBD) has some amazing benefits for diabetics! Diabetic retinopathy is the #1 cause of blindness in adults. “Marijuana Compound May Help Stop Diabetic Retinopathy” (ScienceDaily) tells how CBD stops its progress! CBD also protects the hearts of diabetics! “Lab Notes: Pot Has Benefits for Diabetic Hearts” (MedPageToday). And painful diabetic neuropathy, that tingling, burning or just plain pain in your hands and feet, can be fought with CBD! See “The Endocannabinoid System and Plant-Derived Cannabinoids in Diabetes and Diabetic Complications” (PubMed). There is also evidence that CBD may prevent diabetes! “Cannabidiol reduces the development of diabetes in an animal study” (CANNABISMED)There is a LOT more to CANNABlS than just “getting high”!

  • Jadhu

    Actually, a lot of this stuff makes sense. Think about it–stress causes many health problems–pot lowers stress… “This is your brain on pot!”