Medical Marijuana and Diabetes: Benefits and Risks

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Medical Marijuana and Diabetes: Benefits and Risks

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

Is marijuana good or bad for diabetes? Can cannabis help you regulate your blood sugars? One of the newest studies on the relationship between marijuana and diabetes suggests that cannabis extracts can help prevent diabetes, help treat diabetic patients, and treat certain health complications resulting from diabetes.

There is increasing evidence to support the claim that high quality marijuana strains offer several potential medical properties for diabetes, nervous disorders, and a variety of other diseases.

Better Blood Sugars with Marijuana?

Blood Sugar level

Blood Sugar level

Latest research on weed suggests a close connection between marijuana and metabolic processes of your body. According to The Diabetes Council, marijuana can help suppress resistance and help individuals with Diabetes Type 2 manage their blood sugar levels and BMI (Body Mass Index).

Cannabis products are now legal for medical use in 38 states, 3 territories, and the District of Columbia. Owing to the widespread legalization of medical marijuana, more people with diabetes are trying to use marijuana extracts to manage their symptoms.

What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

When marijuana is recommended by a doctor for the treatment of a medical condition it is called medical marijuana.

Marijuana, also referred to as cannabis, weed, reefer, hashish, bhang, hash, hemp, Mary Jane, ganja, and doobie, is the name given to the female flower buds of Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa strains. The male flower buds of cannabis usually have very minimal psychedelic chemicals.

Did you know? Of the 483 known compounds in marijuana herb, 86 have been identified to be cannabinoid chemicals. These cannabinoid chemicals include cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabigerol (CBG).

All the cannabinoid chemicals found in medical marijuana are known to have pharmacological and psychoactive properties. Two most important compounds – CBD and THC – are in higher concentrations (4 to 20%) in female cannabis flower bud glands. That is why these marijuana buds are believed to have the most psychoactive euphoria effect.

Marijuana’s Special Ability to Treat Diabetes & Other Conditions



The special ability of marijuana to effectively treat diabetes type 2 and several other health problems comes from the fact that it can stay within the body for up to 67 days! The drug is highly soluble in lipids and readily gets absorbed into the lipid membranes of neurons and other body cells.

Michigan State University’s Findings on Marijuana vs Diabetes

Study on cannabis and its possible contribution to individuals diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes has been difficult and contradictory to understand. Scholars at Michigan State University in Lansing, put together eight studies and analyzed them as one large study to learn the overall result.

Their analysis, reported on in the medical journal Epidemiology in May 2015, used information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys and the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. It was found marijuana smokers had a 30 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than did non-smokers.

Marijuana Clones Protect Against Developing Diabetes

From the above analysis, it was concluded marijuana smoking could protect against Type 2 diabetes, but more research is most definitely needed to confirm their results.

If marijuana does prove to be protective against Type 2 diabetes, the next step in research would be to isolate the molecule that confers the protection. This would mean a medication to prevent Type 2 diabetes could likely be manufactured from marijuana without marijuana’s harmful effects.

Side Effects of Smoking Marijuana

Side effects of Marijuana

Side effects of Marijuana

Smoking marijuana has its own dangers. The American Lung Association recommends against it because it can lead to lung disease. Marijuana clones and the smoke has many of the same toxins found in tobacco smoke, and inhaling any kind of smoke is harmful to your lungs. Smokers of marijuana get more tar than tobacco smokers because the former holds it in the lungs longer.

Marijuana smoke damages the cells lining the large airways leading to the lungs, causing increased:

  • Phlegm,
  • Cough,
  • Wheezing, and
  • Acute bronchitis.

Habitual smokers can develop chronic bronchitis or pneumonia. Marijuana can:

  • Harm your immune system, making it difficult to fight off infection. The smoke can paralyze the little hairs that brush bacteria out of the lungs, making them vulnerable to pneumonia.
  • Aspergillus, a mold that sometimes grows on marijuana, can infect the lungs.
  • Adults who smoke marijuana can develop air pockets in their chest outside of the lungs, although there is not a clear link at this time.

Marijuana smokers have more medical treatment for respiratory conditions than non-smokers. It’s best if non-marijuana smokers are not exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke, if children are exposed to marijuana a pediatric emergency can develop.

Alternatives to Marijuana to Treat Diabetes

Alternatives to marijuana to treat diabetes

Alternatives to marijuana to treat diabetes

Below are some alternatives to medical marijuana to manage the symptoms of diabetes.

  • Maintaining a normal weight,
  • Eating a wholesome diet, and
  • Exercising on a regular basis, e.g., 20 minutes a day five days a week go a long way toward prevention.

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and a minimum of processed foods helps to keep Type 2 diabetes away. Regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, swimming, or bicycle riding, is good for preventing diabetes, heart disease, and a variety of many other ills.

Even though managing your disease can be quite a challenge, Type 2 diabetes is not an ailment you must just live with. You can make some adjustments to your daily schedule and reduce both your blood sugar levels and weight. The longer you do it, the simpler it gets.


Is there a link between marijuana and diabetes?

There is a close link between medical marijuana and diabetes (type 2) with a curative effect. However, adolescents and adults with type 1 diabetes are advised against the use of recreational cannabis, as it can double the risk for diabetic ketoacidosis.

Does marijuana help prediabetes?

Several studies hint at an intriguing relationship between cannabis and lower risk for diabetes type 2.

According to a 2015 University of Minnesota study, prediabetes smokers and former ‘heavy’ smokers were at 49% to 65% higher odds for the development of the disease.

On the other hand, a meta-analysis of 8 studies on the link between marijuana and prediabetes revealed that smoking was associated with 30% lower odds of diabetes.

Can marijuana cause prediabetes?

According to the National Library of Medicine, young adults using marijuana are at higher risk of prediabetes than middle adults, but not developing diabetes by this age. Compared with the diabetes range, marijuana has a more noticeable impact on glycemic metabolism in the prediabetes range.

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