cannabis can promote better insulin activity

Cannabis Can Promote Better Insulin Activity

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I know, I didn’t believe it either. After all, steady marijuana users are known to consume a large amount of snacks and fatty foods when they get hit with the munchies. But an article titled “The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among  U.S. Adults” comes with some very radical news: those who use cannabis and indulge in the munchies not only have lower body mass indexes, but also experience a host of other correlationary benefits from the use of cannabis.

The article published in the American Journal of Medicine came from research that studied participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2005 to 2010. Researchers were inspired to study the phenomena of cannabis use because other large population studies have shown obesity and diabetes to be less prevalent among cannabis users. They found that regular users had lower levels of insulin after fasting and were less resistant to insulin. Additionally, they had smaller waist circumference and higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol which is known to be reduce cardiovascular risk. This could be linked to a specific receptor in the brain that helps regulate blood sugar and plays a role in both controlling weight and reducing the tendency towards both obesity and diabetes.

The future of cannabis in medicinal marijuana seems bright. Recently, two states have legalized marijuana for recreational use and nineteen have legalized it for medicinal purposes. It is beautifully ironic that the munchies could be the solution to diabetes!

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 5-25-2013, 2:00 PM

2 Responses to “Cannabis Can Promote Better Insulin Activity”

  1. Gaudino says:

    Highly energetic blog, I liked that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

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