Can Medical Marijuana Help Control Blood Sugar?

As medical marijuana becomes legal in more places, researchers are beginning to study its effects on various health conditions. One new study shows that it may help control blood sugar levels.

The Research

A study published in "The American Journal of Medicine" found marijuana users have lower glucose levels and insulin levels than non-marijuana users.

The study also discovered that, despite marijuana being notoriously linked to 'the munchies,' marijuana users on average have a smaller waist and lower BMI than non-users. It's no secret that a smaller waist and lower weight reduce a person's risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

More Research

Given the findings, medical marijuana may hold a place in diabetes treatment and prevention. But it's unlikely you'll qualify for that medical marijuana card just yet. More research needs to be done to understand the links.

"The mechanisms underlying this paradox have not been determined and the impact of regular marijuana use on insulin resistance and cardiometabolic risk factors remains unknown," wrote Hannah Buettner, a co-author of the study.

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