Medical cannabis or marijuana refers to the use of cannabis or cannabinoids as medical therapy to treat disease or alleviate symptoms. The therapeutic uses of cannabinoids and its impacts on diabetes have been investigated following observed increases in appetite and body weight in a number of studies. The role of cannabis in appetite regulation has been extensively studied, but the association of cannabis use with weight in the general population is less known. However, a new study shows that heavy marijuana use can lead to midlife prediabetes – not diabetes
Marijuana is always a controversial topic. The debate on whether it has positive or negative medical impacts on the human body seems to be an ongoing discussion, especially among politicians. In a recent midterm contests, GOP candidates had a heated discussion on medical marijuana. Some candidates believed marijuana should be fully legalized while others argued that a fully legalized marijuana can promote recreational use.
Heavy Marijuana Use Can Lead to Midlife Prediabetes – Not Diabetes
Over the past decade, there have been several studies done on marijuana. Some reports show positive health impacts such as help in chronic pain and muscle spasms, while others report adverse effects such as tiredness, dizziness, cardiovascular, and psychoactive effects. There are conflicting data on marijuana almost on a weekly basis. Despite mixed findings regarding quality of evidence supporting the benefit of medical marijuana, a new study conducted at the the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in Minneapolis shows that heavy marijuana use during adulthood can result in midlife prediabetes.
This study reports that both current and former users of marijuana are at risk for developing poor blood glucose control as compared to individuals who have never used marijuana. Even though a direct link between type II diabetes and marijuana has not been established, this study suggests that the plant may be another risk factor for higher glucose levels. How marijuana increases the risk of prediabetes is not well understood.
The study revealed that individuals who used marijuana in excess of 100 times by adulthood appear to be at higher risk for developing prediabetes. This is concerning news considering the increased number of individuals who regularly use marijuana for both recreational and medical use. With at least 18 states that have now approved use of marijuana for medical use, the development of prediabetes can provoke new debates questioning the health benefits of marijuana.
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The health data on marijuana are often difficult to interpret and more studies are needed to determine the true effects of marijuana on blood sugar. Until more is known about the effects of marijuana on blood sugar, it would be wise for users with diabetes to regularly monitor their blood sugar levels.