Diabetes Forecast

Medical Marijuana May Reduce Blood Glucose

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

You may have heard that marijuana offers some health benefits, such as easing nausea or pain. Now, researchers have found that a drug derived from the marijuana plant may help reduce blood glucose levels. In a 13-week study of 62 people with type 2 diabetes, the drug—commonly called THCV—reduced average fasting blood glucose values from 133 to 121 mg/dl and helped the beta cells produce more insulin. The main side effect was loss of appetite, with none of the brain effects of actual marijuana. A company is now developing the experimental drug as a potential type 2 diabetes treatment, so stay tuned.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Aug. 29, 2016



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