Marijuana Helps Control Diabetes, Promotes Good Cholesterol, Leads to Lower Waist Size, and Lowers Bladder Cancer Risk, New Studies Show

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Smoking marijuana has "remarkable" effect on diabetic problems and may lower risk of getting the disease, a study published on Wednesday states.

This news comes a few days after a presentation at the annual conference of the American Urological Association that links heavy pot use to a much lower risk of bladder cancer.

See also: Marijuana Is Real Medicine for a Long List of Ills

Past studies have found potential harms caused by marijuana, such as an increased risk of testicular cancer or memory impairment. The popular drug, now used legally by millions under the laws of Arizona and other states, appears to have a major upside, health-wise.

Besides the pain and suffering diabetes causes, diagnosing and treating the disease is a crushing healthcare expense in the United States, costing an estimated $245 billion last year alone. The new study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Medicine implies that one answer to the problem could be marijuana.

Of the diabetics studied who used marijuana, "insulin resistance was decreased and diabetic control was improved," wrote Joseph Alpert, editor-in-chief of the AJM and a University of Arizona professor of medicine, in his introduction to the published article. Alpert goes on to say:


Remarkably, fasting insulin levels were reduced in current cannabis users but not in former or never users. Two additional observations were that waist circumference was smaller and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol blood levels were higher in current cannabis users. These are indeed remarkable observations that are supported, as the authors note, by basic science experiments that came to similar conclusions.

Is it possible that THC will be commonly prescribed in the future for patients with diabetes or metabolic syndrome alongside antidiabetic oral agents or insulin for improved management of this chronic illness? Only time will answer this question for us.

And yet the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, whose employees have a financial interest in keeping marijuana illegal, claim marijuana isn't really medicine. Tsk-tsk.

More than 15,000 Americans likely will die from bladder cancer this year, the National Cancer Institute states. It's long been known that smoking tobacco can double or triple your risk for bladder cancer. A study that tracked 83,000 men over 11 years to observe their incidences of bladder cancer confirmed that notion, and also suggests that smoking cigarettes and pot boosts the likelihood of contracting the disease.

But the new findings, as mentioned in a USA Today story last week, suggest that people who smoke only marijuana enjoy a substantially lower risk of bladder cancer. From the article:


"Cannabis use only was associated with a 45 percent reduction in bladder cancer incidence, and tobacco use only was associated with a 52 percent increase in bladder cancer," said study author Dr. Anil A. Thomas, a fellow in urology at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles.


The more pot, the better: Researchers found that people who used marijuana more than 500 times a year were better off as far as bladder-cancer risk than those who used it infrequently.

Whatever problems marijuana may cause, diabetes and bladder cancer apparently aren't among them.

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Anon
Anon

'Might explain why some rock stars are still alive and kicking.

pjp333
pjp333

Thanks for covering this. The real question is: Will Will Humble (director of the Arizona Department of Health Services) read it and stop hindering medical marijuana in Arizona? 

To the other commenter who mentioned MJ research, no the feds have not opened up medical research to marijuana. In fact, AJM editor-in-chief calls for that in his editorial. 

sliperymike
sliperymike

after thirty years of smoking pot, I have lung issues,but I also smoked three packs of tobacco a day 10 years ago.

my doctors are amazed at my diabetes,and lack of damage to my eyes.

my general health is good for a 53 year old diabetic of those 33 years on insulin.

the insurance companies sales reps would hang up on me,after I told them I was diabetic.

look how much money they lost! I spent that money on weed!..............dude!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Isn't it amazing how as we are now allowed (finally) to do actual research on MJ, we are finding out what the intelligent people (who are the smokers/ingesters) in the population have known for thousands of years - that is really is a medicine like we have been saying all along. 

A medicine that no one on the face of the planet, in as long as MJ and humans have been on the planet, has EVER died from.

I bet all the other medicines on the planet would like to be able to say that, but can't. Neither can any of the intoxicants that are currently legal.

If nothing else proves to you and convinces you how badly we need to stop trusting big pharma, big oil, big corporations and the religious zealots (read: Christian/Catholic hypocrites), research like this should. 

If it doesn't, then you fall into the category of 'you can't fix stupid, you can only wait for them to grow old and die so they quit annoying the rest of the population'

teknik
teknik

The perfect medicine.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Flyer9753 Pot Smokers are the intelligent ones? hahahahahhaahahahhahahahahahaahahahaahhahhahahahahha

Your dad wants you to come up and take the trash out now.

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