Is it safe for a diabetic patient to take Cannabis for medical Purposes?

Is cannabis addictive? Indeed, in the sense that most if not all of the pleasant things on this planet are worth endlessly repeating.

In the year 2018, the FDA documented a new treatment for epilepsy made from cannabis own CBD a.k.a. Cannabidiol. This is a piece of good news, as it suggests that the cannabis plant is approved for medical purpose after all.

In this article, I will explain how much safe it is for a diabetic person to use cannabis as a drug to help his or her conditions or even use it for pleasure?

As most of the states have legalized cannabis, individuals with all types of disease are thinking about this.

However, people with diabetes are left understanding the existing research to conclude something. To cut it short, no expert is sure about this. Diabetic patients can ask their doctors, how to use cannabis in a safe way? However, there is very little research and often against on whether this drug really helps people with diabetics.

There is only one major study that was published in The American Journal of Medicine directs to the advantages of using cannabis for diabetes.

The research was conducted on more than 4,500 people using the services of National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey or (NHANES). Out of those participants, around 1,900 had used cannabis in the past, and 580 used it regularly. Interestingly, the researcher discovered that using cannabis was linked with a smaller waistline and lower fasting insulin level.

Another review appeared in the Natural Medicine Journal highlighted the benefits of using cannabis. This review cited the above study and several mice models which suggest cannabis protected them from getting diabetes or at least reduced its severity.

The review also cited a study in Israel which revealed a low dose of Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, well below its psychoactive capabilities could help protect against organs damage.

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The Negative Side of Using Cannabis

However, some studies are proving adverse effects too. For instance, a study published by American Diabetes Association proved that people who use cannabis tended to consume around 20% more food, have high blood pressure, eating a low-quality diet based on simple carbs and have a higher percentage of visceral fat.

All these markers could worsen the risk of diabetes. In order to balance these facts, though, the same research did find that cannabis users had a lower BMI and lowered overall fat content.

Benefits of medical use of cannabis are;

  •    Reducing pain
  •    Reducing inflammation
  •    Reducing anxiety
  •    Slowing cancer growth
  •    Muscle relaxant that could be helpful for multiple sclerosis
  •    Managing side effects of chemotherapy including vomiting and nausea

The National Institute on Drug Abuse officially states that not sufficient large-scale research has been done to provide conclusive answers about medical use of cannabis. However, one thing is for sure, though: because of the new wave of interest in cannabis use, this is an area of study we cannot overlook.


The only difficulty is to conduct these type of studies under available laws that prohibit the use and research of cannabis by the state. Experts and researchers will have to be careful to follow the proper guidelines so that more studies can be available as well as recognized.