Marijuana May Treat Diabetes- I just copied this, and I thought I would share this, I found it different.

By kittenpurr1 Latest Reply 2011-08-06 12:57:46 -0500
Started 2011-06-06 18:09:44 -0500

Scientist: Marijuana May Treat Diabetes
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Cannabis plant extracts could potentially form the basic ingredients for a market-leading diabetes drug, the scientist who developed a former world-beating treatment for the condition believes.
Professor Mike Cawthorne led the team that developed GlaxoSmithKline's Avandia, which became the company's second-biggest selling drug until sales plunged in 2007 after a study linked it to a higher risk of heart attacks.
"I sincerely believe it is possible to improve on it (Avandia), and plant-based medicines could be one way to do that," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.
Cawthorne is collaborating with GW Pharma, a specialist developer of cannabis-based medicines, at a new laboratory dedicated to looking for plant-based treatments for diabetes.
The GW Metabolic Research Laboratory will look the different cannabinoid molecules that have been found within the cannabis plant, as well as range of other plants extracts.
There are 60-70 cannabinoid extracts, though only one of those — THC — has the psychoactive properties traditionally associated with the plant.
The reseachers will conduct preclinical studies to evaluate them all as possible treatments for diabetes, with a view to getting licensing deals if they strike it lucky.
Cawthorne said that the cannabinoid CBD, used along with THC in GW Pharma's Sativex drug, has been seen to raise levels of 'good' cholesterol in animals.
While 'bad' cholesterol can build up in the blood vessels and cause strokes or heart attacks, 'good' cholesterol is thought to protect against heart attacks.
Cannabis-related diabetes treatments have a chequered history, with Sanofi-Aventis discontinuing development of its Acomplia obesity drug after European authorities requested that it was withdrawn from sale over fears of psychiatric side effects.
It had been seen as Sanofi's biggest new drug hope, and the withdrawal dealt a blow to CB1 receptor antagonists — the class of medicines to which Acomplia belonged — in general.
Cawthorne says he is working with actual cannabis extract rather than its synthetic equivalent, giving the basic ingredients of his potential treatments very different pharmaceutical properties.
The centre would look to treat specific symptoms of diabetes, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver or increased energy expenditure, rather than focusing on specific molecules, which is the route the pharmaceutical industry has taken to date.
"One needs to… not worry too much about the individual targets, but look and see what individual plant-based materials can do to (treat) the whole disease," he said.
"There really have been relatively few developments in finding new diabetes drug treatments… This new approach might be more productive in answering the unmet clinical need."

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Steve D.
Steve D. 2011-08-06 12:57:46 -0500 Report

I have had over 30 surgeries in the last 2 years including an amputation (not diabetic related). The Dr.s had me on a total of 27 pills in the morn and 13 at bed time. I dropped all pills. Hard core pain and depression pills included. I have been on med marijuana for a year now and a take a total of 6 pills a day. My sugars are better then ever and blood pressure meds are a thing of the past. (for me anyway).

outrigger1945 2011-06-18 12:04:58 -0500 Report

Avandia is a medication that is dangeres for people. I would not buy anything from this company.

kittenpurr1 2011-06-18 23:46:18 -0500 Report

I only shared the story. Don't know much about the company, all meds. have side effects, and some can be fatal, watch the comericials on TV. Some can cause fatal results, etc, ect.

Armourer 2011-06-10 01:23:51 -0500 Report

40 years ago it was nice to be high, today I can't stand not being in control, especially my mind. I concur that it has many medical uses. My states Attorney General just was on the news, he just was told by his docs that he was cancer free. He said from his experiences with treatment he's contemplating the legalization of pot or weed due to his experiences.

nzingha 2011-06-08 22:56:31 -0500 Report

my friend who is 70.. and looks like 60..i asked her what was her secret to looking so good and she said 'ganja'… local name for marijuana… it works for everything she said.. must be some truth there… but i'm afraid i cant handle being high all day…lol!

Harlen 2011-06-07 07:17:51 -0500 Report

Would not work for me It was a long longgggg time ago but I know what it did to me way back then I think I would live thru it now lol lol lol lol
Best wishes

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-06 20:27:01 -0500 Report

I would never have guessed. I know glycoma patients can get scripts in some states but not all states allow it.

diabetesfree 2011-06-07 07:28:21 -0500 Report

Here in California, you can get a prescription to smoke marijuana for just about any type of medical problem, whether its use in targeting a certain disease has been studied, or not. Doctors pretty much have complete leeway when it comes to reasons for prescribing the drug. You can basically "buy" a prescription from many Doctors for around $150. No exam necessary. They will "diagnose" you via Skype. So far, the state hasn't shown any interest in curbing this practice.

While the law here definitely makes it easier for those with diseases that can honestly be helped by marijuana, it has unfortunately had the effect of destroying any credibility the drug once had in the state when it comes to being treated as an actual medicine. It's almost as easy to buy as alcohol. Just more expensive. You can even buy plants on the local Craigslist page. Hopefully, it will someday be better researched. Until then, most people with prescriptions here are just using it as a casual drug.

kittenpurr1 2011-06-08 14:46:57 -0500 Report

It's been said, it helps with Fibromyaglia, too. I know a lot of cancer patients can get it, I don't think one can in this state.

diabetesfree 2011-06-08 19:59:17 -0500 Report

California is quite a bit more liberal with their drug policies. Even with "illegal" drugs, you can't be sent to jail unless you have enough on you to qualify as distribution. Even if you get caught with crack, all you get is a ticket. The maximum sentence for a first drug offense is attending a "diversion" program. After attending that, your record is wiped clean.

With marijuana, a prescription allows you to have an UNLIMITED number of plants here. The limit used to be 99 plants, until the state courts struck that down. Approximately 10% of the homes in a city neighboring mine are used exclusively for indoor marijuana growing, which has sent rent prices here skyrocketing. The fire department there has their hands full with a record number of houses burning down, due to pot growers installing their own electrical wiring in rental properties. The local electric company is constantly responding to transformers blowing-up, due to family homes using tens or hundreds of thousands of watts at a time and overloading the grid. Hopefully, it is different in other parts of the state than where I live. Around here though, growing marijuana is probably the leading private employer in the area.

dietcherry 2011-06-08 21:58:50 -0500 Report

I def see you point and why some may be anti-legalization, but with all the prescription meds we have with their endless lists of side effects, I just think that this is a relatively safe option in comparison.

kittenpurr1 2011-06-09 12:48:34 -0500 Report

Agreed- there's so many medictions with black box warnings, then there's the medictions that they prescribe, that can cause liver problem, even fatal. Some cancers, and the list goes on and on, and I myself, have never read a story about someone wrecking their car due to smoking pot. It's the DUI's for other things like pills, beer, and inhaling things. Some of our medications will show a false postive THC test anyway. One being Protonix and it's for acid reflux and stomach problems.
People are blind to the fact, that so many people are tested and tried on substances, and it never gets out. This is the government doing this, has been for years.
Some states it's legal just to have marijuana, that's why we are expected to know the laws of the state before we visit them. That's where the saying, "Visit South Carolina on vacation, and leave on probation" comes from. How could anyone know the laws of all the states, unless you are a lawyer, perhaps then, and still maybe not, they have to do research- look at the Indians way back, they lived off the land, and smoked the peace pipe, look at how long they lived. Medictions have a lot of chemicals in them, and look at all the recalls. I get the FDA letter and I see all the screw ups, where wrong things were put into medications. Some medictions cause MS. So…with that being said, the drug reps are making a fortune, off of medications that haven't been out long, these are chemicals we trust our doctors to give us, doctors have a heavy patient load, they don't have time to research all medicines, and the side effects of mixing this med with another. So, if in doubt talk to your pharmist, regarding questions you may have about certain medications. Just a 411- Coke a Cola hasn't always been just that, it used to have coke in it, years ago, before they took it out of the drink. I know it helps cancer patients.

diabetesfree 2011-06-09 16:47:03 -0500 Report

I agree with it being safe. No way it is dangerous as most prescription drugs are. The way the law was written here though (it was actually on the ballot) was completely screwed up though. The law is so vague as to be almost useless as a legal document, and judges have kept arguing with each other over what the intent of much of the proposition is. Hard to believe that it was written by lawyers. The law has allowed for patients to buy pot legally (if they can afford it.. they price of pot is way more expensive now than it was before the law was passed), but has caused so many other problems in our community (patients included) that I have to wonder if we are any better off than we were before, when there were just few laws against personal possession.

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