Susan B. Sloane, BS, RPh, CDE, has been a registered pharmacist for more than 20 years and a Certified Diabetes Educator for more than 15 years. Her two sons were diagnosed with diabetes, and since then, she has been dedicated to promoting wellness and optimal outcomes as a patient advocate, information expert, educator, and corporate partner.

Preliminary results of this study showed people who smoked marijuana seemed to have less insulin resistance, seen as lower fasting insulin levels, than those who did not use the substance. Marijuana users also seemed to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) as well.

The exact reasons for this remain unclear, but it appears to have something to do with cannaboid receptors being activated and then potentially deactivated with prolonged marijuana use.

This study poses an interesting theory of how weight and brain chemistry are related, but in my opinion this is in no way conclusive evidence that marijuana can effectively lower weight and help treat diabetes. If anything, it may further assist researchers on finding better medications to treat chronic diseases.

This is a controversial study, but it's interesting when we look at some of the mechanisms of how weight-loss drugs work. Personally, I am not in favor of marijuana being legalized, but I find the study compelling and worth understanding.

To learn more on this topic:
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Scientist: Marijuana May Treat Diabetes
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