Treating Diabetes with Cannabis?

I’m grinning. Can you see me? Via a tip from Simon of Power and Control I’ve learned that cannabis (yep: pot, grass, weed, ganja…) can be used to treat diabetes. But no, really. This is legit! Check out a new research paper from the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC).

This paper posits that cannabis can have the following benefits for diabetes patients:

* stabilizing blood sugars (confirmed via “a large body of anecdotal evidence building among diabetes sufferers”)

* anti-inflammatory action that may help quell some of the arterial inflammation common in diabetes

* “neuroprotective” effects that help thwart inflammation of nerves and reduce the pain of neuropathy by activating receptors in the body and brain

* “anti-spasmodic agents” help relieve muscle cramps and the pain of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders

* acts as a “vasodilator” to help keep blood vessels open and improve circulation

* contributes to lower blood pressure over time, which is vital for diabetics

* substituting cannabis butter and oil in foods “benefits cardiac and arterial health in general”

* it can also be used to make topical creams to relieve neuropathic pain and tingling in hands and feet

* finally, cannabis helps still diabetic “restless leg syndrom” (RLS), so the patient can sleep better: “it is recommended that patients use a vaporizer or smoked cannabis to aid in falling asleep.”

Now I have no idea how this has been received in the medical community, but that is one heck of a long list of potential health benefits! Where do I sign up for the clinical studies? (wink

Simon concludes: “If the stuff wasn’t illegal it would be considered a medical super-miracle given all the problems it treats.” Check them all out at

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Comment by AcesLucky on October 14, 2009 at 9:45am
Are you sure about that? How wide spread was the use of cannabis before the 30's?
Comment by Seth R. on October 14, 2009 at 12:13am
I think it's no coincidence that the rise in diseases like cancer and diabetes as well as other rheumatic diseases have been on the rise since the ban on cannabis medicines in 1937.

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