The studies in this section deal with Diabetes and Cannabis. Research into treatment of Diabetes with Cannabis is only just beginning and most of the studies show a correlation but not the method of action. There is a correlation established in research that the rates of Diabetes and obesity in Cannabis users is lower than that of non-users, indicating there is some connection.
Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic disorders that produce high blood sugar levels over a long period of time. There are four broad types of diabetes and recent research has revealed that the disease is more variable than previously thought. Diabetes is characterized by the pancreas either not producing enough insulin to control blood sugar or having the tissues of the body be resistant to the insulin produced. Late-stage complicated of diabetes can lead to blindness, blood pressure issues leading to amputation and cardiovascular disease.
Research, while only beginning to explore this connection, seems to indicate that the anti-inflammatory nature of Cannabis is also useful for slowing the onset of damage to the body due to Diabetes. Also, Cannabis seems to slow the onset of the disease even in mice engineered to be prone to developing diabetes, even when initial symptoms have begun to appear.