Marijuana Users Have Better bG Control

medical marijuanaStudies have found lower rates of obesity and diabetes in marijuana users compared with people who have never used marijuana. Researchers wanted to investigate the relationship between cannabinoids and metabolic processes to better understand this relationship. To date, no study has investigated the relationship between marijuana use and fasting insulin, glucose, and insulin resistance. We speak with co-authors of the study published in the American Journal of Medicine, Elizabeth Penner and Hannah Buettner, to discuss the associations between marijuana use and markers of carbohydrate metabolism.

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  1. Participants who reported using marijuana in the past month had lower levels of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR and higher levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). These associations were weaker among those who reported using marijuana at least once, but not in the past thirty days, suggesting that the impact of marijuana use on insulin and insulin resistance exists during periods of recent use. Current users had 16% lower fasting insulin levels than participants who reported never having used marijuana in their lifetimes.