Cannabis-Based Medicine Shows Potential as Diabetes Treatment

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Cannabis-Based Medicine Shows Potential as Diabetes Treatment

GW Pharmaceuticals, the company behind Sativex – a cannabinoid based medicinal spray that’s approved in over 20 countries – is currently in the process of studying a new cannabis-derived medicine which is aimed at treating diabetes.medical-marijuana-logo-hemp-beach-tv-hbtv According to researchers at GW, a mid-stage study has shown promising results.

The study examined the effect of this new substance – currently known exclusively as GWP42004 – on 35 patients, and found that it helped improve the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin, in addition to dropping blood sugar levels between meals.

The new medicine is made using a compound – THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin) – which is found naturally in the cannabis plant; the THCV used is plant-derived, and not chemically derived like most other pharmaceutical drugs that attempt to mimic compounds found in cannabis (such as Marinol).

GW will be publishing the full, comprehensive study later this year in a scientific journal. In the meantime, the company continues to expand the international presence of Sativex; Italy became the 21st country to officially accept the substance’s use earlier this month, with it pending approval in at least 9 more.

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  • Paul Cardosi
    July 22, 2013

    in the 5 yrs i spent volunteering and working with 1000’s of sick people in Oregon, i came across many older patients that claimed cannabis helped their blood stay in the right ranges which was always a secondary effect to why they were using cannabis for whatever their “main” ailment was. .

  • Jan Daley
    July 22, 2013

    It helps regulate the blood sugar.

  • Anonymous
    July 22, 2013

    Im not going to say my info cause u no but thats awsome you said that cause im 27 with four wonderful kids i raise myself and i get really really stressed out and some times i kinda get mad and angry cause im so stressed i cant help it cause i dnt ever get a break from them and i found when they go to bed i found if i watch a funny movie n smoke a jay of course by myself cause im always by myself i feel so much happier n less stressed n i dnt get mad at them when they do bad stuff i handle it the proper way i really helps me n im thankful that i can do ppl just no ya no

  • JJ
    July 23, 2013

    living on an insulin pump for the last 7 years i would smoke pot in a heartbeat. it is readily available in Hawaii. I just need to get a medical Marijuana card from a Dr. it would also help a few other health problems i have to live with……

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