Study: Cannabis a Potential Treatment Option for Insulin Resistance and Obesity-Related Diabetes

Activation of the cannabinoid 2 receptor – done naturally through the consumption of cannabis and cannabinoids – may be a potential treatment option for insulin resistance and obesity-related diabetes.

 Insulin ResistanceThis is according to new research out of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the Chinese Academy of Medical Science; the study was study published in the journal Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry, and epublished by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“The endocannabinoid signalling (ECS) system has been known to regulate glucose homeostasis”. states the study’s abstract. “Previous studies have suggested that the cannabinoid 2 (CB2) receptor may play a regulatory role on insulin secretion, immune modulation and insulin resistance.”

Given that diabetes and insulin resistance are attributable to elevated inflammatory tone, researchers “investigated the role of CB2 receptor on glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity in high-fat diet (HFD)/streptozotocin (STZ)-induced mice.”

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New Study Finds Cannabis Use Associated With Lower Body Mass Index, Lower Insulin Resistance

A new study publishedbmi in the journal Obesity, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis use is associated with a lower body mass index (BMI), which results in lower insulin resistance.

For the study, researchers set out to “ascertain the relationship between cannabis use, obesity, and insulin resistance” by analyzing “786 Inuit adults from the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey”. Information on cannabis use was obtained “from a self-completed, confidential questionnaire”, and “fasting blood glucose and insulin and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) served as surrogate markers of insulin resistance.” In addition, analysis of “covariance and multivariate logistic regression ascertained relationships between cannabis use and outcomes.”

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