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Diabetes & Marijuana

Diabetes comes in two forms: Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, and Type 2, or adult onset diabetes. Patients with Type 1 are born with the condition because it is a genetic disorder where a patients pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Type 2 sufferers do not properly process insulin, this can be caused by a number of factors including obesity. Medical marijuana can help stimulate the active carbohydrate metabolism, allowing patients to better process insulin. A study in the *American Journal of Medicine* found that people using medical marijuana had fasting insulin levels 16% lower than patients who did not use medical marijuana. Medical marijuana may also be helpful in decreasing symptoms associated with diabetes, such as neuropathic pain.

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