Research - THCV lowers blood sugar diabetes type 2

A recent study found unique results regarding the treatment of diabetes type 2. In the UK, they proved that the relatively unknown cannabinoid THCV could play an important role in the treatment of the form of diabetes. That cannabis may help in the treatment of diabetes was already known. But this study shows that there is still much to discover about the efficacy of cannabis in various diseases.

More than 29 million people in US have diabetes, of which nine out of ten have diabetes type 2. In this form of diabetes the body has too little insulin and reacts (often) not on insulin. Therefore, patients usually get medications, nutrition and exercise advice and in some cases extra insulin. Previously, type 2 diabetes was known as adult-onset diabetes.

Cannabis in diabetes
That diabetes patients could benefit is not news to cannabis. Earlier we shared all five benefits of cannabis in the disease. It can lower insulin resistance and, inter alia, kidney damage due to help prevent diabetes. It is also known that cannabis use may help prevent diabetes altogether. This is partly because marijuana users tend to have a lower BMI than non-cannabis users.

Previous studies have shown that cannabis users have a lower BMI than non-weed users

New research

Older studies mainly focused on the better-known cannabinoids  (the active substances in cannabis)  THC and CBD . That obviously has to do with the popularity of these cannabinoids in the current medicinal cannabis products. But recently it was shown that no THC and CBD, THCV but sometimes could play a major role in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

In the UK, please note was clinically studied for two types of treatments for diabetes type 2. 62 non insulin dependent patients were followed for a period of 13 weeks. They were given at that time twice daily placebo, CBD or THCV either CBD and THCV. So two groups received only CBD or THCV alone, one group received a combination of the two cannabinoids and one group received a fake medication for control.

Positive results

The results of the study are without mentioning positive. According to the scientists administering THCV has a positive effect on the glycemic index in the body. That is the benchmark for the impact that food on your blood glucose (blood sugar).

The authors of the study noted that the administration of THCV alone the fasting blood sugar decreases significantly and the pancreas is functioning better. According to researchers these results are unique as other treatments have no noticeable effect on the metabolism. Finally, to conclude the scientists found that THCV could be a new component in the treatment of patients with type 2 diabetes.

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