Study Reveals ‘Heavy’ Cannabis Consumption in Women Could Lower Risk of Diabetes

According to The Swaddle, a recent study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research analyzed 15,000 participants in the U.S. to understand how cannabis consumption impacts diabetes variables. The researchers checked the participants’ diabetic status by looking over their plasma glucose, hemoglobin A1C, or fasting blood glucose levels.

diabetes and cannabisThe study defines cannabis consumption fewer than four times monthly as “light” consumption. But four or more times was dubbed “heavy” consumption.

Through the results, the researchers revealed that female users participating in heavy consumption were less likely to have diabetes when compared to the women who did not consume cannabis. Light consumption among the female subjects did not impact their diabetic diagnoses prevalence.

However, equally important to know is that the researchers did not find a connection between cannabis use and diabetes risk for the male participants. At this point, the analysts have not determined the precise reason that cannabis consumption varies between the sexes. But there’s a theory they’re considering.

They believe that CBD and THC might stimulate endocannabinoid system receptors that assist in glucose disposal. These receptors located in the nervous system regulate various biological processes, including but not limited to glucose disposal. Due to the way cannabis consumption impacts the endocannabinoid system differs between the sexes, they believe the end-impact is also different.

Other studies have shown cannabis consumption could be beneficial to women in other manners. For example, in a 2020 study, cannabis consumption was found to increase sexual satisfaction in women with positive impacts on levels of orgasms, arousal, and desire.

In a 2002 study, it was revealed that cannabis consumption might help women cope with menopause. Particularly, if they’re going through hot flashes. The THC lowers the consumer’s body temperature, which might assist in lessening hot flash severity.

To directly show the correlation between cannabis consumption and lowering women’s risk of diabetes, there’s still much research needed. The analysts will need to have a firm understanding of the precise bodily mechanism that causes the association and isolate it.

What do you think? Can cannabis consumption really play such a significant role in women’s health? Do you have any experience experiencing health benefits from cannabis use?

Let us know in the comments below!

Louis Levey is the Content Success Manager and Founder at No Strings Content. He's passionate about helping cannabis businesses use content to attract, educate, and convert audiences. His hometown is Boca Raton, Florida, but he currently lives and works remotely in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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