A new study shows evidence that cannabis can be used to build up insulin resistance in diabetes patients. When a person’s immune system has become compromised, there is a greater chance of development for other debilitating diseases. The most common is diabetes mellitus, which we know more commonly as Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. For those with HIV or hepatitis C, insulin resistance is not uncommon. It has been an ongoing problem that ultimately makes people medically fragile if they don’t get immediate help.

New research suggests that cannabis could be the answer to this problem. Not only has it been found to be effective and preventing the development of insulin resistance, but it could help in additional unanticipated ways.

About 8 out of every 10 people who have HIV also have hepatitis C. In a study conducted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 703 patients with HIV and hepatitis C were evaluated for diabetes mellitus development. One group used cannabis regularly and the other group did not. Data was collected over a period of 5 years.

Those who were regularly using cannabis, after adjusting for all variables, were found to have nearly a 3x lesser risk of having insulin resistance develop.

Could cannabis be used as a preventative for diabetes melltius in the future? Is it possible to treat the insulin resistance through the use of cannabis to find a cure? More research needs to happen, but the signs are very encouraging in this area, especially when there is the presence of an immunodeficiency virus.