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Marijuana use lowers risk of diabetes by more than 50 percent?

According to a new study out of Israel, certain chemical compounds in marijuana may in fact lower your risk of diabetes by more than 50 percent. From my author/journalist friend Chris Largen ...
In an astounding study published in the March 2006 issue of the journal Autoimmunity, investigators at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem report that injections of 5 mg per day of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol - a naturally occurring component of marijuana) significantly reduced the prevalence of diabetes in mice from an incidence of 86 percent in non-treated controls to an incidence of only 30 percent, a reduction of more than half.

In a separate experiment, investigators report that control mice all developed diabetes at a median of 17 weeks (range 15-20 weeks) while a majority (60 percent) of CBD-treated mice remained diabetes-free at 26 weeks.

As in cases of autoimmune and/or neurologic diseases such as MS, Alzheimer's, etc., these preliminary findings point to the potential of marijuana components to modify the course of disease rather than simply provide symptomatic relief.

Hmmm... Bet you won't hear a word about this in the "mainstream" American press. Whether our leaders are merely inept or deeply corrupt makes no difference to me, when objective science is being squelched and patients are threatened with prison. Looks like Galileo landed himself in a prison cell, all over again, while officials at DEA and NIDA continue to lie about the medical value of marijuana. They wear Inquisitor caps and deny people access to solid research that could save the life of someone you love. All in the name of the almighty pharmaceutical profits.

For those of you who prefer medical terminology, see the [link to the study, above], for more details. I received this from my friend and fellow writer Paul Armentano, and I know one of the participating research doctors in this study, so I can vouch for the veracity of the report.

Your Iconoclast,

Christopher Largen

Cannabidiol lowers incidence of diabetes in non-obese diabetic mice.

Authors: Weiss, L.1;Zeira, M.1;Reich, S.1;Har-Noy, M.1;Mechoulam, R.2;Slavin, S.1;Gallily, R.3

Source: Autoimmunity, Volume 39, Number 2, March 2006, pp. 143-151(9)

Affiliations: 1: Hadassah University Hospital, Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation & Cancer Immunotherapy, POB 12000, Jerusalem, 91120, Israel 2: Hebrew University Medical Faculty, Department of Medical Chemistry and Natural Products, Jerusalem, 91120, Israel 3: Hebrew University Medical Faculty, Department of Immunology, Jerusalem, 91120, Israel

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