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May 18, 2013

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Letter to the Editor: Marijuana Has Health Benefits

Posted by Gary Storck
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Three great studies linking cannabis consumption to health benefits this week inspired me to write this letter to the editor.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Pubdate: May 18, 2013
Author: Gary Storck

MARIJUANA HAS HEALTH BENEFITS

Health care professionals report America is suffering an epidemic of obesity and diabetes. What if a widely used substance could prevent and maybe "cure" diabetes? There is, and cannabis is that substance.

In a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine, "The Impact of Marijuana Use on Glucose, Insulin, and Insulin Resistance among U.S. Adults," researchers studied 579 current cannabis users and 1,975 past users. In multivariable adjusted models, current marijuana use was associated with 16% lower fasting insulin levels and 17% lower insulin resistance levels. Researchers also found significant associations between marijuana use and smaller waist circumferences.

Other recent studies have also found cannabis use beneficial for other conditions. Israeli researchers concluded smoking cannabis caused a "complete remission" of Crohn's disease compared to placebo in half the patients in a study to be published by the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Kaiser Permanente researchers looking at bladder cancer concluded cannabis use only was associated with a 45% reduction in bladder cancer incidence, while tobacco use only was associated with a 52% increase in bladder cancer.

These studies only add to the overwhelming evidence that marijuana prohibition is not just a colossal failure but also a counterproductive fraud. Repeal would not only save billions in criminal justice system costs but, as these studies suggest, save billions in health care costs as well.

Gary Storck
Co-founder Is My Medicine Legal YET?
Co-founder/past president Wisconsin and Madison NORML
Madison

Posted by Gary at May 18, 2013 08:56 PM

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