Cannabis Use Increases The Risk Of Diabetes? NHS Says No
Very recently, the University of Minnesota published research suggesting that regular cannabis users were 65% more likely to develop “pre-diabetes” than non-users. As you can probably imagine, mainstream media has ignored the many flaws in the research and has had a field day trying smear the growing reputation of cannabis.
The research in question found correlation after gathering results from a self-reporting questionnaire – a pretty weak science practice! It did not take into account the many confounding variables that affect health and lifestyle, but nonetheless decided to point the finger at cannabis.
As you can imagine, the news has been slammed by pro-cannabis campaigners and members of the scientific community alike. Jon Liebling, the political director of The United Patients Alliance, had the following to say:
“The interpretation of this awful research is both dangerous and unethical to the point where even the NHS themselves have published an immediate rebuttal."
Diabetes own website refers to the potential benefits of cannabis to those suffering from diabetes and GW Pharmaceuticals are currently doing research on the efficacy of cannabinoids with some great results so far.”
BRING ON THE NHS
The fact, as Jon points out, that the NHS has felt the need to comment says volumes about just how bad this research is. The NHS is the state-run organisation responsible for healthcare in the UK. It is a pride of many UK citizens and widely respected on the world stage.
Being state-run, the stance of the NHS is to stay out of the cannabis debate. However, they have felt that the deceptive message of this research is so bad that it cannot be ignored. In their rebuttal, they state that there is absolutely no link between cannabis and type 2 diabetes, and any correlation is more likely to be a result of confounding variables, such as lifestyle, as well as social and economic characteristics.
They also point out that the research is taken from a group of urban US citizens, who are not a representative sample. As the self-reported research was conducted over a long period of time, it is also likely that participants gave incorrect information about the frequency of use, or even outright lied.
To conclude, they said, “The various possible effects of cannabis on physical and mental health – both in the immediate and longer term – are often debated. However, this study alone provides no proof that cannabis use will increase your risk of diabetes.”
DO THE MEDIA CARE? PROBABLY NOT
Such facts are likely to fall on deaf ears. Mainstream media that went full throttle (looking at you Daily Mail), and slammed cannabis, are not going to print the fact that they were wrong, or that the NHS has rejected the findings.
Nonetheless, the fact the NHS has stood up and denounced this research shows that people and organisations are waking up to the facts about marijuana. They are not happy just blindly swallowing the lies they are told any more.