Recreational Cannabis and Diabetes

    The effect of recreational cannabis use in people with diabetes: a rapid review

    Porr CJ, Rios P, Bajaj HS, Egan AM, Huot C, Batten R, Bishop L, Ryan D, Davis E, Darvesh N, Rahman A, Asghari S, Acheampong L, Tricco AC. The effects of recreational cannabis use on glycemic outcomes and self-management behaviours in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes: a rapid review. Syst Rev. 2020;9(1):187. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01411-9.

    [sidebar] Commissioner: Diabetes Canada

    Funders: Diabetes Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under the Strategy for Patient Oriented-Research (SPOR) initiative



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    • This review gathers the available existing evidence on the use of recreational cannabis and its impact on people with type 1 and 2 diabetes. However, the evidence base on this subject is severely limited by lack of both quantity and quality thus further research into the subject is warranted.
    • There are very few studies examining the direct effect of cannabis in people with diabetes
    • From available evidence, people with diabetes should be cautioned to carefully consider the use of recreational cannabis
    • Cannabis use may affect self-management of glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes
    • Cannabis use may increase the risk of cardiovascular complications and kidney disease in people with type 2 diabetes



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    Date : 27 Nov 2019