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A new study published just last month in JAMA Psychiatry claims that teenage cannabis use can negatively alter brain structure… but how accurate is this claim and exactly what factors and variables did the researchers consider in coming to this conclusion?

Childhood and adolescence are critical times for physical and emotional development. Until we reach adulthood, our brains change considerably by growing in size, modifying number of cells and structure, and opening more connective pathways. During our late teenage years, the outer layers of the brain begin to lose some thickness and density in a process known as “cortical thinning”. Cortical thinning is a completely normal part of cerebral development, but, according to the study, the rate of thinning is accelerated in cannabis-using teens. Lead researcher Matthew Albaugh, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Vermont Medical Center, says that “it is unclear what will happen” if the thinning process occurs to quickly.

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Teens and Cannabis

Cannabis is one of the most frequently used illicit substances by all age groups, especially youth. What’s interesting, however, is that although rate of use among older adults is rising in legal states, that has not been the case with teens and young adults. As Kayla Tormohlen, Ph.D. candidate, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health stated, “Since the implementation of retail marijuana sales, we haven’t seen an increase in use among youth, but we are seeing a difference in how young people are consuming.”

Take a look at these stats:

  • 6.9% of 12th graders use cannabis daily.
  • 43.7% have tried cannabis in their lifetime.
  • 35.2% consumed cannabis in the last year.
  • 2.4% used synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, in the last year.
  • 62.8% of 12th graders who used cannabis in the last year consumed it via vaping.
  • 12th graders are 82.1% more likely to use marijuana in their lifetime than they are to smoke a cigarette.

A growing number of adolescent cannabis users are more inclined to vape, dab, or eat edibles rather than smoking flower. A couple years ago, a survey-based study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that in Colorado, teen cannabis smoking saw a significant decrease. According to the study, from the students questioned in 2017, around 78% of teens who admitted to using cannabis said they did so by smoking. That number was down from 87% in 2015.

About the Study

In this study, Albaugh’s team evaluated data from a separate study of teenage brain development, conducted over a multi-year period in Europe. A total of 799 participants had their brains scanned once at 14 years of age, and one more time when they turned 19 years old.

Lifetime cannabis use ranged from 1 to more than 40 uses, with roughly half of participants falling somewhere in between 10 and 30 estimated uses. Using this self-reported data (meaning researchers simply asked the teens about their cannabis use over the last five years), and two brain scans over the course of a half-decade, researchers concluded that there were “significant brain differences” in the teens who used cannabis and those who didn’t.

“Results suggest that cannabis use during middle to late adolescence may be associated with altered cerebral cortical development, particularly in regions rich in cannabinoid 1 receptors. Cannabis-related cortical thinning in the right dorsomedial prefrontal cortex accounted for unique variance in attentional impulsiveness at 5-year follow-up while controlling for sex, site, baseline age, baseline brain volume, baseline pubertal development, verbal IQ, and performance IQ. Thus, accelerated thinning in the right dorsomedial prefrontal cortex was associated with the transition to cannabis use as well as greater attentional impulsiveness at 5-year follow-up.”

In plain English, it means that adolescent cannabis use can cause accelerated cortical thinning, which may lead to questionable impulse control in young adults. Researchers emphasized there was a direct correlation between rate of use and rate of cortical thinning, meaning those who used more pot experienced more discernable structural differences. They also stated that confounding variables like sex, age, IQ, and so forth, were accounted for, but no environmental factors were considered. Additionally, the study mentions that alcohol was controlled for as well, but tobacco use and other carcinogens were not.

Personal Observations and Unanswered Questions

Although this study is makes some interesting observations, there are a few things that will naturally require some further observation, starting with the fact that it’s relying entirely on the self-reported data of teenagers. Assuming that teens can remember exactly how many times they used cannabis over an extended time period of five years, is a very unlikely gamble. Also, whether the questions were answered with complete honesty is another issue. Numerous studies have found that participants often lie in surveys of counternormative behaviors, such as drug use and abortion. It’s not a stretch to assume that some of the teens were concerned the results could negatively impact their futures, come come back to bite them in some way, and they weren’t entirely forthcoming. But again, these are just personal theories.

Of further concern to me, is how few confounding factors were actually accounted for. The study claims that controlling for sex, socioeconomic status, and IQ did not “meaningfully” alter the results (although some negligible differences were observed), but many other things can lead to more rapid cortical thinning as well. Alcohol consumption was controlled for, but personally, but it’s quite likely that 800 teens who experimented with cannabis use also drank occasionally. If moderate cannabis use can impact the brain, what are the effects of limited alcohol exposure on young minds?

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Tobacco/nicotine use was not controlled for during the study, and at the 5-year follow up, regular tobacco use was correlated with regular cannabis use. According to numerous medical texts on the subject, the adolescent brain is especially sensitive to the damaging effects of nicotine. Studies in human subjects have found that smoking cigarettes during teen years leads to a greatly increased risk of developing cognitive impairment and various psychiatric disorders later in life.

Researchers did mention that they went back and mentioned that, “rerunning the longitudinal analysis and including lifetime tobacco use as a covariate resulted in largely consistent findings.” Based on my understanding, they just revisited the number and updated the algorithm to include possible tobacco use, but still, in the original data, it was not controlled for. Also, it is worth noting that use of other illicit drugs and prescription medications, diets, and exposure to environmental toxins were not largely considered during this research project either.

And finally, they mentioned impulsivity as the final “negative” result following varying rates of teen cannabis use. It’s important to remember that the second scan was conducted when participants were only 19 years of age. The human brain is not fully developed until we reach our mid-twenties, so it is difficult to say whether the impulsive behaviors would carry over into adult years or what the actual long term (10+ years) effects of cannabis use are.

This study also doesn’t fully clarify whether cannabis caused the impulsive behaviors. What parameters are used to measure impulsivity? You need to be relatively uninhibited to be willing to experiment with illegal drugs in the first place, so how likely is it that these teens were impulsive before using cannabis, and not the other way around? 

Conflicting Research

Medical research, although very important, is subjective to a degree. This is why we need repeatable results from numerous different studies looking at a diverse range of socioeconomic and geographical data. This study claims that adolescent cannabis use has negative impacts on the brain, but numerous other studies say the exact opposite. For example, a significantly larger study published just two years ago in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, spanning over an even longer period of time, claimed there was no difference at all in the brain structure of cannabis-using teens compared to their counterparts who abstained.

The study followed a group of 1000 subjects starting in the 1980s and continuing for about 15 years, with testing and brain scans performed and various points throughout the course of the research period, and found that “adolescent cannabis use is not associated with lasting structural brain differences.”

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As the authors of the research pointed out, “Even subjects with the highest level of cannabis exposure in adolescence showed subcortical brain volumes and cortical brain volumes and thickness in adulthood that were similar to boys with almost no exposure to cannabis throughout adolescence.” Put simply, no matter how much cannabis was used during teenage years, there were no noticeable effects on brain formation.

Unrelated to cannabis entirely, if we’re following medical literature, it’s up for debate whether cortical thinning is even a bad thing or not. While this study maintains that cortical thickness has some type of relation to impulsive behaviors, others have found that cortical thickness was not related to cognitive performance at all. Better yet, this study claims that early adolescent cortical thinning actually translated to better neuropsychological outcomes.

Conflict of Interest?

Medicinal cannabis use has a long history in traditional eastern healthcare – and by long I mean centuries. It was not uncommon for cannabis, with its very mild side effects, to be used at a treatment option for numerous childhood ailments. Obviously no clinical trials have been conducted on these ancient subjects, but medical practitioners of the times did keep their own detailed records and it was never noted that any brain damage or behavioral changes occurred in people who used cannabis throughout their lives.

Of course, the westernized among us would argue that without sound scientific research, there is absolutely no way to determine whether cannabis was/is safe or not. Fair enough, but there is one considerable difference between old-school medical literature and the modern studies of today – funding. These days, there are so many conflicts of interest surrounding medical research that you really have to dig deep into who’s paying for a particular study and what their underlying motives are.  

This particular study was funded by numerous entities, including many big-name pharmaceutical companies such as Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Vifor Pharma. Big Pharma is a longtime enemy of cannabis reform and the pharmaceutical industry has spent millions over the years lobbying against marijuana legalization.

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Final Thoughts – Cannabis, Teens, and Brain Development

Point blank, brain studies are difficult because it is impossible to account for every confounding variable in a person’s life. The food they eat, the area the live in, the air they breathe, toxins consumed, rate of alcohol and tobacco use, genetics, and so much more can affect the way someone’s brain develops. Cannabis is popular among teens, so of course people want to know if it is safe. However, many more studies over longer periods of time are needed before we can have more clarity on this issue.

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CannaCon is coming to Chicago, Illinois from August 6-7, 2021, and Cannabiz Media will be there at Booth #705 on the expo floor! Our team had a great time at CannaCon Midwest Detroit in June, and everyone is looking forward to connecting with familiar and new faces in Chicago. 

Stop by Booth #705 to say hi and watch a demo of the latest and greatest Cannabiz Media License Database software.

CannaCon Midwest Chicago will feature more than 150 exhibitors and at least 20 educational seminars held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The event will bring together cannabis industry professionals from the Midwest region of the country with tickets available for the expo and seminars or just the expo.

Educational Seminars at CannaCon Midwest Chicago

Seminars at the Chicago event will feature speakers from a variety of organizations, including Seed to Sale Funding, Allay Consulting, Grove Bags, GreenBroz, Agrify, Agro Lighting, Kush Masters, Specialty Testing Solutions, and more. 

The educational sessions will cover everything from seed to sale. Sessions are categorized as follows: Cultivation, Extraction, Processing, Retail, Business / Legal, Finance, Science / Genetics, Marketing and Branding, and Operations Management. All of the seminars announced so far are listed below by category:

Cultivation, Science / Genetics

  • Cannabis Ag-Tech Saves Food from Climate Change
  • Achieving Genetic Potential with Nutrition and Stress Mitigation
  • Getting the Most out of Your Cannabis Phenotype

Extraction

  • Profiting from Solventless: Tips and Tricks for Success (also in Marketing and Branding category)

Processing

  • Innovative Solventless Solution
  • Scaling Up Post-Harvest Processing with Automated Systems
  • Pre-Roll Industry Trends and Insights

Retail

  • The Changing Expectations of Dispensary Consumers

Business / Legal and Finance

  • Financing Your Cannabis Business
  • Cannabis License Opportunities in Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Michigan in 2021
  • The Pot Brothers at Law
  • The Future of Indoor Cultivation
  • Life after SAFE Banking – Unlocking Payments, Lending, and Other Financial Services for Your Cannabis Business

Marketing and Branding

  • Modern Website Musts to Establish Credibility with Customers and Compete Online
  • Cannabis Packaging: Humble Beginnings to Global CPG (also in Operations Management category)

Operations Management

  • How to Level Up Your Cannabis Operations
  • Resident Analytical Insight in Cannabis Manufacturing
  • Introduction to Cannabis Testing
  • It’s Complicated: Workplace Safety in Cannabis

The conference will run from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on both Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th, which gives attendees plenty of time to attend educational sessions, visit vendors on the expo floor, and network with other cannabis industry professionals.

Stop By Booth #705 and Visit the Cannabiz Media Team

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CannaCon is coming to Chicago, Illinois from August 6-7, 2021, and Cannabiz Media will be there at Booth #705 on the expo floor! Our team had a great time at CannaCon Midwest Detroit in June, and everyone is looking forward to connecting with familiar and new faces in Chicago. 

Stop by Booth #705 to say hi and watch a demo of the latest and greatest Cannabiz Media License Database software.

CannaCon Midwest Chicago will feature more than 150 exhibitors and at least 20 educational seminars held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. The event will bring together cannabis industry professionals from the Midwest region of the country with tickets available for the expo and seminars or just the expo.

Educational Seminars at CannaCon Midwest Chicago

Seminars at the Chicago event will feature speakers from a variety of organizations, including Seed to Sale Funding, Allay Consulting, Grove Bags, GreenBroz, Agrify, Agro Lighting, Kush Masters, Specialty Testing Solutions, and more. 

The educational sessions will cover everything from seed to sale. Sessions are categorized as follows: Cultivation, Extraction, Processing, Retail, Business / Legal, Finance, Science / Genetics, Marketing and Branding, and Operations Management. All of the seminars announced so far are listed below by category:

Cultivation, Science / Genetics

  • Cannabis Ag-Tech Saves Food from Climate Change
  • Achieving Genetic Potential with Nutrition and Stress Mitigation
  • Getting the Most out of Your Cannabis Phenotype

Extraction

  • Profiting from Solventless: Tips and Tricks for Success (also in Marketing and Branding category)

Processing

  • Innovative Solventless Solution
  • Scaling Up Post-Harvest Processing with Automated Systems
  • Pre-Roll Industry Trends and Insights

Retail

  • The Changing Expectations of Dispensary Consumers

Business / Legal and Finance

  • Financing Your Cannabis Business
  • Cannabis License Opportunities in Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Michigan in 2021
  • The Pot Brothers at Law
  • The Future of Indoor Cultivation
  • Life after SAFE Banking – Unlocking Payments, Lending, and Other Financial Services for Your Cannabis Business

Marketing and Branding

  • Modern Website Musts to Establish Credibility with Customers and Compete Online
  • Cannabis Packaging: Humble Beginnings to Global CPG (also in Operations Management category)

Operations Management

  • How to Level Up Your Cannabis Operations
  • Resident Analytical Insight in Cannabis Manufacturing
  • Introduction to Cannabis Testing
  • It’s Complicated: Workplace Safety in Cannabis

The conference will run from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on both Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th, which gives attendees plenty of time to attend educational sessions, visit vendors on the expo floor, and network with other cannabis industry professionals.

Stop By Booth #705 and Visit the Cannabiz Media Team

Don’t be a stranger! If you’re attending CannaCon Midwest Chicago, stop by booth #705 to chat with the Cannabiz Media team and see the Cannabiz Media License Database in action.

Can’t attend CannaCon Midwest Chicago? No worries! Schedule an online demo of the Cannabiz Media License Database.

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Keeping up with changing cannabis industry news is easy when you read and listen to the right cannabis websites, blogs, newsletters, and podcasts, but what about learning the laws and regulations that are unique to each state? Where do you go to get current cannabis licensing rules?

Fortunately, there are a number of websites that keep updated information about state cannabis laws and rules. That means you don’t necessarily have to visit each state’s regulatory websites and read through pages and pages of legal code to get the information you need. 

Some of the go-to sources for finding the information you need about cannabis laws and licensing rules are shared below.

National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) State-by-State Policies

NCIA has dedicated an entire section of its website to providing timely information about cannabis industry laws across the United States. NCIA’s State-by-State Policies page is easy to navigate with a U.S. map that shows which states have approved cannabis for medical and/or recreational use as well as which states only allow limited use of cannabis (this typically refers to low-THC, CBD-only products).

When you select a state on NCIA’s map, you can click to view more comprehensive details about the state’s legal cannabis program. Most of the information focuses on business laws and licensing rules. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Annual sales volumes (past and projected)
  • Number of dispensaries, manufacturers, cultivators, and testing labs allowed
  • License types
  • Licensing fees
  • Licensee residency requirements
  • Vertical integration rules
  • And more

The data is compiled by NCIA’s employees and comes from sources like BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research – two recognized companies in the cannabis industry.

NORML State Laws

NORML offers a robust State Laws section on its website where laws in all 50 states can be accessed by clicking on each state on the U.S. map. Once you’ve opened a state’s data, you’ll find information about cannabis laws and penalties for individuals, including laws related to possession, cultivation, sale or delivery, hash and concentrates, paraphernalia, and more. Individuals can also find information about state-by-state impaired driving laws, expungement, legalization, medical marijuana, and more.

Some business-related rules can be found in the medical marijuana section for states that have approved medical cannabis programs in operation. This information includes details about:

  • When the state’s medical cannabis law was signed
  • If the state’s medical cannabis program is operational
  • If state licensed dispensaries are allowed
  • If state licensed dispensaries are operational
  • If reciprocity is allowed
  • Estimated number of registered patients
  • Qualifying conditions
  • Caregivers
  • Home cultivation
  • Possession limits

In addition, the medical marijuana information includes source information from various state laws, so you can easily find and read those statutes to learn more.

Marijuana Policy Project

Marijuana Policy Project’s State Policy page includes a map that makes it easy to see which states have legalized different types of cannabis use and possession. States are color-coded to show you which of the following categories they fall in:

  • States with medical marijuana laws
  • States that have removed jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana
  • States that have a medical marijuana law and have removed jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana
  • States where marijuana is legal for adults and is taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol; the state also has a medical marijuana law
  • Marijuana is legal for adults (no sales); the state also has a medical marijuana law

Unlike the NCIA and NORML resources discussed above, you won’t find a list of specific rules when you click on a state in the U.S. map on Marijuana Policy Project’s State Policy page. 

Instead, you’ll see a reverse-chronological order series of articles that provide updates on significant regulatory changes affecting that state’s cannabis program. When you scroll down past the articles, you’ll find a list of the state’s cannabis-related bills with brief descriptions and links to view the full bills.

Key Takeaways about Resources for Cannabis Laws and Licensing Rules

There is no single source to get current information on all states’ cannabis laws and licensing rules. Instead, you’ll likely have to use multiple sites and resources to get all of the information you need. However, the three sites above provide great places to start your research.

If you’re looking for information about specific cannabis or hemp license holders in the United States, Canada, or international markets, you can get all of that data and more by subscribing to the Cannabiz Media License Database. Schedule a demo and see how it can help you build your business by connecting with license holders who need the products and services you supply.

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THCV From Cannabis Might Be Best Bet For Treating Diabetes

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The diabetes issue is one of the many growing health problems in the US, and beyond, spurred on, no doubt, by modern food systems, and generally unhealthy lifestyles. Though taking a medication will never take the place of healthy living behaviors, cannabis compound THCV might be the best bet for treating the symptoms of diabetes.

For those with weight issues, using THCV for help with diabetes symptoms, might be the best bet. Cannabis and Hemp provides tons of useful medical and recreational compounds like THCV, Delta 10, THC-O and Delta-8 THC. This alternate form of THC produces less psychoactive effect, less couch locking, and less anxiety, while providing nearly all the benefits of delta-9. We believe in making sure people get the products they need. Take a look at our selection of Delta-8 THC products, as well as THCV, and many more compounds, to find the right product for you.

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What is diabetes?

Diabetes, technically called diabetes mellitus, is an entire grouping of metabolic disorders that relate to elevated blood sugar levels over time, and a lack of insulin. Diabetes is the root of many other health issues, and when left untreated, can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, the need to amputate body parts, and even death. Here are the different kinds of diabetes, though all types deal with the inability to produce enough insulin, or the body not responding properly to the insulin produced.

  • Type I – Often known as ‘juvenile diabetes’, this type of diabetes is a result of an autoimmune response which causes the death of beta cells in the pancreas. Beta cells are responsible for synthesizing and secreting insulin, which means in these cases, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, and those with this disorder require insulin from outside in order to survive. Why the autoimmune response happens that causes the loss of beta cells, is unknown. This type of diabetes is often referred to as ‘insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus’.
  • Type II – Often called ‘adult-onset diabetes’, this disorder has to do with insulin resistance, in which case cells don’t respond to the insulin around them appropriately. Progression of type II diabetes can lead to a lack of insulin overall. This type of diabetes is generally caused by being overweight or not getting enough exercise (or a combination of the two.) Since it doesn’t relate to an actual inability of the body to produce insulin, its called ‘non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus’.

What is THCV?

At this point, whether a person agrees or not, it should be well understood that the cannabis plant is being looked to as a remedy for a number of different health concerns, with varying amounts of research, historical evidence, and anecdotal data to back up claims. But this doesn’t mean every part of the plant is good for everything, and sometimes it takes researching different compounds within a plant to establish which parts can be beneficial, and for what.

As it turns out, one of the newer cannabinoids to make headlines recently, and enter into the unregulated cannabis market of America, is THCV. So, what is this compound? THCV stands for tetrahydrocannabivarin, and it’s a homologue of delta-9 THC. This means it differs from delta-9 in terms of a repeating unit, but is otherwise the same. In this case it has to do with propyl side chains. Delta-9 has three carbon atom side chain, whereas THCV has a five carbon atom chain. This difference in the number of carbon atoms in the chain, makes for two compounds which a body responds to differently. THCV is a CB1 antagonist, and a CB2 partial agonist. This means, it disrupts – or interferes with – actions at the CB1 receptors, and binds to CB2 receptors where it can activate it, but not fully. In contrast, delta-9 is a CB1 agonist.

THCV does not start as THCA – like delta-9, but rather has a precursor of CBGVA (cannabigerovarin acid). This then breaks down to THCVA (tetrahydrocannabivarin carboxylic acid), which is then decarboxylated to form THCV.

Cannabis & THCV for diabetes

There are a couple things about THCV that make it a possible answer for the growing diabetes problem. The first thing about THCV is that it can effect appetite. Most of us are aware of the phenomenon of ‘munchies’ whereby you smoke a little pot and then get insanely hungry, sometimes to ridiculous and inhuman levels. This effect can often cause people to overeat, because the delta-9 THC is acting as an agonist at the CB1 receptor.

Conversely, THCV is an antagonist at the CB1 receptor, and has shown to reduce hunger, thereby reducing food intake (or the desire for food intake). While it hasn’t undergone testing in humans, it has shown hypophagia effects in mice, meaning it can suppress appetite and food intake. This was true in mice that had, and had not, eaten. It was found in this study: Synthetic and plant-derived cannabinoid receptor antagonists show hypophagic properties in fasted and non-fasted mice, that food suppression continued for 6-8 hours after administration, with the same results for four days straight.

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No rebound effect was noticed, meaning the animals went back to their regular feeding routine by the next day. It was found however, that when a THCV-rich extract was used (as opposed to pure THCV), the hunger and food intake suppression didn’t happen, which the scientists expect might have been because of residual amounts of delta-9, which impacted the THCV’s ability to work.

THCV has shown yet another useful property for dealing with diabetes, particularly as it relates to obesity. THCV seems to have properties that can help with the glucose intolerance often experienced by obese people. Once again done with mouse models, this study: The cannabinoid Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) ameliorates insulin sensitivity in two mouse models of obesity highlights how THCV can affect insulin resistance.

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Why do we care if THCV is good for treating diabetes?

To give an idea of why this condition deserves some extra attention, according to the World Health Organization:

  • The number of worldwide diabetes cases rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Considering that obesity levels have increased threefold since 1975 on a global level, with a staggering 42.4% of the US population weighing in at obese levels in 2017-2018, the expected number of diabetes cases will only rise from here.
  • There was a 5% increase in premature death rates between 2000-2016 due to diabetes.
  • In 2019 alone, there were approximately 1.5 million deaths directly related to diabetes.
  • In 2012 alone, 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood sugar levels.

When looking just at the US, according to diabetes.org:

  • As of 2018 numbers, about 10.5% of the US population has diabetes, which equals about 34.2 million people. Of these cases, only 1.6 million relate to type I diabetes, and the rest denote cases that exist purely because of bad health issues.
  • Only about 26.8 million of the previous number have been diagnosed. The rest are undiagnosed cases.
  • There are approximately 1.5 million new diagnosed cases per year.
  • As of 2015, 88 million people in America have prediabetes.
  • In 2017, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the US, accounting for 83,564 deaths where diabetes was named as an underlying factor on the death certificate, and a total of 270,702 death certificates that year which mentioned diabetes as a cause of death.
  • The previous bullet point only relates to reported diabetic deaths, whereas studies have found that as many as 60% of diabetic deaths may never be attributed properly to the disease, making it highly underreported.
  • The total cost of dealing with diagnosed diabetes is approximately $327 billion per year, based on numbers from 2017.

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Conclusion

That the world is getting fatter at break neck speeds is something we all kind of know. It’s everywhere around us. In the extra-large size clothing, in the horribly unhealthy food (and increasingly large portions of it), in the lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyles, and in the expanding waistlines that just seem to expand out further.

Technically, we don’t need a cannabis compound, we need to eat better and exercise more. But people don’t always have the time or education be as healthy as they should, and for this reason, having something that can aid those having issues, becomes more crucial. In a better world, we’d make sure people were actually taking care of themselves appropriately. In this one, we’re lucky to have cannabis compounds like THCV, which offer help for those suffering from ailments like diabetes.

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