HOW THE ISLAND NATION OF VANUATU HOPES TO USE CANNABIS TO TREAT DIABETES
- November 16, 2018
When it comes to the global effort to legalize marijuana, countries like Australia, Canada, Spain, and the United States might come to mind, but did you know that a tiny island nation recently joined the fight? Nestled off the east coast of Australia, the Island Nation of Vanuatu legalized medical-grade cannabis and has already initiated plans for a scalable production. So why has the tiny island nation decided to take the extra step and allow people to consume pot? According to Phoenix Life Sciences CEO Martin Tindall, the Nation is hoping to put an end or (in the very least) suppress the diabetes epidemic that is sweeping through its populace. According to a 2012 study, a staggering 20% of the entire population is suffering from diabetes, and the sickness has become very hard to control. Let’s take a closer look at how the Island Nation of Vanuatu hopes to use cannabis to treat this illness.
Part of the Pacific archipelago, Vanuatu is a major tourist destination that offers a tropical island escape and tax evasion, but, regardless of benefits to visitors, the Ni-Vanuatu (the natives) suffer from extreme poverty levels, often relying on fishing and farming to make livings. However, Vanuatu’s tropical climate happens to be an ideal growing spot for the little green plant marijuana, and the island will soon join multiple tropical nations to play host to clinical trials for the drug. Besides providing an alternative to expensively imported pharmaceuticals, the Island hopes that marijuana will help treat diabetes, which affects 1 in 8 people.
Sometime in 2019, Phoenix Life Sciences (based in Denver, Colorado) plans to kickstart short-term studies on a special diabetes medication (CBD-based) and its impact on residents. According to officials, the study will begin with a trial focusing on the impact of the drug on 1,000 people (which will be conducted at a local hospital). Meanwhile, Phoenix will also develop a marijuana-production base on a former military compound in Vanuatu (which will be well-groomed thanks to local goats).
Will CBD Aid in Diabetes Care?
Like other aspects of “marijuana science,” the study of CBD is still developing and continuously changing, so scientists are not 100% sure if CBD can suppress diabetes symptoms. Recently, complications arose when scientists determined that people suffering from Type-1 diabetes can increase complications with diabetic ketoacidosis. While CBD may be one part of the final solution, other cannabinoids may also hold important keys to a breakthrough suppressant.
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