Study: The effect that smoking Marijuana has on Blood Sugars.

Discussion in 'General' started by ashpow, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Hey guys,

    I'm new to this forum. I just joined yesterday actually. My name is ashpow and I just happen to have Type 1 Diabetes. I've been smoking weed for 2 and a half years now. I've been thinking about doing a study on marijuana and it's effect on my blood sugars. But I need your help.

    First I will tell you what I have thought of so far, then I will ask a list of questions that I'd like you to possibly answer for me or help me find an answer. I am doing this study for my own personal reasons and if, when I am finished, anyone would like to see the results I would be happy to show them.

    A Little About Myself:
    I take 2000mg of Vitamin D, 100mg of Zoloft (prescription) and 1 triple strength Omega-3 pill every morning. I drink a supplement of PEG (prescription) every day at Lunch. I have been diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Anxiety (social and general as well as the OCD) and possible disordered eating. I also have slight constipation. I take Vitamin D because I live in a place where there is not much sun. The Zoloft is for my Anxieties and Depression. The triple strength Omega-3 and the PEG are for easier bowel movements.

    Concerning the Diabetes:
    I wear an insulin pump (Medtronic Minimed Paradigm Revel in Pink). I use a Contour Link glucose meter. Every time I check my blood sugar with this meter (which is every time I check my blood sugar) it transfers over to my insulin pump so I can easily take my insulin. Also, I can upload my insulin pump to the internet on a private account so that I can see my blood sugars and insulin rates over a period of time, such as two weeks. I can see my blood sugars and insulin rates in pie charts and graphs as well. This is so my doctors can check up on me, but I will also be using this to help my study. I will be checking my pump site every day that I conduct the study so that I can be sure I am getting all of the insulin I want. I feel low blood sugars when I reach 4.2 mmol/L (about 75.6 mg/dl), and high blood sugars when I reach 11.5 mmol/L (about 207 mg/dl). I take 1 unit of insulin for every 10 carbohydrates I consume. My basal rates are 12am-1.1 units/hour and 3am-1 unit/hour.

    I decided to keep a journal. In order for this to work I need to record everything I do, eat, smoke and any stress or other factors that could contribute to a high or low blood sugar. I also need to record my blood sugars and the amount of insulin I take, which the insulin pump I wear already does for me. I will be recording this in my journal also to make looking back on it easier.

    I'll be conducting the study once a week. I smoke marijuana daily, but I don't want to have to eat the same meals every day. On this day I will wake up at 8am and eat a low fat, high protein, medium carbohydrate, low sugar meal. Every meal I eat will have generally the same amount of calories as every other meal on this day. The same goes to my snacks. The only exception is supper, but I'll get to that later. I will be eating 3 meals and 3 snacks in 2-3 hour intervals. I will also eat 22 grams (more or less) of fiber a day, as that is the recommended intake for someone of my gender and age. Every day that I do this study, I will be eating the same meal plan.

    I will have a planned day. By this I mean that I will have a relaxed, (hopefully) stress-free day, lacking much exercise of any kind. This is because stress and exercise can affect my blood sugar in a way that could make this study invalid. My day will consist of checking my blood sugars, eating, taking my insulin, watching tv/movies, gaming, reading, things of that sort.

    For every meal/snack I will wash my hands and check my blood sugar before I eat. I will record this in my journal. I will count my carbohydrates and fiber and take the correct amount of insulin for myself with every meal/snack minus Supper. I will also record this. Every 15 minutes after I have eaten, I will check my blood sugar once again and record it.

    Before Supper I will check my sugar then smoke some marijuana. Then I will wash my hands, check my blood sugar again, record it, take only half of the insulin I need and then eat. Like my other meals/snacks today, I will check my blood sugar every 15 minutes after I have eaten.

    Month One:
    For the first 2 weeks I will smoke a 0.5 gram joint before Supper. The joint will consist of the marijuana, a Ziggy blue paper and a cardboard filter. The next 2 weeks I will smoke 0.5 from my metal pipe, which I will have cleaned immaculately the day before.

    Month Two:
    The first 2 weeks of this month I will smoke a 0.5 gram joint just before Supper and another one a half hour after Supper. The last 2 weeks I will smoke 0.5 from my clean metal pipe before Supper and a half hour after supper. I will be checking my sugars before and after I smoke up after Supper as well as before.

    My Smoking Method:
    I take big hauls from joints and hold my hits for about a minute. I will take multiple-quick-little-hits a few times throughout the joint. I tend to take slow but big hits and hold them for about 30 seconds when I smoke from my metal pipe.

    All of this information will be recorded. The only thing I may drink between meals/snacks is water. The only time I can eat anything that isn't on my menu for that day is if I have a low blood sugar which I will be preventing by checking my blood sugars so often. If I do have a low blood sugar I will cancel the study for that day and try the next day.

    Independent Variable:
    -The Marijuana (The amount smoked and how it is smoked)

    Dependent Variable:
    -Blood Glucose (How it is affected by The Marijuana)

    Controlled Variables:
    -Amount of calories consumed (Carbohydrate, Fat, Fiber, Sugar, Protein)
    -Time that calories are consumed
    -Subject stays mostly sedentary and avoids stressful situations
    -When The Marijuana is smoked and how much
    -When I check my sugars and how often
    -How much insulin I take

    I will also be recording in my journal the following things:
    -How I am feeling emotionally before and after each meal
    -How I am feeling before and after I smoke the joint
    -Any sudden changes in mood/emotion
    -The amount of marijuana smoked in grams
    -How the marijuana was smoked
    -The type of high I have gotten
    -Anything that I feel is important for the study

    My questions for you are:
    -Is there anything you think I should add?
    -Is there anything you think I should change?
    -Do you think I gave myself enough time to get accurate results?
    (Should I do the study more than once a week, more then 2 months, etc.)
    -Are there any other Controlled Variables that I should add?

    Thank you very much for reading this, I appreciate it very much,
  2. dude that was too damn long, can you ad a "TL;DR" sentence at the end? then maybe i could help.
  3. Yes. Very long. But thorough.

    The strain of weed you are ingesting can play a factor. Different strains have different thc/cbd concentrations.
    I would make sure you are using the same strain.

    This also opens the door for strain comparison too. How different strains effect you, etc.
    I have type 2 diabetese btw.
    I used to be on an insulin pen (sliding scale) Jenuvia,actose, and 4000mg of metformin a day.
    Since i became a legal patient 2yrs ago, for other symptoms :
    I now only take 1500mg of metformin a day. I also monitor nt diet too. And i have lost 53lbs.
    The strains i grow and ingest are:
    Crawl (local genetics, clone only)

    Hope helps a little.
  4. You might want to keep a constant strain in the equation, different strains trigger different reactions, therefore buying your entire supply prior to starting the test is the best way to add cannabis as a legitimately controlled variable, otherwise this entire study can fluctuate on the basis of how one particular strain affected that entire day's result. Will it be a pure sativa or a sativa dominant or neither? Based on those results you can tweak it accordingly. Otherwise I say go for it, I'd love to follow this!
  5. beat me to it!
  6. [quote name='"hfc0829"']

    beat me to it![/quote]


    Great minds think alike.

    Puff Puff Pass
  7. I'm sorry, what is a tl;dr sentence? I know that it means too long; didn't read but otherwise I'm stuck. And thanks guys, I'm going to go to someone who grows and ask for an Indica strain, it's better for my anxiety. I'll buy the studies supplies all at once. Should I do a longer study?
  8. [quote name='"ashpow"']

    I'm sorry, what is a tl;dr sentence? I know that it means too long; didn't read but otherwise I'm stuck. And thanks guys, I'm going to go to someone who grows and ask for an Indica strain, it's better for my anxiety. I'll buy the studies supplies all at once. Should I do a longer study?[/quote]

    Summarize the main points of your op in a short 2-3 sentences
  9. I'm conducting a study on the effects that smoking Marijuana has on blood sugars. I will be smoking marijuana after intentionally raising my blood sugars once a week for 2 months to see if they will drop. Does anyone have any thoughts, comments or controlled variables to add to this study?
  10. You should run the experiment for the first two months with your indica of choice and the second two months with your sativa of choice and calculate the impact both have, assess CBD levels and so forth. There are plenty of factors that can interfere with optimal results, but from the looks of your setup I think this will definitely be a great indicator regardless! :wave:
  11. Thanks, that's an amazing idea! :eek: I will definitely do this. By "assessing CBD" levels what do you mean?
  12. Bravo, bravo.

    tl;dr BUT I will contribute even though you already got the answer you were looking for. I passed out in class one time because I was high and didn't eat that morning. When I woke up they told me my blood sugar was very low and that's why I passed out, after eating some crackers I was back to normal.
  13. here's a great resource that can excuse me for the moment, it will sum up everything you need to know about your issue!
    THC vs CBD
  14. [quote name='"hfc0829"']here's a great resource that can excuse me for the moment, it will sum up everything you need to know about your issue!
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    Great link
  15. Anti depressants like Zoloft has causes many people to commit suicide, it even says on the Zoloft container in a black box warning. Now if you have depression, how would taking a pill that shown to cause the users to commit suicide, be useful in treating depression? It makes no sense. Now, the best way to treat depression, anxiety and OCD is exercise and a healthy diet. Plus, exercise and a healthy diet greatly helps type one diabetes.

    Exercise helps fight anxiety, depression -

    Managing Ocd With Healthy Eating & Exercise | LIVESTRONG.COM

    Type 1 Diabetes Exercise & Diet | LIVESTRONG.COM

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  16. This also happened to me at one point. I'm hoping to show this to my doctor's when I am finished and receive my medicinal license because of it.

  17. I'm saying this as politely as I can. You don't know me, or what I have gone through. You do not know how I feel when I take Zoloft or the effects it has on me. I don't get suicidal thoughts, this is why it is safe for me to take Zoloft. It takes the edge off of things and helps me actually get out of bed in the morning. Please don't tell me what to do and what not to do. I looked into the medication before I started taking it. I took this post as an insult.
  18. I agree, thanks :)
  19. Sorry, I didn't mean for it to be taken as an insult, I'm just trying to inform you. Even this psychiatrist says that exercise helps with depression better then anti-depressants.

    Exercise: How Does This Promote A Healthy Mind And Body? - Dr. Emmons - VIDEO -

    All I'm saying is that exercise and eating a healthy diet could help, even if you don't wanna stop taking the drugs, you can at least exercise and eat a healthy diet anyways.
  20. Okay, sorry I took it as an insult. Thanks for clearing it up. I actually eat pretty well and exercise 2-3 times a week plus I walk places most of the time. I have a dietitian and a whole team of doctors and health care professionals behind me that urge me to do all of this. Thanks for the links though. I'll look into them. :)

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