Evaluating the Impact of Marijuana Use on Insulin Sensitivity and Glucose Metabolism in Type 2 Diabetic Patients

This report presents a detailed account of the project undertaken by the Diabetes Quality Improvement Project (DQIP) to assess the impact of marijuana use on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism in individuals with Type 2 diabetes. It provides a comprehensive view of the project implementation, challenges encountered, their resolutions, and the outcomes of the project.


Acknowledging the need for diverse therapeutic strategies, DQIP initiated a project to evaluate marijuana’s potential influence on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism in individuals with Type 2 diabetes.

Project Implementation

Study Design

We designed a controlled, double-blind study involving two groups of Type 2 diabetes patients. One group, the experimental group, was given controlled doses of marijuana under medical supervision, while the other, the control group, did not consume marijuana.

Data Collection and Analysis

Data on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism was collected at regular intervals for both groups. Statistical analyses were performed on the collected data to identify any significant differences in the measured parameters between the two groups.

Challenges and Solutions

Recruitment Difficulties

One significant challenge was patient recruitment due to the stigma associated with marijuana use. However, by ensuring strict confidentiality and providing complete transparency about the study’s benefits and risks, we were able to secure the necessary participants.

Regulatory Issues

Navigating regulatory requirements for marijuana use in a clinical research setting was another challenge. By strictly adhering to all guidelines and maintaining open communication with regulatory bodies, we ensured compliance.

Project Outcomes

The study findings indicated a notable difference in insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism between the two groups. Those in the experimental group exhibited improved insulin sensitivity and more stable glucose metabolism compared to the control group. These results suggest that marijuana could have potential therapeutic benefits for individuals with Type 2 diabetes, though further research is needed.


Our investigation into the effects of marijuana on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism in Type 2 diabetic patients has provided intriguing findings that contribute to the broader understanding of diabetes management strategies. Despite the challenges faced, strategic planning and implementation ensured the successful execution of the project.

The outcomes of this investigation provide a promising basis for future research in this field, potentially leading to the development of novel therapeutic approaches. These findings further the goals of the Diabetes Quality Improvement Project, pushing the boundaries of our knowledge and understanding of diabetes care.