A physician in Marin County, California, says his medical marijuana research has identified a drug that can help diabetic patients.
Dr. Michael Moskowitz, President of Bay Area Pain Medical Associates, says that it's not about getting high, but about getting well – and he thinks he's up to something.
Moskowitz believes he has identified a rare component of marijuana called THCV, which he says helps one of his diabetics – a patient whose blood sugar levels fluctuate between 50 and 1000 in a single day.
"It's not clear, but it seems like this is the first month he's done that. The extent of its variation seems to be less, "Moskowitz said.
THCV is found in a variety of marijuana called Black Beauty. The leaves are much darker than most marijuana.
Although she has no diabetes, Nina Murphy has chronic neck and back pain that she used to treat traditional painkillers. "I was a bit skeptical. I've never used marijuana before, so I did not just want to start with it, "Murphy said." I'm extremely pleased and I hope to be able to sell my medication over the next few months, yes! "
Moskowitz says There are more studies to be done with Black Beauty. "Only having the opportunity to work with something that clearly has a therapeutic value, but finding out how to optimize that and do the best work for most people is very exciting, "he said.
Moskowitz will travel to Miami next week to speak at a conference to discuss his findings.