A Marin County, California doctor says his research on medical marijuana has identified a compound that can help diabetes patients.
Dr. Michael Moskowitz, chairman of Bay Area Pain Medical Associates, says it’s not about getting high, it’s about getting well – and he thinks he’s on something.
Moskowitz believes he has identified a rare part of marijuana called THCV as he says is helping one of his diabetic patients – a patient whose blood sugar levels range between 50 and 1000 in a single day.
“It’s not clear, but it seems that the first month he did, the extent of how much he varied seems to be less,” said Moskowitz.
THCV is found in a marijuana tribe called Black Beauty. is much darker than most marijuana.
Although she does not have diabetes, Nina Murphy has chronic neck and back pain as she used to treat traditional pain medication. “I was a little skeptical. I have not used marijuana before so it’s not something I’d just jump in, says Murphy. “I’m extremely pleased and I hope that my medals will be in the next few months!”
Moskowitz says more studies have to be done with Black Beauty. “Just having the opportunity to work with something that clearly has therapeutic value, but to figure out how to optimize it and make it work the best, for the most part, people are very exciting,” he said.
Moskowitz will travel to Miami next week to speak at a conference to discuss his findings.