According to researchers who studied 450 patients in Colorado, marijuana users had around twice the risk of experiencing ketoacidosis, a serious complication related to diabetes.
Without treatment, ketoacidosis can lead to severe dehydration, swelling in the brain, coma and even death.
Overall, 30 percent of the participants used cannabis who partook in the study.
Some previous research has suggested that for people with type 2 diabetes, marijuana may make it easier to use insulin to convert foods into energy and maintain lower blood sugar levels.
According to senior study author Dr. Viral Shah of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, vomiting that is caused by long-term marijuana use could lead to dehydration that can increase ketones and lead to ketoacidosis in people with type 1 diabetes.
‘Elevated ketones may be life threatening if not treated on time, and patients can (have) nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, shortness of breath and rarely confusion or altered consciousness,’ Shah said.
‘Diabetic ketoacidosis is an emergency and patient with diabetes should go to emergency room if they have symptoms.’