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CBD and diabetes: Products for treatment and prevention

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It seems like there is no end in sight for the CBD trend in recent years. Not only has CBD become the ”star” ingredient in many products, from lotions to lattes, but more studies are also springing up to delve deeper into CBD and all that it has to offer. If you are an active CBD consumer, you know by now that CBD seems to have an unending list of health benefits. Well, new to the list is diabetes. Although studies are still in their early stages, test results show a lot of promise of CBD as an effective diabetes treatment. 

What To Know About CBD?

There are many active compounds found in the cannabis plant. The two major ones are CBD and THC, which stand for cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), respectfully. The two main differences between the two active compounds are that whiles THC will make you high, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects.

The Research

As mentioned earlier, research is still in its infancy. However, many studies have all been geared towards finding out that can help reduce diabetic symptoms or treat type 1&2 diabetes. Currently, most of the research on CBD and diabetes has been on lab rats and not humans. 

Some research results

Some studies confirm that CBD eases swelling and pain from nerve damage. It also showed that CBD could prevent chronic inflammation and neuropathic pain that is prevalent in diabetic people. 

Other studies found that CBD can significantly lower the risk of diabetes. CBD also helps the body to use glucose.

THC and diabetes

When comparing the effects of CBD and THC on diabetes, we noticed that while CBD did not change blood sugar and lipid levels in type 2 diabetic people, it lowers insulin resistance. On the other hand, treatments with high levels of THC were able to improve blood sugar and lipid levels.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that impairs your body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin. 

There are two types of diabetes. They are Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. The differences between Type 1&2 diabetes lie in their origins and treatment. 

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, also referred to as “juvenile diabetes,” is thought to be caused by an autoimmune reaction that stops your body from making insulin. Type 1 diabetes is rare, and 5-10% of those with diabetes have type 1.  

Type 2 diabetes

You have type 2 diabetes when your body can no longer respond to insulin and keep blood sugar at normal levels. Type 2 diabetes is common, and about 90-95% of people with diabetes have type 2. It develops over many years and is usually diagnosed in adults (but more and more in children, teens, and young adults). 

CBD health benefits

Inflammation

CBD products like ointments and cream have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce infections and inflammation. In addition, a study examined the effects of CBD on inflamed blood vessel walls due to diabetes. The results showed that using CBD can heal damaged blood vessel walls.

Pain:

 Pain is a nerve injury, and in diabetic cases, it is called diabetic neuropathy, a common complication resulting from diabetes. Symptoms include pain and a burning sensation, especially in the hands and feet. In 2017, a study found that CBD helps reduce inflammation and neuropathic pain associated with osteoarthritis. 

Another study found that CBD can increase nerve development, nerve tissue and possibly relieve nerve pain. 

Diabetes, stress, and anxiety?

Many people who get their diagnosis for the first time go into a state of depression and anxiety. Sometimes diabetic people may fall into frequent bouts of depression due to the mismanagement of the disease or the realization they are stuck with the condition for the rest of their lives. Why is this state dangerous? Because when we are stressed, our stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) shoot up, and this causes our bodies to release a hormone that can cause blood sugar levels to rise. It triggers your diabetic symptoms and creates a vicious cycle. 

Diabetes and insomnia

Almost half of type 2 diabetic patients have insomnia. The good news is, using CBD oil can help induce and improve sleep. A good night’s rest help control your blood sugar levels and reduce stress and anxiety.

Should CBD be used to treat or prevent diabetes?

According to some medical practitioners whose type 2 diabetic patients used CBD in a tincture or oils, reported that CBD reduced their nerve pain when they rubbed on painful areas, including their feet. Also, according to them, it significantly improved their blood sugar levels and helped them sleep better. Before taking any CBD products for your diabetes, you should speak to your doctor. Also, patients worried about the impact of CBD on their blood sugar level should purchase their CBD from medical marijuana dispensaries that offer dosing instructions.

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