Did you know that more than thirty million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them aren’t even aware that they have it? Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder. In diabetics, depending on whether they suffer from the Type 1 or Type 2 form of the disease, the body is either unable to produce insulin, or it’s unable to use it in a way that’s enough to maintain glucose at a healthy level in the bloodstream. Irregular or unstable glucose levels can cause a huge array of serious, life-threatening conditions.
In both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, an inability for glucose to be absorbed into the body’s cells results in it building up to dangerously high levels in the bloodstream. This results in the severe, potentially life-threatening symptoms that are most often associated with the disease. Some of these symptoms include:
- Heart and blood vessel disease
- Nerve Damage
- Kidney disease
- Vision problems
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. While there is no cure for diabetes, there are many ways of managing it, and in some cases, preventing it. We want to discuss the potential benefits for the use of CBD for diabetes.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the more than 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Too often CBD is stigmatized because it is closely related to THC, the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, which causes the sensation of getting “high.” However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and is becoming widely recognized due to its medicinal benefits.
CBD oil is in no way a cure, but rather a way to help treat and prevent different ailments.
Using CBD Oil for Diabetes
If you are diabetic, you are more than likely familiar with traditional treatment and prevention measures, such as diet change and insulin- both of which are extremely important.
CBD oil is developing a great reputation for helping with SO many different diseases, and when it comes to diabetes the list of benefits is nothing short of remarkable.
Let’s discuss four benefits of CBD oil for diabetes:
With Type 1 diabetes, the symptoms are likely to appear very quickly. Type 2 diabetes is likely to develop more slowly over time.
People with Type 2 diabetes often have insulin resistance and high fasting insulin levels and are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes. They also have low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
The results of a five-year study showed that people who used cannabis or hemp on a regular basis had fasting insulin levels that were 16 percent lower than participants who had never used cannabis. The same people also had higher levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, as well as insulin resistance levels that were 17 percent lower than those who had never used cannabis.
People who had previously used cannabis or hemp but were not current users also had better fasting insulin, cholesterol, and insulin resistance levels compared to those who had never used it – but their results were not as good as those of current users.
Treats Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance occurs when the body’s cells reject insulin, which is produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar. When the cells reject the insulin, they can’t absorb glucose, which is needed for energy. This causes glucose to build up in the bloodstream and lead to high blood sugar levels.
Insulin resistance is a key factor is prediabetics and Type 2 diabetes. Many researchers believe that CBD oil works to treat insulin resistance because of CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory powers.
When inflammation is reduced, the immune system and cardiovascular system function better. A lack of inflammation can also improve cell growth and improve sugar metabolism. If all these systems are working as efficiently as possible, the chance of developing insulin resistance and diabetes are decreased.
One of the most common factors associated with the development of insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetes is chronic inflammation related to obesity. The excessive presence of fatty tissue in Type 2 diabetics limits the efficiency of glucose metabolism, which in return results in high levels of sugar building up in the bloodstream. The specific anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are known to directly combat glucose metabolic disorders and overall improve metabolism.
When a doctor asks you to rate your level of pain on a scale 1 to 10, your 7 could be drastically different than my 7. That’s because pain is so complex- and no pain is equal.
Diabetics commonly suffer from neuropathy, or nerve damage, in their hands and feet. Neuropathic pain is known to be debilitating and resistant to most conventional pharmaceutical.
There is no specific cure or remedy, but pain victims are turning to CBD as a form of treatment. One study suggests that CBD appears to work better than conventional medicine, and that CBD may increase the body’s levels of nerve growth factor. CBD may also protect the liver from oxidative stress, which seems to contribute to the development of neuropathy.
There are still so many things that we don’t understand about using CBD oil as a treatment for really any disease or ailment, but that’s starting to change. More and more scientist are beginning to study the benefits of CBD, leaving it up to us to spread the word!
Have you, or someone you know, used CBD oil to help treat diabetes? We want to know your story! Share in the comments below…