The term diabetes does not just refer to a single disorder but a group. The group is composed of different metabolic diseases. The crucial factor that all disorders within the group share is that the sufferers have high blood glucose levels (blood sugar). Interestingly, cannabis is beneficial in treating diabetes.
How Does Marijuana Treat Diabetes?
The American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) has compiled a list that outlines how marijuana treats diabetes:
- Cannabis stabilizes blood sugars in diabetics
- Provides strong anti-inflammatory properties that reduce arterial inflammation that is common in diabetic sufferers.
- Offers neuroprotective effects that reduce inflammation in nerves to help sufferers of diabetes-related neuropathy by activating crucial receptors located in the brain and body.
- Relieves muscle cramps and pain from GI disorders that are often associated with diabetes.
- Works as a vasodilator to help blood vessels stay open which improves circulation.
- Applying marijuana topical creams relieves neuropathic pain and tingling in the feet and hands.
- Creates a feeling of calmness which reduces diabetic restless leg syndrome, so a person can sleep better.
Cannabis Controls Diabetic Blood Sugar Levels
In 2013, a groundbreaking study was published by the American Journal of Medicine that showed cannabis effectively controls blood sugar. Also, marijuana users tend to suffer less from obesity which is a leading cause of diabetes.
In an interview with Time Magazine, Murray Mittleman, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the lead researcher stated, “The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than non-users. Their fasting insulin levels were lower, and they were less resistant to the insulin produced by their body to maintain a normal blood-sugar level.”
CBD to Treat Diabetes
Dr. Raphael Mechoulam and a team of world-class researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem found that cannabidiol (CBD) can effectively be modified to adhere to certain receptors in the body to treat type 2 diabetes. Chronic inflammation within the body has been found to make the body resistant to insulin receptors which cause type 2 diabetes to develop. However, CBD has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to treat the inflammation in the body and improve overall metabolism. The research also showed that CBD dramatically improved the body’s immune system, cell growth, sugar metabolism, and heart function.
ISA Scientific Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Rosenfeld states, “Unlike insulin and other existing medications for diabetes, CBD may actually suppress, reverse and perhaps cure the disease,”
CBD Side Effects
One of the main benefits of using CBD to treat diabetes is that cannabidiol has no psychoactive properties. It is obtained from marijuana that is grown as hemp so contains no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid in marijuana. Also, users can easily perform everyday activities such as working, driving, and exercising.
As with any treatment, if you feel that medical marijuana might be beneficial in helping control your diabetes then you need to discuss the pros and cons with your physician. In many states, medical and recreational marijuana is legal. Also, CBD products are widely available in all states at local brick and mortar stores or via online retailers.