There is a growing body of scientific studies that point to cannabis as a possible treatment for diabetes. Should you rejoice?
How does cannabis help you with diabetes
Marijuana works with the endogenous cannabinoid system. This system is a vital part of your health. Endocannabinoids and the corresponding receptors are found all over your body, from the brain to your connective tissues, to immune cells, to different organs. It performs several tasks, but it is common that these receptors are involved with homeostasis. Homeostasis is how your body maintains a stable environment, even as outside conditions change.
This is a fact that has been known since 2005
As early as 2005, the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis has said that there is a growing body of research that supports the idea of using cannabis to treat diabetes or manage its symptoms.
The AAMC has pored over around 200 research papers that showed:
- Marijuana is effective in stabilizing the different types of blood sugar found in the body. This has been confirmed by anecdotal data from diabetics.
- Cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties that may help bring down arterial inflammation that is commonly seen in diabetics.
- Marijuana also has neuroprotective effects that reduces the pain and the inflammation of the nerves.
- Cannabis relieves muscle cramps and gastrointestinal pains because of its anti-spasmodic agents.
- Marijuana can improve circulation because it works as a vasodilator, helping to keep the blood vessels open.
- Used for a longer period, cannabis can help lower blood pressure, which is great for diabetics.
- You can stop using oil and butter when you cook. Just use cannabis for better arterial and heart health.
- If you suffer from neuropathic pain or if you experience tingling sensations in your feet or hands, you can use cannabis to stop it.
- Can be effective against the “restless leg syndrome,” helping you sleep better.
Preventing type 2 diabetes
Over time, the benefits that were identified in 2005 have been backed by more research. There are studies that prove that marijuana can delay the development of type 2 diabetes, but it is largely inconclusive. This means that you cannot say for sure the cannabis can stop type 2 diabetes. However, the body of reasearch that it is very helpful if you already have the disease. It can also help you if you suffer from complications.
A more recent study has also shown that the compounds found in marijuana canhelp in controlling blood sugar levels, and that marijuana users are also less probable to obese. Marijuana users have lower BMI and also higher good cholesterol levels. Being overweight increases your risk of developing diabetes.
Marijuana has also been shown to improve your body’s carbohydrate metabolism. Further, a Natural Medicine Journal study showed that cannabis can help lower fasting insulin levels, lower blood glucose levels, and lower insulin resistance.
Another study released in 2015 showed that CBD is likewise very effective against inflammation.
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There has been a lot of anecdotal evidence on how effective cannabis is when it comes to lowering blood sugar levels. Many diabetics also report lower blood glucose with continued use. Marijuana is also proven effective at lowering your body’s resistance to insulin, which makes it a good treatment for those with type 2 diabetes.
What’s more, cannabis is a great treatment for illnesses that are associated with diabetes, including eye disorders, sleep disorders, chronic pain, and others. If you are suffering from complications of diabetes, then marijuana should be able to help.
It does not come risk free, however. Diabetics who are considering marijuana as a treatment should be aware that it can cause hypoglycemia. You should be very careful to monitor your blood sugar levels so that it does not drop to dangerously low levels.