CBD Oil and Diabetes: What You Need To Know
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is making headlines lately due to its growing claims for effective stress management, relaxation, and therapeutic successes. Many people are starting to experiment with CBD oil to treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, inflammation, epileptic seizures, pain, sleeplessness, and now, even diabetes. But what is CBD oil, how is it used, and is it safe (or even legal?) Find out more, below.
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What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol oil is one of more than a hundred “phytocannabinoids” contained in the Cannabis plant. The chemical compounds found in CBD do not get the user “high” (as opposed to tetrahydrocannabinol, THC), so recreational users historically did not particularly take interest in strains of marijuana with high levels of CBD, until recently. Public interest has skyrocketed around (mostly) unsubstantiated claims that CBD can treat everything from mood disorders to insomnia and depression. Research in this field has largely been limited, due to federal restrictions, but new research is surfacing around the benefits of CBD oil to treat anxiety disorders, with a recent randomly-controlled clinical trial suggesting it may be beneficial in treating psychotic disorders. In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex, a form of CBD manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals, for the treatment of some rare forms of pediatric epilepsy.
How Is It Used?
CBD comes in oil form and can be taken orally in states where it’s legal (as of 2019, 47 states allow medicinal use of marijuana-derived CBD and 10 allow recreational use of the same oil). Note: hemp-derived CBD oil (which has extremely low THC content) is now legal nationwide, since the passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act, or “Farm Act” of December, 2018.
The oil can be taken right under the tongue in liquid form, or in capsule form . Some states are now offering CBD coffee , and in Colorado, Carl’s Junior recently sold CBD cheeseburgers earlier this month. CBD is also available in balms and lotions, for topical use. Since the substance is not FDA approved for recreational use, dosing is up to the user, although no known fatal overdose levels have ever been reported.
Courtney Moran , a lobbyist for Oregon hemp farmers, hopes to nudge the FDA toward greater acceptance of CBD.
“We do hope the FDA does clear a pathway for these products that have already hit store shelves and are out in the marketplace,” Moran said. She said it’s an “opportunity for industry to educate the FDA.”
Speak with your treating provider about whether this is a good option for you as there are some medications that can interact with CBD oil and cause harmful effects. You might also want to speak with a dosing specialist/pharmacist on how to best take the CBD oil at the appropriate dose and for instructions on best absorption.
Benefits For People With Diabetes
To date, there have been no advanced clinical trials about the benefits of taking CBD oil to help with one’s diabetes. Preliminary studies on CBD for diabetes have been so promising that it’s led to the American Journal of Medicine’s Dr. Joseph Alpert to call on the DEA and National Institute of Health (NIH) for increased funding for continued research.
One study, which reviewed data from 4,657 patients over a 5-year period, determined a “significant link between the regular use of marijuana and better blood sugar control,” and also noted that consistent cannabis users displayed:
- A 16% reduction in fasting insulin levels
- A 17% decrease in insulin resistance levels
- Increased levels of HDL-C
- Smaller overall waist circumference (an implication of reduced instances of obesity)
“Researchers concluded that a ‘significant link’ exists between the regular use of cannabis and better blood sugar levels.” Although more studies are recommended to prove causation.
Moreover, the use of CBD oil seems to benefit the secondary effects of having diabetes: depression, anxiety, insomnia, and even nerve damage ( CBD is a federally patented neuroprotectant and has been shown to reduce infarcts (areas of dead tissue due to lack of blood flow) by up to 30%. Additionally, there are promising studies in CBD treating diabetic retinopathy and even cardiac dysfunction.
Keeping in mind that CBD oil is not FDA approved for recreational use, cannabidiol is listed as POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth and appropriately in adults . Cannabidiol doses of up to 300 mg daily have been used safely for up to 6 months. Higher doses of 1200-1500 mg daily have been used safely for up to 4 weeks. Cannabidiol sprays used under the tongue have been used in doses of 2.5 mg for up to 2 weeks.
Some reported side effects of cannabidiol include dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and drowsiness.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking cannabidiol if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Avoid use.
- Parkinson’s disease: Some research suggests that taking high doses of cannabidiol might make muscle tremors worse in people with Parkinson’s disease.
CBD oil is no “cure-all” for people with diabetes; while some people have found it highly effective, it will ultimately be more beneficial for some than it is for others. Do your own research, and speak with your doctor about alternative treatment options that may work for you.
Medical Marijuana for Diabetes
Research has shown that the assertion of medical marijuana offers numerous medicinal properties on a vast range of disorders and conditions. More specifically, there has been evidence that cannabis can be a potential treatment for diabetes and possibly prevent diabetes and the complications the disease causes.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus, which is more known as diabetes, is a condition that describes a group of metabolic diseases. Diabetes is characterized by high blood glucose levels and a body not producing enough insulin. It’s been estimated that millions of people throughout the US have diabetes. Diabetes is deemed as a chronic condition, which means there isn’t a cure, but there are ways to manage it and treat the symptoms.
Your pancreas produces insulin, and when you’re experiencing insulin resistance, your pancreas attempts to make even more insulin to get a response out of your cells. During this process, your pancreas eventually can’t hold up, which increases your blood sugar and laying the groundwork for diabetes.
High blood glucose over time leads to issues such as:
- Heart disease
- Dental disease
- Nerve damage
- Eye problems
- Kidney disease
- Foot problems
- Poor blood circulation
How Medical Marijuana Can Be an Effective Treatment for Diabetes
Medical cannabis serves as an effective treatment plan for diabetes. Cannabis can prevent seizures, neurological pain, and blindness. Medical marijuana has provided great potential in many of the troubling areas of diabetes. In addition, the components of marijuana for some treatments do not produce psychoactive results. Therefore, it may be considered for juvenile diabetes. Some forms of medical cannabis can increase hunger and can allow you to eat healthy foods if your appetite increases.
What Symptoms of Diabetes Can Medical Marijuana Treat?
Medical marijuana can help relieve the following symptoms of diabetes:
- Prevent nerve inflammation
- stabilize blood sugars
- Relieve neuropathic pain
- Ease neuropathy pain
- Suppress arterial inflammation
- Improve circulation and keep blood vessels open
- Lower blood pressure over time
- Relieve restless leg syndrome
- Relieve gastrointestinal disorder pain and muscle cramps
- Relieve tingling in feet and hands
The Best Methods of Medical Marijuana Treatments to Manage Diabetes
With medical cannabis for diabetes growing, marijuana doctors and patients are looking for useful ways to use this herb in treatment. Fortunately, there are other methods of use outside of smoking. Although many people still use traditional methods, others are replacing these traditional methods with more high-tech and safer alternatives which include:
- Tinctures and Oils
- Suppositories and Topicals
The Best Strains to Use for Treatments of Diabetes
THC is the primary psychoactive in cannabis and helps ease discomfort and pain. However, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabivarin(THC-V), both have anti-diabetic properties, which you can use. If you would like to find out more information about medical marijuana and its many benefits, contact Marijuana Care Clinic today. We will help you with your journey to alternative medicine and help you find relief with a medical marijuana treatment plan.
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