Updated: May 7, 2019
In the United States the number of people with diabetes or prediabetes stood at more than 100 million in 2017, according to the National Diabetes Statistics Report from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
With such a high number, it is more likely that you, a relative, a friend, or someone you know has been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes previously.
This high number of diabetes cases makes it a major health concern in the United States, especially since it contributes to the death of a significant number of American citizens each year.
What is the link between CBD oil and diabetes? Can it really help?
CBD and diabetes, can the two really go hand in hand? Depending on the type of diabetes a patient has, CBD can potentially help to relieve or lessen some of the symptoms that make this disease hard to live with. Thus improving their quality of life.
How is that? Let’s dive into how to use CBD for diabetes:
The role of CBD oil for weight loss
Obesity is amongst the leading factors that causes diabetes, and the reason for this link is due to how diabetes occurs in the first place.
When the pancreas in our bodies produces insulin, this insulin then regulates sugar levels in the blood and facilitates the absorption of sugar or glucose into the bloodstream, to be used for energy.
However, when someone has excess fat, it can become harder for the cells to respond to this insulin.
This inability to absorb sugar with the help of insulin is known as insulin resistance, and is often a factor in the cause of the onset of diabetes.
Can CBD oil help you lose weight? Some recent studies have shown, that people who take cannabis have a smaller waist circumference compared to non-users. This then points to a possibility that CBD could be used to support keeping your weight in check.
One common problem with diabetics is the wish to lose weight, so that they have less fat in their body which resists the conversion of sugars into energy.
CBD can support in changing the fats in the body into easier-to-burn fats, so that they can be broken down through activity and exercise.
While CBD can not guarantee weight loss without exercising or a healthy lifestyle, it does complement these other activities to make this process of losing weight easier.
Reducing insulin resistance
When the cells in the human body reject insulin, they are unable to absorb the glucose in order to convert it to energy.
This can lead to a buildup of glucose in the body which then in turn increases blood sugar levels. Ideally, the body should be able to accept the insulin which then facilitates absorption of the sugars into the body; diabetes type 2 is the condition by which the body is unable to do this.
CBD could be the key to enabling the body to become more cooperative when it comes to insulin use and absorption.
A study carried out by the American Journal of Medicine on a sample of 4,657 adult men and women in 2013, showed the effect of cannabis on the human body. It discovered a 16% lower fasting insulin level and 17% lower insulin resistance level on those who had used cannabis recently.
This difference showed the close relationship between cannabis use and insulin resistance reduction.
Can CBD oil improve blood circulation?
Blood pressure levels are vital for an individual suffering from diabetes. Any patient who gets hypertension suffers the risk of having heart and kidney disease, and in more extreme cases, can cause blindness.
This is why a diabetic patient's blood pressure is as crucial as their blood sugar levels. This is true for both sufferers of type 1 and 2 diabetes.
So how can you keep your blood pressure at a standard rate?
Amongst other solutions, CBD provides a great way to do so as it acts as a vasodilator that keeps the blood vessels open, making it easier for blood to flow.
This ensures that the blood pressure is stabilized. Over time, cannabis has also been shown to help reduce blood pressure in the human body, reducing the chances of developing hypertension.
This doesn’t require the patient to have used CBD for a long period of time either, which is another added benefit.
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to alleviate some of the symptoms of diabetes. It has been known to reduce pain caused by inflammation of the nerves, also known as neuropathy, by reducing the level of inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory properties may also aid in delaying the onset of diabetes type 1. Some of the people who develop this disease do so after an inflammation of the cells in the pancreas responsible for producing insulin.
Once this inflammation occurs, the cells become damaged to the point where they produce little to no insulin at all, signaling the beginning of diabetes type 1.
With the use of CBD, patients may be able to delay this process, especially for those who are already more likely to develop the condition due to either genetics or lifestyle factors.
CBD relieves restless-leg syndrome
Restless-leg syndrome, which is often linked to diabetes, is a condition where an individual feels an uncomfortable sensation in their legs and feels the urge to move them.
It can be very distracting and occurs at inopportune moments, such as when someone sits or lies down, especially during the evening.
This condition has the ability to reduce the quality of someone’s life by disrupting sleep, making them exhausted from inadequate rest, and not least be extremely frustrating for the individual.
This condition can however, be relieved by CBD.
If taken through a vape especially, CBD has been said to create a calming effect on a person, making it easier for them to relax and fall asleep.
Users of CBD have reported a reduction in the urge to move their legs due to diabetes and restless-leg syndrome, so can therefore get a better nights sleep and feel more rested.
Whilst studies on the effects of CBD are still fairly recent, initial studies have suggested that it does have its benefits to a patient when it comes to diabetes, both in prevention and in managing the disease.
If you are considering taking CBD please do speak to your doctor as well, and be sure to discuss the recommended CBD oil dosage for your diabetes.
It will not completely replace medication taken for this condition, but can help to improve the quality of life of someone suffering from it.
As CBD has become legal in more US states, it is now readily available to more and more sufferers of diabetes. This has led to an increase in people trying CBD alongside their medication, in order to improve their symptoms.