Are you or a loved one suffering from diabetes?
Have you tried everything there is but there doesn’t seem to be any definitive treatment out there?
While some may argue that diabetes is a manageable disease and not a curable one, there just might be some hope.
Cannabis has been used by humans for medicinal and recreational purposes for thousands for years.
Ever since it was legalized, the amount of research done on the medicinal benefits of cannabis has increased marginally.
As a result, today we have numerous studies proving cannabis’s effectiveness against numerous conditions and illnesses.
While research is still ongoing, today one of the most asked questions by many medical experts and patients is this:
Is cannabis good for treating diabetes?
Let’s find out.
How can cannabis treat diabetes
The cannabis flower is full of active compounds called cannabinoids which have a huge range of effects on people. These cannabinoids can increase appetites, while reducing pain and inflammations.
These cannabinoids react with the body in a number of ways, both beneficial and not. Nonetheless, marijuana is a popular choice of medication for many patients of stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and even cancer. But the question we are focused on today is whether it is good for diabetes or not.
According to the latest research done in the topic, Cannabis does have positive effects on the following symptoms and causes if diabetes
- Blood glucose
- Arterial inflammations
- Blood pressure and circulation
- Insulin benefits
- Cramps and pain management
Let us look at each of these in turn.
Perhaps the biggest symptom of diabetes, managing your blood sugar levels is extremely important for everyone. Luckily, cannabis can help with that.
Blood sugar has a very important function, since it supplies your body with the energy it needs to function. So it doesn’t really matter if you are diabetic or not, managing your blood sugar is important for everyone.
Recently conducted research has proven that cannabis can help people manage their blood sugar. A large number of people with diabetes (PWDs) have reported that they see lower blood sugar levels, and lower A1C results after regular use of cannabis.
This is good news for everyone, since a more controlled and manageable blood sugar level can help diabetes patients live a better life. In fact, cannabis use can help other people who might be at risk avoid diabetes and prediabetes altogether.
A lot of PWDs suffer from arterial inflammations. If left untreated, this can result in a number of cardiovascular diseases.
The most common treatments for arterial inflammations include steroids based medications and several exercises. However, these are not always effective, and can often be quite uncomfortable for their users.
Luckily, here’s where cannabis comes in. Cannabinoids like THC or CBD which are commonly found in the cannabis flower are natural anti-inflammatory agents that are extremely effective.
Cannabis has also been shown to be effective against nerve inflammations – a condition suffered by many people with diabetes and one which can result in neuropathic pain. The anti-inflammatory agents in cannabis can help reduce the swelling and pain caused by diabetes as well.
Blood pressure and circulation
Many problems faced by many PWDs are related to blood pressure levels and circulation.
Diabetes often damages arteries, and causes them to harden over time. This can cause high blood pressure which, if left untreated, can cause blood vessel damage, heart attacks, and even kidney failure.
Luckily, medicinal cannabis has proven to be an effective treatment for this. The CBD present in marijuana flower has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, both of which can reduce blood pressure and protect blood vessels from damage as well.
This makes sure that the blood vessels are able to remain open and functional, which in turn improves circulation in your body.
Research has also shown that cannabis has a positive effect on improving insulin resistance in people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
These are the people who unfortunately cannot benefit from insulin, since the cells in their muscles, fat, and liver cannot easily take up glucose from their blood.
Luckily, studies and anecdotal evidence has shown that cannabis can help people improve insulin resistance, and be able to respond well to treatments.
Cramps and pain management
A huge number of PWDs suffer almost daily from cramps, spasms and other forms of pain. And while OTC drugs have proven effective against this kind of pain, in many cases they simply don’t help.
However, cannabis products have succeeded where these medicines have failed. Today, cannabis flower, edibles and concentrates are being used all over the country to treat numerous different types of chronic, muscular and neuropathic pain.
Which is why many doctors today recommend cannabis products to diabetic patients suffering from painful cramps, spasms, or even gastrointestinal disorders.
In the end, we can see that there is plenty of evidence that says that cannabis can be extremely helpful for people with diabetes, as it can effectively treat many symptoms and make their lives better.
Can cannabis prevent diabetes?
While cannabis is certainly effective in treating diabetes, can it also be used to prevent it?
The answer is yes.
Cannabis can certainly help a large number of people avoid both – diabetes and prediabetes.
The same cannabinoids which help PWDs maintain their blood sugar levels can also help everyone else do the same.
And maintaining your blood sugar levels is the first step in avoiding diabetes.
Similarly, anyone who uses cannabis products can benefit from improved circulation and blood vessel health, which will not only prevent diabetes, but a lot of cardiovascular diseases as well.
In fact, clinical studies have shown that smoking cannabis just once can improve your blood circulation for weeks to come.
At the end of the day, there has been only so much research done regarding the medicinal benefits of cannabis.
Until more research is conducted, this is as much as we know about cannabis and diabetes.
However, the results so far have made the world hopeful that cannabis can in fact, prevent and treat marijuana.