In the United States, over thirty million people have diabetes and 1 in 4 of them aren’t aware they have it. Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015. There are at least 79,535 death certificates listed diabetes as the underlying cause of death.
Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic disorder that is identified by Type 1 that is unable to produce insulin or Type 2 that is unable to use it in a way that’s enough to maintain glucose at a healthy level in the bloodstream. Having irregular and unstable glucose level results in dangerous and life-threatening conditions.
Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes no longer has the ability to absorbed glucose into the cells. This causes the glucose to stay in the bloodstream resulting in many symptoms like:
- Heart and blood vessel disease
- Nerve Damage
- Kidney disease
- Vision problems
Because Diabetes cannot be completely cured. There are other methods in managing, reducing life-threatening symptoms, and possibly preventing it. This method is extremely new to the market and it might benefit people who have diabetes when using CBD.
Overview of CBD
CBD known as cannabidiol is one of the hundred chemical cannabinoid compounds derived from the cannabis plant. Because the origin came from the same strain of marijuana, it has been stigmatized to carry the same effects of THC. THC is the main culprit causing the psychoactive effects seen in people using marijuana.
However, CBD extraction method is very different from marijuana and have a low level of THC. Hence, it doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects but instead gives therapeutic benefits. CBD oil does not cure but instead help treat and prevent other ailments.
The Used of CBD for Diabetes
The common treatment for diabetes is a simple discipline and managing the existing ailments present. This means to change the diet, exercise, and taking insulin. Adding CBD to the regime may change a person with Diabetes to improve their well-being.
Type 1 diabetes manifestation appear quickly than Type 2 diabetes that develops slowly. Patients who have type 2 diabetes tend to have insulin resistance and high fasting insulin levels. They also have high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in their body.
In a recent long-term study about CBD and diabetes, people who used cannabis or hemp regularly have fasting insulin levels that are 16 percent lower than a participant who had never used cannabis. In addition, they also have increased levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol including insulin resistance levels is 17 percent lower than people who didn’t use cannabis.
Resistance happens when the body’s cell turned down insulin. This insulin is produced by pancreas responsible for regulating blood sugar. When cell rejects the insulin, glucose cannot be absorbed which is needed for energy. The outcome would be glucose building up in the bloodstream causing blood sugar to be very high.
By reducing the inflammation, the immune system and cardiovascular system can function properly. The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD can improve cell growth and improve sugar metabolism. With this system working well, developing insulin resistance and diabetes are decreased.
Preventing Obesity and Treatment of Neuropathy
The type 2 diabetes is often associated with chronic inflammation causing obesity. The excessive presence of fatty tissue limits the efficiency of glucose metabolism. In this context, the CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can decrease and combat glucose metabolic disorders and improve metabolism.
Neuropathy is one of the symptoms Diabetics patients are suffering from. Neuropathy is a disease of one or more peripheral nerves that cause numbness or weakness. There is no specific cure or medicine for this type of pain but patients are trying to use CBD as an alternative analgesic to prevent further damage to the nerve and facilitated nerve growth. CBD also helps protect the liver from oxidative stress caused by the development of neuropathy.