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CBD AND DIABETES

The use of CBD as a treatment for diabetes has gained a lot of popularity in the past years.

Research is ongoing, but recent studies have shown CBD helps ease nerve pain, reduce inflammation and control sugar levels in our blood.

There are two types of diabetes that can occur in the human body. Those who suffer from diabetes type 1 have an insulin deficit, their body attacks cells in their pancreas, forcing them to constantly control their body’s insulin levels. Type 1 diabetes only affects 8% of patients with diabetes, and it tends to present symptoms more quickly.

Type 2 diabetes affects about 90% of diabetes patients, in this case there are some risk factors, such as weight and ethnicity, and its symptoms can be easier to miss because their appearance is very slow and discrete. This type of diabetes occurs because the person’s body is unable to make enough insulin, or the insulin it makes does not work properly within their body.

Type 2 diabetes can be treated in many more ways that type 1, doctors often use medication, and recommend exercise and a change in diet, although in some cases patients can also be prescribed insulin. Type 2 occurs when cells no longer respond to insulin, boosting inflammation levels in the human body, that leads to a feeling of pain.

A study in the journal “National Center for Biotechnology Information” found that non-obese diabetic mice had a considerably lower risk of developing diabetes when treated with CBD. Some studies concentrated in the use of mice that had less blood flow to their brains, this is an effect diabetes tends to have on humans.

These studies found that this complication could be prevented with the use of CBD, because it lowered cholesterol levels, reduced high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) and increased insulin production in their body.

In 2016, researchers from University of Nottingham revealed that CBD in combination with tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), helped lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin production in people with type 2 diabetes. These results encouraged studies that wanted to investigate whether CBD could offset the damage diabetes causes on blood vessels, and therefore diminish inflammation and pain.

CBD has proved to have anti-inflammatory properties in several studies over the years. In a 2019 study that focused on the impact of glucose levels on inflammation, CBD showed a substantial decrease in markers of inflammation.

A 2017 study of rats in the National Library of Medicine (NIH) found that CBD helped reduce inflammation and nerve pain associated with osteoarthritis, suppressing chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain in rats, these are complications that frequently occur on a person’s hands and feet when they suffer from diabetes.

Although research on this topic is on going and there are currently many studies investigating the direct effect of CBD on human patients with diabetes, it is safe to state that this cannabinoid is a natural resource that can be used to calm inflammation and reduce chronic pain levels.