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Diabetes

Simply put, some researchers believe that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties could benefit sugar metabolism, the immune system, cell growth, heart function. Studies taken place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem suggest that, as chronic inflammation plays a key role in the development of insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, CBD could help treat this inflammation and suppress diabetes. CBD could possibly even reverse and cure diabetes, though more research is needed.

Another issue that often arises from diabetes, especially those who have been suffering from diabetes for a long time, is neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is a complex and chronic form of pain, often caused by tissue injuries. Diabetes often causes damage to the nerve fibers, which sends incorrect signals to other pain centers.

Cannabis may therefore be potentially useful for a range of issues associated with diabetes. Not only is CBD a potential neuroprotective, but may also could potentially help lower the incidence of diabetes and prevent insulin resistance, as well as help treat the pain of nerve damage.

Check out the positives and negatives below and if you’d like to speak to Doctor Frank about your condition or getting a medical marijuana card, get in touch!

Positives

  • Cannabis could help regulate glucose levels and prevent insulin resistance

  • Cannabis more effectively and safely manages the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy in comparison to opioids

  • Rapidly fluctuating blood-sugar levels can cause mood swings and depression, which cannabis can help manage

  • May improve carbohydrate metabolism, helping control weight

  • Keep blood vessels open and improve circulation

  • Topicals can be applied to the skin to prevent the “tingles” associated with diabetic neuropathy

Negatives

  • The “munchies” could be either a positive or negative for diabetics - the wrong foods must be avoided!

  • THC may have a negative effect on memory, concentration, perception and coordinated movement - all negatives for a person with nerve problems

  • Dry mouth and eyes may be particularly unpleasant for diabetics