Cannabis provides relief for diabetes

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Even smoking marijuana can be an effective treatment

Marijuana is already known for being effective in combatting a number of ailments and the list keeps growing. There is now more than just circumstantial or anecdotal evidence to support the belief that cannabis, including through smoking, can be beneficial in treating diabetes.

Cannabinoids found in cannabis work directly with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), chemicals found naturally in the body. In certain cases, the ECS is insufficient in protecting the body, which is where cannabis can provide substantial relief. The cannabinoids work in conjunction with receptors in the central nervous system to provide a myriad of benefits to both the body and the brain.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is most likely the most well-known cannabinoid. It, as well as cannabidiol (CBD), is being shown to help stabilize blood sugar, prevent nerve inflammations, lower blood pressure and improve circulation. A recent study in The Natural Medicine Journal also shows that cannabinoids might help to lower glucose levels, body mass index and fasting insulin.

Before anyone makes a dash for the local dispensary, it’s important to point out some attributes of marijuana. It can impact appetite and perception, which means anyone with diabetes needs to be prepared to consider sugar and insulin needs as they occur. THC has been shown to cause “the munchies,” which could make it difficult to balance blood sugar.

Because marijuana can also change perceptions, because of THC, it’s possible that someone feels okay even if the blood glucose levels are not normal. However, it is possible to receive the benefits of the cannabis plant without relying on marijuana if the user concentrates on CBD. CBD oil has already been approved by the Food & Drug Administration as a “food supplement” that can be purchased in all 50 states, making it available for everyone.

Before making any changes, it’s always best to discuss options with a physician. This is true in the treatment of any ailment, not just diabetes, and will ensure that you have all the information you need to make an educated determination.