Can CBD protect against or even delay the development of Type 1 Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. Type 1 diabetes results from inflammation that occurs when the immune system attacks cells in the pancreas it is relatively uncommon, affecting only 1 in 250 Americans, and only makes up about 5% of the diabetic population. Its more common in children or young adults who either contract a pancreas-attacking virus, or have a family history of diabetes therefore making them more at risk to being predisposed to it.
Type 2 is by far the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 95% of cases in adults. Some 26 million American adults have been diagnosed with the disease, and it is estimated to affect over 400 million people worldwide. Type 2 is a more complex form of the disease because the pancreas still produces some insulin, but either the amount produced is not enough for the body’s needs, or the body’s cells are resistant to it. Insulin resistance or lack of sensitivity to insulin, happens primarily in fat, liver, and muscle cells. The resulting effect is similar to that of Type 1 diabetes, wherein the underlying issue is a general inability to control blood glucose levels.
Can CBD help with diabetes? Well research published in 2016 by Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation found that CBD may ease the inflammation in the pancreas. This may be the first step in finding a CBD-based treatment for type 1 diabetes.
A paper presented in the same year in Lisbon, Portugal, suggested that CBD may reduce inflammation and protect against or delay the development of type 1 diabetes.
CBD is developing a great reputation for helping with many diseases and disorders, but, for diabetes, the list is very impressive, below are multiple ways it can help.
- Works to stabilize a person’s blood sugars
- Reduces pain often associated with diabetes caused by nerve inflammation, called neuropathy, by activating the receptors found in the brain and body
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce some of the known arterial inflammation that is found in many diabetics
- Aids in improving circulation by keeping blood vessels open
- Helps to relieve muscle cramping and gastrointestinal disorders by acting as an anti-spasmodic agent
- Helps to gradually reduce blood pressure, which is very important for diabetic patients
- Using cannabis oil or butter in foods, rather than traditional fats, could be beneficial to the heart and arteries
- Used in a vaporizer, cannabis oil can help calm restless leg syndrome, a common ailment of diabetic patients
- Making it into a topical cream to help diminish neuropathic pain, as well as common tingling in the feet and hands, is also another way to use cannabis oil.
As with all treatments, there is conflicting evidence on the role cannabis oil takes for prevention of Type II Diabetes. However, research does show it to be beneficial as an effective and alternative treatment for those who have already been diagnosed with either Type I and Type II Diabetes.
CBD oils can have different concentration levels of the active cannabinoid, and not all tinctures are the same, different dosages will be required depending on the specific needs of the patient and the oil that you end up using (its always recommended to use the dosage labeled on the bottle).
Finally please remember that CBD oil is no guaranteed solution for all diabetics; while the majority of patients do find it highly therapeutic, it’s certainly more effective for some than it is for others. As is always the case, it’s important to do your own research, and if possible, speak with a professional about some possible tinctures that might be appropriate for you and your specific condition.