Diabetes is a disease which involves having blood sugar levels that are too high (also referred to as blood glucose). This happens due to either an inability to produce insulin (a hormone made by the pancreas) or an inability to use insulin properly.
When produced and used sufficiently, insulin helps break down the glucose in food and turn it into energy. However, when this doesn’t happen the glucose will stay in your blood which overtime will cause health issues.
Researchers are looking into how CBD (cannabidiol), the natural extract taken from hemp, may be able to help those with diabetes. So far there is a lack of research on humans, but studies have been carried out on mice and rats. A 2006 study found that non-obese diabetic mice had a much lower chance of their diabetes developing when they were treated with CBD. 1
Further research found that mice with low blood flow to the brain (a complication of diabetes) benefited from CBD in the following manners:2
- Reduced high blood sugar levels
- Lowered cholesterol
- Increased the production of insulin
While this research is a promising foundation, there may still be room for concerns surrounding the efficacy of CBD in treating diabetes. The exact side effects of CBD on people with diabetes are unknown, this is hard to determine as diabetes symptoms can vary greatly, as well as the types of medication people take and how that might interact.
Furthermore, CBD is just one of over 100 cannabinoids present in full spectrum CBD extract - so based on positive customer accounts, we cannot be entirely clear that the positive effects are not the effect of another cannabinoid.
The most critically important knowledge that we currently have is that the body’s endocannabinoid system - the set of receptors which interact with cannabinoids - plays a crucial role in the regulation of energy metabolism. For those living with diabetes this means that the endocannabinoid system plays an integral role in how the body responds to insulin.
If you have diabetes and you are considering trying CBD to help with your condition we would suggest first and foremost speaking to your doctor, particularly concerning any pre-existing medication.
When choosing a supplier be sure to find a reputable company who are verified through third party laboratory testing - this is incredibly important in an unregulated market. Finally, choose cbd products which are as close as possible to the natural source, avoiding additives and sugars.