According to the Center for Disease Control, 30.3 million people have diabetes in the United States (about 10% of the population). This is an alarming statistic that, in a perfect world, would cause people to act and research the best treatments.
With the rise in awareness and popularity of CBD, it’s no wonder researchers and diabetics are exploring how CBD may help them treat diabetes in an alternative way.
This post hopes to shed light on the research conducted so far, so that if you or a loved one has diabetes, you can have a conversation with your doctor on how it might help.
What Is Diabetes?
In short, diabetes is a disease that affects how your body uses blood sugar. No matter what type of diabetes you have, it can lead to too much sugar in the blood. Too much sugar (as we all well know), can lead to serious health problems.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound stemming from the cannabis plant. It is a naturally occurring substance that does not contain THC (the psychoactive compound that gets you high).
Current Research On CBD + Diabetes
WebMD sites a couple studies performed on mice and rats that help us understand the relationship between CBD and diabetes.
In the first study, researchers tested CBD on mice with less blood flow to the brain (a complication for some people with diabetes). Their results showed that CBD:
- Reduced blood sugar levels
- Lowered cholesterol and “bad fat”
- Increased insulin production
A second study, also performed on mice and rats, found that CBD:
- Eased swelling and pain from nerve damage
- Lowered the risk of diabetes
- Promoted “good fat”
While these results are extremely positive and should be held in high regard, there is an undeniable difference between animals and humans. Just because CBD affected these mice and rats in these ways, doesn’t necessarily mean it will work the same for humans. More human studies are needed.
With that said, CBD has been found to be an excellent natural pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory, so if you are seeking a complementary alternative treatment to your diabetes, be sure to bring CBD up at your next doctor’s visit!