World Diabetes Day - Diabetes & Cannabis

World Diabetes Day

Diabetes & Cannabis


Diabetes is a life-altering and potentially fatal disease that occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, leading to excess sugar in the blood. The pancreas in our body produces insulin which is a type of hormone. This helps the cells in the body use the glucose (sugar) in food.


There are three main types of Diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes - body does not produce enough insulin

Type 2 Diabetes - body produced insulin but does not use it well

Gestational Diabetes - a temporary condition during pregnancy


Diabetes can lead to having many complications within the body. Some of the serious health issues consist of having a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and lower limb amputations.


There are many factors that can contribute to managing diabetes, two of those factors being healthy eating and regular exercise. The types of food you consume, how often you’re consuming, and what you’re doing between meals can all effect managing your blood sugars naturally. Healthy eating and regular exercise are two things that people can take the initiative to participate in that are known to substantially benefit diabetics.


Did you know? Over 50% of type 2 diabetes is preventable. (source: World Diabetes Day)


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Do you know what else can potentially help diabetics control their blood sugar levels? Cannabis.


Even though historically the use of cannabis oil has been evident in the treatment of diabetes, there have been minimal studies conducted regarding the general effects of cannabinoids and terpenes on human diabetic patients.


BUT


This doesn’t take away the fact that the cannabis plant has been scientifically studied regarding anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating (modifies immune response) properties that are beneficial in humans.


A few amazing studies that have happened around the world regarding the endocannabinoid system and diabetes are:


Israeli scientists found a potential link between the endocannabinoid receptors sites and diabetes. The Jerusalem studies (2006 & 2008) sought that the cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) might be a key therapeutic agent in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes.


Two U.S. studies from Augusta, Georgia (2006), and East Lansing, Michigan (2001), conducted research on rodents that demonstrated the cannabinoids THC and CBD could reduce diabetic neuropathies. Rats treated with CBD experienced significant protection from developing diabetic retinopathy. Mice treated with Delta-9-THC were capable of reducing the force and effect of the severity of autoimmune diabetes.


In 2006 the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cancer Immunotherapy, Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, in Jerusalem, Israel noted that CBD treatment significantly reduced incidence of diabetes in non-obese mice.


Terpene Beta - Caryophyllene might be diabetics new best friend - Researchers suggest that activation of CB2 receptors via Beta - Caryophyllene containing spices may present additional therapeutic strategies in the treatment of numerous diseases associated with inflammation and stress, which are both underlying factors in diabetes. Some examples of Beta - Caryophyllene containing spices are: West African Black Pepper, White Pepper, Indian Bay-Leaf, Alligator Pepper, Basil, Sri Lanka Cinnamon, Black Caraway, Black Pepper, Mexican Oregano, and Clove. (Source: The Cannabis Health Index)



It is important to shed light on additional, healthy methods to help achieve or maintain good health within the body and eliminate factors that negatively impact managing diabetes. In some provinces, states, and countries, insulin medication and tools to help treat diabetes is often not covered under health insurance, not available and/or is non existent for many. Everyone doing their part to raise awareness, education and support regarding diseases like diabetes is imperative when coming together globally. Giving people empowerment and education that allows them to make better life choices regarding their health should always be a priority.


World Diabetes Day raises awareness of diabetes, involving children and adults who are affected by diabetes, healthcare professionals, and the media, while uniting the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness.


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