People with diabetes are improving their lives with the use of CBD.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that causes high blood sugar levels.
There are two types of diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes – an autoimmune disease where the pancreas is destroyed by the body’s own immune system. The pancreas is an essential organ because it makes insulin, which is a hormone used to convert sugar into energy.
Type 1 diabetes is usually caused by a genetic predisposition to a poorly functioning immune system. A contributing factor to the onset of type 1 diabetes is infection.
Because type 1 diabetes is related to inflammation, researchers are trying to determine if cannabinoids (which are anti-inflammatory) can prevent or delay the progression of type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes – a disease which occurs when the insulin produced by the body is not used properly. A type 2 diabetic is resistant to insulin. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with dietary/lifestyle changes, medication, and insulin.
A dysfunctional endocannabinoid system can cause obesity and the development of type 2 diabetes.
How can CBD help with diabetes?
Research has shown that:
- CBD can prevent against diabetic complications like atherosclerosis (build up of plaque in arteries), cell inflammation, and cell damage.
- CBD protected diabetic animals from incurring damage to their optic nerve by reducing neurotoxicity and inflammation.
- THCV, a secondary cannabinoid found in whole plant cannabis extracts, can reduce glucose intolerance, improve glucose tolerance, increase sensitivity to insuling, and improve triglyceride levels.
Most importantly, CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antioxident effects can help protect against complications from diabetes.
Most of the anecdotal evidence we have about using CBD for diabetes comes from people who have type 2 diabetes and use CBD to manage their condition as well as for chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety.
People who use CBD for type 2 diabetes have reported that they:
- Sleep better
- Exercise more
- Have an improved sense of well-being
- Have better control of their blood sugar
As with many diseases, while CBD may not be a cure, it can help people make healthier choices and improve the quality of their lives.
How much CBD should I take for diabetes?
CBD dosages can range anywhere from 10 mg to 200 mg per day.
If you are new to using CBD, always start low and go slow. A general starting dose of CBD is 10 mg, one to two times per day.
Talk to your doctor about adding CBD to your supplement routine. You can increase the dosage as much as you feel comfortable until you see an effect from CBD.
Where can I read about people who used CBD for diabetes?
Check out the remarkable story of Denny Magic – the man who shocked his healthcare practioners by using CBD oil to lower his A1C (blood sugar level), control his pain, and get rid of his insomnia.
Denny continues to regularly use CBD hemp oil to this day.
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