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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.

Denny’s story part 1

Denny’s story part 2


Goldstein, B. (2016). Cannabis revealed: how the world’s most misunderstood plant is healing everything from chronic pain to epilepsy. 

Wargent, E.T., et al. “The cannabinoid THCV amerlioates insulin sensitivity in two mouse models of obesity.” Nutrition & diabetes 3.5 (2013): e68.

El-Ramessy, Azza B., et al. “Neuroprotective and blood-retinal barrier-preserving effects of cannabidiol in experimental diabetes.” The American journal of pathology 168.1 (2006): 235 – 244.

El-Ramessy, A. B., et al. “Cannabidiol protects retinal neurons by preserving glutamine synthetase activity in diabetes.” Molecular vision 16 (2010): 1487.

Rajesh, Mohanraj, et al. “Cannabidiol attenuates high glucose-induced endothelial cell inflammatory response and barrier disruption.” American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology 293.1 (2007): H610 – H619.  


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  • Hey David. Thanks for your question. Many people with arthritis and some with diabetes have indeed found CBD helpful. I can’t guarantee it will work for you but it’s certainly worth a try if you feel comfortable trying it 🙂

  • Hey David. Thanks for your question. Many people with arthritis and some with diabetes have indeed found CBD helpful. I can’t guarantee CBD will work for you but it’s certainly worth a try if you feel comfortable trying it 🙂

  • I have type II diabetes and am currently taking an insulin pen. I’m looking to treat with cbd oil. But, do I need THCV? It’s cool with me but I do not at this point have a medical card, do I need one for THCV? I live in Florida. Also, how do I know how to take the cbd and at what dosage? How many mgs? I want to heal my body. Please inform.

    • Hey Timothy. Thanks for your comment and question. I’m not able to give advice on the best dose to take as I’m not in a position to give this kind of advice. Most people start with the serving size on the bottle and go from there. I encourage you to also read the posts on this website which talk about Denny’s story (2 part post) on using CBD for his type II diabetes. In regard to THCV, this is a minor cannabinoid found in some cannabis products. You can see if the product you get contains THCV by checking the lab report for the product. You do not need a special medical card to obtain THCV. Hope that helps. Stay in touch 🙂

  • I’m all in. I drive commercial vehicle and I want too take out my type 2 diabetes before it takes me out. Insulin dependent diabetics are disqualified from CDL. Presently my condition is controlled with Metformin and diet. However my kidneys are starting to feel the effect. I am convinced that CBD is worth a try

    • Hey Ron. Thanks for your question. In order to answer, I would need a little more information. What is the exact product you are using? I can’t give specific dosing recommendation but I will try my best to help you out 🙂

  • Our son suffers from uncontrolled type 1 diabetes, and now has been hospitalized twice for gastropresis. He is 20 years old. Would cbd capsules help?

    • Hey Cari. Thanks for your question. As I’m not a medical professional, I am not sure. My go to answer on the question of whether or not CBD will help with a condition is it’s worth a try. But there’s no way for me to know for sure and I always recommend letting your doctor know you are going to use CBD. I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions and I will do my best to help.

    • Hello Wardell. I recommend you check with your doctor on this question. I always recommend for everyone to let their doctor or pharmacist know they want to try CBD, especially if they are already taking other medications. For most people drug interactions with CBD are not a problem but they are possible so I always recommend being cautious and safe. I have a basic guide about CBD Drug Interactions on this site which I recommend you review. But I still recommend talking to your doctor first because I am not a medical professional. I hope that helps.

    • Hey Tonya. Thanks for your question. Yes, absolutely. There is no need to buy separate products for each of these conditions. Let me know any other questions you may have that I can try to help you with 🙂

  • I was diabetic for 10 years, I was taking metformin 1000 mg twice daily. Last A1C was 750. My symptoms were always weight loss, blurred vision, thirst. stomach and bowels. I am a 54 year old male, the metformin wasn’t really working so I went in search of alternative treatments, January 2018 I started on the Diabetes natural herbal formula I ordered from GREEN HOUSE HERBAL CLINIC, I spoke to some previous people who used the treatment here in the United States and they all gave a positive response, my symptoms totally declined over a 7 weeks use of the Green House Diabetes disease natural herbal formula. I am doing very well, the disease is totally reversed! Visit their website I am thankful to nature, herbs are truly gift from God. i see much better and feel comfortable doing so, I will keep sharing more awareness!!!

  • Hi I’m type 2 diabetic which mg 1500 or is it a lower or higher mg to buy should i try for first time of cbd oil i know its mention to start off with 6 mg

    • Hey Selina. Thanks for your question. It’s not possible for me to give specific dosing information as I am not a doctor. The best thing I tell people is to “start low and go slow”. This is also known as “titration”. It is when you start at a low dose, say 10 mg of CBD, and slowly and carefully increase the dose every few days until you get the desired effect. After that, you no longer need to increase the dose and can stay at the ideal dose you found. Please let me know if that helps you and let me know if you have any other questions. I also recommend always speaking with your doctor before using CBD or any new supplements.

    • Hey Joe. Great question. The answers is: it depends on the type of CBD Oil. CBD Oil made from marijuana plants will always have some THC in varying amounts which will be listed on the product label. CBD Hemp Oil (CBD made from hemp plants) will never have more than the legal limit of THC which is 0.3% THC. This is a very small amount of THC. Some people cannot have any THC whatsoever in their system so they need a product with zero THC. Lucky for them there are CBD isolate powders, CBD oils made from only CBD isolate, and brands who remove all the THC from the final CBD oil. So there is something for everyone. Let me know if that helps and if you have any additional questions 🙂

    • Hey Gloria. I’m not able to answer that as I am not a doctor. I recommend speaking to your doctor about it. Most people do not have issues with CBD oil drug interactions that I know of. Still it is always best to check with your doctor or pharmacist first and that is what I recommend. Please let me know if I can help you with any other questions 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment, Akinade. I completely understand. After checking with your doctor, you may consider giving CBD oil a try. Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll do our best to answer them for you 🙂

  • December 2017 All of a sudden I started having allergic reactions to insulin. Type 1 diabetic. I don’t have the option to discontinue insulin therapy. Steroids and maxing out on antihistamines have been forcing my body to accept insulin. I also need to change types of insulin every couple of weeks. I’m exhausted. I habe moon face and this horrible rash leaving pitted scars all over my body. The whole experience is just a nightmare. I want to get off the steroids. They are hurting me. I’m hoping to start using cbd for inflammation to see if I can lower same finally taper off the steroids. This has been so bad the inflammation leaves me unable to stand up from the floor, use my limbs, etc. Anyway I’m using several anti inflammatory supplements along with oils, water and aspirin to see if I can get the reaction to calm. Hoping it works. CBD has been anti inflammatory so far but not enough. So I’m gonna play with the dosing. So…. here’s to hoping. It’s unimaginably painful. I’ve taken so many epinephrine injections for the allergy. The allergy just gets worse because I can’t stop it… Fingers crossed.

  • I need to know if cbd oil is safe to use in conjunction with insulin. Can you advise on this please. Thank you.

    • Hey Candy. Thanks for your question. Unfortunately I cannot answer this as I am not a doctor. Please check with your doctor or pharmacist. What I can tell you is that most people do not have problems with drug interactions and CBD. Still I urge you to be cautious and check with a medical professional. Let me know please if there is anything else I can help you with 🙂