What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which your body does not properly process sugar for use as energy. High blood glucose or blood sugar can, in turn, cause serious health effects like nerve damage, eye problems, heart disease or stroke. Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks the cells producing insulin; it can be treated with insulin. Type II diabetes is an acquired insensitivity to insulin. Symptoms include fatigue, blurred vision, feelings of thirst, slow healing of cuts or bruises, and tingling, pain or numbness in hands and feet (neuropathy). In the US, almost 10% of people have diabetes, and it is more common among Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanics. (Learn about CBD for weight loss.)
About CBD Oil for Diabetes
Some diabetes patients claim that CBD can treat their diabetes symptoms by controlling high blood sugar.
The benefits of CBD for treating diabetes-related health problems include reduced inflammation and improved blood glucose control.
In 2015, a study revealed that CBD had anti-inflammatory effects on rats. Given that excess inflammation is known to impact the development of insulin resistance and therefore type 2 diabetes, this could have benefits for humans.
Meanwhile, in 2016, University of Nottingham researchers showed that CBD helped lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin production in people with type 2 diabetes.
Forms of CBD
Forms of CBD that you can use to potentially relieve symptoms of diabetes include:
- Oils and tinctures. Oils placed (via eye dropper) under the tongue absorb quickly into the bloodstream. Drops can also be added to foods or beverages.
- Edibles. These gummy-like candies or chocolates are good options for those who have trouble swallowing pills. Time from ingestion to effect can take a while.
- capsules. CBD capsules contain a version of an oil or tincture. The time from ingestion to effect can take a while.
- Skin creams and lotions. Topical CBD creams are often applied to the skin to ease muscle or joint pain. Most topicals don’t enter the bloodstream. Instead, they affect local cannabinoid receptors in the skin.
When starting any new drug or supplement, it’s usually best to start with a low dose. This way you can see how well you tolerate it and whether it’s effective at that dose.
Side effects of CBD
An extensive review of CBD’s existing clinical data and animal studies reported that CBD is safe and has few, if any, side effects for adults.
There are possible side effects to anything we put in our body. Thankfully, most people are able to tolerate CBD oil; however, using CBD oil with other medications may change the effectiveness of the medication or cause fatigue and changes in appetite.
Additionally, if the CBD oil is vaped or inhaled, there’s a risk for lung problems, as with anything taken in this form.
In short, the medical potential and therapeutic benefits of CBD oil for diabetes are nothing short of phenomenal.
Many diabetics are beginning to use it and depend on it every day to treat their disease symptoms while improving their overall quality of life. It’s likely that many thousands more will continue to do so in the future in light of increased research and improved information.
Most common side effects are:
- changes in appetite
- changes in weight