As Plants Not Pills CBD marks World Diabetes Day, we look at a condition that affects over 30 million Americans and threatens an additional 80 million who are considered “pre-diabetic”.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is classified in two varieties.
Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not produce enough insulin, the hormone that moderates blood sugar and allows cells to transform blood sugar (glucose) into energy. Insulin also aids the body to store blood sugar for future use. While there is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, sufferers normally take insulin daily and are encouraged to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but is more prevalent in children and young adults. Factors are primarily genetic, but may also linked to viruses that cause the body to suppress insulin production.
Type 2 diabetes is when there is too much blood sugar in the system. In this case the body is resistant to insulin or does not produce enough insulin levels to maintain normal glucose levels. The constant spike of sugar in the blood system results in an increased risk for cardiovascular illness, circulatory issues and infections. Symptoms include increased thirst and hunger, blurred vision, darkened skin and extreme fatigue. Type 2 diabetes used to be considered an adult onset disease, though it has become common in American children due to a rise in childhood obesity. Genetics are one cause of the disease, which is predominantly influenced by lifestyle factors such as poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.
Cannabidiol and Diabetes
CBD has shown to significantly reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines in the bloodstream and the incidence of diabetes in non-obese mice (Weiss, et al., 2006). It has also been shown to be effective at slowing the rate of Type-2 diabetes disease manifestations in human though better weight management form thalamic signaling modulation (Weiss, et al., 2008). Research has also found that CBD therapy can provide significant protection from diabetic retinopathy (El-Remessy, et al., 2006). In turns, THC will sensitized the insulin receptors and inhibit α-HCG production by adipocytes and has shown to reduce glucose intolerance and increase insulin sensitivity in obese mice, thus reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes (Wargent, et al., 2013). Although anecdotal, in humans, studies on recreational cannabis use has been correlated with a significant lower prevalence of type-1 and type-2 diabetes (Rajavashisth, et al., 2012).
Plants Not Pills CBD Products
Among our clients, we count many Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes sufferers who use our THC free tincture Rise. This oil may aid with high blood pressure, circulation issues, chronic pain, insomnia and restless leg syndrome among other symptoms. Rise is most popular in 1200, 2400 and 4800 mg varieties. Many diabetics also have problems with skin discoloration and bruising. Our Relief cream in both the 60 mg and 150 mg muscle pump options are widely used to minimize these symptoms.
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