Diabetes is a common disease that has affected millions of people worldwide. The disease does not discriminate as it affects people of all ages, gender, as well as race. The impact of diabetes is alarming and it’s even more worrying that many people cannot afford the prescribed treatment. The conventional or traditional treatment and prevention of diabetes involves measures such as insulin, diet change, and medications like Precose, Amary, Glyset, or Victoza, which many people find expensive. It is estimated that up to 75 percent of diabetes patients in Canada face difficulties with the high cost of prescribed treatments and supplies. Also, according to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects more than 30 million people in the USA meanwhile over 84 million of Americans have a condition medically known as prediabetes. If diabetes is not well handled, it could result in further health complications such as kidney problems, nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, stroke, eye problems, oral disease, mental illness, fatigue, weight gain, complications during pregnancy as well as lower extremity ulcers and amputation.
The high cost of treating and preventing diabetes via the conventional treatments has prompted researchers to explore the use of medical marijuana as an alternative treatment. After all, the role of cannabis as a natural pain killer without the addictive properties of opioids is well known, just the same way as cannabis is helpful in combating seizures and anxiety. It is also estimated that more than 2.5 million people in the USA, including patients suffering from diabetes neuropathy use medical marijuana.
According to findings from a 2015 study that was conducted by medical doctors on 16 patients, cannabis could have an analgesic effect on diabetic neuropathy pain. The study was a randomized double-blind and placebo-controlled crossover research and the findings have gone a long way to give hope when it comes to treating and preventing diabetes because chronic pain caused by nerve damage or diabetes neuropathy is one of the most difficult symptoms to manage. It has been proven that if diabetes neuropathy is not detected early enough, it may result to leg amputation. Diabetes pain is conventionally treated with over-the-counter painkillers like Aspirin or Ibuprofen, as well as prescription opioids like oxycodone. Evidences that have associated medical marijuana to the treatment of diabetes pains is a milestone that should be further researched.
There have also been many other studies that suggest that people who use marijuana are less likely to be diagnosed with diabetes in the first place. For instance, results from a 2012 study that was published through BMJ Open revealed that consumers of medical marijuana had a lower age adjusted prevalence of diabetes when compared to non-users. Similarly, a 2013 study that was published via the American Journal of Medicine indicated that current marijuana users had 16 percent lower fasting insulin levels. The same study further revealed that the consumption of cannabis was associated with a smaller waist circumference.
These results were similar to those obtained in 2011 after analyzing a cross sectional data on two population-based, nationally representative samples. The results of this study that was also published via the American Journal of Epidemiology suggested that the prevalence of obesity was significantly lower among cannabis users than non-users.
Findings from a 2015 study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel also suggested that the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol (CBD) could be used to treat many illnesses Type II diabetes inclusive.
It has also been reported that CBD has shown interesting results when it comes to the treatment of diabetes. A study conducted on the effects of CBD on myocardial dysfunction, inflammation, oxidative/nitrative stress, cell death and interrelated signaling pathways suggested that CBD can have great therapeutic potential in the treatment of complications of diabetes and may be other cardiovascular disorders.
Even though CBD is fast developing a great reputation in the treatment of many diseases, it has multiple ways of improving the symptoms of diabetes. First of all, CBD helps in reducing the pain (neuropathy) associated with diabetes by activating the receptors found in the brain and body. CBD also acts an anti-inflammatory, thereby reducing some of the known arterial inflammation that is found in many people suffering from diabetes. More so, CBD works in stabilizing blood sugar levels as well as improving circulation by keeping blood vessels open. Furthermore, CBD helps in relieving muscle cramping and gastrointestinal disorders by acting as an anti-spasmodic agent.
As with all available treatments, there is conflicting evidence of the role cannabis oil plays in the prevention of Type II diabetes, even though research does show that it is an alternative and effective treatment for people who have already been diagnosed of either Type I or Type II diabetes.
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How To Get Medical Marijuana
If you are a resident of a legal state interested in trying medical marijuana to treat Diabetes or other medical conditions, you will first need to consult with a certified doctor in order to get a medical marijuana card. To get started, simply fill out the MMJ patient registration form, press submit and a physician or clinic representative will contact you as available.