What is diabetes?
Today, around 450 million people are affected by diabetes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people who will be affected by diabetes will double by the year 2030.
Diabetes is taking 1 American life every 3 minutes, that’s more lives taken than from AIDS and breast cancer combined. Living with diabetes puts a considerable burden on the entire family; emotionally, physically, and financially. It’s also the leading cause of heart failure, kidney failure, strokes, blindness, and amputations, costing the American public $250 billion, annually.
There are many forms of diabetes but there are two main types (type 1 & type 2), and this joint disease could happen to anyone.
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1, additionally known as insulin-dependent diabetes, is the more severe form of diabetes of them all. Sometimes called the “juvenile” diabetes, because it usually develops in children and teenagers, although it could emerge at any age.
Scientists are not sure why, but with type 1 diabetes, our body’s immune system attacks its pancreas. The immune system mistakes the insulin-producing cells as foreign and destroys them, this is known as “autoimmune” disease.
The role of insulin in your body
When you eat, your pancreas is supposed to release insulin while your body turns food into sugars and glucose. Insulin opens your cells, to allow glucose to enter and use it as energy. But with diabetes, that system doesn’t work. Without insulin, the sugar stays and builds up in the blood resulting in lack of glucose in the body’s cell.
Possessing a high level of “blood sugar” can result in damaged eyes, nerves, kidneys, the heart, and could also result in a coma and death if left untreated.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2, also known as non-insulin dependent is the most common form of diabetes. Another name for type 2 diabetes is called “adult onset” diabetes. People who have type 2 diabetes can produce some of their own insulin but often not enough. And sometimes, insulin will try to open the body’s cell to allow glucose to enter. When that fails, the cells won’t open, this is called insulin resistance.
CBD and Diabetes
According to Israeli scientists, the chemical compound from the cannabis plant, cannabidiol(CBD), could be used to treat diabetes.
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, led by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, who is known for discovering CBD, observed CBD receptors in other bodily tissues. The findings suggested that the therapeutic effects of CBD could be modified to fit different receptors. Therefore, illnesses such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease could be treated.
There was a study where CBD pretreated rats, showed a 30% decrease in infarcts (areas with dead tissue) from lack of blood supply.
Chronic inflammation is known to play a vital role in the development of insulin resistance. Researchers believe that the anti-inflammatory properties from CBD could reduce/treat the inflammation and thus improves the body’s metabolism.
Also, the immune system, cell growth, sugar metabolism and heart function all also appear to benefit from CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.
ISA Scientific, an Israeli company, recently signed a worldwide collaboration and licensing deal to establish therapies containing CBD.
In a statement, ISA Scientific Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Rosenfeld said: “The licensing agreement is very well timed because our Phase 1 clinical trials on dosing and safety are now underway in Israel, and arrangements for Phase 2 trials on treating diabetes and chronic pain are in process.”
“Unlike insulin and other existing medications for diabetes, CBD may suppress, reverse and perhaps cure the disease,” Rosenfeld added.
Are there any side effects?
According to Rosenfield, there are no significant side effects of CBD, patients with diabetes can do everyday activities such as exercise, work, etc., without having to worry about side effects.
While CBD can be obtained from cannabis, it is also abundant in hemp, a plant with no psychoactive properties and no potential for abuse.
American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) listed numerous benefits CBD and Cannabis could have with people who have diabetes (2005).
- Stabilizing blood sugars
- Excellent arterial anti-inflammatory (common in diabetes)
- “Neuroprotective” – helps protect the nerve covering from inflammation.
- Anti-spasmodic – helps relieve diabetic muscle cramps and GI upset.
- Lowers blood pressure – vital for diabetics
- Keep blood vessels open and improving circulation
- Help calm diabetic “restless leg syndrome” (RLS
Does CBD Oil work for Diabetes? – Steve Miller