How does CBD work for Diabetes?
If you live in a country where CBD is legal, then you have probably noticed that the compound is everywhere. Thanks to regulatory and legal changes which have made CBD legal in dozens of countries (including the United States), CBD has turned into a massive growth industry, with some studies saying that the CBD industry is expected to generate $22 billion over the next three years.
CBD is popular because millions of users, and some scientific evidence, have found that the compound can help a variety of physical and emotional challenges. One such area where CBD may be helpful is in addressing diabetes.
How does CBD help in Diabetes?
It is important to note that CBD cannot cure diabetes; what it may be able to do is manage some of its worst symptoms. In general, CBD works by altering the functioning of your body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Your ECS consists of your body’s naturally produced cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. Right now, researchers have discovered two receptors, known as CB1 and CB2. When cannabinoids bond with receptors, it produces different reactions inside of your body impacting a variety of symptoms, including pain, sleep, mood, appetite and more. CBD works by altering these reactions.
Specific to diabetes, CBD is thought to have an impact by potentially reducing insulin resistance and helping to control blood sugar levels. Furthermore, diabetes is viewed as an inflammatory disease, and one of CBD’s more studied benefits is its alleged ability to control inflammation.
Studies on CBD and Diabetes
More study is needed, but the available research shows promise. For example, in a 2016 study, patients with Type 2 Diabetes who took CBD showed glucose improvements compared to those who did not consume CBD.
At the moment, it appears that this may be the only study which directly examines the link between diabetes and CBD.
CBD is not a substitute for any prescription medication, and you should not take it instead of taking any other prescribed medication. Furthermore, you should consult with your doctor before starting any supplement which may have a medical benefit, as there are certain drug interactions and disorders which can be made work via CBD consumption.
CBD and diabetes is even more complicated, as any of the oils or additional ingredients in CBD can potentially affect your blood sugar. Some foods which contain CBD, such as gummies, can negatively impact diabetes. As such, it is critical that you use a product which has had their labels verified by a third-party vendor, ensuring that the ingredients which are listed on the label are indeed accurate.
The one study which has been conducted, and the understanding of how CBD can impact the body, show that CBD has the potential to make a positive impact on diabetes. However, significantly more research is needed before any conclusions can be drawn.