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Cannabis and Diabetes

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Cannabis and its effect on diabetes

There is growing research investigating cannabis use and the effects on diabetes.

Possible benefits of cannabis

A number of animal-based studies and some human studies have highlighted a number of potential health benefits of cannabis for diabetes.

Research by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) has suggested that cannabis can help:

  • Stabilise blood sugars – a large body of anecdotal evidence is building among people with diabetes to support this.
  • Suppress some of the arterial inflammation commonly experienced by people with diabetes, which can lead to cardiovascular disease
  • Prevent nerve inflammation and ease the pain of neuropathy – the most common complication of diabetes – by stimulating receptors in the body and brain.
  • Lower blood pressure over time, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and other diabetes complications
  • Keep blood vessels open and improve circulation.
  • Relieve muscle cramps and the pain of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders
  • Be used to make topical creams to relieve neuropathic pain and tingling in hands and feet

Cannabis compounds have also been shown to reduce intra-ocular pressure (the fluid pressure within the eye) considerably in people with glaucoma – a type of eye disease that is caused by conditions that severely restrict blood flow to the eye, such as severe diabetic retinopathy.

Insulin benefitsTHCV and CBD have been shown to improve metabolism and blood glucose in human and animal models of diabetes.

A 2016 study found that THCV and CBD decreased blood glucose levels and increased insulin production in people with type 2 diabetes, indicating a “new therapeutic agent for glycemic control”. [356]

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