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Information about Diabetes:
Diabetes is affecting a growing number of people at an alarming rate. In 2014, more than 9% of Americans were diagnosed with the condition. If left untreated, Diabetes can cause serious disability or death.
Diabetes is a disease that must be managed. Some people with a particular type of diabetes can manage their diabetes with lifestyle changes. However, many others rely on insulin to prevent the onset of diabetes’ debilitating side effects.
Surprisingly, research has revealed that the risk of developing diabetes is less in those that use marijuana. Through the use of CBD, people have lowered their levels of diabetes and may have even prevented it from occurring at all. This article explains the two types of diabetes and how marijuana can help manage them.
In this video below, a type 2 diabetes patient explains how marijuana treatment helped her with losing weight.
What is Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic disease that comes in two types, known as Type 1 and Type 2. We’ll delve into the differences between the two later, but the main thing that they have in common is that the body is not capable of correctly processing glucose. When glucose backs up in the bloodstream, it causes blood sugar levels to become too high.
When blood sugar gets too high, a wide range of symptoms can occur, including dehydration, unhealthy weight loss, ketoacidosis (acid buildup in the blood), and damage to other organs such as the eyes, heart, and kidneys.
People with diabetes often experience intense thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, blurry vision, and irritability. Diabetes is more common in people who have close relatives with it.
There are two types of diabetes, as explained below:
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes, which used to be known as juvenile diabetes, is much less common than type 2. In fact, only about five percent of people with diabetes have this form. It’s usually diagnosed in children, although recent research has found that it is possible for people to develop type 1 in early adulthood.
Type 1 diabetes is primarily genetic, but it can also occur when a virus triggers the immune system to damage the pancreas so that you’re no longer able to process glucose. It can be comorbid with other autoimmune diseases.
Diabetes cannot be healed, but it can be managed, and diabetics can live long and happy lives. However, if left untreated, it can cause significant damage, such as a loss of eyesight, kidney failure, and nerve damage.
Type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is much more common than Type 1. Almost ten percent of Americans have type 2 diabetes, and it, too, is a life-long disease without a cure. This kind of diabetes generally affects adults, although it’s been seen in kids and teens as well, and it’s closely correlated with obesity.
Many genetic and environmental factors lead to type 2 diabetes, and there are a number of symptoms that often develop slowly. It’s possible to have diabetes and not know it. Some early signs are excessive thirst, fatigue, slow-healing sores, blurry vision, and increased hunger. A simple blood glucose levels by a doctor can help you know for sure.
Once diagnosed with diabetes, it must be closely monitored, and those with it must manage their blood sugar. If diabetes is not managed, it can lead to many problems, including loss of eyesight, heart disease, and even early death.
Current treatments for diabetes
Diabetes has no specific treatment; instead, a healthy lifestyle is typically prescribed. Diabetics must participate in a healthy diet, and they must exercise regularly. Some diabetics (those with type 1 and some with type 2) will need to take insulin injections. Insulin injections can have negative effects on the body. Sometimes, type 2 can be managed with just diet and exercise.
As mentioned above, Type 2 Diabetes is directly related to obesity. Many patients with diabetes can completely remove their risk of developing its side effects by lowering their weight. As a result, most diabetes treatments are aimed at reducing weight and blood sugar levels.
CBD as a treatment for diabetes
While diabetes cannot be healed, it can be managed. One way to significantly manage Type 2 diabetes is by maintaining a healthy weight and lowering insulin levels.
Some researchers have discovered that marijuana, specifically cannabidiol (CBD), may impact both things. There is still a lot of research to be done, but some studies are showing interesting results.
Marijuana, Glucose, and Insulin
This study looked at 4657 men and women, about half of whom either currently used marijuana (579) or had in the past (1975). They found that the current marijuana users had 16 percent lower insulin levels, and were less likely to be overweight. This may indicate that marijuana usage could prevent the onset of diabetes, by preventing obesity, although much more research needs to be done.
CBD in non-obese mice
What if obesity is not the problem? This 2006 paper found that CBD treatment significantly reduced the incidence of diabetes in non-obese mice. 86 percent of non-treated mice developed diabetes, while only 30 percent of treated mice did. It’s not clear whether or not these results would hold true in humans as well, but it’s definitely promising and shows that further research needs to be done.
CBD vs. THC
CBD is appropriate for the treatment of diabetes. It is one of two of the primary compounds found in marijuana. The other is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The two compounds have very different impacts on the body, and that’s why different strains of the drug impact people differently.
THC leads to most of the effects most closely associated with marijuana use, such as anxiety, paranoia, tiredness, and the mental “high” associated with the drug. Because THC is at the root of the high, most recreational marijuana users seek out strains that are high in THC.
Strains that are high in CBD are not as easy to find, but they are most commonly used for medicinal purposes. CBD is non-psychoactive, and it prevents those feelings of paranoia and anxiety that are associated with THC. If you are thinking about using marijuana products to treat your diabetes or prevent the onset of diabetes, you’ll most likely want to find with 100% CBD products such as CBD oil, or strains of the plant that are high in CBD and low in THC.
How to take medical marijuana
There are many ways to ingest marijuana. You are probably familiar with the idea of smoking it, which is undoubtedly the most popular option. People simply place the dried plant in a roll of paper (a joint) or in a pipe, and then light it and smoke the plant. This method results in almost immediate effects, which is great if you’re looking for a quick hit. However, there is a chance that the process of smoking can cause lung damage. For many, this risk makes smoking unpopular because the last thing you want to do is create additional health problems while trying to manage your diabetes.
Vaping prevents many of the dangers of smoking, and involves putting the cannabis plant or extract into a small machine that rapidly heats it, and then inhaling those vapors. It’s a little more expensive since you’ll need to buy the machine, but it has no odor and won’t cause lung damage.
If you’d rather not inhale the drug at all, you can cook it into food or baked goods. You can make these treats yourself or buy them pre-made. Either way, they can make the consumption of marijuana delicious. Keep in mind that edibles must be digested so it will take longer to get into your system than it would if you consumed it in another way.
Perhaps the easiest method of taking CBD is with CBD oil. This tincture form of CBD is placed under the tongue or added to liquids. There are also teas, topicals, and sprays. Some people even eat their marijuana raw. When you are ready to manage diabetes with marijuana, you’re sure to find one that works perfectly for you.
Grow your own to treat diabetes
It’s relatively easy to buy marijuana, but it’s even easier to grow it. Whether you have a green thumb or you just want to save some money, you’ll find that growing your own at home is a gratifying experience. Plus, you’ll be directly rewarded for your hard work.
It takes a little while to harvest a marijuana plant but once done, there is more than enough for the management of diabetes. Many patients find that they only need to grow a few plants to last an entire year.
Once your plants have been harvested and dried, simply prepare the cannabis for your preferred method of consumption. You’ll always know exactly what you are consuming because you grew it yourself. When managing diabetes, choose a strain that is high in CBD, such as Amnesia Haze or Afghan Kush strain. These strains will provide the medicinal benefits without any of the psychoactive effects.
Remember, diabetes is not a death sentence, and with proper care, you can continue to live a happy and fulfilling life as a diabetic.
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