Diabetes is becoming a major cause of deaths gradually. About 8.8 percent of the people across the globe are suffering from diabetes, as per Statista. In numbers, approximately 400 million people worldwide are diabetics out of which 5 million people die every year.
In U.S alone, about 2 million people were diagnosed with diabetes in 2017, according to National Diabetes Statistic Report.
Diabetes can lead to severe health problems. It can increase the chances of strokes, ulcers and kidney failures.
What is Diabetes?
One of the most common diseases in world, Diabetes, is characterised by a rise in blood sugar levels- leading to numerous other consequences.
Diabetes is also renowned as diabetes mellitus which is basically an accumulation of metabolic disorders. It is denoted by an increase in the blood sugar/glucose level in the body. This disease happens as a result of low level of high density insulin aversion and abstaining insulin.
There is no common cause which fits every type of diabetes. It can vary according to ethnicity, health factors, genetic factors and environmental factors.
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Both of them spike up the blood sugar level in the body. In the type 1 diabetes, insulin producing cells present in the pancreas are taken over by the body leading to an increase in the blood sugar level. In type 2 diabetes, there is lesser creation insulin in pancreas which reduces the pace of metabolism process, booming up the blood sugar level in the body.
Type 1 diabetes has always been more fatal than Type 2, until insulin was discovered. Type 2 is associated with obesity as the body does not completely respond to insulin.
Due to the rise of obesity in children, there are more reported development of Type 2 diabetes in children. It is a serious health condition and can cause long- term complications like kidney failure heart diseases and even blindness.
How Can Cannabis Cure Diabetes?
There have been several evidences in the recent times which state that cannabis can be a potential cure in treating cannabis and also avoiding it altogether. As its consumption is increasing worldwide, more and more studies are undertaken to help doctors understand if they can suggest it to diabetics.
CBD, also known as cannabidiol is produced from the cannabis sativa plant. It is basically the CBD which has been proved to have various therapeutic effects and has been found to treat various diseases and health problems.
According to AAMC, cannabis is highly effective in treating diabetes. It functions as an anti-inflammatory agent and enhances blood circulation in the body. It balances the blood sugar level in the body, soothes painful cramps and relieves diabetes by RLS (restless leg syndrome).
How Do Cannabinoids Work?
Cannabinoids function in various ways and target to reach homeostasis to help keep up the internal balance irrespective of variations outside. According to researchers, cannabis helps to relieve symptoms of diabetes and also helps to avoid the disease.
- Reduces Insulin Resistance:
Cannabinoid receptor cells were found to be present in the pancreas which produce insulin. Insulin is mainly responsible to carry out metabolism of glucose.
According to one of the studies published in the American Journal of Medicine, cannabis has many effects on the insulin resistance.
Currently, the regular cannabis consumers have about an average of 1.8 IR from that of 2.2 IR who used to consume cannabis and the ones who never smoked cannabis had about 2.5 IR. Other than that, the people who smoked cannabis now had lower blood sugar level than the ones who smoked it in the past or the ones who never smoked it at all.
According to Dr. Julie Chin, CBD should be infused with the diet to avail maximum medical benefits.
- Enhances Metabolic Process:
In a study conducted in 2015, it was revealed that cannabis use is not correlated to BMI changes. However, two surveys stated that cannabis consumers were less obese and they also had lower BMI level. They had a small waist size.
So, we can see that cannabis actually helps in faster metabolism. It helps in swift burning of calories. CBD aids in inflammation and can play a focal role in increasing insulin resistance.
Though cannabis has proved to be effective, many doctors refrain from prescribing it to their patients as it comes under the potential ‘drug’. On the other hand, many doctors and researchers believe that CBD can actually help to treat diseases effectively and are willing to prescribe it. Conduct thorough research, get expert supervision and guidance and if you decide to proceed, always go to the best licensed dispensary.
CBD has a long way to go and we still need to know more to help understand this better!