Despite the ever-growing body of information about marijuana and the health conditions it helps to treat, there is very little scientific data about whether or not the drug offers any benefit to the treatment of diabetes. Within the diabetic population, however, there is a significant amount of anecdotal information suggesting that the use of cannabis might help stabilize blood sugar. This may be because it helps to reduce catecholamines and/or the hormones that cause stress: glucocorticoids.
According to the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis, cannabinoids, "…act primarily to inhibit prostaglandins and COX-2, while providing powerful anti-oxidant properties to salvage free radicals, and inhibit macrophage and TNF."
In plain English, this means that marijuana works well as an anti-inflammatory treatment without the side effects of steroids. The latter is important, because diabetics are supposed to avoid steroids. As well, many NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - things like Tylenol and Aleve) cause liver or kidney issues, which cannabis does not. Since diabetics are prone to arterial inflammation, this property of cannabinoids is of great interest.
Cannabis has another trait that is helpful to diabetics, though: it is neuroprotective. This means that it helps protect the nerve covering (myelin sheath) from inflammatory attack believed to be caused by glycoproteins in the blood, and reduces the pain associated with this condition, called neuropathy, by activating receptors throughout the brain and body. It's also thought that the anti-spasmodic elements of marijuana - likely cannibidiol - help relieve the muscle cramps and GI upset that many diabetics suffer.
While marijuana is not believed to offer anti-hypertension aid, it is a vasodilator and helps promote blood flow, and reduce blood pressure. As well, when cannabis is added to food products it improves the levels of key cannabinoids in the bloodstream, and provides (in the form of cannabis butter and oil) a triple-bonded fatty acid in place of the saturated fats normally contained in these products. This is a benefit to arterial and cardiac health for anyone using edible forms of the plant.
Cooking with cannabis can be extremely beneficial for diabetics, also, because it's far easier to maintain good blood sugar levels when cooking at home instead of eating prepared foods, but cannabis can also be mixed with aloe or emu oil to form a topical cream or salve that will help the neuropathic pain and tingling patients often experience, while smoking or nebulizing marijuana at bedtime can reduce the need for muscle relaxants to ease restless leg syndrome.
Finally, if overnight hypoglycemia is an issue the patient can nibble a cannabis cookie before bed or first thing in the morning - it's perfectly safe, as long as portion control is exercised.
I am a diabetic I smoke marijuana to help with my diabetes. When I smoke it my sugars are lowered and I do not have any nerve pain in my feet or hands and it lowers my blood pressure.
I have had diabetes for 6 years and been a daily smoker for 2 years. other than the munchies iv only had good things come of this.
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I have been using cannabis a lot and feel tingles only when sober. Cannabis is probably the one thing that is preventing me from becoming diabetic which is very good.
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Hi, hate smoking and absolutely do NOT want to be high" but have several health issues and dislike pharmaceuticals. Looking for herbs. Is there anything that's plain edible or a herb tea?
I am totally convinced that cannabis slows down the aging process. By calming stress and allowing promoting the ability to cope with situations, less harmful toxins are produced by the body. I have a friend who is in her sixties and looks like she's
Well I am a Diabetic and Take 70/30 Human recombattant and sine I have stated using MM I have had some positive leveling of my Sugars Before I would wake up Take a shot Eat then rest for hour then Swim and do Light pool play Then come home shower i wou
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Hi, my mother has recently been told she has type 2 diabetes. I been making marijuana product b4 but not for a diabetic. I was wondering if anyone knows of some quick sugar low, low salt, low carb, recipes I could make for her.
I have read that eating too much medibles in people with undiagnosed diabetes/hypoglycemia or kidney/liver problems can cause a problem. Does anyone know if that is true? Has anyone out there had an experience related to this? Thanks
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It works.I was of oral medz within 6 months of getting my rec.
use pot 2years now went doctor other day for yrly check he took my dieabetes med. alway.maybe because I lost 50pds.using it for24 7 pain.!!!!!!!!!!
Wow these edibles are effective. I know this because I use them I recently told my other in law about the medical properties and she Was interested in trying the edibles for her pain, I gave her a small peice of A rice crispy happy treat and she d
I had not heard of the effects on diabetes from MMJ, until recently and I have noticed that my husband's diabetes has leveled out. I wondered if it was not from the MMJ but wasn't sure, now I am almost convinced that it is what has done the trick. Noth
My uncle has diabetes and he is the only other person in my family with a medical recommendation. He says that even though he has been smoking since before it was legal in CA (1995), the cannabis is much better quality now and he is able to eat healthi
This is awesome; seems like nearly every week more data is being proven that marijuana in its natural form benefits endless number of illness/symptoms WITHOUT THE LONG TERM DAMAGING EFFECTS ON OUR BODIES. It is great that people with diabetes don't HA
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