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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.

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SkillitHits247 | Mar 29, 2011
 
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 HAVE to smoke marijuana to get the same benefits, especially for those who are on their particular about their diet intake and can just add cannabis to their diet to medicate. I'm not a diabetic but I do watch my diet by using mainly natural ingredients and less genetically-engineered ingredients. But now knowing that cannabis cooked food have good fatty acid and maintains good blood sugar levels.
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lindzzz | Mar 30, 2011
 
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 healthier because it makes the healthy food taste better. I hope that other people with diabetes will try it, I am definitely going to be making him some sugar-free edibles so that he can enjoy the medicine.
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Kushie Q | May 1, 2011
 
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. Nothing else has changed.
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Guest | Jul 10, 2011
 
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 did fine until it started really working and then She freaked out. I felt soo bad she was fine but really high and thought the world Was ending basicly, I know she had a little to much but on the upside her pain was Gone completely but her poor head was spinning. She said she would never try it ever Again but I know it would have been better if she didn't eat soo much to start out with. By the way she has diabetes and a recently replaced hip and a later after surgery broken Leg, she hasent been without pain for several years takes vicodine all day every day. The small Dose of edible took the pain away completly. E
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Guest | Oct 9, 2011
 
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.!!!!!!!!!!
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Guest | Dec 1, 2011
 
It works.I was of oral medz within 6 months of getting my rec.
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Guest | Jan 10, 2012
 
what of the negative effects
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Guest | Jan 26, 2012
 
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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Guest | Mar 5, 2012
 
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.
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Guest | May 3, 2012
 
I am looking for mor information on jusicing the harlequin leaves, specifically. I live with chronic pain, diabetis, fybromyalgia,to mention a few. I have just started juicing but want mor information..Thanks..
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Guest | May 3, 2012
 
Hi, I am interested in the benifits of juicing the harlequin leaves..anyone know the website to go to for this information? Thanks
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Guest | Aug 16, 2012
 
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 would be in a low Blood sugar eat again then do my day now I swim and shower no Low in fact I don't get low just have dinner and a snack maybe a apple or some other fruit I can't explain it I just know it works
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Guest | Oct 23, 2012
 
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 in her mid 40's. She's bee smoking cannabis for many years. She's productive and continued working past her retirement. Yes, cannabis does slow down the aging process for humans.
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Guest | Dec 3, 2012
 
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?
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Guest | Dec 12, 2012
 
Very little data about benefits to diabetics?? How about: Laboratory of Physiological Studies, National Institutes of Health 2007 Collectively, our results suggest that the nonpsychoactive cannabinoid CBD have significant therapeutic benefits against diabetic complications and atherosclerosis.. …This is particularly encouraging in light of the excellent safety and tolerability profile of CBD in humans. and A provocative new analysis of data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) indicates marijuana users had 66% lower odds of having diabetes after adjustment for numerous potential confounding factors, Dr. Magda Shaheen reported at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. and Researchers at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem reported that injections of 5 mg per day of CBD significantly reduced the prevalence of diabetes in mice from an incidence of 86 percent in non-treated controls to an incidence of only 30 percent. In a separate experiment, investigators reported that control mice all developed diabetes at a median of 17 weeks (range 15-20 weeks) while a majority (60 percent) of CBD-treated mice remained diabetes-free at 26 weeks. Investigators also reported that CBD significantly lowered plasma levels of the pro-inflammatory cykotines (proteins), INF-gamma and TNF-alpha, and significantly reduced the severity of insulitis
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Guest | Jan 17, 2013
 
I have been making cannabis butter and oils w/no salt you can add canna-butter to any recipe that requires butter or oil examples: mashed potatoes,stuffing,salmon patties,pancakes,rice crispy treats (fruity pebbles tastes great but high in sugar, muffins,cookies,cake,brownies the list is endless look for healthy recipes example: buy a box of muffin mix or make from scratch replace the required amount of butter or oil ( canna-butter can be melted and used as oil for baking or cooking) i add a 1/4 of a cup canna-butter to all my muffin recipes, rice crisps treats require 3TLB melted canna-butter, brownies 2/3 cup. please be careful not to choose a recipe that requires more than 2/3 cup of canna-butter like brownies do. If you are new to edibles or smoking cannabis please talk to your caregiver and determine what amount suites your needs...if you get to high on the required canna-butter edible you can substitute with ( regular olive oil) example: muffins 1/8 cup canna-butter plus 1/8 cup regular olive oil. You can adjust any recipe to your needs. Namaste ( ( ( <3 ) ) )
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Guest | Jan 17, 2013
 
getting to high from the edibles don't freak out Don't eat the whole thing 1/4 or 1/2 your edible! if its your first edible ever lay down watch a favorite movie put on calming music zen or Tye Chi be as comfortable as possible in your home this buzz will only last a few hours aprox 3 hr. also eating before bed time works for me i sleep real good and wake up in no pain my day starts wonderfully ...( ( ( <3 ) ) ) Namaste Rbyrne
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Guest | Feb 20, 2013
 
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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Guest | May 17, 2013
 
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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leighann | May 6, 2014
 
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.