This is a personal topic for me as I am an insulin dependent diabetic.
One of the greatest benefits of CBD I have seen has been on my diabetic control. I have been an insulin dependent diabetic for several decades and try everything I can to best control my blood sugars. By doing so, I hope to minimize the damage caused by the disease. Diabetics have a 65% increased likelihood of heart disease and stroke. We also have a greater risk of cancer and neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases (like Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s). Without question, tight blood sugar control regulation is necessary if I want to be around for a long time.
Regarding CBD and my diabetes, within a day or two of starting CBD, my blood sugars seemed to have dropped. I decreased my insulin accordingly and the positive effects have continued. I always thought the CBD helped with balancing out the stress in the body and decreasing the anti-insulin hormones (mostly adrenaline, cortisol, and glucagon). This may be true but there is another mechanism that we know works and this has been proven by science…it has to do with increasing insulin sensitivity and this is a HUGE deal for diabetics!
The February 2018 issue of Phytotherapy Research has a great study by S. Ramlugon et al. titled ‘Time-dependent Effect of Phytocannabinoid Treatments in Fat Cell‘. This study is all about diabetes and obesity and the need for antidiabetic drugs that do NOT have side effects. Enter CBD and the cannabinoids. Imagine if we could help reduce obesity and help diabetics with insulin sensitivity without any side effects? Well…
Enter CBD. We have 3 types of fat cells: brown, beige, and white. Whereas Brown provide for thermogenesis, White only work for energy storage. Research has been looking for a way to convert white fat cells to beige (combination of the two) to help with not only obesity but also with insulin resistance.
In this study, the researchers looked to identify the effects of cannabinoids on carbohydrate and fat metabolism. What they found was nothing less than amazing. Compared to medications with side effects, the cannabinoids were found to have an anti-obesity/anti-diabetic effect that accounted for lower levels of fat accumulation. The cannabinoids were shown to be able to essentially flip a switch and change white fat cells to beige and by doing so, affect insulin sensitivity. This is INCREDIBLE information for any diabetic or any overweight person with insulin sensitivity issues. You can get all the benefits and CBD does not tend to have any side effects.
Herein lies another way how CBD can help with health issues. In my case, I am not obese so I do not have a lot of fat cells to convert. I am, however, diabetic, and being so, any change in insulin sensitivity is much appreciated! With CBD, there tends to be something for everyone.
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