Can CBD help my diabetes symptoms?
A brief introduction...
CBD is a chemical extracted from the Hemp plant. Unlike marijuana, it doesn't make you "high" because it only has trace amounts of THC. (less than 0.3%, as mandated by the FDA.)
It is legal in all 50 states, you can't overdose on it, it won't make you dependent.
It comes in many forms, mostly classed as "ingestible" (which you eat or drink) or "topical" (which you rub or spray it on your skin).
Tell me about the science
In scientific terms, CBD affects the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is a network of receptors that maintain homeostasis in the body. (Homeostasis affects pain, mood, and appetite among other factors).
CBD interacts with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system, predominantly the CB1 and CB2 receptors (found mainly in the brain and immune cells). Although the body produces its own cannabinoids, introducing CBD to the body enhances the efficacy of the endocannabinoid system.
Cannabinoids aren't only found outside of the body. They are naturally produced in the human body. As such, cannabinoids shouldn't really be looked at as a foreign substance at all.
Independent research has uncovered a myriad of benefits in using CBD including:
It is also linked with mental clarity, heart health, muscle recovery, regulated blood pressure and helping to decrease the risk of developing cancer.
Ok... back to our question:
Can CBD help my diabetes symptoms?
The benefits of CBD for treating diabetes-related health problems may include reduced inflammation and improved blood glucose control:
CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, and it could significantly reduce neuropathy - the stabbing, burning or tingling sensations on hands and feet, commonly experienced by diabetes patients.
Our Intensive Relief Rub with 500mg of CBD is a soothing, cooling cream.
Its ingredients include 10% of emu oil, which has been used for thousands of years by Australian Aborigines to treat wounds, contusions and skin conditions. Emu oil is widely used in moisturizers because it is easily absorbed by the skin.
When combined with CBD and other compounds in the hemp extraction, the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds are readily and deeply absorbed by the skin.
Blood Glucose Control
The American Diabetes Association has published a study (View it Here), on the effectiveness of another compound in cannabinoids, THCB - Tetrahydrocannabivarin. Their conclusion is that:
“THCV could represent a new therapeutic agent in glycemic control in subjects with type 2 diabetes.”
The Med Store’s “Full Spectrum” line of CBD oils include many other compounds present in the hemp plant, including THCB.
Why do you say “could” or “may”?
Because CBD, although legal in all 50 states, is not yet approved by the FDA as a drug, and as such is still an experimental herbal supplement. Although there are thousands of scientific studies on the effectiveness of CBD and other compounds in the hemp plant, and millions (yes, millions) of people attesting to it’s effectiveness - we can’t legally claim any benefits to using CBD.
The FDA has declared that CBD is generally safe, and recognizes it’s “potential benefits”. But until it has conducted it’s own clinical research (which we hope will be soon), we cannot declare any benefits from it.
How do I use CBD?
For Neuropathy symptoms, we suggest the use of of our CBD Intense Relief Rub, massaged generously over the affected area. Consistency is important, and results should begin to be felt after 2-3 weeks of daily use.
Do NOT stop taking any medication prescribed by your doctor. CBD is not meant to replace your diabetes medication.
Are negative drug interactions possible?
Yes. CBD is metabolized by a group of enzymes called the CYP450. These enzymes are responsible for metabolizing many commonly used drugs. CBD can inhibit the activity of the CYP450 enzymes. Consult your physician when using CBD alongside life preserving medications for serious conditions (i.e. epilepsy medications).
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