CBD AND DIABETES: 5 WAYS CBD MAY HELP IN DIABETES MANAGEMENT
One of the most important ways that CBD possibly affects diabetes has to do with preventing the disease (especially type2) from occurring in the first place.
The results of a five-year study showed that people who used cannabis or hemp on a regular basis had fasting insulin levels that were 16 percent lower than participants who had never used cannabis.
2. Treats Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance is a key factor in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Researchers aren’t totally sure how CBD works to treat insulin resistance. But, many believe that credit belongs to CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory benefits.
Many studies have a shown a connection between chronic inflammation and insulin resistance.
When inflammation is reduced, the chances of developing insulin resistance and diabetes are decreased.
3. Prevents Obesity
Obesity and a large waist circumference are well-known risk factors for type two diabetes.
CBD performs several different functions in the body that contribute to its weight management benefits with the most important one being helping the body burning calories more efficiently (fat browning process)
4. Treats Neuropathy
For people who currently struggle with diabetes, neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a common occurrence. Most diabetics experience neuropathy in the hands and feet, but any organ can be affected.
One study found that CBD could be used to both relieve pain and prevent additional neuropathy.
Researchers believe this is the case because CBD may increase the body’s levels of nerve growth factor and protect the liver from oxidative stress, which seems to contribute to the development of neuropathy.
5. Speeds Healing for Skin Complications
Many diabetics also struggle with chronic skin sensitivity and irritation.
CBD may help heal these skin conditions and provide diabetics relief from the itching, burning, and general discomfort that accompanies them.
Studies suggest that CBD-infused lotions and creams, may also speed up the body’s natural healing processes and are also highly effective for those who want a more targeted treatment method.