What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is an inability to control blood sugar levels. Normally, your pancreas creates a hormone called insulin in response to the amount of glucose in your blood: if there is a high level of glucose, your body produces insulin, which tells your cells to take in the glucose and convert it into energy the cells can use. If you suffer from diabetes, your cells fail to do so, either because you are not making enough insulin or because the insulin isn’t doing its job properly.
Two types of Diabetes
- Type 1 Insulin-producing cells in the body have been destroyed and the body is unable to produce any insulin.
- Type 2 The organs don’t make enough insulin.
According to the NHS, 90% of the UK cases are of type 2 diabetes and it is estimated that 850,000 people are living with the condition undiagnosed.
CBD – What is it?
You may have heard about CBD or people using CBD. There’s a lot in the press about it. So what is CBD and is it really a miracle cure?
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant.
These plants are bred specifically to be high in CBD content and low in THC (the compound know to get users ‘high’)
CBD and diabetes
The effects of CBD on diabetes have been carried out mainly in mice or rats with limited human trials presently. In a research carried out on mice with reduced blood flow to the brain (a complication of diabetes for some people) they observed that CBD:
- Cut down hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)
- Lowered cholesterol and “bad fat” levels
- Upped insulin production
Studies by The British Journal of Pharmacology of CBD in mice and rats found:
- Chronic inflammation and neuropathic pain, which tends to affect the hands and feet of people with diabetes can be treated by CBD.
- CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and it can help the body turn white fat into slimming brown fat, helping boost the body’s ability to use glucose.
- CBD helped lower insulin resistance and boost gut hormone levels.
A 2006 study in the American Journal of Pathology showed the potency of CBD against retinal death. It also reduced the breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier. Retinopathy is a condition that causes 12% of new blindness cases, and about 80% of diabetics have this condition.
Another study by a research scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found presence of endocannabinoid receptors in the pancreas. Particularly, the islet cells. CB1 stimulation by CBD has been found to enhances insulin secretion and thus be beneficial to those suffering from type-2 diabetes
CBD products you can try
CBD can be consumed in different forms. They can come in different levels of CBD concentrations and it’s efficacy can depend on how you consume the CBD.
- CBD Oil – This tends to be the simplest and most efficient form of intake. Place several drops under your tongue and hold for about 60 seconds before swallowing. Holding the oil allows CBD to pass through and into your blood directly.
- CBD Paste – Higher concentration of CBD compound and in a rawer state. Will have a strong taste. Among the most expensive CBD products. Must be taken sublingually.
- CBD Edibles – This refers to products like CBD gummies. Has a set amount of CBD dosage per gummy and is a discreet method of consuming CBD and a great way to keep your blood sugar levels up. See our gummies here
- CBD Capsules – Gelatinous capsules with a set amount of CBD within each. Good for convenience uptake of a set amount of CBD. Unfortunately only a small amount actually enters your blood stream as the CBD is metabolised by the liver into waste.
- CBD Vapes – Flavoured CBD e-liquids that require a vape pen. Very quick absorption into the bloodstream via the lung capillaries. Not suitable if you do not vape and also it does not allow for calculated dosage intake.