Using Marijuana with Diabetes

Cannabis, weed, pot, marijuana; there are many names for it but it has been in human history since the Chinese used it as medicine in 2737 BC. In today’s society, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana, and more recently, recreational marijuana. However, scientists have found that marijuana has a couple great benefits including pain relief and preventing nerve damage.

More specifically, a they found that treatment of medical marijuana can have beneficial effects on diabetic-induced neuropathy and oxidative stress. In the study “Cannabis Sativa and the Endogenous Cannabinoid System: Therapeutic Potential for Appetite Regulation” scientists studied the effects of “Cannabidiol,” or CBD. CBD focuses on the medicinal effects of marijuana, especially in protecting the brain and reducing common symptoms such as nausea, anxiety and physical pain.

This study researched the effectiveness in treating pain related to diabetes. They found that the CBD significantly reduced physical pain without causing high blood sugar in trials on rats. It also provides protection against oxidative damage that contributes to the development of neuropathy. Finally, the study suggested that the extract was able to prevent the nerve damage. The reason for the benefits of the extract is possibly strong antioxidant activity and a specific action upon nerve growth factor.

CBD goes far beyond just diabetes as well – it can potentially be effective in other diseases including arthritis, epilepsy and neurological disorders. There is even an anti-cancer potential that is currently being researched at different academic centers.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 3-27-2013, 2:00 PM

2 Responses to “Using Marijuana with Diabetes”

  1. Guest says:

    Very interesting…

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