As medicinal CBD is buzzing everywhere in the world in different forms to treat a lot of chronic illnesses including anxiety, stress, depression, joint pain, epilepsy, etc, emerging reports. The anecdotal studies reveal that CBD can provide useful supplementary therapy for type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes has now become the most common cause of death as according to a study, from every 5 Americans 2 are on the verge of getting type 2 diabetes.
This is a pretty alarming situation. There are a lot of medications that can be used to manage diabetes but they are costly and can cause a lot of side effects such as muscle cramps, dizziness, dry mouth, and nausea, etc. So, looking at these circumstances there is a need to find out an effective alternative therapy to beat the myriad symptoms and costs associated with U.S. health and pharmaceutical industries.
Status of cannabis-derived medicines
This breakthrough research is the result of the legalization of medical marijuana as FDA approved Epidiolex as the first cannabis-derived drug for the treatment of childhood epilepsy. However, a lot of studies related to the use of recreational cannabis for diabetes are on the way.
Only there are only a few types of research till the date. Therefore scientists are not sure if CBD oil can do more good or bad in case of diabetes.
Research-based evidence to support CBD benefits
According to a 2006 study published in the journal of Autoimmunity revealed that CBD treated nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice are at a lower risk of getting diabetes. Moreover, it also highlighted that the continuous treatment with CBD also results in the inhibition of the disease of the pancreas most commonly known as insulitis.
Another study published in the Journal of Pathology noted that CBD is highly effective in suppressing the stressors, which can lead to diabetic blindness or diabetic retinopathy. CBD can do this by reducing the inflammation and oxidative stress in diabetic rats thus preventing premature cell death in the retina. In addition to this CBD also help to reduce the cardiovascular risks associated with diabetes including, myocardial dysfunction.
On the other hand, a 2016 study published in Diabetes Care stated a completely different story. According to this report, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial showed that CBD doesn’t have a true effect in managing the symptoms of diabetes. However, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), a non- intoxicating cannabinoid helps reduce the levels of glucose during fasting. Moreover, according to this study, THCV is also helpful to improve the functioning of pancreatic cells. This experiment low doses of CBD but for studying visible therapeutic results, a high dose of CBD will work.
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So, to resolve these conflicts that whether CBD helps treat this complicated disease or not, other CBD researches are still evolving. So, it is better not to use CBD for diabetes at present.
“More research is needed, in part because animal studies conflict with the human study. Given the few studies that have been carried out, I’d not recommend CBD for diabetes patients until more research provides clarification,” said Bart Wolbers, a health scientist and researcher at Nature Builds Health.
“CBD is expensive for many people, and better alternatives are available for diabetes patients at this point.”
Conflicts demand more research but some issues are becoming a constant hurdle
Tony Yang, MPH, a professor at George Washington University and a doctor of science in health policy and management said, “One reason is definitely regulatory barriers. Another issue is funding. In order to do more research, the National Institutes of Health needs to be more open-minded. And other funders must be willing to spend money.”
Yang also said, “It’s difficult for researchers to get access to the quantity, quality, and type of cannabis product necessary to address specific research questions on cannabis use.”