Cannabis and Diabetes: What Does the Science Say?

Pharmacists and biochemists have been busy finding ways to help people coping with many severe illnesses through cannabis-based products. Diabetes is one of them, as it tops metabolic diseases. As of 2015, more than 84 million adult Americans have been affected by it. Fortunately, cannabis comes to the rescue. Let’s see some connections between cannabis and potential mollification of diabetes symptoms.

First and Foremost: Blood Sugar Stabilization

Effects of insulin and the way our body uses it are among major chemical operations. Bodies of those suffering from type 2 diabetes, however, mainly have issues with insulin sensitivity, since the organism is much less susceptible to it. 

That said, a connection between increased sensitivity to insulin and cannabis use was found quite some time ago. According to diabetes statistics and research, a 16% lower fasting insulin rate was found in those using cannabis, as opposed to those who previously used it but stopped, or were not using it at all. 

Another more recent study focused on people with type 2 diabetes who do not take insulin. With THCV (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin) as the main medicinal compound, the research team found a vastly higher insulin production, much lower fasting levels of blood glucose, and increased production of a blood sugar-regulating protein called adiponectin.

Obesity Issues

People who are obese or have tendencies toward obesity are at a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Cannabis is proven to lower obesity risks and thus prevent full-blown diabetes development. The above-mentioned studies have shown that cannabis users have an average of 1.5 inches or 3.8 centimeters smaller waists to those who do not consume it. 

THCV is the main cannabis component linked to obesity control and lower body mass index. Acute THCV exposures have been found to decrease the overall intake of calories, significantly lowering the chances of getting diabetes, obesity-related disabilities, or premature death.

Fighting Diabetic Neuropathy, Retinopathy, and Inflammations

Different inflammations were found to be closely connected to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes development. A 2015 study suggested several important affiliations between the anti-inflammatory,healing properties of cannabis and diabetes prevention.

Diabetes is commonly followed by numerous, often vicious complications in our organism, and neuropathy is one of them. It is a neural deterioration harming one’s extremities and sometimes other body parts. Typically, it is utterly painful and can cause death.

Another study proved the massive relief of neuropathy pains by the consumption of cannabis. Through inhaling THC-enriched cannabis, patients treated by this method found pain relief that would last for several hours. The higher the doses given, the less pain they felt.

Another serious complication of diabetes is a severe vision loss, coming from diabetic retinopathy. People over 16 in the United States most commonly have blindness related to the retinopathic causes. Animal-based research related to retinopathy and cannabis reports that four weeks of CBD-based treatment could significantly protect people from this complication.

Financial Matters

We should mention that good CBD oils can be found at a fairly low price, starting at about $0.03 per milligram of CBD isolate. You might even find yourself consuming fewer prescription drugs that often come with detrimental side-effects. This said, it is worth to consider including CBD and THC-enriched oils as they may eventually reduce the medical bill.


Overall, studies related to cannabis and diabetes reported mostly positive results. As we witness almost exponential technological advancement, cannabis research and CBD applications will most certainly become much more precise, and this plant will likely greatly help us in battling diabetes. 

The future seems exciting—let’s wait and see what it holds for us.

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