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Diabetes And Medical Marijuana

Diabetes And Medical Marijuana

Diabetes mellitus is a group of autoimmune diseases characterized by defects in insulin secretion resulting in hyperglycemia (abnormally high concentration of glucose in the blood). There are two primary types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes) are incapable of producing pancreatic insulin and must rely on insulin medication for survival. Type 2 diabetes (also known as adult onset diabetes) produce inadequate amounts of insulin. Type 2 diabetes is a less serious condition that typically is controlled by diet. Over time, diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure nerve damage, hardening of the arteries and death. The disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer. A search of the scientific literature reveals no clinical investigations of cannabis for the treatment of diabetes, but does identify a small number of preclinical studies indicating that cannabinoids may modify the disease’s progression and provide symptomatic relief to those suffering from the disease. 2006 Study—5 mg. per day injection of CBD significantly reduced the incidence of diabetes in mice. Also delayed the onset of diabetes in mice. March 2006 American Journal of Pathology—Study done at the Medical College of Virginia—Rats treated with CBD (from 1-4 weeks) experienced protection from diabetic retinopathy (condition characterized by retinal oxygen deprivation and a breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier, is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults). Studies reported in the journal of Neuroscience Letters in 2004—Mice given a cannabis receptor agonist experienced a reduction in diabetic related tactile allodynia (pain resulting from non-injurious stimulus to the skin) compared to non-treated controls Continue reading >>

Cannabis For The Treatment Of Diabetes

Cannabis For The Treatment Of Diabetes

Diabetes, also called hyperglycemia, is a disease in which the body causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, “diabetes is [a] condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.” According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, 29.1 million Americans (9.3 percent of the population) had diabetes. Of this number, 21.0 million were diagnosed, while 8.1 million were undiagnosed. Symptoms of diabetes include chronic fatigue, frequent urination, excessive thirst, unexplained weight loss, extreme hunger, sudden vision changes, tingling or numbness in hands or feet, very dry skin, sores that are slow to heal, and more infections than usual. Diabetes can result in heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, with about 76,000 people dying each year from the disease. Blacks are 1.7 times more likely to develop the condition than whites. Of sufferers, 26 percent are age 65 or older. It is estimated that this disease costs Americans $245 billion per year — and this figure reflects only diagnosed cases. A 2005 research paper published by the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) states that cannabis has the following benefits for diabetes patients: Stabilizes blood sugars. Acts as an anti-inflammatory that may decrease arterial inflammation. Acts as a “vasodilator” to help keep blood vessels open and improve circulation. Lowers blood pressure (over time), a critical benefit for diabetics. Relieves neuropathic pain and tingling in the hands and feet when applied topically as creams, balms, and salves. Helps still diabetic “restless leg synd Continue reading >>

Treat Diabetes With Cannabis Oil

Treat Diabetes With Cannabis Oil

by JT-TheCannabisBlogger | Jan 16, 2018 | CBD , Diabetes | 5 comments When you treat diabetes with cannabis oil, you treat a myriad underlying dis-eases of the body. Cannabis oil is a natural medication which has been used for centuries to treat all kinds of ailments, from your common headache and stress to chronic diseases like cancer and arthritis. And when you have diabetes, you have unstable blood sugars, inflamed arteries and nerves, muscle cramps and intestinal issues, compromised circulation, high blood pressure and restless leg syndrome. The cannabis oil addresses all of these: it reduces restless leg syndrome and any tingling in the feet and hands, it eases neuropathic pain and improves breathing, it releases muscle cramps and disorders of the digestion, it stops inflammation and assists in balancing blood sugars. Treat diabetes with cannabis oil and you should feel fit as a fiddle. How does the Cannabis Oil Treat the Diabetes? Phytocannabinoids (found in the cannabis plant) interact with the body’s endogenous endocannabinoid system, which balances the immune system in a status of homeostasis. Everything functions well when the endocannabinoid system is in balance. In every part of the body, in every tissue, every organ and in every cell, endocannabinoids and their receptors work hard to keep this state of healthy balance. When you take cannabis oil, these cannabinoids interact with the endocannabinoids and fight any disease that may be lurking. Small, regular doses of cannabis oil have the ability to therefore heal the body on an ongoing basis. The main cannabinoids which are useful to people who are ill are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is not psychoactive like THC and used to treat many illnesses on a daily basis. THC is a natural Continue reading >>

Treating Diabetes With Cannabis?

Treating Diabetes With Cannabis?

I am still grinning. Can you see me? Over 10 years back in 2005, we published a brief post here at the ‘Mine about how cannabis (yep: pot, grass, weed, ganja...) can be used to treat diabetes. Really, completely legit! And people have been flocking here ever since to learn more. Now, at the kickoff of 2016, we’re updating that post with a bunch more detail. Seriously, there is a growing body of research (OK, much of it in animals) showing that cannabis can have a number of positive effects on diabetes. It begins with that original 2005 research paper that we highlighted from the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC), which purported that cannabis can have the following benefits for PWDs (people with diabetes): stabilizing blood sugars (confirmed via "a large body of anecdotal evidence building among diabetes sufferers") anti-inflammatory action that may help quell some of the arterial inflammation common in diabetes "neuroprotective" effects that help thwart inflammation of nerves and reduce the pain of neuropathy by activating receptors in the body and brain "anti-spasmodic agents" help relieve muscle cramps and the pain of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders acts as a "vasodilator" to help keep blood vessels open and improve circulation contributes to lower blood pressure over time, which is vital for diabetics substituting cannabis butter and oil in foods "benefits cardiac and arterial health in general" it can also be used to make topical creams to relieve neuropathic pain and tingling in hands and feet helps calm diabetic "restless leg syndrome" (RLS), so the patient can sleep better: "it is recommended that patients use a vaporizer or smoked cannabis to aid in falling asleep" Evidence for all of this still stands, and has in fact been corroborated and buil Continue reading >>

Metabolic Effects Of Chronic Cannabis Smoking

Metabolic Effects Of Chronic Cannabis Smoking

OBJECTIVE We examined if chronic cannabis smoking is associated with hepatic steatosis, insulin resistance, reduced β-cell function, or dyslipidemia in healthy individuals. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS In a cross-sectional, case-control study, we studied cannabis smokers (n = 30; women, 12; men, 18; 27 ± 8 years) and control subjects (n = 30) matched for age, sex, ethnicity, and BMI (27 ± 6). Abdominal fat depots and intrahepatic fat content were quantified by magnetic resonance imaging and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy, respectively. Insulin-sensitivity indices and various aspects of β-cell function were derived from oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTT). RESULTS Self-reported cannabis use was: 9.5 (2–38) years; joints/day: 6 (3–30) [median (range)]. Carbohydrate intake and percent calories from carbohydrates, but not total energy intake, were significantly higher in cannabis smokers. There were no group differences in percent total body fat, or hepatic fat, but cannabis smokers had a higher percent abdominal visceral fat (18 ± 9 vs. 12 ± 5%; P = 0.004). Cannabis smokers had lower plasma HDL cholesterol (49 ± 14 vs. 55 ± 13 mg/dL; P = 0.02), but fasting levels of glucose, insulin, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, or free fatty acids (FFA) were not different. Adipocyte insulin resistance index and percent FFA suppression during an OGTT was lower (P < 0.05) in cannabis smokers. However, oral glucose insulin sensitivity index, measures of β-cell function, or incretin concentrations did not differ between the groups. CONCLUSIONS Chronic cannabis smoking was associated with visceral adiposity and adipose tissue insulin resistance but not with hepatic steatosis, insulin insensitivity, impaired pancreatic β-cell function, or glucose intol Continue reading >>

Cannabis And Diabetes

Cannabis And Diabetes

A 2015 study tested 16 diabetic patients with neuropathy of the feet. Each patient received four testing doses. They each tried a placebo, low THC, moderate THC, and high THC. Patients took a two-week break before changing doses. The results? Patients felt a dose-dependent relief from neuropathic pain with cannabis treatment.Yet, another 2009 study found something different. The clinical trial tested 30 neuropathy patients with Sativex, a GW Pharmaceuticals drug created for multiple sclerosis patients. Sativex contains a 1 to 1 ratio of THC to CBD. In this trial, the Sativex was not effective in reducing neuropathic pain. Both of these studies provide conflicting results, indicating that there is a lot we still need to learn about cannabis treatments. In animal models of diabetic neuropathy, cannabis has effectively improved nerve response.In fact, treatment with cannabis extract restored thermal pain perception in rats without worsening blood sugar levels. But, as always, more human research is needed. Diabetes can also damage your eyes. Diabetic retinopathy occurs from damage to the small blood vessels behind the retina. It can eventually lead to blindness, and is the leading cause of blindness in people aged 20 to 64. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to suffer from this form of ocular degeneration.Fortunately, cannabis may be able to help this complication as well. 2006 research found that CBD may protect the eye from a growing plethora of leaky blood vessels. In diabetes, its not uncommon to experience ischemia, where different organs in your body are not receiving enough oxygen. This lack of oxygen causes blood vessels in your eyes to try to create new blood vessels to solve the problem. Unfortunately, it doesnt work out so well for them. Very Continue reading >>

Can Cbd Help With Diabetes?

Can Cbd Help With Diabetes?

Verdict Is Still Out on Whether CBD Oil Can Help With Diabetes Here's Why Over the past two decades, medical cannabis has been legalized in 29 states and Washington DC . In the years since its legalization, cannabis and CBD oil (an extract that doesn't get you high) have been used to treat a variety of physical and mental illnesses including anxiety disorder , epilepsy , nausea, multiple sclerosis , and general pain relief . Researchers have explored the possibility that CBD oil could potentially be used to treat diabetes . Several studies have found that CBD oil can lower the incidence of diabetes in nonobese, diabetes-prone mice , but there hasn't been a great deal of research in this area, and no human trials have been conducted. Doctors are deeply divided on whether CBD oil should be used to treat diabetes. Some report overwhelmingly positive results in their patients, while others state that it could actually be a harmful treatment method. We spoke to experts on both sides of the debate. Here are the cases for and against using CBD oil to treat diabetes. World Health Org Announces CBD Has No Health Risks Why CBD Oil Could Be an Effective Treatment Method Dr. Joy Summers, naturopathic physician at Arizona Natural Medical Center , and Dr. Bonni Goldstein , medical adviser to Weedmaps and medical director of Canna-Centers Wellness and Education , use CBD to treat diabetes patients. "CBD is anti-inflammatory, immunoprotective, and neuroprotective, which all provide direct benefit to patients dealing with diabetes. Often with diabetic patients, immune systems are compromised, and CBD helps to boost or fortify the immune system. Diabetic neuropathy is another complication many patients face, and CBD can help with both pain relief from the neuropathy as well as protectin Continue reading >>

Positive Effects Of Cbd: Cannabis Oil For Diabetes

Positive Effects Of Cbd: Cannabis Oil For Diabetes

Positive Effects of CBD: Cannabis Oil for Diabetes Diabetes affects nearly 400 million people worldwide and is considered to be leading cause of the deaths. Diabetes is a disease in which the body is unable to properly regulate insulin. It can be either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes alters the way your body deals with sugars in the bloodstream and can be very dangerous if left untreated. It also causes related problems like organ failure, blindness, lower body amputations, nerve damage and cardiovascular diseases. Good news is that substantial studies have shown that cannabis oil can help prevent and treat diabetes. Cannabis has been proven to be beneficial in a number of health problems including a migraine, cancer, depression and heart health. The effects of CBD on Diabetes is being extensively studied and research has shown great promise that cannabinoids in CBD oil can help reduce the complications of the disease. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by high blood glucose levels. Type 1 diabetes is known to affect individuals below the age of 30 and involves an autoimmune attack on islet cells of the pancreas – cells that produce insulin. Approximately 10% of diabetics suffer from Type 1 diabetes. The more popular, Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed in obese individuals and over the age of 40. It is usually a result of a combination of defective insulin production and insulin resistance. There are a number ways in which cannabis oil may help with diabetes. First, the herb may prove to be beneficial for certain diabetes symptoms, including neuropathy, nausea, and vomiting. Secondly, early studies suggest that certain compounds in cannabis have the potential to improve insulin resistance and reduce fasting glucose. The primary active compo Continue reading >>

Marijuana: The Next Diabetes Drug?

Marijuana: The Next Diabetes Drug?

Toking up may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to the latest study, which suggests that cannabis compounds may help in controlling blood sugar. Although marijuana has a well-deserved reputation for increasing appetite via what stoners call “the munchies,” the new research, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, is not the first to find that the drug has a two-faced relationship to weight. Three prior studies have shown that marijuana users are less likely to be obese, have a lower risk for diabetes and have lower body-mass-index measurements. And these trends occurred despite the fact that they seemed to take in more calories. Why? “The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than nonusers,” says Murray Mittleman, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the lead author of the study. “Their fasting insulin levels were lower, and they appeared to be less resistant to the insulin produced by their body to maintain a normal blood-sugar level.” The research included over 4,600 men and women participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2010. Among them, 48% had smoked marijuana at least once in their lives, and 12% were current cannabis smokers. The authors controlled for other factors like age, sex, income, alcohol use, cigarette smoking and physical activity that could also affect diabetes risk. Even after these adjustments, the current marijuana users showed fasting insulin levels that were 16% lower than those of former or never users, along with a 17% reduction in another measure of insulin resistance as well. Higher levels on both tests are associated wit Continue reading >>

Cannabis And Diabetes

Cannabis And Diabetes

Tweet Cannabis, or marijuana, is a drug derived from the cannabis plant that is used for recreational use, medicinal purposes and religious or spiritual rites. Cannabis plants produce a unique family of compounds called cannabinoids. Of these, the major psychoactive (brain function-affecting) compound is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Marijuana contains high levels of THC, as well as other psychoactive chemicals, which produce the 'high' users feel when inhaling or ingesting it. History of cannabis Cannabis has been used by humans for thousands of years, with the earliest record of its use dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. It is indigenous to Central and South Asia, and is believed to of been used by many ancient civilizations, particularly as a form of medicine or herbal therapy. Cannabis drug class Laws regarding the production, possession, use and sale of cannabis came into effect in the early 20th century. But despite being illegal in most countries, including the UK, its use as a recreational drug is still very common. In fact it is the most used illicit drug in the world, according to the United Nations, with approximately 22.5 million adults across the globe estimated to use marijuana on a daily basis. Legal status In the UK, cannabis is categorized as a Class B drug under the UK Misuse of Drugs Act. Individuals caught in possession of these drugs are therefore given more lenient punishment - often confiscation and a 'cannabis warning' for small amounts. Effects of cannabis Cannabis causes a number of noticeable but mild (in comparison with other recreational drugs) physical and mental effects. These include: Increased pulse rate Increased appetite Bloodshot eyes Light-headiness Occasional dizzy spells Problems with memory, concentration, perception and coordina Continue reading >>

Cannabis And Diabetes

Cannabis And Diabetes

By: Eloise Theisen, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC My experience has been that patients who are coming to cannabis for the first time have complex medical histories.  Some have tried everything under the sun, with little to no relief.  Others are taking a long list of medications, including over the counter and […] Why Nurses are Vital to the Medical Cannabis Community ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new survey shows many doctors in Minnesota are reluctant to accept medical marijuana as a treatment option. The survey was released Tuesday to the state’s Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research. It was conducted by task force member Dr. Charles Reznikoff, an addiction specialist […] Minnesota docs hesitant on medical marijuana program, survey shows Bearman began with a 45-minute lecture on the history of  drug consumption,  beginning with Zoroastrian rituals and ending with GW Pharmaceuticals’ 2014 medical trials of Epidiolex, a liquid form of Cannabidiol used to treat epilepsy.  Bearman said the history of cannabis use can help people understand modern policy and culture […] Dr. David Bearman Talks History, Uses of Cannabis PHOENIX — If some Arizona nurses get their way, medical marijuana will become available as early as next year to treat everything from arthritis and autism to Tourette’s syndrome and traumatic brain injury. Members of the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association are petitioning the Department of Health Services to add those […] Nurses Seek to Expand Medical Marijuana Uses The Endocannabinoid System: Endocanabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body in the brain, organs, connective tissue, glands and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same—homeostasis (main Continue reading >>

How Cannabis Oil Can Be Used For Diabetes Treatment And Prevention

How Cannabis Oil Can Be Used For Diabetes Treatment And Prevention

Diabetes is a widespread disease inflicting millions of people worldwide. Chances are you know someone, either in your family or in your circle of friends, who has been battling diabetes, or just recently diagnosed. Or, perhaps you are the one living with the disease. And of course, there is a lot of information about diabetes treatment and prevention to learn and share. But first, let’s look at closer look at the reality of the disease. This unforgiving disease does not discriminate, because any age, gender, and race can fall victim to it. The impact of diabetes in Canada is alarming, especially with the numbers of new cases on the rise. Here are some troubling statistics on diabetes in Canada alone: Complications from diabetes can often lead to premature death. In 2008, 1 out of 10 adult deaths in Canada was tied to diabetes. Diabetics are 3 times more likely to have cardiovascular disease, 12 times more so to get end-stage renal failure, and more than 20 times more likely to endure a limb amputation. People suffering from depression have nearly 60% more chance of developing diabetes Approximately 15-25% of diabetics will experience a foot ulcer In Canada, 57% of diabetics report they have difficulty with the high-cost of prescribed treatments and supplies. Cardiovascular disease Eye disease Kidney disease Nerve damage Lower extremity ulcers and amputation Complications during pregnancy Oral disease Mental illness If you have been living with diabetes for a while now, you are most likely familiar with traditional diabetes treatments and prevention measures, such as insulin and diet change. Both are equally important in maintaining. But, many people are learning how to use cannabis oil to help cope with the disease. Cannabis oil is also referred to as CBD. How is CBD Continue reading >>

How To Use Cbd For Diabetes

How To Use Cbd For Diabetes

People with diabetes are improving their lives with the use of CBD. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that causes high blood sugar levels. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes – an autoimmune disease where the pancreas is destroyed by the body's own immune system. The pancreas is an essential organ because it makes insulin, which is a hormone used to convert sugar into energy. Type 1 diabetes is usually caused by a genetic predisposition to a poorly functioning immune system. A contributing factor to the onset of type 1 diabetes is infection. Because type 1 diabetes is related to inflammation, researchers are trying to determine if cannabinoids (which are anti-inflammatory) can prevent or delay the progression of type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes – a disease which occurs when the insulin produced by the body is not used properly. A type 2 diabetic is resistant to insulin. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with dietary/lifestyle changes, medication, and insulin. A dysfunctional endocannabinoid system can cause obesity and the development of type 2 diabetes. How can CBD help with diabetes? Research has shown that: CBD can prevent against diabetic complications like atherosclerosis (build up of plaque in arteries), cell inflammation, and cell damage. CBD protected diabetic animals from incurring damage to their optic nerve by reducing neurotoxicity and inflammation. THCV, a secondary cannabinoid found in whole plant cannabis extracts, can reduce glucose intolerance, improve glucose tolerance, increase sensitivity to insuling, and improve triglyceride levels. Most importantly, CBD's anti-inflammatory and antioxident effects can help protect against complications from diabetes. Most of the anecdotal evidence we have about using CBD for diabetes comes fro Continue reading >>

Eating Chilli And Smoking Cannabis ‘could Help Cure Diabetes And Colitis – By Calming The Gut’

Eating Chilli And Smoking Cannabis ‘could Help Cure Diabetes And Colitis – By Calming The Gut’

WHAT do chilli spice and cannabis have in common? On the face of it, very little. But, scientists hope both could help develop new treatments for type 1 diabetes and the gut disease colitis. Getty Images When eaten, both interact with the same receptor in our stomachs, new findings suggest. And the result is they help calm the gut, scientists at the University of Connecticut found. Mice fed both chilli peppers and the class B drug showed less inflammation in their guts. And, the researchers even found they were able to reverse type 1 diabetes in some mice, by feeding them the fiery pepper. The chilli was found to bind itself to a receptor called TRPV1, which is found in the gut, oesophagus and pancreas. When it bound itself to the receptor it created a compound called anandamide, which is chemically similar to cannabinoids found in marijuana. It was this compound that caused the immune system of the mice to calm down, by reducing inflammation, and the same happened when they were fed anandamide directly. Reducing inflammation in the pancreas could help in the treatment of diabetes because the pancreas is responsible for maintaining insulin and glucose levels in the body. A person with diabetes has too much glucose in their system and the pancreas is unable to regulate it. The brain also creates anandamides when receptors in the brain react to people getting high, but scientists have not known why those receptors exist in the past. Pramod Srivastava, professor of immunology and medicine at the university, said: "This allows you to imagine ways the immune system and the brain might talk to each other. "They share a common language." Getty Images He said it opens up new questions about the relationship between the immune system, the gut and the brain. They are still carryi Continue reading >>

Cannabis Extract To Be Used To Treat Diabetes

Cannabis Extract To Be Used To Treat Diabetes

An Israeli-American biopharmaceutical company is developing medicines containing cannabinoids to treat conditions including diabetes, inflammatory diseases (like arthritis, atherosclerosis and ulcerative colitis) and cardiovascular disorders . ISA Scientific recently signed an exclusive worldwide licensing and collaboration agreement to establish therapies containing a specific cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD), with Yissum, the technology-transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hadasit, the technology-transfer company of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, and the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research (KIR) in the United Kingdom. Cannabinoid scientist Raphael Mechoulam discovered CBD receptors not only in the brain but also in other bodily tissues, suggesting that the therapeutic effects of this non-psychoactive component of cannabis could be extremely broad.  “He synthesized a whole ‘family’ of cannabinoids, and therefore with some changes in molecular structure you can tailor cannabinoids to different receptors,” KIR researchers Chaim Lotan explains. CBD seems to beneficially impact systems in the human body that control pain, the immune system, heart function, cell growth and death, sugar metabolism and more. Lotan and his team studied its effects on rats with infarcts, areas of dead tissue resulting from failure of blood supply, as happens in a heart attack. Rats pretreated with CBD had 30 percent smaller infarcts, perhaps because of CBD’s known anti-inflammatory properties. “My role was only the cardiac part,” says Lotan. “But we may see effects in other organs as well since we found so many receptors.”  Due to the work of Mechoulam and others, and regulatory freedom to experiment with cannabinoids, Israel is r Continue reading >>

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