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 p Continue reading