Despite the proliferation of media coverage that medical cannabis has received in recent years, one area of study has rarely been thrust into the spotlight and that is cannabis as a treatment for Diabetes.
So perhaps there is no better time to discover the subject than on World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated on November 14 every year.
Here, we take a look at 5 studies on cannabis and its therapeutic potential for diabetes and its associated symptoms.
1.Cannabis Could Prevent Pain Associated with Diabetic Neuropathy
In a 2015 study conducted by the American Pain Society, 16 patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy were exposed to four different dosing sessions of cannabis. The results revealed that inhaled cannabis containing between 1-7% THC content significantly reduced neuropathic pain in patients.
2.Activation of Cannabinoid Receptors Could Help Treat Diabetes
In a 2011 study published in the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology, researchers looked at the relationship between cannabinoid receptor activation and the treatment of metabolic disorders including diabetes. The findings suggested that the ingestion of CBD and the subsequent activation of cannabinoid receptors can have a positive reaction on retard Beta cells in the body. Beta cells are necessary for the control of insulin secretion and when these cells are damaged, can lead to diabetes.
3.Stable Evidence Suggests Cannabis Reduced Diabetes Regularity
A 2015 paper published by the Epidemiology Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts collated and reviewed a number of health survey results. Their findings suggest there is stable evidence that ingesting cannabis can protect against diabetes.
4.Cannabis Use May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
A 2016 study published by the Journal of Diabetes Research studied and surveyed nearly 20,000 Swedish men and women who suffered from Type-2 Diabetes. The results showed that those studied who were regular cannabis users had a reduced risk of diabetes. However, the results also demonstrated that this could be assigned to age rather than cannabis use, as the respondents who used the plant in their medicinal regime were of a younger age.
5.Cannabis Use Could Reduce the Risk of Liver Disease Related to Diabetes
A 2017 study published by PLoS One surveyed thousands of people suffering from Diabetes related Liver Disease. The surveyed patients who admitted regular cannabis use were found to have 52% less prevalence of Liver Disease in the body than that of non-users.
While these findings are impressive, there has not been enough research on the relationship between cannabis use and diabetes. Further studies will need to be conducted to determine if the correlation is significant. Until then, prescribed medicine may remain the best way to ensure Diabetic management.