It is no secret that Marijuana has many valuable medical properties – not only it works as a natural pain killer, but it also can effectively control and decrease symptoms of rheumatism, cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and other conditions, as well as treat some of them. This magical plant, in form of Medical Marijuana, definitely has helped me to deal with the pain and symptoms of the rheumatoid arthritis, and also kicked the ass of my depression and suicidal thoughts.
However, in case of some illnesses the Medical Use of Marijuana hasn’t been fully researched, diabetes being one of them. The reason behind this article is my best friend – he’s a Stoner, a diabetic one, and I really wanted to take a closer look into how Cannabis can help and benefit diabetes patients.
Diabetes: Long Story Short
Quite a lot of people stereotypically think that all fat people have diabetes and that one can get it by having a sweet tooth. Although, diabetes is connected with sugar, both of these statements are wrong, however, both kinda can increase one’s chance of getting diabetes. But what type of a monster is diabetes and what does it eat?
It’s a metabolic lifelong disease when one has high blood sugar (glucose) levels over a longer period of time. Symptoms vary, but the most common ones are increased hunger, thirst, and frequent urination. Increased hunger instantly makes you think of munchies, right?
But in this case it’s a damn serious medical symptom. Left without a proper treatment, diabetes can cause different long-term complications such as skin infection, chronic kidney failure, cardiovascular complications, neuropathy, and lead to eye problems (unfortunately, not the ones created under a heavy fog of Cannabis usage).
The reasons for diabetes are either body cells responding improperly to the insulin produced or the pancreas not producing enough of it, and there are three main types of this monstrous disease – Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational diabetes.
- Type 1 diabetes is connected with the pancreas failing to produce enough insulin. It’s usually diagnosed in young adults and children. The causes of Type 1 diabetes are genetics and unknown factors that trigger the disease.
- Type 2 diabetes starts with insulin resistance, when body cells don’t respond to insulin properly. The pancreas begin to produce extra insulin, but later it can’t keep up and fail to make enough of it to stabilize the blood sugar levels. Mostly adults after 40s are diagnosed with Type 2. It is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.
- Gestational diabetes can occur during a pregnancy, resulting in high blood sugar levels.
Although, diabetes patients are doomed to live with this disease, it’s quite manageable by finding the balance between medication, insulin injections, food, and physical activities. Losing the balance between all of these things can lead to two other conditions – hypoglycemia A.K.A. a hypo (blood sugar levels drop too low, less than 4 mmol/l) or hyperglycemia A.K.A. a hyper (blood sugar levels raise too high, higher than 8 mmol/l). A severe hypo or a severe hyper can lead to a fatal outcome.
Medical Marijuana and Diabetes
Fortunately, there’s Marijuana. Despite the fact that the connection between Cannabis and the metabolic processes haven’t been widely researched, the existing researches conclude that it has several positive effects on diabetes.
It’s proven that Marijuana richer in CBD (Cannabidiol), which is one of the chemical key compounds in Cannabis, has a significantly higher medical value. Fun fact – it’s non-psychoactive and reduces effects of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which not be that much of a fun for people who want both – the high and the cure.
Focusing on the miracles that sweet baby Ganja can do, past researches (links provided under the article) have highlighted the following benefits of it:
stabilization of blood sugars;
neuroprotective effects on the inflammation of nerves, and the pain relief of neuropathy;
anti-spasmodic properties for muscle cramp treatment, as well as for the discomfort of gastrointestinal disorders;
functions as a „vasolidator” to aid in keeping the blood vessels open and increase blood circulation;
is partially responsible for low blood pressure, which is fundamental for diabetics;
improves insulin resistance (for Type 2 patients);
relieve the pain and delay the progress of disorders or complications connected with diabetes.
However, the use of Marijuana can be risky in the case of hypoglycemia, due to the decreasing levels of blood sugar. The bottom line – Medical Marijuana could help you to reduce blood sugar levels, relieve the pain, feel considerably better and chilled out, but still you have to be careful at all times.
Stoner with a Diabetes and Medical Marijuana
One of my best friends Tovi has diabetes, Type 1. It’s been many years of a never-ending treatment, special routines everyday, like measuring blood glucose levels and injecting insulin on his own every day (both are ouch procedures, but Tovi’s used to them and now it’s nothing big of a deal to him).
My friend is especially proud about the fact that for more than 6 months he has managed to keep his blood sugar levels around 6.5 mmol/l. Tovi is mostly afraid of hypoglycemia – „You start to shake, it feels as if you haven’t eaten anything for three days, the potential of brain activity drops quickly and during the first times I couldn’t even unlock my cellphone.”
“That can result in coma, Valhalla. I usually drink half a litter of coke and in five seconds everything is okay. I’ve never lost consciousness, because it’s barely impossible not to notice the symptoms. But many people manage to lose consciousness, because they aren’t listening to their bodies.”
Tovi is a heavy Stoner, and he told me about how Marijuana has helped him. He has noticed that it slows down insulin resistance building up. „As insulin lowers the level of blood glucose, insulin plus Weed makes insulin to work more effectively. With time the dosis of insulin has to be increased because of the tolerance, but Weed slows down that process, and that’s nice because nobody wants to jab themselves with a needle several times a day.
“And actually doing injections might be quite costly in some places around the world. And again, avoiding injections can lead to hypoglycemia which could be responsible for bad trips. That’s why it’s suggested to give sweet tea to diabetics.”
Concerning the CBD compound, strongly present in Medical Marijuana, Tovi has read that it helps with different illnesses and symptoms like nausea, vomiting, psychosis disorders, tumor and cancer cells, depression, but he also believes that it might be a type of political reasoning in Legalizing Marijuana because CBD is non-psychoactive.
“…it will definitely help diabetics who, before going to sleep, start to overthink about their health, about penis not getting hard, and how to live with their medical condition…”
„It is difficult to judge how much CBD has benefited me because I am as tolerant to common seasonal illnesses – cold and flu – as any other person without diabetes. Healthy and active lifestyle helps a lot. Sometime ago I smoked CBD Strains because I was curious about their effects. I got really sleepy and the blood glucose levels were lowering faster.
“Leaves contain more of it, and it’s great to make prophylactic stoner cookies which won’t give a strong high, but will most likely put you to sleep. Of course, everything depends on the Strain, cookies from Sour Diesel won’t make you sleepy, but after Royal Medic you might fall asleep in less than an hour. Although, CBD is non-psychoactive, it will definitely help diabetics who, before going to sleep, start to overthink about their health, about penis not getting hard, and how to live with their medical conditions and symptoms.”
Tovi enjoys the psychological effects of Cannabis. „It’s no fun at all to prick a finger for a blood sample before every meal, and also every day after waking up. But it’s nothing compared to injecting yourself insulin in the stomach which is more painful than taking a blood sample. And before going to sleep, I also have to inject a huge dosis of insulin in my leg. All of these routines are stressful, so Marijuana definitely helps me to calm down.”
Enjoy the CBD and High!
Effects of Cannabis on diabetes might not be fully researched, but the existing conclusions about Medical Marijuana’s benefits to diabetes patients are enormously exciting. I believe that this particular Herbal medicine can improve not only the lives of diabetes patients, but also – the lives of patients who suffer from other equally serious illnesses. And, of course, everyone can Get High, enjoy themselves more, and stop worrying for the time being!
American Diabetes Association – ADA
Public Access to Medline Searches – Research on Marijuana and Diabetes
Harward Medical School – Joslin Diabetes Center
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- On November 30, 2016
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