CBD Oil for Diabetes: All You Need to Know

Exploring the facts

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Diabetes is a disease wherein the body has trouble regulating the level of sugar (glucose) in the bloodstream. In healthy individuals, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin, which works to transport glucose molecules across cell membranes and into cells for energy production.

In diabetics, depending on whether they suffer from the Type 1 or Type 2 form of the disease, the body is either unable to produce insulin, or it’s unable to use it in a way that’s sufficient enough to maintain glucose at a healthy level in the bloodstream.

  1. In turn, irregular or unstable glucose levels can cause a huge array of serious, life threatening conditions, which we’ll talk about in detail shortly.
  2. In regard to CBD oil for diabetes, then, there are two main things we need to consider in order to determine the degree of viability that the drug has on the increasingly-prevalent disease:

In what ways (if any) does CBD work to improve either the function and/or production of insulin, and
How does CBD work to alleviate the spectrum of side effects caused by irregular blood sugar levels.

In this article, we’ll talk about recent research publications which directly address both of these questions, in the hopes of shedding some light on why CBD oil for diabetes is gaining such popularity among both patients and physicians alike.

Diabetes: What is it, What Causes it, and Who is at Risk

To elaborate on the rudimentary processes explained in the introduction, diabetes is a disease wherein the body is unable to properly transfer the glucose from food into energy sources for cells.

And of course, without energy sources, the body’s cells (which are responsible for every functional mechanism of life) will be unable to carry out the requisite pathways needed to survive.

In the case of Type 1 diabetics (who only make up about 5% of the diabetic population), the body is no longer able to produce insulin, which is the keystone hormone needed to transfer glucose molecules from the bloodstream into cells. This is generally due to an autoimmune attack on the pancreas – the organ responsible for the production of insulin. Type 1 diabetes usually arises in children or young adults who contract a pancreas-attacking virus, and other than perhaps a genetic predisposition, there are not many specific risk factors.

Type 2 diabetes is a rather more complex form of the disease wherein the body still produces insulin, but it either doesn’t produce enough of it, or the cells become resistant to its physiological pathways. Either way, the resulting effect is similar to that of Type 1 diabetes, wherein the underlying issue is a general inability to control blood glucose levels.

Also, Type 2 diabetes is a far more prevalent form of the disease; it is estimated to affect over 400 million people worldwide, or between 90 and 95% of the total diabetic population.

Additionally, far more risk factors are associated with Type 2 diabetes than there are with Type 1. Several of the most prominent of these factors include: weight (obesity); a high sugar diet combined with inactivity; family history/genetics; ethnicity (African-Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians are especially susceptible, though the reason is unknown); and age (people over 45 are far more likely to develop the disease).

Conventional Non CBD Treatment Methods

In both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, an inability for glucose to be absorbed into the body’s cells results in it building up to dangerously high levels in the bloodstream. This results in the severe, potentially life-threatening symptoms that are most often associated with the disease. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Nerve damage
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Vision problems

In short, there aren’t many areas of the body that go unaffected by the physiological detriments of diabetes, and unless the disease is monitored closely on a daily basis, the average diabetic will have a lifespan between 10 and 15 years shorter than the average person’s.

Fortunately, conventional medications have gotten to the point where diabetics – if they keep track of their glucose levels rigorously and maintain an appropriate diet – can lead a rather normal lifestyle.

Since they can’t produce it on their own, most Type 1 diabetics will be prescribed insulin either in the form of shots that they have to self-administer, or in the form of a pump which automatically monitors blood glucose levels and injects the hormone as needed.

While these forms of treatment are state of the art, they’re by no means 100% effective; even the most responsible of diabetics can find it difficult to avoid the dangerous consequences of irregular glucose levels.

And not to mention, without top of the line health insurance, treatments like insulin pumps are far too expensive for the average individual to consider; most, in fact, are resorted to pricking blood from their finger to monitor sugar levels, and self-administering insulin shots through hypodermic needles.

In the case of Type 2 diabetes, individuals who are able to get by without having to take insulin shots will most likely be prescribed a pharmaceutical drug like Metformin or Avandia, which aid in the ability to properly regulate glucose.

However, as is far too common with these kinds of prescription meds, a range of severe side effects is often produced, as is a monthly medical bill that can seemingly be as cumbersome as the side effects themselves.

This is why thousands of diabetics in recent years have been more than willing to try alternative treatment options like CBD oil. Even if it can replace one of their prescription medications, it’s generally more than worth it.

Not to mention, the general improvement in quality of life for diabetics that’ve added CBD to their treatment regimen has been consistent nearly across the board.

CBD Oil for Diabetes: What the Research has Shown

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Like we mentioned earlier, in the world of medicine, anecdotal evidence can only go so far.

So regardless of the fact that many diabetics use CBD oil every day of their lives to help manage their condition, a lot of physicians will be wary to recommend it as a treatment unless they can point to the exact physiological reasons as to why it’s beneficial.

Fortunately, along with its treatment potential for cancer and nervous disorders, CBD oil for diabetes has been one of the most thoroughly researched areas of medicinal cannabis.

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, a research scientist out of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, points to the fact that naturally-occurring CBD receptors occur throughout the human body – from the brain and nervous tissues, to organs and immune cells. And one of the organs where he’s found the receptors to be highly prevalent?

The pancreas.

In fact, endocannabinoid receptors (namely CB-1 receptors) have been found specifically in the organ’s islet cells – the exact location where insulin is produced. And what’s more, the stimulus of these receptors in the islet cells has already shown to have direct links to insulin production.

Now, regardless of how intriguing the research is, we simply cannot sit here and say that endocannabinoid receptors are directly responsible for the production of insulin, or that CBD is a cure for diabetes in any way shape or form. While it’s possible that the receptors may play a crucial role in insulin’s production, much more research will have to be done in order to pinpoint the physiological mechanisms and exact chemical pathways that are responsible for doing so.

We will say, though, that preliminary studies of CBD for diabetes have been so promising, it’s led to American Journal of Medicine’s Dr. Joseph Alpert to call on the DEA and the National Institute of Health (NIH) for increased funding and collaboration on it’s continued research.

And moreover, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has gone so far as to suggest that endocannabinoids may be “the most important physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health,” based on their central role in regulating homeostasis, which is the body’s ability to maintain normative operating conditions in spite of harmful stimuli.

CBD for Diabetes: How it Can Help Treat Underlying Medical Conditions

What’s been even more concrete than research on CBD’s role in insulin production, though, has been research on its ability to help treat and prevent common medical conditions associated with diabetes.

One of the most prominent factors associated with the development of insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetes is chronic inflammation related to obesity. The excessive presence of fatty tissue in obese Type 2 diabetics drastically limits the efficiency of glucose metabolism, which in turn results in high levels of sugar building up in the bloodstream. The specific anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, however, have long been known to directly combat glucose metabolic disorders and improve overall metabolism.

Nerve damage is another condition commonly associated with diabetes. In many instances diabetics will have very limited sensation in their lower extremities, and in severe cases, amputations of the leg(s) are often necessary. This is due to a lack of sufficient blood flow, which eventually results in the breakdown of tissue and the increased risk for infection. CBD, in turn, is a federally patented neuroprotectant, and has been shown to reduce infarcts (areas of dead tissue due to lack of blood flow) by up to 30%.

Likewise, there have been dozens of other publications as well that have showed great promise in the role of CBD as a treatment for diabetes, including studies on retinopathy (a disorder of the eyes) and diabetic cardiovascular dysfunction.

In short, the medical potential and therapeutic benefits of CBD oil for diabetes is nothing short of phenomenal; many thousands of diabetics use it every day to treat the disease and improve their overall quality of life, and many thousands more will continue to do so in the future in light of increased research and improved information.

And lastly, on a side note, it’s important to point out that CBD oil will not get you high – unlike whole plant marijuana, it contains hardly any traces of THC, which is the specific cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive properties of the drug.

CBD Oils for Diabetes: Final Thoughts

CBD oils can range in terms of their overall concentrations of the active cannabinoid; not all tinctures are the same, and different dosages will be required depending on the specific oil that you end up using (although the proper dosage will always be labeled on the bottle).

Likewise, CBD oil is no guaranteed solution for all diabetics; while the majority of patients do find it highly therapeutic, it’s certainly more effective for some than it is for others. As is always the case, it’s important to do your own research, and if possible, speak with a professional about some possible tinctures that might be appropriate for you and your specific condition.

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CBD Oil for Diabetes: All You Need to Know
October 6, 2017
64 comments
  1. Melissa H

    Have type 2 and been taking CBD for a month. My sugar levels are good. I know that it may not work for everyone but I think it is a matter of finding the right oil.

    1. Kerri

      My husband has diabetes and is wanting to try CBD oil. What kind are u using?

      1. Belinda Dawson

        I have done research for a few years, then finally found an amazing one! But yes highly suggest dont just buy the 1st or 2nd you come across, over 20 brands i’ve researched. Not all are equal.

    2. Angie

      Do you eat healthy still or whatever you want when taking the oil

    3. Sloan skerratt

      How much do you use and have you stopped taking metformin?

  2. Tam

    I have type 2 diabetes and arthritis in my neck and hips, I have pain in my leg from tearing the calf muscle in half and left with pain when walking and can not run without my leg giving out. I should say had. I started cbd oil and a little thc at night to help me sleep due to my neck pain. OMG, I got my life back. No more back pain, hip bain….a little neck pain still, my leg is so much better….but my diabetes my feet don’t hurt anymore at night time, my blood sugars do not go down below 4 anymore, my metformin I have had to stop because it was making me very sick. I feel amazing and can run after my grandchildren and am so much happier.

    1. Adam

      Stay healthy and enjoy life

    2. Catherine

      What product are you using?

  3. Sammy B

    I am a diabetic suffering from neuropathy. I’ve tried so many of different treatments to relieve pain. Weed helps!

  4. Christine Wamsley

    I am a diabetic and have neuropathy in my feet. CBD helps me through the day.

  5. Samantha Collins

    I was quite dubious about taking this. I have changed my diet am monitoring my levels. CBD has been working well.

  6. Melissa smith

    I am type 1 diabetic I also suffer from m.s I want to try and oil what would be suggest for me. I do use 150 MG and cream for Back pain and it works great.

  7. Celeste T

    CBD is a great medicine. It’s helping my mother. Be sure to get the full spectrum one

  8. Sylvia K

    i read this article and it is very informative. I just want to add that I am a Type 1. It’s important to check for bio availability in the oil you are choosing.

    1. Brooks Wittig

      Agreed!

  9. Britney Norris

    Russian assassin is an excellent strain. Makes me feel really relaxed!

  10. Michael

    My sex life has been destroyed by type 2. Will this work for ED ?

    1. Jamie Danson

      Can’t hurt 🙂

      1. Carol S

        Mine too!

  11. Lynda Russel

    What is a good dosage for Type 2 diabetes? Just got my bottle.

    1. Adam

      Which brand did you purchase as it really depends

  12. Francis Woods

    I use it and it helps. Wish everyone knew the benefits of this stuff! Just make sure to do frequent tests.

  13. Gary T

    Excellent article

  14. Jane Fraher

    If you are new to using CBD, always start low and go slow. A general starting dose of CBD is 10 mg, one to two times per day. You have to follow up with your doctor to make sure that your results don’t go haywire.

    1. Ryan

      do you happen to have any experience with this? I have been using a full spectrum CBD oil for a couple months and yesterday received the results of my A1C test and I have gone from 7 to a 10….I was expecting the opposite and now I am a little concerned….Any advice?

      1. Chris

        The CBD oil I bought has tumeric in it, first dose helped my feet… I intend to keep taking it…the initial dose is 3 drops a day, was told to take that twice a day….go to 9 drops. I haven’t taken it long enough to see what it does for A1C . Have been following KETO diet with excellent results

  15. Joanne

    Can I get this for my 11 year old son who is type 1 ?

  16. Tiffany B

    To all those who are thinking of using CBD. Talk to your doctor about adding CBD to your supplement routine. You can increase the dosage as much as you feel comfortable until you see an effect from CBD.

  17. Kelly S

    Great article and extremely informative.

  18. Terri

    Had blood work done this past Monday and got a call from my doctors office yesterday that my A1C test was 6.7 so I am now Diabetic! This is very scary to me and I am interested in taking the CBD oil to help along with diet and exercise. I give the CBD oil to our German Shepherd for his bad hips and it seems to help him. I know a person that sells the Hemp Worx brand. Does anyone know about this brand?

    1. Sam Maxwell

      Never heard of them, but do your research before you purchase.

    2. Dwayne Little

      I started HempWorx about 3 weeks ago. I have already started sleeping better. Good luck!

  19. Yam

    Hello ! My mom got diabetes when she was pregnant with my brother , now 16yrs later I’ve seen how awful type 2 diabetes has been. &taken so much from my mom . She is now so skinny which is insane because it seems as if she really can’t gain weight ,her eye sight is getting extremely bad & the depression from her lack of self esteem is making it worse plus her nerves are getting severely damaged I’m honestly asking for the most help I can get it she told me she is to the point to try about anything & for years I have tried to tell her the benefits of THC & CBD but she’s been very misinformed so where can I start ,what other articles should I read , what oils &how much is helpful to use . I’m desperate I hate seeing this sickness slowly taking away my mother

  20. Martin Dunn

    Last year my blood sugar went out of wack with an HbA1C of 16%. I heard that a good diet of high carbs and low fats were best. I though went on a no sugar minimal carb intake (no grains, potatoes, rice, pasta, etc.). In nine months my HbA1C was down to 5.6% with the side effects of lost 15 pounds. I also combined a sugar free, THC free CBD oil. My doctor is still shocked.

    1. Adam

      Way to go Martin

  21. Hollie G

    Helped me shed a few pounds and also maintained my sugar levels. Please note though you have to consult with your doc, especially if you are type 1

    1. Belinda Dawson

      Hi Hollie, are you Type 1? if you are how is it working with you? Are you getting good results? What brand are you trying? thanks

  22. Megan R

    Love this product…

  23. carolyn

    In Feb. I purchased Snook’s 20:1 oil to lower my husband’s A1C numbers, has anyone purchase the oil for the same reason and seen results?

  24. Deloris C

    I’ve heard that this helps, but do all work the same?

    1. Trish P

      Not all are the same. You should contact the company you are thinking of getting from. Also in regards to diabetes make sure the oil you get is suitable. I use half the dose recommended. It works well

  25. Phil

    I am using an insulin pump have many medical conditions accociated with Diabetes and suffer from anxiety . I want to try the CND oil but I have a fear of hypos and am concerned it might cause them ?

  26. Patricia Lomonaco

    In love with cbd. It has helped my levels

  27. Kristin Oller

    When purchasing a CBD oil just make sure you check for added sugars or stuff like that. Best to check the ingredients and even contact the brand. Not all brands are good.

  28. james

    So far no one has said if their sugar levels dropped, by how much, and at what dosage, and how long to get the results

    1. Breeze

      My husband started taking it 2 days ago. I had him test his blood sugar as soon as he got up and then after he took his drops it increased by 30 points.

      1. Liss

        Accurate BG levels depend on what foods he’d eaten before the CBD, and did he wait an hour after (some articles say 2 hours) to check his BG after taking the CBD? With nothing else eaten/drunk in that hour.

  29. Kathy

    I have the Bradley’s brand of 500 mg drops…any suggestion on amount of drops to take for Type 2 diabetes?Says 16.6 mg per ml….Not sure as I’m new to this.

    1. Adam

      Hi Kathy, we are not familiar with that brand. It’s best to contact them

  30. Susan D

    Overall, I feel much better, but everyone has to make their own decision. I feel as if I’m getting my energy back

  31. Gilbert Zendejas

    Tried the gummie bears for the first time and chewed one before I went to bed, slept all night for the first time in years. Feel great this morning and ordered some capsules for my wife who is a diabetic. Looked at alot of sites, read alot of reviews and I believe this might help her.

  32. Lisa C

    I tried the 300mg but it didn’t work. The 600mg seems to be much better for my condition.

  33. Amanda Kutnen

    Been thinking of trying CBD oil. Does it work for anyone here?

    1. Jacob salomons

      Yes it most certainly does help. I was diagnosed with pre diabetics 4 years ago and was helped my my exercize level, however I couldn’t keep it up this winter. My wife and myself started taking CBD oil about 4 months ago 2 days ago I tested my blood glucose after fasting overnight and my blood sugar is now absolutely .

      Good luck

  34. Linsey Webster

    I’ve noticed that it helps with the pain in my hands. It’s not going to cure it – obviously! But it helps

  35. Bobbie Jonas

    Cbd for diabetes is a great medicine. It’s helping my father

  36. Klaudia

    Hi there,
    I need some advice on cbd oil for my husband who has diabetes type 1 and diabetic neuropathy. He is in a lot of pain…
    I desperately looking for some alternative treatment.

    can you please let me know which oil and what does are most suitable for him? Before I make a purchase…

    Look forward to hear from you.

    Kind regards,

    Klaudia

    1. Adam

      Klaudia, that is a tough one to answer as it depends on his condition, tolerance and a few other conditions. Feel free to reach out to use, we would be more than happy to assist. Maybe some of the other guys here in the community can share their experience, but it is very individual

      1. William Torres

        I’ve been using the first one on the list. Work fine. I am sure there are others.

        1. Brian G

          Go for a full spectrum, those are the best. They contain all the other stuff you need

  37. Wendi Alford

    I am taking cbd essence for 1 year and quite satisfied with the results. It works for me but I am not sure for other people. Do check it on your own

  38. David Jacobs

    been diabetic for over ten years very tired of all the neds wanting to try a new approach were do I find this cbd oil

    1. Adam

      Hi David, you’ve got a few brands at the bottom of this article, but do your research

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