THC & Diabetes

03/20/2020 04:28

Plus The 10 Best CBD/THC Cannabis Strains For Diabetes

Due to promising new research, which sates THC/CBD compounds from cannabis have potential in lowering blood sugar and inflammation, many diabetes patients are looking into cannabis for treatment. The compounds in marijuana show great promise for medicinal use. Scientists are looking into ways in which the THC/CBD in marijuana might help treat some diabetic conditions.According to the World Health Organization,(WHO) the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has quadrupled in the last 30 years.
Here we will look into the medicinal properties of marijuana and how they might benefit people by alleviating some of the symptoms of diabetes. It also looks at the possible risks of using marijuana to treat diabetes and the legal implications.
I assume we all know what diabetes is. I am concerned about Marijuana, specifically THC/CBD cannabinoid effects as related to diabetes. For more technical in-depth info on Diabetes please visit here**American Journal Pathology.


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What is medical THC/CBD in marijuana?

Marijuana contains many different compounds, known as cannabinoids. This means they are related to 

tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Of all the cannabinoids in marijuana, THC and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most commonly studied. The body also creates some cannabinoids naturally. THC is the primary psychoactive component in cannabis. It produces the "high" that people associate with cannabis. On the other hand CBD is not considered psychoactive, and these components of cannabis have a number of beneficial medicinal uses.


Cannabis benefits for diabetes:

Cannabinoids interact with receptors found in the central nervous system of the body.
These cannabinoid receptors play a role in regulating:

Insulin sensitivity (ref.) cannabinoid receptors
Significantly decreased fasting blood glucose (ref.) 
Improved the production of insulin (ref.)
Raised levels of adiponectin (ref.) 
Protection against retinopathy (ref.) 
Stabilize blood sugar levels (Hypoglycemia) (ref.) , (ref.)

 

 

Other Benefits to consider:

Depression/mood (ref.)
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Chronic pain management (ref.)

Relieve muscle spasms/cramps (ref.)
Appetite/ obesity/ Eating Disorders (ref.) 
Gastrointestinal pain and cramping (ref.) 
Pancreatic cell function (ref.)
Metabolism of lipids (ref.) 
Antioxidant properties (ref.)
Anti-inflammatory properties (ref.) 
Neuropathy treatment (ref.)

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The various cannabinoids all have different properties, and they may be useful for treating a range of health conditions. Since CBD is very effective in treating inflammation, it can help maintain a normal immune system, sugar metabolism, cell growth and heart function.

However, it’s not all about CBD and THC.

 

Possible risks of using marijuana to treat diabetes:

THC/CBD use for diabetes may have many benefits, but there are can also be disadvantages or side effects. If cannabis affects appetite, insulin sensitivity, and the metabolic system, this could mean that frequent cannabis use might disrupt some of these functions. (ref.) The main disadvantage of using cannabis for diabetes is an increased appetite. This is a common side effect. It may lead people to crave and eat large amounts of carbohydrates. This can be an issue for those with diabetes.

For people who are new to cannabis, a "overdose" may occur if THC/CBD concentrations are too high.

Overdose Symptoms may or may not include:
Shaking
Sweating
Confusion
Faster heart rate
Breathing issues
Dizziness
Slower reaction times
Problems with Concentration, Learning, and Memory

How the person uses marijuana will affect their risk of adverse effects. Smoking marijuana will affect a person differently from using a medical preparation that a doctor has recommended.A person cannot be sure of the ingredients or quality of the product they obtain. Even seemingly benign substances, like grapefruit, are known to interact with many prescription drugs. When it comes to cannabis, most potential interactions that have been identified are relatively mild. And, in fact, some drugs seem to work together with cannabis favorably.(ref.)

It is always best to speak to a doctor before using any form of marijuana or other complementary therapy for diabetes.

 

CBD hemp oil Legal status:

People should know that, until now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have only approved one product, containing an extract of marijuana, and this is CBD (Epidiolex). (ref.) 
June 2018, the F.D.A. declared Epidiolex safe and effective for two forms of epilepsy known as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The seizures that occur with these conditions are difficult to control with other medications.(ref.) 
Canada, the United Kingdom, and some European countries have also approved the use of Sativex (Nabiximols), a mouth spray incorporating both CBD and THC that can help relieve pain and muscle spasms related to muscular sclerosis (MS) in adults.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), research and trials for other uses of marijuana and its compounds are ongoing.

 

Marijuana THC Legal status:

In the United States, the use and possession of cannabis THC is illegal under federal law for any purpose, by way of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Under the CSA, cannabis is classified as a Schedule I substance, determined to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use – thereby prohibiting even medical use of the drug. At the state level, however, policies regarding the medical and recreational use of cannabis vary greatly, and in many states conflict significantly with federal law. (ref.) 

 

**All content is informational and should not be considered medical advice.**

 

 

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10 best cannabis strains for diabetes

When it comes to choosing the best cannabis strain for diabetes, you should stick to high CBD and THCV strains. However, there are also some strains with higher THC levels that can help you manage your insulin levels. Also, keep in mind that smoking weed is not the only way to get those substances into your system.
In fact, smoking can be very dangerous if you have diabetes. In this case, edibles are always a good choice, as they are a much healthier way to get the best from cannabis as there’s no smoke or carbon dioxide. For example, you could put decarbed weed and put it in cannabis butter.
Just be careful when it comes to dosing. At first, it may seem it’s not working, but because of the digestion process which takes a while, you’ll feel the effects after about an hour.(ref.)


Use these 10 strains to get a head start:

#1 Haze:
The Haze was developed in California in the 1960s and 70s by crossing some of the best tropical sativas which had been imported during that period. The Oldtimer's Haze population has been preserved intact until today by Oldtimer, a britishbreeder, and then reproduced by our own breeders using a wide variety of parental strains. Oldtimer’s Haze still preserves the genetic diversity that many present Haze lines have already lost, and it is possible to find phenotypes ranging from the mythic and nearly extinct “Purple Haze” to the most popular “Green Haze” phenotype, and of course intermediate combinations as well.

#2 Candida (CD-1):

This Cup winning high Candida (CD-1) strain has impressed with its vigour and stability in production. In testing THC levels have never yet exceeded 1% and CBD levels have tested between 11% and 20% making it one of the first CBD dominant cannabis strains in history. It was recognised at the Spannabis Champions Cup 2017 taking 2nd place in the CBD category.With a ratio of 20:1, the high CBD levels and their associated anti-psychotic capabilities outweigh the relatively small amounts of THC removing the “high” and providing the patient with a non-psychoactive cannabis Sativa L plant.

 

#3 Cannatonic:
The legendary Cannatonic strain is a great choice! These 100% feminized seeds have the classic Indica look, structure & easy-going nature with Sativa's incredible smell & outstanding quality. They do need about 9 to 10 weeks of finish indoors, but you'll be very glad you let them have all the time they needed when you see the massive 500 gr/m2 yields. This one's rock solid. Contains the Recommended 1:1 THC to CBD Ratio Responsible for Many High CBD Strains including ACDC 50% Indica, 50% Sativa - Perfectly Balanced

#4 Pineapple Chunk:
Shockingly sweet & outrageously sticky, this is the end-all, be-all of Pineapple strainsPineapple Chunk is velvety smooth with full-bodied smoke that lingers on the palate like a fine wine & a lush, tropical fruit flavour that's out of this world.These wicked-good cannabis seeds push right past 15% THC directly to the edge.

#5 Pennywise:
pennywise strainPennywise is a popular medical strain, with 1:1 THC to CBD ratio, which has been proven as the most therapeutically effective. It’s perfect for beginners since it’s mild and relaxing but do not be fooled by it — it's very effective in reducing stress, pain, and inflammation. Also, Pennywise is a good remedy for sleepless nights.

 

#6 Master Kush:
Master Kush HumboltCannabis is packed full of beneficial compounds, one of which are terpenes, compounds that give cannabis its unique smell and taste. Master Kush is high in terpene called humulene, well known to suppress appetite, which is a plus for patients with diabetes. With a THC content at 24% it is one of the most saught after strains.

 

#7 Nightingale (NN-1):

Nightingale (NN-1) cannabis strainNightingale is a Indica dominant strain that is poly hybrid, bred from shiskaberry and CD1 was recognized at the Spannabis Champions Cup taking 3rd place in the CBD category. In testing its CBD levels have ranged from 11% to the highest of all MMG’s crosses 20%. NN1 represents a more natural selection, as THC levels are not yet stabilized. NN-1 ratios can range from 20:1 to 1:1 (1% to 10% THC). However the highest levels of CBD tested on any of our strains make NN1 a promising therapeutic plant for future development.

 

#8 Green Crack:
Green Crack Cannabis strainThe sweet mango fragrance wafting from this superior Sativa-dominant bud factory is a Green Crack feature, but the flavour is equally appealingsweet & spicy on the intake followed by a distinct lemon on the exhalealthough it’s a high THC strain, it’s still a good choice for daytime medication since it brings forth to focus, energy and an uplifting head buzz. Green Crack is also great for treating depression and relieving everyday stress, as well as pain related to inflammations.

 

#9 CBD Yummy:
CBD Yummy cannabis strainOriginally Yummy was a cross of a very special Yumbolt strain selected in 2003, with the G13 Haze male.The CBD version is equally special being the most sativa of the CBD Crew's strains. it is a strong stemmed strain with good self support producing large colas. This strain is very good for super-cropping.Similar to many sativas it has an exotic richness, like a tropical fruit saladwith a balanced THC to CBD ratio, Zen has been known for its depression smashing properties. Its CBD content is great for keeping the insulin levels down, but keep in mind that it can boost your appetite as well. When you consume it, be extra responsible and watch what you are eating.

#10 Blue Diesel:
Blue Diesel cannabis strainOne more strain that’s perfect for daytime use since it does not increase appetite but provides more than enough energy. There is no sedative effect with Blue Diesel, which makes it a good choice for those who need to reduce insulin resistance. (ref.) You can't deny the raw power of Auto Blue Diesel's heritage. Assembled for both flavor and aroma, this beastly cannabis seed burns on super sweet crude, it's chrome pipes just belching out a super dense citrus cloud with a berry flavor that flows smooth.


As you can see, diabetics can benefit from cannabis on many levels. Remember to avoid smoking and stick to edibles The research and the experiences of many patients have both shown us just how much marijuana can help in maintaining normal insulin and blood sugar levels.
However, you should remember to avoid smoking and use high CBD and THCV strains in edible form.

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Common Questions;
Q: How about CBD and Metformin?
A: I have found nothing but good things about CBD, in eliminating the need for Metformin. With other beneficial effects, CBD looks like a great alternative for treating diabetes. (ref.)  (ref.) 

Q: What is the best CBD oil for diabetes type 1&2?
A: The most standard method that you can use to find the perfect CBD oil is just by trying different varieties so that you can find which one is working best for your needs. more here..(ref.)

 

Q: What is project cbd diabetes?
A: Project CBD is a web-site dedicated to diabetes, and Information concerning CBD and cannabis in relation to Diabetes and related conditions. (ref.)

Q: can a diabetic get a medical marijuana  card?
A: It depends on where you live, and if your doctor thinks it is a good alternative medication for you- make sure to ask your doctor about CBD. In some states you no longer need a prescription or recommendation.
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10/15/2018 11:46

When you have Diabetes, becoming an innovative cook requires a bit of planning. But thanks to the plethora of food choices available, it is much easier now than it has ever been to replace foods high in salt, sugar or fats. However, finding the best diabetic sugar substitute for the drink, dish or dessert you are having may still be a trial and error process—but least you have several options.
Before getting started in the diabetic sugar substitute’s process, it may help to have a better understanding of assorted types of sugar being used in what you eat. Other names for sugar are sucrose, dextrose, fructose, glucose (other words ending in "ose’), cane syrup, molasses, and high fructose corn syrup. These sugar forms—fructose, sucrose, and corn syrups—are especially found in popsicles, carbonated drinks, juices and other desserts. As a diabetic, limiting your sugar intake is recommended. There are some diabetic doctors who believe that eliminating sugar completely-as was commonly encouraged by the American Diabetes Association until 1993—is more efficient in lowering blood glucose levels than by using Diabetes sugar substitutes.
Today there are wide assortments of products available that are made with Diabetes sugar substitutes. These sugar substitutes for Diabetes make it possible to enjoy sweet flavor without adding any significant carbohydrates to your diet nor will they raise your blood glucose levels. Nevertheless, in foods such as dairy products, you need to pay attention to the amount of natural sugars like lactose. However, when it comes to making homemade sweets like cakes, pies and puddings, these Diabetes friendly sugar substitutes are perfect.

Diabetes Sugar Substitute
Splenda (Sucralose)
A non caloric sweetener made from table sugar Cooking and baking
Sweet One/ Sunsett (acesulfame K)
A non-caloric sweetener almost 200x sweeter than sucrose Cooking and baking
Sweet-n-Low (Saccharin)

This diabetic sugar substitute is 300x sweeter than sugar Liquids—it cannot be heated as it becomes bitter
Nutrasweet Equal (aspartame)
A low calorie sugar substitute that is about 180x sweeter than sucrose
Cannot be used in cooking as it breaks down; however, it is great for drinks, dairy and other cold items
Stevia
Sold around the world; it is 300x sweeter than the average sugar Cooking and baking

Because of the sweetness of the sugar substitutes, diabetics will be wise to pay attention to the amount of sugar substitute used in a dish.Before you know it, you will not miss the "real" sugar!

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