CBD Oil and Diabetes

CBD Oil and Diabetes

According to the international diabetes website, currently, 3.5 million people in the UK are diagnosed with diabetes, and it's predicted close to 459,000 people in the UK are yet to be diagnosed. This represents 6% of the UK population that have diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed), and it's estimated to rise to 5 million by 2025.

Different types of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes

Is an autoimmune disease that causes the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas to be destroyed, preventing the body from being able to produce enough insulin to regulate blood glucose levels adequately.

Type 2 diabetes

Is characterised by the body being unable to metabolise glucose (a pure sugar). This leads to high levels of blood glucose which over time may damage the organs of the body.

From this, it can be understood that for someone with diabetes, something that is food for ordinary people can become a sort of metabolic poison.

Other Effects of Diabetes?

  • Diabetic Retinopathy – This is blindness caused by diabetes which is highly prevalent among the working class. The condition can further add to the discomfort of the patient and also has a hand in the development of insulin resistance.
  • Diabetic Cardiomyopathy – For patients with diabetes, the heart muscle can fail to circulate blood throughout the body.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol or CBD is known as one of over 100 active cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant, cannabis Sativa 1. There are two different types of cannabinoids – phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids.

Phytocannabinoids are being produced within the cannabis plant while the endocannabinoids are generated within the body.

The endocannabinoid system is made of different cannabinoid receptors that are located inside the immune system and nervous system. The receptor can serve as a protein molecule that is found on the surface of the cell and receives chemical signals. As the cannabinoid receptors are activated, the plant compounds in your body can directly influence the areas which are regulated by the endocannabinoid system.

How Does CBD oil work with the endocannabinoid system?

CBD oil works through the endocannabinoid system to help the body reach homeostasis (a state of balance in the internal system regardless of the fluctuations in the external environment).

CB1 receptors which are vital in the interaction between endocannabinoids like CBD are found in the same locations that produce insulin. 

How Do You Take CBD Oil?

You can also take CBD as a daily supplement to improve balance in your body.

There are several ways to take CBD. Each method depends on the type of CBD product you prefer:

Oils and tinctures 

These are the most natural form of CBD in the market. The oil is placed under the tongue using a dropper. Placing the oil under the tongue helps with rapid absorption. The drops can also be added to food and beverages.

Edibles 

This is a highly preferred method of taking CBD primarily because of its diversity and ease. There are numerous CBD edibles in the market. There are gummies, cookies, and chocolates, among others. CBD edibles are easy to administer, but they have a low bioavailability because the CBD has to go through the digestive process.

Vaping 

You need vaping pens or e-cigarettes as well as unique blends of CBD vape oils to vape CBD. Vaping provides and quick and effective way to deliver CBD into the bloodstream through the lungs. The CBD doesn't go through digestion, so lower doses are required in this case.

Tablets and capsules 

Another form of CBD that is ideal for patients with diabetes is CBD pills and capsules. These are easier to swallow and contain natural CBD oil in all its’ glory. Like other forms that have to go through digestions, the effects might take longer to kick in, and the bio-availability is low.

Dosage

If you’re considering using CBD oil, it’s vital to consult with your physician first. There are numerous factors you need to consider, such as the brand of CBD to use as well as the effective dose.  As a general rule of thumb, it’s always advised to start with low doses and gradually increase them until you experience the right effects and relief.

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