According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million Americans are now prediabetic or have diabetes. Every year people experience vision loss, liver failure, stroke, heart disease, and amputation of limbs due to diabetes. As of 2015, diabetes was the seventh most common cause of death in the United States. Medicine has, however, made great strides in finding ways to curb the negative effects of the condition. Doctors have long since figured out that the disease can usually be managed through diet, exercise, and regulation of insulin levels. And in recent years, new research has led the medical community to find great promise in cannabidiol (CBD) as a means of managing insulin.
What is diabetes?
If you or a loved one suffer from diabetes, you are likely already aware that it is a disease that affects the way your body processes blood sugar. There are a few types of diabetes- both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are chronic conditions, while prediabetes and gestational diabetes may be reversed. Types of diabetes vary in cause. For instance, type 1 diabetes is generally thought to be a genetically derived autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks insulin-producing cells. Type 2 and prediabetes, on the other hand, are strongly associated with high blood sugar levels due to factors such as diet and exercise. It occurs when cells become resistant to insulin and the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to compensate for the resistance. Gestational diabetes can be a side-effect of pregnancy in which certain hormones can make your cells more resistant to insulin. Symptoms between the different types of diabetes can vary somewhat as well, but the common factor in all of them is that the body is unable to produce the appropriate amount of insulin to correspond to its level of blood sugar.
How does hemp oil help with insulin regulation?
Insulin is a hormone that is produced in the pancreas. The production of all hormones in the body falls under the umbrella of the endocrine system. Proper functioning of the endocrine system is vital to our health and happiness. Hormones regulate everything from sleep to sex drive to appetite to energy levels to growth/development and much, much more.
Where does CBD found in hemp oil fit into all of this? CBD is a cannabinoid that, when introduced into the body, binds with receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is primarily concerned with homeostasis, or achieving balance in bodily systems and functions. One of the systems that the ECS plays a role in regulating is the endocrine system. CBD has been shown, for example, to either stimulate or reduce production of hormones such as cortisol and melatonin in order to achieve balance.
But of all hormones the body produces, insulin has the best proven and most well documented relationship with the ECS. Whereas CBD research is a fairly new frontier in much of the medical community, the compound is now widely recognized as an effective treatment for diabetes. Numerous studies have shown that the ECS is involved with insulin production. In patients with diabetes, stimulation of the ECS through the use of hemp oil products containing CBD has successfully caused the pancreas to produce greater levels of insulin in order to achieve balance with levels of blood sugar.
Managing blood sugar with hemp oil
If you would like to start supplementing your diabetes management routine with hemp oil, look for products such as Dr. Herb-al’s Hemp Rescue Oil Tincture. Please speak with your doctor before trying this on your own. Using hemp oil alongside the treatments and strategies prescribed by your doctor could help you stave off crashes and keep you feeling your energetic best.