CBD and Diabetes

Nearly 10% of Americans have diabetes, and although lifestyle changes and medication generally help stabilize blood sugar levels, many Americans are considering the use of cannabidiol (CBD) as another option.

In fact, some research shows CBD might help control blood sugar, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost cardiovascular health, all of which are important for people with diabetes. Other studies indicate that CBD could possibly help prevent diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes, is closely linked with being overweight. The endocannabinoid system, which regulates food intake and energy use, is often overactive in people who are overweight or who have type 2 diabetes.

CBD acts on receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which is the root of many of its possible therapeutic applications.

CBD shows some promise in fighting weight gain and insulin resistance, both of which can increase the risk for diabetes. CBD has been shown to decrease resistin, a hormone that can contribute to insulin resistance and to increase glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide: A hormone that prompts the release of insulin.

Managing anxiety and stress can have a positive impact on the physical symptoms of diabetes.

Research shows that CBD can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety.