Diabetes is increasingly becoming more common throughout the world, due to increased obesity – which can lead to metabolic syndrome or pre-diabetes leading to higher incidences of type 2 diabetes.
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in the blood. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, etc.
Understanding the two types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent) requires insulin to treat, is a disease that destroys pancreatic cells meaning no insulin production is possible.
Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes) Those suffering from type 2 are unable to produce enough insulin, and sugar builds up in the bloodstream.
CBD and how it aids in combating Diabetes
To briefly review how CBD works on the human body, the endocannabinoid system is a group of specialized fatty acid-based signaling chemicals (think “keys”), their receptors (think “locks”), and the metabolic enzymes that produce and break them down. These endocannabinoid chemical signals act on similar brain and immune cell receptors (CB1 and CB2) using the active compounds found in cannabis – cannabidiol (CBD).
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. This is primarily due to inflammation of the pancreas. That being said, CBD is known for its anti – inflammatory properties. Besides, insulin dysfunction is the underlying factor in diabetes. Cannabinoid receptors have been found present in the islet cells of the pancreas producing insulin. The activation of CB1 receptors has been linked to the production of insulin.
CBD treatment seems to shift immune response from pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory in Type 1 – diabetes. While in Type 2 – diabetes CBD aids in an entirely different way. While the anti-inflammatory properties of the CBD are useful in this Type 2 – diabetes as well, it’s the impact of CBD on the metabolism that is most beneficial in type 2 diabetes.
With a little be of exercise, reduced sugar intake and mother nature CBD is aiding bodies all across the world combat this pesky chronic disease. Return to Source, Let Nature takes its Course.