Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.
Over time, high blood glucose leads to problems such as:
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- eye problems
- dental disease
- nerve damage
- foot problems
Did you know that research is showing that cannabinoids (THC, CBD) may be more effective than existing diabetes medication?
The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis may be critical to helping treat the secondary symptoms of the Diabetes, including heart problems, pain, and eye issues. Research from the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) found other benefits from cannabis use on secondary symptoms, including:
- A “neuroprotective” effect that can reduce nerve pain
- “Anti-spasmodic agents” that can relieve GI cramping and pain
- A “vasodilator” effect that can improve circulation
- Calming of diabetic “restless leg syndrome” that can help people sleep better
Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
National diabetes statistics report, 2017Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.