Is Marijuana good or bad for diabetes? Can marijuana help you manage your blood sugars? In this article, we cover everything from a to z.
Within the diabetic population, there is a significant amount of anecdotal Information suggesting that the use of marijuana might help stabilize blood sugar. This may be because it helps to reduce catecholamines and/or the hormones that cause stress Glucocorticoids.
According to the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis, cannabinoids, ” act primarily to inhibit prostaglandin and COX-2, while providing powerful anti-oxidant properties to salvage free radicals, and inhibit macrophage and TN; ” In plain English, this means that marijuana works well as an anti-inflammatory treatment without the ode effects of steroids. The latter is important because diabetes patients are supposed to avoid steroids. As well, many NSAIDs (non-steroidal, anti- Inflammatory drugs – things Like Tylenol. and Aleve) cause liver or kidney issues, which marijuana does not. Since diabetic is pro, to arterial inflammation, this property of cannabinoids is of great interest.
Marijuana has another trait that is helpful to diabetes patients, though it is neuroprotective. This means that it helps protect the nerve covering (myelin sheath) from inflammatory attack believed to be caused by glycoprotein’s in the blood, and reduces the pain associated with this condition, called neuropathy, by activating receptors throughout the brain and body. It’s also thought that the anti-spasmodic elements of marijuana -likely cannabidiol – help relieve the muscle cramps and GI upset that many diabetics suffer.
While marijuana is not believed to offer anti-hypertension aid, it is a vasodilator and helps promote blood flow and reduce blood pressure. As well, when marijuana is added to fad products it improves the levels of key cannabinoids in the bloodstream and provides ( in the form of marijuana butter and oil) a triple-bolded fatty acid in place of the saturated fats normally contained in these products. This is a benefit to arterial and cardiac health for anyone using edible forms of the plant.
Cooking with marijuana can be extremely beneficial for those who suffers from diabetes, also, because it’s far easier to maintain good blood sugar levels when cooking at home instead of eating prepared foods, but cannabis can also be mixed with aloe or emu oil to form a topical cream or salve that will help the neuropathic pain and tingling patients often experience, while smoking or nebulizing marijuana at bedtime can reduce the need for muscle relaxants to ease restless leg syndrome
If overnight hypoglycemia is an issue the patient can nibble a marijuana cookie before bed or first thing in the morning-ifs perfectly safe, as long as portion control is exercised.