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Does CBD Help Diabetic Neuropathy? The Benefits and the Downsides of CBD for Diabetes

Does CBD Help Diabetic Neuropathy

CBD, or cannabidiol, is an increasingly popular treatment for diabetic neuropathy. CBD does not cause the "high" feeling associated with marijuana use and does not have any psychoactive effects. However, it does have a variety of other benefits including pain relief. This article will discuss how CBD can help diabetic neuropathy patients as well as the pros and cons of using CBD oil for diabetes treatments.

In this Diabetic & Me article you will learn about:

  • What is Diabetic Neuropathy?
  • What is CBD?
  • Is CBD safe for diabetics and can it help against neuropathy?

What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?


Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that can result from high blood sugar, blockages of nerve supply in the legs and feet that do not heal well, chronic high blood pressure within the brain, infections caused by stasis dermatitis (such as being confined to bed), minor head injury or adverse reaction to the medication(s).

As a result of these aforementioned issues with glucose production and transportation for insulin-resistant bodies where carbohydrates are unable to produce energy, the body does not receive sufficient energy and nutrients to allow it to function properly. This is when neuropathy develops, which leads to a multitude of complications including:

  • Nerve pain in feet, legs, and hands
  • Loss of sensation in feet or hands (inability to feel heat/cold)
  • Weakness in muscles within the limbs such as arms and legs (not able to lift up heavy objects)
  • A lack of balance causing frequent falls due to loss of proprioception
  • Severe itching on the soles of feet may lead patients with diabetic neuropathy into unsafe predicaments like stepping on nails, glass shards, etc. because they cannot sense that their skin has been punctured

The most common forms of neuropathy are:

  • Peripheral neuropathy, which affects the peripheral nervous system and the limbs such as hands and feet
  • Cranial neuropathy, which occurs due to nerve problems within the head (such as headaches) or compression of cranial nerves by tumors/masses in the brain/spinal cord.

While there is no cure for diabetic neuropathy nor does CBD oil entirely works in treating diabetic neuropathy; cannabinoids suppress inflammatory places and may prevent further damage from occurring. It's also important to note that not every patient will benefit from taking CBD oil for diabetes treatments because it depends on whether you have a sensitivity toward cannabis products and what type of neurological harm has occurred already. 

What is CBD?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol oil, is a natural product that does not have the psychoactive effects of marijuana. CBD does not contain THC, so it does not cause any high. There are many benefits to using CBD for diabetes. The use of CBD can help with diabetic inflammatory and neuropathic pain.

A person's individual biochemistry will play a key role in determining their reaction to CBD oil because hemp produces natural cannabinoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, and polyunsaturated fats which when consumed drastically alters someone's state of mind. Some people might experience feelings of tiredness or grogginess while taking CBD oil. This is why it's very important to do your research and find out what dosage you should be using for your specific needs before starting any CBD treatment plan.

There have been several studies on the effects of cannabidiol on diabetic neuropathy that have shown promising results in treating the pain associated with this condition, but there are still some unanswered questions surrounding whether CDB can improve other diabetes-related complications like nerve damage and vision loss. A recent study on rats found evidence suggesting that CBD may help prevent diabetic retinopathy by preventing degeneration of blood vessels, slowing the rate of eye fluid leakage, and improving blood flow.

There are positive sides and downsides to using CBD for diabetes! This article will talk about those side effects as well so you can make an educated decision on whether or not CDB might be right for your needs!

Is CBD Oil Good for Diabetic Neuropathy?

Yes, CBD is great for diabetic neuropathy and how it helps depends on what type of damage has been done to your body.

CBD may help with pain relief by activating receptors in the brain called CB1 and CB2. This means that CBD oil will not actually get rid of the underlying cause (diabetes), but it can help decrease or ease up on some of the symptoms like neuropathic pain.

By decreasing chronic pain you could sleep better which in turn prevents anxiety. And anxiety can lead to diabetes complications at a faster rate.

Long-term use of CDB could potentially prevent further neurological damage due to inflammation that occurs when diabetics have high blood sugar.

CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory and could prevent nerve damage from becoming any worse than it already has been! And this will be especially helpful when paired with other diabetic neuropathy treatments such as physical therapy or acupuncture. This means that CBD oil may help lower your overall dependency on pharmaceutical products in treating diabetes symptoms like pain relief, fatigue, insomnia, etc.

But remember: since everyone responds differently you should always do research before starting.

What Does The Research Tell Us?

There have been several studies on the effects of cannabidiol on diabetic neuropathy that have shown promising results in treating the pain associated with this condition, but there are still some unanswered questions surrounding whether CDB can improve other diabetes-related complications like nerve damage and vision loss. A recent study on rats found evidence suggesting that CBD may help prevent diabetic retinopathy by preventing degeneration of blood vessels, slowing the rate of eye fluid leakage, and improving blood flow.

What To Know Before Trying CBD?

Usually, you will want to purchase CBD oil on its own. It's important to read the label and see what makes up that specific product.

  • Would it be best for just pain relief? Would you like to take CBD every day as part of your general wellness protocol?
  • What dosage should you use if it is meant just for pain relief -and how helpful will this be for other diabetes-related complications?

If it's not sold with these kinds of details, then try talking with the company first before buying the product. Ask about active ingredients? CBD usually stands for Cannabidiol but make sure there are no THC oils inside, and whether they follow FDA regulations or operate solely on an 'organic' level.

  • Talk to your doctor first. If you are already taking other medications, CBD oil could alter the way that your current prescriptions work. Maybe your healthcare provider doesn't support CBD products and they know how to provide medical advice and know your health conditions.
  • Make sure you research everything before use. There are positive sides and downsides to using CBD for diabetes! Not every CBD product is safe and made from the right ingredients. Any research beforehand is critical.
  • Full-spectrum CB is better because it contains terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids that work together to improve how CBD is absorbed by your body! It's also beneficial for inflammation and insulin resistance.
  • Always make sure you dosage correctly. The right dosage is critical and therefore should be researched and tested before taking anything. Try to use 2.5 to 20 mg per day.

What Are The Different Forms of CBD?

Cannabidiol can be found in 3 major forms;

  • CBD Oils (usually consumed orally) Cannabis CBD oil is made by extracting cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. It can be used as an e-liquid for vape pens, tinctures, edibles, and other products like food or topical creams with specific concentrations of cannabinoids.
  • Edibles are usually consumed orally, but they can also be mixed in with your food or drinks. This is great because you won't have to worry about figuring out dosage or wasting product by inhaling it. Chocolate and candy are the most common forms of edibles.
  • CBD Capsules and sprays (usually taken once daily) These capsules are filled with specific concentrations of CBD oil along with other ingredients like MCT oil, coconut oil, which help improve how quickly it's absorbed in your digestive system so that there isn't too much-delayed onset time. You can digest capsules as a pill and the oral spray can be sprayed on your tongue.

Conclusion

CBD, also known as cannabidiol oil can be a beneficial product for people with diabetes. CBD does not contain THC, so it does not cause any high. There are many benefits to using CBD for diabetic neuropathy including pain relief and prevention of further damage from occurring.

The use of CBD may help prevent diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy by preventing degeneration of blood vessels, slowing the rate of eye fluid leakage, and improving blood flow.

If you have found this article helpful in understanding more about what type of effects CDB has on those living with diabetes please share it!

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Ely Fornoville

Hi, I'm Ely Fornoville and I am the founder of Diabetic & Me. Being a type 1 diabetic since 1996 I developed a passion to help people learn more about diabetes. I write about diabetes and share stories from other diabetics around the world.I am currently using a Freestyle Libre CGM and a Minimed 640G insulin pump with Humalog.

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