The article has been medically reviewed by Doctor Ramlah Tariq FCPS on/gyn, RMP, MBBS, BSc.
We’ve covered lots of topics on our blog about CBD and period pain, PMS, endometriosis and even fertility. However, one we haven’t covered is CBD and diabetes.
If you are a woman who not only suffers from painful periods but also has diabetes, you might be wondering, can you take CBD with diabetes meds? And whether CBD could have a positive impact on your symptoms.
In this blog, we are going to let you know whether you can take CBD when you have diabetes, and what, if any, might be the benefits.
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CBD Oil and Diabetes
Diabetes is a known metabolic condition and it is known that oxidative stress and inflammation play critical roles in the development of diabetes and its complications.
CBD may help with inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties affecting Endocannabinoid system. Animal-based researches have found that CBD may help to reduce inflammation and indirectly increase insulin in blood.
The University of Nottingham conducted a study in 2016 which found that when CBD was used in conjunction with the cannabis compound THCV, it helped to increase insulin production and lower blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes. GW Pharmaceuticals is currently developing a CBD THCV spray which could help with controlling blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes.
It is believed that CBD oil interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in the brain, CB2 receptors are found in the immune system. It is the CB2 receptors that may impact pain and inflammation.
With these receptors, the cannabinoid CBD can affect inflammation and pain perception.
Many animal-based studies exist claiming that CBD might be a helpful in complications associated with diabetes and improve metabolic dysfunction but it is still in need of more research to actually confirm this notion.
At this point, there are no significant studies confirming CBD or CBD oil as a means of reducing high levels of blood sugar or controlling diabetes.
Does CBD interact with Metformin?
Metformin is a medication to help those with type 2 diabetes. CBD and metformin are both inhibitors of a liver enzyme called CYP3A4. It is important that if you are using metformin and CBD, you should consult your doctor and keep monitoring your blood sugar.
How might CBD help with type two diabetes?
One cause of type two diabetes is having a high BMI. CBD has been known to help with weight loss in a number of different ways. Here are a few ways in which it could help you with your weight loss:
- Reduce appetite
- Turn bad fat into good fat
- Help you get enough sleep
- Help with muscle soreness (theoretically)
Why would I take CBD?
There are a number of different conditions that CBD may help with. If you have diabetes, then you might want to take CBD to help with other conditions you suffer from. These might include:
How do you take CBD?
You can take CBD in a number of different ways.
- CBD oil drops
CBD oil drops, such as Our Remedy, are easy to take. You simply squeeze the dropper under your tongue, hold the oil there for 10 seconds or so, then swallow. Our Remedy is infused with Clary Sage and we think you will find that it tastes great.
If you have diabetes and are worried about how taking CBD might interfere with your current medication, then always ask a healthcare provider. While we know people who do take CBD with diabetes, it is always best to check for yourself.