Cannabis Could Play Vital Role In Controlling And Preventing Diabetes Erik March 20, 2013 420 Times Exclusives, Best Of The Best, Exclusive Web Content, Featured, Magazine Stories, Medical Marijuana News, Medical Research Numerous research articles as of late have revealed that CBD-rich cannabis could play a vital role in the control or actual prevention of diabetes. CBD or Cannabidiol is a major constituent of the cannabis plant, representing up to 40% in its extracts. Ingesting or consuming CBD without the accompaniment of THC resolves the issue of having to deal with the psychoactive side effects of cannabis in order to receive its medicinal value. In fact, Cannabidiol essentially counters some of the distressing effects of euphoria or lethargy associated with consuming the dried and prepared plant material. At one time there were only a few known CBD-rich cannabis varieties available for cultivation. Thanks to the progressive cannabis industry there are now more than two dozen CBD-laden assortments of cannabis accessible to individuals with interest. Recent studies show that the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in respect to CBD’s and its effects on the human body. Said studies propose that endocannabinoids may be a dynamic that is interconnected to metabolic syndrome. Research scientists have identified endocannabinoid receptors in areas of the body responsible for controlling energy balance, feeding behavior, and glucose control. The stimulation of the aforementioned receptors leads to weight gain, insulin resistance, abnormal lipids (blood cholesterols), and impaired glucose tolerance and the overstimulation resulting in obesity. So why not manufacture a pharmaceutical to block the receptors from stimulation in order to combat the abovementioned conditions? Well, they did actually, but as with most pharmaceuticals the drugs associated increased risks outweighs its overall benefits. We’ve included a list of the medicinal benefits that CBD-rich cannabis strains have to offer individuals that have been diagnosed with diabetes. 1- Cannabidiol slows the effects of cardiac dysfunction, oxidative stress, fibrosis, and inflammatory and cell death signaling pathways in diabetic cardiomyopathy. 2- Retards beta cell (-cell) damage in type 1 diabetes. 3- Manages obesity and its associated cardiometabolic sequelae. 4- Prevents type 1 diabetes in mice and protects against diabetic retinopathy in animals (American Diabetes Association funded a $300,000 study reviewing that very fact). 5- Decreases clot formation (an important consideration for people with diabetes at risk for heart attacks and strokes, especially if taking other “blood thinning” medications). 6- Protects nerves and preserves retinal barrier. 7- Offers therapeutic opportunities for a variety of inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, atherosclerosis, allergic asthma, and autoimmune type 1 diabetes. 8- Plays a therapeutic role in managing neurological complications of diabetes. Disclaimer: Please note that we aren’t condoning or suggesting that anyone use cannabis to treat their diabetic conditions. We are merely reporting information in order to make people aware of the scientific advancements in respect to the research of the medicinal values of cannabis. The studies do advise that if someone were to use cannabis in an attempt to treat their diabetes that they would need to obtain a cannabis variety containing a minimum of 4% CBD. Furthermore, individuals must depend on healthy eating, being active and taking their prescribed medications as the mainstays of a balanced diabetes self-management program and to consider cannabis to be a complementary and alternative medicine. The progression of scientific research surrounding the miraculous cannabis plant is one of the most crucial characteristics available for activists and legislators pushing for cannabis legalization to use as a teaching mechanism when instructing those lacking the necessary cannabis knowledge. Educate yourselves and others on all of the extraordinary beneficial features that the cannabis plant has to offer. Get actively involved and be a part of history in the making as we bring a close to this outmoded war on a benign medicinal herb and its consumers.