Many Americans use cannabis recreationally, but it also has medicinal value, as most visitors to this page know. Today’s question is: could cannabis help treat or manage diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic condition that impacts how the body processes food and regulates blood sugar. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to dangerous complications for blood vessels, the heart, the kidneys, and the nervous system.
In this post, we’ll cover how the medicinal benefits of cannabis might alleviate some symptoms of diabetes, and offer up a few diabetic-friendly tips for making your own edibles.
Benefits of Cannabis for Diabetics
There is still not as much research as there ought to be on the benefits of using cannabis for anything, let alone to help with diabetes. Here’s what we know so far, and remember, discuss cannabis use and making your own edibles with your healthcare provider.
Possible benefits for diabetics include:
Manage Blood Sugar
Cannabis might help to manage blood sugar levels and improve insulin resistance for people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that cannabis could help increase sensitivity to insulin. Another study found a risk for higher hemoglobin A1C test results associated with more frequent swings in blood sugar levels.
Cannabis can help some people manage weight, and one important diabetes risk factor is extra abdominal fat, measured by waist circumference. One study found an association between smaller waist circumference and recreational cannabis use. If true, cannabis use might help reduce the risk of insulin resistance leading to diabetes.
But remember, cannabis use can cause weight gain in some people because it improves appetite and treats nausea—not to mention the fact that many cannabis edibles are not exactly low-calorie.
Manage Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy, a common complication of untreated diabetes, causes nerve damage and pain in the arms and legs. One study found that cannabis use offered patients short-term relief from diabetic neuropathic nerve pain. Another study found the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis could help prevent nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy.
Treat Diabetic Retinopathy
An animal study found that the reduction in oxidative stress and inflammation from cannabis use can help prevent the development of diabetic retinopathy. If this research is confirmed in humans, cannabis may be an excellent way to stop this kind of eye damage that can lead to vision loss.
Cannabis Edibles for Diabetics
If you’re ready to try cannabis edibles for diabetics, we’ve got you covered. There are lots of other ways to get your greens, of course. And you can even try non-psychoactive CBD oil if you want to try and get some of the same medicinal overlap without the high feeling.
But for those who love the lasting relief they get from edibles and are ready to get started, here are our favorite recipes that won’t spike your blood sugar.
If you haven’t tried our infused hummus recipe yet, what are you waiting for?! This is the perfect low-carb, keto-friendly, diabetes-safe treat to infuse. And you can always swirl some extra infused oil over the top of some servings for those who want a little more.
Stoney Deviled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are on every diabetic snack list ever, but make them into Stoney Deviled Eggs and you’ll be glad you did. These tasty things are low carb and high flavor, and can handle a decent infusion to boot.
Yes, your ranch can and should be even herbier than usual when you infuse it with cannabis. It’s in our Cannabis Charcuterie Board, and you can easily make the whole thing diabetes-friendly.
So, so good, and totally safe for diabetics! Check it out.
Infused Peanut Butter Cookies
If you love these but don’t want the sugar or carbs, try making them with golden brown Monkfruit sweetener in place of sugar. You can also use almond flour in place of regular flour if you want to go for the low glycemic index choice.
Final Thoughts on Cannabis Edibles for Diabetics
The same strategies apply: start with your supply of infused oils or cannabutters and go from there. Don’t be afraid to try some of your favorites with a substitute sweetener and/or low-glycemic flour if you’re baking sweets. And once you go past dessert, the possibilities really start to open up!