As with the many diseases that pharmaceutical drugs do not seem to help, but rather further harm the patients, marijuana has been proven to be a safe cure for people with diabetes (PWD). On the other hand, with almost 10% of the U.S. population suffering type 1 or type 2 diabetes, conventional prescription drugs are obviously not working. Marijuana started being viewed as a viable treatment for diabetes when in 2005 the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis (AAMC) published a research paper where it stated a number of benefits cannabis could offer to PWD. Among these benefits was the following:
· The stabilization of blood glucose levels.
· Marijuana’s anti-inflammatory properties can serve to curb the arterial inflammation common among PWD.
· Anti-spasmodic agents that can help heal muscle cramps and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders.
· Acting as a vasodilator, cannabinoids help keep blood vessels open and improve blood circulation.
· Marijuana is known to control blood pressure which is vital for PWD.
· Can be used to make topical creams that would help relieve neuropathic pain and the tingling PWD experience in their limbs.
· It helps calm the Restless Leg Syndrome common among PWD, which would help the patient get better sleep. That is why marijuana use is recommended for PWD as a sleeping aid.
The positive effects of marijuana are not only the ones mentioned in the AAMC research paper. Other studies that followed confirmed further ways for how using marijuana oil can help PWD. A study that was published in the American Journal of Medicine in 2013 confirmed the claim that cannabis can keep blood sugar levels under control. It added that from 4,600 men and women included in the study, marijuana users were less likely to develop obesity, which would help PWD with one of the side effects they commonly suffer and one of the direct effects of type 2 diabetes. Marijuana users on average score lower body mass according to body mass index (BMI) measurements, even though they tend to take in more calories. They also have higher levels of high-density lipoprotein or the so-called “good cholesterol" and smaller waistlines.
“The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than non-users. Their fasting insulin levels were lower, and they appeared to be less resistant to the insulin produced by their body to maintain a normal blood-sugar level,” Murray Mittleman, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the lead researcher said to TIME magazine.
In 2014, the Natural Medicine Journal published a “summary of the promising epidemiological evidence" on the use of marijuana to manage the effects of diabetes. It verified the previously mentioned effects and added that marijuana use also led to lower levels of fasting insulin and insulin resistance. The decrease of the former reflects healthy blood glucose levels, whereas the decrease of the latter prevents a number of chronic diseases and complications of diabetes such as heart disease. Then in 2015, researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which has been one of the first institutions to become interested in studying cannabis and where THC, the main component of cannabis, was discovered, released a new study stating further benefits. The study found that some of the compounds found in marijuana can be used for the treatment of various illnesses including type 2 diabetes.
Another complication of diabetes that marijuana was found to treat was Diabetic Neuropathy, which is clinically defined as “the presence of symptoms and/or signs of peripheral nerve dysfunction in people with diabetes after the exclusion of other causes." Diabetic Neuropathy affects 20% of PWD. Opioids and anticonvulsants have shown only 50% efficacy when it comes to reducing the pains of Diabetic Neuropathy but resulted in a number of harshly adverse effects. Marijuana, on the other hand, is looked at as a safe treatment for this disease. Cannabinoids, which are found in cannabis, have shown high effectiveness in treating neuropathy-associated pain.
Diabetes also tends to put the patient in danger of developing Diabetic Retinopathy, which is a disease that affects the blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue of the patient’s eye called the retina that lines the back of the eye. Among the symptoms of retinopathy are blurred vision, impaired color vision, and, at more severe levels, vision loss. This disease is the most common cause of vision loss between PWD and has been for years the prime cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults. Retinopathy has been found to be triggered by oxidative stress, and as marijuana has proven over the years to be a reliable treatment for glaucoma, it was proven to heal Diabetic Retinopathy.
Furthermore, marijuana has been found to decrease the likeliness of getting diabetes in the first place. All of these complications of diabetes that a patient can cure by ingesting marijuana oil (or Rick Simpson oil) have come to be known and proven after a very brief period of scientific interest in the use of cannabis and its derivatives like hemp oil for treatment of diabetes. Given the abundance of PWD testimonials and anecdotal evidence of marijuana’s ability to aid people suffering from diabetes, we are expected to find out more and more ways in which cannabis can help sufferers of this chronic disease.
“I was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago. My whole family has it, even my brother who is 2 years younger than me. One day by coincidence I was at a friend’s place and I saw a container with hemp oil in it. I asked him what it was and when he told me how curative it was I gave it the benefit of the doubt and I told him to give a small sample. I kept using it for two weeks and the health boost that I experienced was too good to believe. I called my friend asking him for the recipe for this oil, so he told me and I started using it regularly for a while. I had been prescribed medications and I was taking them but then all of a sudden I started feeling like I didn’t need to. I went to my doctor and he told me I was practically cured of my diabetes. He was even more impressed than I was with the results."
“My father died 10 years ago from cardiovascular disease caused by his severe levels of diabetes. I knew the diabetes was hereditary so I was always waiting for my turn. Four years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes and my case was growing more fatal and I was experiencing my heart muscle grow extremely weak. Then a friend of mine advised me to try Rick Simpson oil. I did a little research and I read about other people’s almost miraculous experiences. But, you know how someone in that state would feel about such optimism. I doubted it, but my despair still made me try it. Just a week into the treatment, I was kind of shocked by how I felt. It felt like I was growing in reverse and that I was approaching normal again. I hung on to it because I could not believe how the hemp oil transformed me and everyone around me was able to feel the difference especially my wife and two kids who were feeling like they were about to lose me. A couple more weeks and the doctor told me I became within very safe boundaries with my diabetes. I am thankful today to the person who advised me to use Rick Simpson oil."
“My husband had diabetes since he was 17. He is 42 now. All that period he was getting his insulin shots steadily, he kept going from prescription to prescription. He was being filled with chemicals. He was warned by the doctor that he might be on his way to a kidney failure. He had diabetic nephropathy and his condition was getting more severe by the day. I read an article about how marijuana oil could help cure symptoms of diabetes, and there were statistics saying that people who used marijuana were less likely to suffer these symptoms. I immediately decided to buy Rick Simpson oil and I made him take it three times a day. Within a couple of months, it was as if he had never had diabetes. It cured his kidney problem and his blood glucose was kept under control. The marijuana oil was even making him more relaxed and his blood pressure stopped hitting the roof as it used to, which also helped with his diabetes."
“My journey with diabetes started off at a young age when I was diagnosed at the age of six. I lived almost my whole life getting insulin shots and using prescription drugs that had started to show some adverse effects on me by college age. I was never overweight, but I started putting on some weight in college. It was all because of the medication, I was never so overweight. Then a few years later I started to feel like my vision was constantly blurry and the colors were a bit unclear to me. I got my eyes checked up and it turned out I had something called diabetic retinopathy and I was told if urgent care wasn’t taken of it I might very well lose my vision especially since I got it at such a young age. My brother had a lot of knowledge about cannabis and how hemp oil was used to treat similar cases so he told me he will make me some. He made a batch and I started using it three times a day with consistency for four weeks. During these four weeks, I was feeling a gradual improvement in my vision and my general health status was better than I could ever remember. I went for a checkup and my doctor said that my blood glucose levels were in the safe zone and that my eye inflammation was all healed. I was even getting back to my normal shape after my weight had reached levels I had never experienced before. Thanks to hemp oil I did not grow up without my vision."