A Wider look at Preventing Diabetes

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If big Pharma can do it why not cannabis? Just like medical research all across the globe, the researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem test and develop synthetic compounds to specifically treat disease.  Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, who is responsible for the original discovery of cannabidol (CBD), provides findings that suggest the benefits of CBD, a non psychoactive compound, can be modified to fit different receptors. This discovery means that different illnesses like diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease can be treated with CBD.

Studies performed on rats with areas of dead tissue (infarcts) caused by failure of blood supply found that when pretreated with CBD, these infarcts were 30% smaller! In relation to diabetes chronic inflammations is a key role in the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Researchers have found that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can treat inflammation extremely effectively, allowing the cannabis compound to bring down inflammation for type two diabetes. Improvement in the bodies metabolism goes a long way to shed some of the toughest parts of this disease. Not only is the body’s metabolism set on fire, but also the immune system, cell growth, sugar metabolism, and heart function all benefit from CBD and it’s anti inflammatory properties.

In 2013, the results of a five-year study into the effects of cannabis on fasting insulin and insulin resistance were published in the American Journal of Medicine. Of the 4,657 respondents, 2,554 had used cannabis in their lifetime (579 were current users and 1,975 were past users) and 2,103 had never used the drug. Researchers found that current users of cannabis had 16% lower fasting insulin levels than respondents who had never used cannabis, as well as having 17% lower levels of insulin resistance and higher levels of HDL-C. Respondents who had used cannabis in their lifetime but were not current users showed similar but less pronounced associations, indicating that the protective effect of cannabis fades with time.

In another part of the world, Isreal’s progressive research on CBD and it’s benefits has risen to the top of its field, spawning innovative companies and research. An Israeli company, ISA scientific, recently signed a world wide collaboration and licensing deal to establish therapies containing CBD. In a statement, ISA Scientific Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Rosenfeld said: “Unlike insulin and other existing medications for diabetes, CBD may actually suppress, reverse and perhaps cure the disease”. The Israeli health care system was ranked #4 out of 48 countries surveyed by Bloomberg; a business news and financial information company. The average life span of an Israeli citizen is 81.8 years, which plays a major role for it’s high ranking.

Luckily, most of our readers live in Colorado or at least reside in the United States where non-psychoactive, non-abuse prone CBD products are available for purchase in all 50 states. Therapies include orally taken supplements such as pills, candy, and beverages but may also utilize concentrates that can be smoked. These concentrates are typically crafted from specifically bred cannabis plants that contain very low THC but high CBD levels making their medicinal properties much more aggressive than previously known. CBD infused crèmes and oils are also readily available and when used in massage therapy bring great success in treating illnesses, bringing deeper awakening to the patients body and mental faculties.

Taking a page out of Isreal’s book and looking toward a better way to treat Diabetes is monumental. The Willingness to explore and find new treatments is how we can combat the rise of Diabetes and help put a stop to the loss of loved ones from us every year. Diabetes, like much of what I write, is close to home. My Grandmother who has been diabetic for years without diagnosis has now had to seek treatment. The horrors of what diabetes can do when improperly or un-treated is not something to be taken lightly. Treatment for yourself or your loved ones should be as risk free as possible and with the proliferation of knowledge about CBD and its benefits, is spreading like wild fire. Schedule a massage or treatment and see for yourself what CBD products will do for you!

-HEIDI LYNNE