CBD and Diabetes: Unanswered Questions

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If you’re here with me right now, you’ve already gotten wind of how Cannabidiol (CBD) is being used by a wide variety of people to treat diabetes symptoms and help cope with complications.

  • You may already know someone incorporating hemp or marijuana-based CBD into their lifestyles with positive results, discovered a success story online, saw a documentary, or were referred to these plant compounds (phytocannabinoids) through a loved one.
  • You’ve heard it can help with pain relief, inflammation, regulating appetite, and so forth.
  • Perhaps you already conducted enough research to know you’d like to experiment.

Hopefully I’m not too far off base here.

But I also know that no matter how much of the information on the subject of CBD & Diabetes you devour online (I’ve been through most of it myself)…

You’ll be left with questions.

Important questions like those in the screenshots below I took of comments from other articles touching on CBD and Diabetes.

CBD and Diabetes Comment 1

And again,

There are probably thousands of comments like these echoing throughout the net underneath hemp and marijuana-based blogs and articles.

If you go for marijuana-based CBD and don’t have professional medical guidance, staff in recreational dispensaries can sometimes be pretty helpful, but they can’t tell you what you should purchase, or what you need for your Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes condition.

With marijuana there’s more involved as well, in terms of THC along with many other potent cannabinoids and cannabis terpenes. You might end up facing walls and huge glass cases of products more clueless than before you walked through the doors.

Diabetes and CBD Comment 3

Hundreds…I’ve personally read hundreds of comments like Timothy’s as a writer and researcher in the hemp industry.

They tug on my heartstrings something fierce!

If you opt for an industrial hemp-based extract and concentration that at this point are almost exclusively accessible online, you’re faced with an entirely new set of challenges.

Here’s a comment from one of our own articles:

Cannabis Diabetes Comment 4

How about Cayetana from a different hemp CBD resource:

Cannabis Oil Diabetes Comment

Seeing a pattern here?

And it’s not just on the topic of CBD and Diabetes. The situation is similar with the entire gauntlet of health issues people are turning to phytocannabinoids like CBD to treat.

The amount of information PROVING the efficacy of cannabinoid therapies is building, growing, and expanding, meanwhile the crux of the problem for you and millions…upon millions…of others in America could be summarized with Bob’s comment.

I’ll type it out with slight editing below so if you’re on a small phone screen or it’s fuzzy…

Isn’t marketing great?” I mean, you tell everyone the product [CBD] works miracles, yet you provide absolutely zero suggestions on dosage/drops and concentration for various ailments/stages/age groups/body mass don’t worry, it’s not just you, it’s all the seller of CBD oil. It’s so hard to get a straight answer from anyone!

Let’s address these points here and now.

You Provide Zero Dosage Suggestions!

We’ll assume Bob’s referring to the industrial hemp side of things – available for purchase online that doesn’t contain federally-illegal levels of THC.

The reason almost no sellers online provide CBD dosage suggestions (most have TONS of data from their customers…) is because to do so would put their businesses in jeopardy.

Most aren’t doctors.

Marjan, the owner of HempforFitness.com, isn’t a doctor. She got started in the incredibly difficult ‘hemp CBD’ industry because of how she watched cannabinoids impact her father, her own son, herself…despite her husband (a respected corporate lawyer) being against the idea.

The other issue is, well, cannabis has incredible therapeutic benefits and provides endocannabinoid system supplementation, but IT’S NOT A MEDICINE.

Not in my opinion. Not in the same way modern pharmaceuticals, or ‘meds’ are.

If you go to a mainstream establishment doctor for help with diabetes to address a variety of issues, they’ll assess the problem and likely prescribe you conventional medications or treatments based on tons of big-money trials and conventional bureaucracy.

How effective are these dosage suggestions?

MY ENTIRE LIFE…all I’ve ever seen or heard people speak about when it comes to these meds:

  • Dosage amounts are constantly changing.
  • Meds creating other problems that need more pills and their dosages also fluctuate.
  • People go from one med, to another med, to another med, to another dosage…

How about you?

Doctors will adamantly go off on the ginormous complexities of pharmacology, and rightly so, but  industrial hemp products aren’t “meds” in my opinion as a writer and research.

If you go for 100% pure CBD concentrate, or a synthetic crystalline concentrate rather than a plant extract, then sure…that’s arguably medicine.

But if we, the people, allow hemp plant paste, or natural hemp plant oil (vs. food-grade hemp seed-derived oil) to be called and treated like a medicine in the same way meds like Metformin are, then we’re saying we want this government/pharmaceutical system to take over every aspect of the plant as it’s used in relation to addressing health issues.

Better to consider industrial hemp extracts and concentrates like any other essential oil, which is far more accurate across the board. Over time, we’ll all work out as a people what the generalized hemp extract dosages are for ailments and health conditions and we’ll freely share them like Dr. Axe in his article on Essential Oils for Depression:

Here’s a recipe anyone could share without risk:

Lavender & Chamomile Massage Blend for Depression

  • 20–30 drops pure lavender essential oil.
  • 20–30 drops pure chamomile essential oil.
  • 2 ounces grapeseed oil.

If we added 5 drops of hemp essential oil, that doesn’t magically make it a prescription-only medicine!

We’ll also hopefully soon have hemp farms growing again from sea to shining sea, sharing our own ways of incorporating the full spectrum hemp oil into different applications, foods, or even massage oil from American brands.

Here’s Dr. Axe’s directions, and again, imagine there being some industrial hemp oil in there.

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients well into a glass jar.
  2. Massage into your entire body, or take it to your masseuse and ask him or her to use it, 2–3 times per month.
  3. You can also use hand and neck massage oil daily or even massage into the bottoms of your feet at night before going to bed.

We’ve already got this kind of information infrastructure when it comes to lavender, chamomile, etc.And yes, when it comes to marijuana there’s a huge amount of data on specific prescriptions and usages for many health conditions.

But, now we’re playing with fire by calling this ancient hemp plant and these ancient oils – “meds” if you catch my drift.

In my opinion people like Bob need to stop asking providers like Marjan and her team or anyone else selling industrial hemp extracts to give a medical prescription.

It’s not helping anything.

However, if you choose to use industrial hemp, and experiment to see how its compounds like CBD impact your Diabetes symptoms and associated health issues, when you find what works for you (or not):

SHARE IT!
CBD Diabetes Review

There’s helpful advice out there, but not from sellers, because sellers like HempforFitness aren’t selling a medicine, and if they act like they are, it could cause them to lose their businesses, face fines, or worse.

As an individual sharing your experience using a simple and freely available plant, you run far less risk. Like Jaime here:

CBD Diabetes Advice Comment

Hope this helps clear things up a bit. The answers are out there. Information is being gathered.

Now let’s get to the next huge question most people like you are left asking after doing your research on CBD and Diabetes and deciding to make a purchase.

What CBD Product is Best for Me?

There are thousands and thousands of products containing cannabinoids floating across America right now, both marijuana and industrial hemp-based.

Maybe even hundreds of thousands.

There’s the state markets of marijuana, then the online market of industrial hemp plant products (again, vs. seed products like hemp milk, protein, flour, etc.).

Goodness sakes!

With industrial hemp, you’ve got a market pie where roughly a third is taken up by a handful of big corporations, then the rest is tiny little slices for all the many platforms like HempforFitness.com.

The Industrial Hemp Source Breakdown

In the world right now, there are a very small amount of industrial hemp ‘cultivars’ in usage for international trade from countries like Canada, China, India, and a handful of European nations. Even in the U.S. in states like Colorado and Kentucky, there’s a very, very small amount of acceptable strains being farmed through state ‘pilot programs’ via state agricultural systems.

And these cultivars or strains of industrial hemp don’t change as much or as dramatically as we’re seeing with marijuana where there are so many strains no one can keep up.

Even here in my little city in Washington, every single time I go into a marijuana dispensary I see new names, and new strains, and new cannabinoid levels and yeah…

With hemp it’s not like that.

ALL, and I mean, ALL, of the industrial hemp-based CBD products you could purchase right this second online from reputable companies come from this tiny number of strains. Consider that the dominant strains farmed in China…have been farmed there for thousands of years. It hasn’t changed much!

But the quality of the hemp can change a bit because there’s far more demand than supply right now of high-quality industrial hemp extracts.

All that really matters for you as the consumer is…

Who You Get Your Hemp Concentrate From

First, ensure what you purchase has what you’re after – cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, and CBG. With hemp you shouldn’t have to worry about THC, but you need to know. This can ONLY be verified to you by reputable 3rd-party lab results.

Don’t take anyone’s word for it without lab tests. There’s no regulatory agency in place to ensure what you’re being sold is a) quality industrial hemp oil with the % of cannabinoids advertised, b) not just seed oil pretending to be extract.

Cannabinoids like CBD are NON-PSYCHOACTIVE, so you shouldn’t ‘feel’ anything. And since that’s the case, only lab tests tell you. No different than what you see printed on the side of any vitamin bottle.

Here’s a recent example of lab-test results from a batch of HempforFitness hemp extract:

Hemp CBD Lab Tests 1

See how dark it is?

If you go outside and grab a bunch of pretty much any green plant and put it through the same simple process as the hemp was, it’ll be a dark paste like that. Or, golden, depending on the concentration levels.

Here’s how it tested for CBDA, CBD, and CBN, all non-toxic, non-addictive, and non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Let’s not stop there. Let’s look at another screenshot of some recent lab tests where the plant extract has a smidgen more color.

Just think, our ancestors have leverages industrial hemp extracts (there’s no part of the plant that’s not used) for countless generations, but only now can we see what’s actually in it!

Here’s a full breakdown from some test results showing a smidgen of CBDA, high CBD, and negligible amounts of THC cannabinoids. And without THC, there’s no CBN which is created when THC breaks down.

Once you know the provider can prove they aren’t selling either super low-quality hemp extract or worse, this leads us to the third most common unanswered question:

What CBD Delivery Method is Best with Diabetes?

Similar to the dosage issue, no one can really answer this question for you. Even a doctor could only give suggestions, but those would need to be based on human trials and studies, or perhaps on results they’ve seen with similar patients.

Always delivered with the disclaimer that…

“Results can and will vary.”

With any essential oil, or plant substance it requires experimentation taking into account your particular situation and history and body type.

The core delivery methods for industrial hemp products are:

  • Capsule
  • Tincture
  • Concentrate (Syringe)
  • Edibles
  • Vape Oil

Talk to people who actively incorporate cannabinoid therapies into their lifestyles about delivery methods. Go back through your research, or all the articles on CBD and diabetes and read through comments. Go into cannabis-based forums and ask people what they’ve been taking to help ease their diabetes symptoms.

Again, the information is increasingly out there, it’s just not as widely available yet because industrial hemp farming prohibition is only just now coming to an end.

In Conclusion…

No one’s trying to promise miracles around here. No one’s selling hempen snake oil. If anything, the real miracle has been the ongoing discovery of the human endocannabinoid system. The miracles are coming from our blooming understanding of the role it plays in working towards homeostasis and restoring balance to the body’s many intertwining systems (most of which have copious amounts of cannabinoid receptors, especially the pancreas).

Yes, cannabinoids have been proven they can help.

And yes, there are some questions that you need to answer yourself.

Don’t ask cannabis providers to play doctor!

Thanks for your time.