Cannabinoids May Halt Diabetes
Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a chronic and lifelong group of metabolic diseases that renders a human unable to consume energy properly from the food. The increment in the blood sugar level is associated with diabetes. There are some serious short term and long term complications associated with diabetes.
The food that we take consists of carbohydrates and sugars. These sugars and carbohydrates are then converted into glucose. This glucose, a unique form of sugar, is then used to energize the cells of human body. The tricky part here is that insulin is required by the cells to take in the glucose formed by the human body. Now, there are three type of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. Type 1 and 2 diabetes are concerned with the insulin. If the required amount of insulin is not being produced by the pancreas then it results in Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is concerned with insulin resistance whereas gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women with high blood sugar levels.
There are many treatments of diabetes available in the medical stores. Some of them include insulin injections, tablets that help decrease insulin resistance etc. A new type of researches have emerged suggesting that cannabinoids can halt diabetes. It has been found true in many researches and is still under study at the moment.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, contains almost 500 compounds. Cannabinoids are a group of some active compounds found in marijuana. There are almost 85 cannabinoids in the 500 compounds of marijuana. Not all of those cannabinoids are psychoactive. Some notable cannabinoids are THC and CBD. Another cannabinoid named as THCV is found to be anti-psychoactive.
The treatment of Type 2 diabetes is found to be linked with THCV. Due to its anti-psychoactive effects, it was employed in a research done on mice. THCV was first researched to show any control or effect on obesity of mice. But, it was found that THCV didn’t show any difference in the obesity of mice. However, THCV was found to increase the insulin sensitivity in cells. Since the Type 2 diabetes involve insulin resistance hence the increased insulin sensitivity by THCV was found useful in the treatment of type 2 of diabetes.
The combination of THCV and CBD has found to be helpful in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes involve the absence of insulin in human body. The researches done on the mice revealed that activating the CB1 receptors in the human body resulted in the secretion of insulin within the human body. This secretion of insulin can help overcome the deficiency of the insulin in the diabetic patient.
The researches revealed that the cannabinoids are not only responsible for the treatment of diabetes but they have also showed improvements in human body related with the diabetic complications. Diabetes is the seventh largest cause of death in United States. This fatal disease needs serious attention and any help in halting this disease should be encouraged. Be it weed or be it chemicals, a medicine should be encouraged if it can help alleviate the pain of the sick.