With the many possible health benefits of CBD (also referred to as cannabidiol), one question we're frequently asked is if CBD can really help people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Don't worry, CBD doesn't make you high, but ongoing research - as well customer testimonials - state that it may help stabilise blood sugar levels, inflammation and ease nerve pain from diabetes.

What is CBD?

CBD is just one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC as you may know it is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive making CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.
We talk a lot about the benefits of CBD and how it can help people with many areas of their lives, so before you read the below, you might also find these blog posts helpful...

- What is CBD good for?
- How to choose the right CBD

The research on CBD & diabetes

Research on CBD and diabetes goes a lot further than just blood sugar levels. There are many aspects of diabetes that may really benefit from CBD oil. From physical indicators all the way to depression. However, diabetes-specific research recently come to light including a study that shows and suggests CBD may reduce preliminary pancreatic inflammation in type 1 diabetes.
The study also cites previous evidence of CBD lowering incidences of diabetes in non-obese diabetic mice (yes there are such things as non-obese diabetic mice). In addition, diabetic retinopathy, which is the cause of blindness in adults, may be managed with cannabidiol.
How? Well, It’s possible that CBD acts as an antioxidant, which - excuse us while we get a little scientific - inhibits the reuptake of adenosine and thereby, reduces retinal inflammation. However, further clinical studies are required to support this theory.

Another double-blind study in animal models also found that subjects treated twice a day with 100mg of CBD had lower concentrations of resistin. An increased level of resistin is connected with obesity and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, body fat and liver start resisting or ignoring the signal that the hormone insulin is trying to send out, which is to grab glucose out of the bloodstream and put it into our cells.
The study implies that CBD may have some impact on insulin resistance. Despite current research, there is no evidence to suggest that CBD can cure diabetes or regulate blood sugar in a way that replaces insulin treatments, statins and other anti-diabetic medications. Yet continued research gives new insight into CBD oil benefits for improving treatment outcomes.
While research is highly important, we're also aware that many people are still experiencing positive benefits from CBD when it comes to diabetes. To touch on this lightly, we asked ProLife CBD founder and Type 1 diabetic, Cherry Cavill, for her thoughts...

"I am a sufferer of Type 1 Diabetes and although this can't be reversed, CBD still helps towards keeping healthy blood sugars in the same way that it helps Type 2 Diabetes
In the case of Type 2 Diabetes, an ever increasing health risk today, CBD can go a long way to help people combat this disease and get back to a normal healthier life.

Here are the many ways in which CBD can help with Diabetes in other ways...
1) Any inflammation in our body can lead to insulin resistance and in turn cause diabetes or lead to more erratic blood sugar levels. CBD reduces inflammation, therefore aids the problem of insulin resistance.
2) Diet and overeating is a big cause of Diabetes. CBD helps to control our appetite, therefore reducing cravings and out temptation to over eat.
3) CBD has been reported to increase our metabolism, aiding weight control and in turn the onset or continuation of Diabetes.
4) CBD also reduces neuropathic pain, a complication of diabetes which people find a huge benefit whilst battling the disease.

We've been diving deep into the world of CBD for over a year now and because of the fantastic appraisal it's received from our customers, we've recently made the decision to extend our CBD family with our brand new Organic Alpine Swiss CBD products. These include a water-soluble CBD and a high-strength 20% CBD.

To take a look at our entire CBD collection, click here.

As always, we highly encourage you to speak to your doctor before taking any new or additional medication.