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You’ve probably also heard that CBD can help lessen stress, anxiety, and pain. “When people are in pain, they have a stress response, which causes an increase in cortisol and an increase in blood sugar,” says Veronica J. Brady, PhD, CDCES, a registered nurse and an assistant professor at the Cizik School of Nursing at the University of Texas in Houston. Relieving pain can help alleviate the stress response and improve blood sugar levels, as well as aid sleep, she says.

How People With Type 2 Diabetes Are Using CBD

Jackson and Brady advise people who are considering CBD for diabetes to ask their providers about the complementary therapy before adding it to their treatment plan. Brady says it’s difficult to find research about CBD and type 2 diabetes, even in her capacity as a diabetes educator. Still, in her experience, if people are looking for a natural way to manage pain, it’s worth a conversation with their healthcare provider. “It’s something that should be talked about, especially if they’re having significant amounts of pain, or really any pain at all associated with their diabetes,” says Brady.

Precautions for People With Diabetes Looking to Try CBD

Heather Jackson, the founder and board president of Realm of Caring in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a nonprofit that focuses on cannabis research and education, senses an interest in CBD within the diabetes community. “In general, especially if they’re not well controlled, people are looking at cannabinoid therapy as an alternative, and usually as an adjunct option,” says Jackson. Callers have questions about CBD for neuropathy pain, joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, and occasionally blood glucose control, according to a spokesperson for Realm of Caring.

Cbd blood sugar

One study found that only about one-third of CBD products sold online were labeled correctly and that more than 20% of the CBD products contained THC as well.  

Nerve damage, known as diabetic neuropathy, is a common complication from diabetes. Symptoms can include pain and burning sensations, especially in the hands and feet.

Finally, CBD can have interactions with over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs. It's important not to underestimate the risk of CBD, especially if you're taking other medications or supplements.

Meredith Bull, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor with a private practice in Los Angeles, California.

CBD Is Not Regulated by the FDA

That said, there are indications that CBD has health benefits. For example:

An animal study on rats found that CBD can increase the development of nerves and nervous tissue, possibly alleviating nerve pain.

Some things to consider include:

Anxiety and Stress Management

For some people with diabetes, managing the illness causes stress and anxiety. In turn, stress and anxiety can worsen the symptoms of diabetes.

Many people with diabetes have other health conditions as well, and CBD may help control the symptoms of those conditions. These include: