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CBD vs. Diabetes: Diving into the Black American Diabetes Epidemic

CBD vs. Diabetes: Diving into the Black American Diabetes Epidemic

Black Americans, and especially Black men, are disproportionately affected by diabetes. Individuals in this demographic are 40% more likely to suffer from the condition than any other group in the US. In order to address this ongoing issue and CBD for diabetes, there are a number of factors to consider. Here are some of the best CBD products for diabetes and the risks associated with using CBD and diabetic medications.

  • Black Americans and Diabetes
  • How CBD works for diabetes
  • Risks of consuming CBD with diabetes medication
  • Choosing the best CBD products

Researching CBD products for type 1 or type 2 diabetes? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Black Americans and Diabetes

Black Americans have the highest likelihood of developing diabetes of any race in the United States. And we’re twice as likely to die from it compared to non-Latinx White people. Let’s look into how this happens.

Before diving in, we’ll briefly cover type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 means an individual is unable to produce insulin. White people commonly develop this, possibly inherited through genetics.

Type 2 diabetes means that an individual’s body doesn’t respond well to the insulin it produces. Black people have a greater risk of developing this type. And it’s also more prevalent in males, though the margins between sexes is close.

Getting into why diabetes plagues our community, so far there aren’t studies showing it’s a genetic predisposition. In addition to that, type 2 diabetes is preventable with annual doctor visits. That also applies to pre diabetics, who can make changes to prevent the condition from progressing.

Now steps in our good old friend inequity. Black Americans may have more difficulty getting frequent checkups, especially if some of us lack health insurance. Compared to White Americans, we’re less likely to have health insurance.

Taking a step further, socioeconomic factors influence this further with residential segregation that prevents access to quality healthcare resources. And more often than not, clinical trials for treatment are predominantly White.

Then there’s stress: it influences blood sugar levels. And it assails Black bodies thanks to systemic racism. Racism feeds stress with poorer neighborhoods, limited nutritional diets, and limited resources for exercise. These additional barriers make it more difficult for our community to avoid or control type 2 diabetes.

So how might CBD help?

How CBD works for diabetes

In the quest to manage or prevent diabetes, let’s review studies about CBD and diabetes. We understand that you’re looking for solutions, so here’s how this hemp-derived beauty may help.

CBD may be great for those who need assistance with diabetes prevention. Studies and medical reviews reflect that it may help keep the pounds off and win against insulin resistance.

As for those facing the road of life with type 2 diabetes, there’s hope. If THC is part of your lifestyle or you’re considering it, then CBD may be a great fit as a resource against blood sugar control. Using CBD-only products might not show a noticeable difference with your insulin levels.

That aside, is diabetes compromising your quality of life with sleep deprivation, ongoing bodily discomfort, nerve pain and high blood pressure?

Yes to one or all? Then CBD is worth exploring with your current plans.

Understand that though hemp-derived cannabidiol is legal, the FDA has not approved any CBD products for diabetes. Work with your physician to create a safe, manageable plan.

Risks of consuming CBD with diabetes medication

As you’ll constantly be reminded, CBD is NOT cure-all and there are limitations to consider. Namely, as a diabetic or caretaker for a diabetic loved one, your medication can have interactions with this medicinal cannabinoid. By itself, CBD can lessen your immune response, increase eye pressure and blood levels.

The specific medications that interact with CBD are Tylenol/ibuprofen, antihistamines, warfarin/coumadin/blood thinners, Metformin, blood pressure medicine and cholesterol drugs. The negative results of these any of these intermingling with CBD can include stress on your liver, amplified drowsiness, amped up medication in your blood and/or diarrhea.

CBD is not a replacement for any of your medication. So work with your doctor and a cannabis science/medicine professional to create a safe plan for addressing diabetes.

And know that CBD may have negative side effects on its own. Diarrhea is a possibility, along with fatigue, nausea, tiredness, irritability and fluctuation of weight or appetite. Taking your time determining dosage and investing in high quality CBD products may help.

Read on for our recommendations.

Choosing the best CBD products

So you’ve decided that you want to add CBD to your diabetes treatment plan. We’re here to help with these great options. We focused on tinctures with ingestible options that we highly recommend!

Lazarus Naturals is a notable and trustworthy CBD manufacturer. They produce a variety of tinctures that we know you’ll love. Let’s start with exploring 1 of 2 options.

If you’re new to CBD and discussing options with your physician, our 15mL Standard Potency tincture is the perfect place to start. The bottle serving size is enough to explore dosing the amount of tincture and determining the right amount of CBD.

So if you’re familiar with CBD and your treatment plan leans towards a heftier dose, the 60mL High Potency tincture is your best bet. You get more CBD in a larger bottle, which will hold you over until you need to buy again.

Do you struggle with restlessness? Consider CBD PM for Sleep Mints. As an edible, this will take longer than the fast action of the tincture. All you need to do is place it under your tongue and wait. The mint will travel through your digestive tract, taking 30-90 minutes to take effect. But you may enjoy the results longer.

For subtle daytime use for relaxing or focusing, there’s also CBD teas. We offer tea bags and instant tea by CBD manufacturer Iaso.

And if you don’t like any of those, you can explore our shop for the right CBD product to pair with your diabetes treatment plan and budget. Reach out to us with any questions you or your doctor has!

Are you considering CBD for diabetes?

We can push back against diabetes eating away at our community. If you or someone in your family has this disease, comment below if CBD is apart of your diabetes conversation.

People who have been diagnosed should consult their doctor before incorporating CBD into their treatment plan.

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