Early evidence suggests that cannabis may be beneficial for both the autoimmune system and type 2 diabetes. These five strains are a good place to start.
Medical cannabis is more available than ever before. Many may not think of the herb as their go-to treatment for diabetes. However, early evidence suggests that the herb may be beneficial for both the autoimmune system and type 2 diabetes. There are a few ways in which cannabis may help with diabetes. First, the herb may help with certain symptoms of the disease, such as neuropathy, nausea, and vomiting. Secondly, early studies suggest that the certain compounds in the herb may improve insulin resistance and reduce fasting glucose.
Here are five strains that may benefit you!
Cannabis Strains for Diabetes
Harlequin is a high-CBD sativa with a 5 to 2 ratio of CBD to THC. Early animal research suggests that CBD may be beneficial for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. An experiment published in 2008 found that the cannabinoid may prevent the onset of autoimmune diabetes in mice. Other research has shown that the compound significantly reduced cholesterol in human patients at doses of 100 milligrams twice daily.
Unlike high-THC strains, Harlequin will not cause a psychoactive high. Rather, this bud promotes relaxation, eases the pain, and provides an overall positive sense of well-being.
2. Doug’s Varin
This sativa may be a tricky flower to find. While it is sometimes available in California, Doug’s Varin is a strain bred to contain high levels of THCV. THCV is a mildly psychoactive cannabis strain with a host of promising health benefits. In a study of 62 diabetic patients, scientists found that THCV treatment successfully improved fasting insulin levels and reduced blood glucose.
Doug’s Varin contains both THC and THCV. In fact, a test performed by Steep Hill Labs back in 2014 found that this bud contained about 19 percent THC and 15 percent THCV. That means this is one potent bud. Doug’s Varin is thought to have a zippy, energetic high that’s perfect for daytime consumption.
3. Sour Tsunami
All medical cannabis patients have a different experience with the plant. However, Sour Tsunami is a great strain candidate for those experiencing pain. Sour Tsunami is a one-to-one strain, meaning that it typically contains a fairly even ratio of THC to CBD.
Consumers can expect an easy, daytime experience from Sour Tsu. While samples higher in THC will have more of a psychoactive effect, this bud does not tend to produce much of a mind-bending experience. Instead, it provides an upbeat experience with a calm body sensation. Pick up this bud when you need to focus.
Cannatonic is another high-CBD strain. While strains high in THC can be difficult to find, most access points carry CBD products. Cannatonic is a powerful choice, as the CBD levels in this strain often reach 17 percent. This strain is considered a hybrid and it does not provide a psychoactive high. Instead, Cannatonic promotes an easygoing alertness.
5. Black Beauty
Black Beauty is another rarity. However, based on the small amount of research available, this strain is a great match for patients with diabetes. At this time, this flower produces a 2:1 THC to THCV ratio. However, breeders hope to play up this strain’s ability to also produce decent amounts of CBD.
Black Beauty has strong anti-inflammatory properties and the possible ability to improve insulin sensitivity, THCV and CBD are the two cannabinoids that have shown the most promise in diabetes.
Want to learn more, see the beginners guide to marijuana strains.