420: Cannabis Observance Day and Diabetes

Nadia Al-Samarrie

| Apr 20, 2014

If you are unfamiliar with the code language 420, it's a sub-culture of people who observe and describe themselves as cannabis users. 

Personally, I don't smoke pot but I do know people with diabetes who claim there are many benefits to cannabis. One subscriber who is an investment banker and has terrible neuropathy has shared that he has tried many of the pharmaceutical medication and natural supplements to help him with his unbearable neuropathy pain. Disappointed with the lack of relief, he turned to cannabis. "Marijuana is the only thing that really helps," he told me.

Another friend of mine with diabetes went to the ophthalmologist for his annual eye exam and was surprised to find he had high pressure in his eyes. Concerned about retinopathy - which can lead to macular edema, damages blood vessels, leaks fluid and causes swelling - he decided to try marijuana as an experiment to see if it made a difference.  He had read various articles about cataracts and the medicinal benefits of marijuana. So, it made sense to him that there might be a slight benefit.  He conducted his own experiment to see if using marijuana would reduce the pressure in his eyes. His next eye exam validated his assumption. Smoking marijuana did indeed reduce the pressure in his eyes.

I know so many conservative and liberal people that would never use marijuana until a health crisis forced them to consider it as an option.

An estimated 17 million Americans are regular marijuana users. I would like to hear from you in our comments section. How do you feel about marijuana use? Is it a health, moral or political issue for you? If you have used it, was there a benefit? Do you know of people who use marijuana for medicinal purposes and it has made a difference for them?

There are many health advocates who promote cannabis use. Political and moral groups are largely against it, while some States appreciate the additional taxation revenue.

If you'd like to learn more about this subject, see these articles we recently published:

"Pot Smoking Has Little Lasting Metabolic Effect"- 

http://diabeteshealth.com/read/2013/04/14/7842/pot-smoking-has-little-lasting-metabolic-effect/"

"Marijuana May Help Blood Sugar Control, Study Says"-  http://diabeteshealth.com/read/2014/03/15/8178/marijuana-may-help-blood-sugar-control-study-says/"

 

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Categories: 420, cannabis, diabeteshealth.com, Eye Exam, medication, Nadia Al-Samarrie, natural supplements, neuropath, Retinopathy


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Posted by Anonymous on 22 April 2014

The side effects of the drug Lyrica for treating Diabetic Neuropathy is quite severe. It can cause you to feel very very sleepy, hazy, for about 24 solid hours. It feels like being drunk - and not in a good way at all.

The choice is often between the pain of neuropathy and the known side effects of the prescription drugs.

Cannabis is not only MUCH more effective than Lyrica but the side effects are nearly non-existent. It doesn't take much cannabis at all to have an effect on neuropathy. Small amounts vaporized have almost no side effects and is effective at decreasing neuropathy pain.

I never would have though I would be an advocate for cannabis usage, but if you suffer from neuropathy, you might want to consider a low dose of cannabis as opposed to your current prescription. (if your in a legal state of course)

Posted by Anonymous on 26 April 2014

I wanted to say a special thank you for this article. I have had peripheral neuropathy in my feet for many years but in recent years it has been getting much worse. When I first had it, I was given a drug for it that had horrible side effects and I soon had to give it up. As it got worse I was about to ask my doctor about any new drugs to treat it. Then a few days ago I read this article.

I have long been aware of the phenomenal medical uses of pot but had never used it myself. I decided to try it with the help of an experienced user and took two tokes from a vaporizer. In the morning I was floored. The usual pain in my feet, that I get only while in bed, never happened. I tried it again the following night and same thing!

I am totally flabbergasted. I can't believe how well it worked and I expect to continue to do that on a daily basis. I have no interest in getting high and found the side effect that I think is the high (I am not sure having no experience with it and not using alcohol either) slightly unpleasant but well worth the benefit.

Like most diabetics, I have lots of experience with medications of all types but have never seen one work so fast or so well. Highly recommended and thanks SO much for that tip.


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