Can CBD help lower my blood sugar?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical in marijuana and hemp with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Unlike the whole plant, which contains the psychoactive compound THC, isolated CBD won’t make you high. Currently, CBD has only been approved by the FDA to treat specific forms of epilepsy. While studies in mice suggest CBD may reduce high blood sugar and promote good cholesterol, there isn’t convincing evidence in humans just yet, explains Sudipa Sarkar, M.D., who specializes in diabetes at
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. A small 2016 study where PWDs type 2 took 200 mg CBD daily for 13 weeks found no significant change in fasting blood sugar. And buyer beware: CBD products aren’t regulated, so the amount of CBD in a product may be different than what’s stated on the label, or it could be contaminated.