Medical cannabis is more available than ever before. While many may not think of the herb as their go-to treatment for diabetes, early evidence suggests that the herb may be beneficial for both the autoimmune and type 2 diabetes. But, what are the best cannabis strains for the condition? Here’s how to find the perfect strain for diabetes and seven new flowers to try.
Cannabis strains for 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.
The primary psychoactive in the herb, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), may ease pain and discomfort. However, cannabidiol (CBD) and a lesser known cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), have both shown anti-diabetic properties. Here are seven cannabis strains that may be useful for medical cannabis patients with diabetes:
Harlequin is a high-CBD sativa with a 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 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 or those hoping for something less likely to cause a bad case of the munchies. 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 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.
With 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.
Bred by the legendary TGA Subcool Seeds, Pennywise is a popular CBD strain. This indica flower produces a one-to-one ratio of THC to CBD, making it relaxing, mild, and effective.
This bud would be great to use in a batch of homemade medical cannabis oil. While this strain is not couch-locking like a high-THC indica, this bud does tend to inspire a tranquil mood.
7. Northern Lights
Though THC is famous for inspiring a bad case of the munchies, many medical cannabis patients prefer high-THC buds for pain and stress management.
Northern Lights is an easy to find and super popular indica. This bud is beloved as a euphoric yet gentle sleep aid and powerful pain reliever. Expect THC contents of 18 percent in this bud. Most will want to save Northern Lights for nighttime consumption.
Note: The information presented in this article is meant for educational purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice or treatment.