We’ve explored the possibility of treating symptoms of diabetes using medical marijuana before, here. Now there could be a new way of receiving the pain relief benefits of cannabis.
Cannabis Science, a company specializing in developing medicines based in cannabis, is developing two pharmaceuticals that could potentially help relieve pain associated with diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia.
What makes these so unique is the fact that the medication is delivered to the patient through a transdermal patch.
What makes this specific method of delivery appealing over others (i.e. topical, intravenous, oral, etc.) is that the system allows the correct dosage to be slowly absorbed by the patient over time. The company believes this gives it an advantage over other forms and that the patches actually “promote healing to an injured area of the body.”
You might be wondering how this applies to people with diabetes. You also may be dismissing the option due to a lack of interest in the high associated with marijuana.
Well, CBD, the second cannabinoid found in marijuana (in addition to THC), has both anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties, making it the ideal treatment for people with diabetes who suffer from peripheral neuropathy. Further, CBD lacks the psychoactive properties that would cause a patient to feel high.
This would be a huge advancement for people who suffer from this kind of pain, and we can’t wait to hear what you think! It sounds like Cannabis Science (and similar companies) are only beginning to learn what cannabis-based medications have to offer. So, make sure to let us know in the comments below what you think. Would you be willing to try it?
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