Mar 31, 2016 5:36 AM

How can medical marijuana help with… Hypoglycemia?

Definition of Hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia, along with its antipode, hyperglycemia, is a common companion to the diabetes condition. Literally, it means abnormally low content of sugar in the blood. Lack of sugar in the bloodstream results in failure to supply the brain with sufficient amounts of glucose, which in turn, leads to malfunction of the central nervous system. Signs of hypoglycemia may include weakness in the limbs (up to inability to walk or raise hand), dizziness, nausea, and loss of consciousness. In rare cases, this condition can cause permanent damage to the brain and death.

Patients with Hypoglycemia have to ensure sufficient levels of their blood sugar at all times. This may require having small, but frequent meals ('snacks'), special diets and/or food additives, timely blood sugar measurements and insulin injections (if the patient also suffers from diabetes, which is quite common). Depending on the severity of the condition, such regime can be hard to bear with, both physically and psychologically, and emotional stress only brings further negative impact on the patient's overall well-being.

How can medical marijuana help?

Despite the fact that people with hypoglycemia must eat frequently to maintain stable blood sugar, appetite may not always be up to the task. Cannabis is anecdotally known as a good appetite booster, and this is usually true - one would most certainly eat some time after smoking. As with other ailments that require treatment involving appetite increase, medical marijuana may be prescribed for this purpose. There are also ongoing diabetes-related studies of medical marijuana, which suggest that cannabidol is capable of normalizing blood sugar. And, last but not least, smoking medical marijuana will most certainly alleviate the emotional stress and hamper mood swings, which often accompany the physical condition. Thus, people with hypoglycemia may find significant improvement of their quality of life through the use of medical marijuana.

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