I've read several articles discussing the effects of marijuana on blood glucose. From my experiences, I've never seen a rise or decrease in my numbers when I use it, but I was wondering if anyone else had any experiences that were similar or different?
I would consider myself a regular user of it, and honestly, I used to do it just for fun, but as I'm getting older and experiencing some of the complications of diabetes, I've actually seen the therapeutic effect it can have on the body. For me, it all but eliminates the pain from peripheral neuropathy in my legs everyday.
That being said, the only downside I can really think of is the induced hunger that follows administration of marijuana, which is hard enough for non-diabetics, much less the rest of us! I feel that it is a far better alternative than alcohol for diabetics, as it doesn't occupy the liver's precious processing time, and drive blood sugars down and up and down again, like it has for me in the past. Do any of you guys have any tips that can help curb some of the hunger from marijuana use, or maybe some ideas to trick my stomach into thinking its full (like drinking lots of water)? Thanks guys!
[Do any of you guys have any tips that can help curb some of the hunger from marijuana use]
Yes...This will work...Stop smoking the chronic ...;-)
haha. Easier said than done, my friend!
The other surefire solution is just don't snack...:-)
...just two cups of popcorn...that's easy enough...HaHa
Ha I don't smoke it due to the insane munchies I used to get when I did...
If you want to keep smoking only thing I could suggest is increasing basals if you are on a pump for a few hours afterwards, or ensure you basal for what you eat if you are on MDI and filling up on protein before hand may help.
Not trying to be trite but, "Mess with the bull, you get the horns."
Not trying to be judgemental either but even if the only downside you see to being a regular user is the munchies, that's still an incomprehensibly huge problem for a diabetic.
I have a fondness for hamburgers and fries. I would say that, before diabetes, I was a regular user and used to eat hamburgers and fries just for the fun of it. I looked for many ways to deal with the blood sugar rollercoaster, but in the end, I had to cut down on the hamburgers and fries.
Diabetes blows. It requires tough choices for all of us.
Make good ones.
Ok, first off getting stoned isn't nearly as dangerous for diabetes as getting drunk.
Mixed drinks, the liver working on alcohol instead of waking up the body (resulting in lows and seizures). I doubt that any critics are living clean and perfect lives alcohol free.
Here is a link about diabetes and drug use.
There are websites and some research on using drugs with diabetes. For example E makes eating anything impossible - so if you go low you need to have things you can take. Gummies to chew, or coke to drink.
LSD can create time lapses and can make it difficult to remember or sense how you are feeling.
Speed, K and G - well if you are dancing all night you need to compensate with snacks or drinks.
Mary Jane - Munchies - test, eat, test, if high take insulin.
It's a tough one to go out and party (whether with drug or alcohol or anything). Best plan of attack would be test regularly, party with people who know you are diabetic and can remind you to test.
As for your specific questions about curbing the hunger try eating something that won't mess too much with your sugars but can fill you up. Drink lots, and try popcorn or nuts. They will alter it - but less so than pizza and cookies. :)
I'm glad you asked the questions and I think we need to realize that there are lots of people on this forum with all kinds of life styles - if you do not agree with something someone does then don't comment. This is supposed to be a place to ask questions and get support. :)
...popcorn...Your kidding right!
Um no...I'm not.
By volume, popcorn has far less carbs than, say, potato chips. It's quite filling.
I often eat buttered popcorn for supper! Figured out the carbs and bg trajectory and it comes out fine bg-wise. I even drink beer with it. Watch out - getting dangerously close to fun here... Oops - added a movie and I'm now grinning. Guess I'm bad.
Popcorn does little to increase my BS levels. I usually take a correction bolus after eating it. It, for me, has been an effective snack.
This is doesn't really have much to do with liefstyle choice. Diabetes doesn't discriminate when it comes to lifestyle. Everybody has to make liefstyle adjustments. Whether you smoke (whatever) or drink alcohol, whatever it is you eat, whatever your activity level, you will have to make adjustments. Bulls come in all shape sizes and colors, but their horns always hurt.
Not that one number tells the whole story about diabetes management, but an A1c of 8.3 is problematic. Jack might want to think about making some adjustments.
Hey, maybe he doesn't need to adjust the amount of pot he smokes, at all?