Study: CBD Treatment Improves Deficits Associated With Diabetes

A multi-week treatment with cannabidiol improves biophysical and behavioral deficits associated with experimental type-1 diabetes, according to a new study. The study is being published in the journal Neuroscience Letters, and it was epublished ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health. The study is titled Two-weeks treatment with cannabidiol improves biophysical and behavioral deficits associated with experimental type-1 diabetes.

“The prevalence rates of depression and anxiety are at least two times higher in diabetic patients, increasing morbidity and mortality”, states the study’s abstract. “Cannabidiol (CBD) has been identified as a therapeutic agent viable to treat diverse psychiatric disorders.” Thus, this study “aimed to investigate the effect of CBD treatment (once a day for 14 days starting two weeks after diabetes induction; at doses of 0, 3, 10 or 30 mg/kg, i.p.) on depression- and anxiety-like behaviors associated with experimental diabetes induced by streptozotocin (60 mg/kg; i.p.) in rats.”

Levels of plasma insulin, blood glucose, and weight gain were evaluated in all experimental groups, including a positive control group treated with imipramine. The rats “were tested in the modified forced swimming test (mFST) and elevated plus maze (EPM) test. Besides, the levels of serotonin (5-HT), noradrenaline (NA) and dopamine (DA) in two emotion-related brain regions, the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and hippocampus (HIP) were evaluated using high-pressure liquid chromatography.”

According to researchers, “Our results showed that CBD treatment (only at the higher dose of 30 mg/kg) reduced the exaggerated depressive- and anxiogenic-like behaviors of diabetic (DBT) rats, which may be associated with altered 5-HT, NA and/or DA levels observed in the PFC and HIP. Treatment with CBD (higher dose) also induced a significant increase in weight gain and the insulin levels (and consequently reduced glycemia) in DBT rats.”

They conclude: “The long-term CBD effects gave rise to novel therapeutic strategies to limit the physiological and neurobehavioral deficits in DBT rats. This approach provided evidence that CBD can be useful for treating psychiatry comorbidities in diabetic patients.”

The full abstract can be found below:



The prevalence rates of depression and anxiety are at least two times higher in diabetic patients, increasing morbidity and mortality. Cannabidiol (CBD) has been identified as a therapeutic agent viable to treat diverse psychiatric disorders. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the effect of CBD treatment (once a day for 14 days starting two weeks after diabetes induction; at doses of 0, 3, 10 or 30 mg/kg, i.p.) on depression- and anxiety-like behaviors associated with experimental diabetes induced by streptozotocin (60 mg/kg; i.p.) in rats.

Levels of plasma insulin, blood glucose, and weight gain were evaluated in all experimental groups, including a positive control group treated with imipramine. The rats were tested in the modified forced swimming test (mFST) and elevated plus maze (EPM) test. Besides, the levels of serotonin (5-HT), noradrenaline (NA) and dopamine (DA) in two emotion-related brain regions, the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and hippocampus (HIP) were evaluated using high-pressure liquid chromatography. Our results showed that CBD treatment (only at the higher dose of 30 mg/kg) reduced the exaggerated depressive- and anxiogenic-like behaviors of diabetic (DBT) rats, which may be associated with altered 5-HT, NA and/or DA levels observed in the PFC and HIP.

Treatment with CBD (higher dose) also induced a significant increase in weight gain and the insulin levels (and consequently reduced glycemia) in DBT rats. The long-term CBD effects gave rise to novel therapeutic strategies to limit the physiological and neurobehavioral deficits in DBT rats. This approach provided evidence that CBD can be useful for treating psychiatry comorbidities in diabetic patients.


Researchers for the study are affiliated with the following groups:

  • Department of Pharmacology, Biological Science Sector, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil.
  • Institute of Neurosciences and Behavior (INeC), University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA, United States.
  • Department of Neuroscience and Behavioral Sciences, Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Brazil; National Institute of Science and Technology for Translational Medicine (INCT-TM-CNPq), Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Department of Pharmacology, Biological Science Sector, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil; Institute of Neurosciences and Behavior (INeC), University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Department of Pharmacology, Biological Science Sector, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil; Institute of Neurosciences and Behavior (INeC), University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Electronic address: janaina.zanoveli@ufpr.br.

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  1. Narcissism is a dark trait but it may lead to a positive impact on depression(Denovan,2019).

    This study was rather interesting as subclinical narcissism is part of the dark triad which also includes traces of Machiavellianism. Narcissism boosts confidence to a certain level such as dominance and high self-esteem but only if its in moderation. The majority of Psychology research suggests that we all have a slight element of narcissism, sadism, or masochism. There are 298 million depression sufferers worldwide. Depression is linked to an increased alarming risk of morality especially with patients with grave illnesses as of heart-related or cancer. Wishing well to everyone on part of healing.

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