CBD and Blood Pressure
Our bodies rely on a steady flow of blood and oxygen, regulated and controlled by the heart and lungs.
As blood flows around the body, it exhibits pressure on our veins and arteries.
In high blood pressure - or hypertension - this pressure approaches and exceeds a dangerous threshold that means your blood pressure becomes too high, threatening damage to venous and arterial walls.
Hypertension is extremely common with 1 in 4 men and 1 and 5 women suffering from it in some form at some level each year. It is one of the leading causes of stroke, heart disease and many other cardiovascular health problems.
Hypertension is often treated with drugs such as statins, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers that relax the blood vessel walls and calm the heart down. Many of these drugs are not sustainable to consume in the long term and they do not treat the underlying causes of hypertension.
CBD has been identified as a promising natural treatment option for high blood pressure.
What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that is primarily harvested and extracted from hemp. Hemp is a strain of the cannabis Sativa plant and is chosen primarily due to its high CBD content and low THC content.
Hemp is an exceptionally interesting plant with fantastic crop characteristics - it’s hardy, mould and pest-proof and grows quickly with minimal nutrient input.
In fact, hemp has been used for thousands of years and hemp-related medicine was used by many ancient cultures and civilisations.
Now, our knowledge of CBD is much more advanced. We know that CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is not only found in humans but in most other animals and plants too. The ECS extends through our brains, nerve cells and even white blood cells. We actually produce our own endogenous cannabinoids that are not unlike the CBD found in cannabis.
The ECS is vital in the functionality of thousands, if not millions of internal bodily processes. It’s an extremely interesting and slightly mysterious component of our ancient biology.
CBD extracted from hemp and other cannabis has provided us with a novel means to influence our ECS. CBD does not directly bind to CBD receptors, but influences and modulates their behaviour in a positive, nourishing way.
Aside from receptor modulation, CBD also alters the behaviour of many other cellular processes - it’s a complex compound that, despite the ongoing research underway, we have not yet got to the bottom it, but eventually we will.
CBD and Your Health
Following speculation and anecdotal reports into the possible health benefits of CBD, a raft of scientific studies began to accumulate throughout the early 2000s. We now have clinical evidence that CBD can positively affect inflammation, anxiety, stress, depression and chronic pain amongst so many other conditions.
In scientific studies, CBD itself is classed as an anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, antidepressant, antipsychotic, and anticonvulsant compound.
CBD’s most interesting and surprising properties include, how effective CBD can be when other conventional drugs are not, e.g. in reducing chronic pain in those undergoing chemotherapy and sufferers of rare forms of epilepsy such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
CBD and Hypertension
One area of great interest in CBD is the treatment of hypertension. Hypertension interacts with many processes that CBD can treat, and so it can treat hypertension as well as its underlying causes.
Firstly, hypertension involves the contraction and tension of the muscular arterial walls. This constricts blood flow and increases blood pressure. CBD has been shown to be an effective muscle relaxant, reducing muscle tension and increasing elasticity.
This goes hand-in-hand with CBD’s anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects, as it’s been shown to reduce stress, expediting the heart’s return to a relaxed state following exposure to a stressful situation. Lowered cortisol and enhanced serotonin production both positively contributed to CBD’s potential effectiveness for treating hypertension.
Another study showed that just a single dose of CBD reduced heart rate and blood pressure in otherwise healthy individuals. The researchers noted that the effect had a rapid and reliable onset. Other studies have noted that CBD increases heart rate slightly but also decreases systolic blood pressure by up to –6 mm Hg, which is considerable and can lower risk of stroke and heart disease by some 10 - 15%.
CBD and Inflammation
Inflammation also plays a role in high blood pressure. Inflamed arteries and veins may contract and become tense and inflexible. The British Heart Foundation cites that CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties may prove the most effective for fighting high blood pressure, warding off strokes and heart attacks.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects may be produced by its modulating effect on pain receptors and chemicals including Anandamide and Adenosine. These compounds have been identified to play key roles in CBD’s treatment of arthritic pain, muscle spasms relating to multiple sclerosis and other neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
A Natural Way to Treat Hypertension
Hypertension can become a life-long affliction in some individuals and conventional drugs may not remain effective over its course. High blood pressure is always best to tackle with natural treatment options and preventative measures. The most important are diet and exercise - losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can decrease blood pressure and eliminate hypertension.
However, in patients suffering from hypertension as related to other conditions and diseases such as diabetes, infection, kidney and hormonal imbalances relating to neurological disorders or thyroid disease, CBD can be an effective natural treatment option that is safe for most to use daily.
For any and all sufferers of high blood pressure and hypertension, CBD is a promising compound. Unlike most clinical drugs, it doesn’t only treat the high blood pressure itself but also treats underlying contributing factors.
CBD Oil for Hypertension
BWell CBD Oil Group provides an array of the highest-quality CBD products.
BWell offers highest-quality CBD Oil for high blood pressure in concentrations of 4%, 10% and 20%.
In terms of CBD dosage for hypertension, it’s always best to start low with 4% or 10% concentrations. You can then move up to 20% if necessary. Always check the bottle/box before dosing.
BWell CBD stocks an assortment of highest-quality CBD products suitable for treating high blood pressure and hypertension.