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Blood pressure

When your blood pressure is continuously too high, your blood vessels remain under high pressure. This can cause damage to your veins and blood vessels, but also to your organs. For example, your eyes and kidneys can be damaged by high blood pressure.

The high pressure in your blood vessels damages the inside of your vessels. This makes it easier for cholesterol to stick. Gradually, more and more cholesterol sticks to these damaged areas, which makes the blood vessels increasingly narrow and which increases the risk of an infarction.

Your heart also has to work harder and harder to pump blood. This can damage the heart muscle, making it thicker and stiffer, reducing its pumping power. This can eventually lead to heart failure.

Lower CBD and blood pressure

Several studies have been conducted on the effects of cannabinoids on the cardiovascular system. What soon became clear was that they had a blood pressure lowering effect. It seemed possible to use cannabinoids therapeutically

Initially, however, the studies were conducted with cannabinoids that were high in THC. This caused complications for the test subjects. Blood pressure became lower, but other functions were negatively affected.

In later studies, using cannabinoids high in cannabidiol (CBD), things fared much better. This is probably because the phytocannabinoids (derived from plants) have almost the same effect in our body as our own cannabinoids, they are even recognized as the body’s own. The negative effects did not materialize, making the therapeutic use of CBD possible in people with high blood pressure.

CBD and cardiovascular disease

Scientists are also positive about the effect of CBD in other cardiovascular diseases. Many existing studies on endo- and phytocannabinoids in cardiovascular disease have been conducted in animals. Recently, there has been a greater focus on human research. This involves looking at the effects on multiple receptors, including non-cannabinoid receptors.

Investigate blood pressure and CBD

Numerous studies have shown that long-term stress has an impact on the development of cardiovascular disease. Other factors increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, such as anxiety, low social status, and depression. High blood pressure also poses an increased risk.

Professor Saoirse O’Sullivan and her colleagues have conducted several studies into the effects of cannabinoids in the body. In a number of studies she has focused on the combination between stress and blood pressure and the effect of cannabinoids on this.

One of the studies was done with healthy young participants between the ages of 21 and 29. Blood pressure measurements were taken at rest and after some exercise. In the placebo group, blood pressure did not change at rest and increased with exercise. After taking a single dose of 600 mg CBD, the other group’s blood pressure fell at rest and remained almost the same after exercise.

The single dose of 600 mg therefore proved to have a considerable influence in healthy young participants between 21 and 29 years old.

So there is a lot of health benefit to be gained if you can keep your blood pressure under control. CBD can help you with that in an easy way.

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A single dose of cannabidiol reduces blood pressure in healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study

S.E. O’Sullivan, Garry D. Tan, Khalid A. Jadoon JCI INsight Jun 15, 2017 DOI: 10.1172/jci.insight.93760

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