As cardiovascular health awareness increases, people are searching for tools to help curb elevated blood pressure more than ever, which has them wondering if CBD helps with high blood pressure in terms of preventing it.
According to the CDC, ‘almost half of the adults in the United States suffer from hypertension.’ That translates to roughly 108 million Americans who battle high blood pressure. Of those, ‘only about 24% of adults with hypertension have their condition under control.”
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a naturally occurring compound that is produced by the cannabis plant. CBD is a cannabinoid, just like its infamously intoxicating relative, THC. CBD and THC are just two of over 100 cannabinoids that are produced by cannabis. Labs are actively trying to isolate new cannabinoids.
As recently as 2018, Canadian researchers discovered 21 new cannabinoids. Although CBD is closely related to THC, it doesn’t maintain any of THC’s intoxicating effects, thus foregoing any use for recreation. That being said, users should be aware that some CBD products, namely those purchased at cannabis dispensaries, may also contain THC.
CBD’s popularity has led to its use in countless product categories. With CBD being readily available in the majority of retailers nationwide, its selection of products has quickly grown to include items like capsules, vapes, drinks, candies, smokable flowers, oils, salves, and more.
Can CBD Helps With High Blood Pressure?
As CBD has taken the world by storm with its growing list of potential benefits, it’s no surprise that researchers have started exploring its potential use in the treatment of high blood pressure.
In a study published by the American Society for Clinical Investigation, scientists experimented with CBD to lower blood pressure. Researchers gave nine ‘healthy male volunteers’ a single dose of 600mg of CBD, monitoring blood pressure before, during, after, and under stress, both pre-and post-administration. This placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study was the first of its kind but likely not the last.
The results of the study led researchers to conclude that (emphasis added) ‘acute administration of CBD reduces resting BP and the BP increase (due) to stress in humans, associated with increased HR (heart rate).’
Researchers also concluded that further research was warranted to definitively determine CBD’s ability to reduce blood pressure. It should be noted that the sample size (n=9) of this study was relatively small, the study only considered male test subjects, and the dose of CBD administered was relatively large. This doesn’t discredit the findings, but instead, signals other labs to continue researching CBD’s role in cardiovascular health.
How does CBD affect blood pressure? The consensus is that CBD tends to relax the blood vessels and decrease anxiety, which ultimately leads to a lowering of blood pressure. This type of blood pressure reduction is more favorable, as it is associated with decreased levels of anxiety.
So if you want to use CBD oil for high blood pressure, the best way is to integrate it into your daily wellness routine. This may provide long-term benefits to your cardiovascular health and keep your blood pressure from rising.
Other potential benefits of CBD
High blood pressure is not the only condition CBD has shown promise for in terms of providing relief. There are currently over 300 clinical trials underway involving CBD. Scientists worldwide are in a race to uncover the mysteries of this naturally occurring compound produced by the cannabis plant.
Although numerous studies are in progress, promising anecdotal evidence of CBD’s potential benefits have blanketed the internet. CBD users frequently report pain relief, anxiety relief, and even a reduction of drug-seeking behavior in those suffering from substance abuse disorders.
The CBD Insider 2019 US CBD Consumer Report, which surveyed over 1,000 individuals, reported the following:
- 82.4% of CBD users who used CBD for energy reported it very or extremely effective in increasing their energy levels
- 79.5% of CBD users who used CBD for a good mood reported it being very or extremely effective in improving their mood
- 78.9% of CBD users who used CBD to relax reported it being very or extremely effective in relaxing them
- 76.8% of CBD users who used CBD to sleep better reported it being very or extremely effective in helping them sleep
- 67.4% of CBD users who used CBD to get rid of aches/any kind of discomfort reported it being very or extremely effective in providing them relief
However, not all evidence of CBD’s benefits is anecdotal. In 2018, the FDA approved the use of Epidiolex, a CBD-based prescription drug, by individuals experiencing intractable seizures as a result of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome, both rare forms of epilepsy. Additionally, Epidiolex may be administered for the control of seizures in those diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis.
Is CBD Legal?
The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill resulted in CBD being deemed federally legal but not without some conditions. Concentrated CBD extract that is used in the majority of CBD products, according to the 2018 Farm Bill, must be derived from hemp.
According to the USDA, a cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC is categorized as hemp. Cannabis plants with a THC concentration higher than 0.3% are still considered marijuana. Processing facilities can extract CBD from hemp and marijuana, but only-hemp-derived CBD is federally permitted for sale by nearly all retailers. Marijuana-derived CBD must only be sold at registered cannabis dispensaries.
Just because CBD has been deemed federally legal doesn’t necessarily mean that it is considered legal by your state and/or local authorities. While the majority of states simply adopted the terms of the 2018 Farm Bill, some have yet to do so.
Both THC and CBD may lower blood pressure in different ways, However, based on available research, neither CBD nor THC should be considered medical treatment for high blood pressure.
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