Heart disease is no joke, in fact nearly 655,000 Americans die at the hands of heart disease every year. With that in mind, Heart health is currently an area that is being explored to understand whether or not cbd has health benefits that could impact heart health.
Unfortunately we already know that CBD cannot cure heart disease or congestive heart failure. However it is being studied to find out ways it may help to reduce the symptoms and possibly even prevent heart disease.
If you are not aware of what CBD is yet, it is an oil that is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the Cannabis or hemp plant. CBD is a chemical that’s unique to the cannabis plant. The two most prominent cannabinoids within cannabis plants are:
- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): often referred to as marijuana, has psychoactive properties that create a “high” feeling when ingested either through food or burning it and inhaling the smoke.
- Cannabidiol (CBD): Unlike it’s sister cannabinoid, CBD does not have psychoactive effects, but it does provide several therapeutic benefits.
Heart disease is more of an umbrella term which refers to a slew of heart conditions. Heart disease involves the heart valves, the arteries, as well as heart rate, leading to heart failure.
Heart failure is a very serious health condition in which the heart stops pumping the way it should. Our bodies depend on our heart’s pumping action to deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to all of our cells.
When heart failure occurs, the heart cannot supply the body’s cells with enough blood, leading to symptoms that can have a tremendous impact on your quality of life.
Symptoms of heart failure vary, depending on the type and severity of heart failure you have. Common symptoms include.
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Bluish-colored fingers and/or lips
- Persistent coughing or wheezing
- Buildup of excess fluid in the body tissues (edema)
- Lack of appetite
- Trouble concentrating
- Inability to sleep when lying flat
So how does CBD come into play in the role to help heart health? Well firstly let’s mention CBD’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidative properties, these benefits may help reduce risk factors that can lead to heart disease. It may also be helpful in reducing the risk of related conditions, such as stroke.
There has been research that has suggested that CBD can help lower blood pressure. Congestive heart failure is almost always linked to high blood pressure. The reason for this is that high blood pressure makes it more difficult for blood to travel easily throughout our bodies, causing the heart to work overtime.
While more research is needed to be sure, CBD may be helpful in lowering blood pressure to prevent congestive heart failure.
With CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, it may also help to reduce cholesterol levels which would have an impact on your heart health.
According to research, CBD also has properties that help relax arterial walls, which research suggests may help reduce blood pressure and excess cholesterol. In a study done on rats, CBD was shown to increase HDL levels—aka “good” cholesterol—and lower LDL levels after four weeks of CBD supplementation.
Like we have said many times already, CBD is most likely best known for its anti-inflammatory properties. And as research suggests, inflammation is at the heart(:D) of many chronic illnesses. Inflamed blood vessels make it harder for the heart to pump blood throughout the body. The harder your heart has to work, the higher your chance of heart disease is.
One study found that CBD can have a direct effect on the arteries, helping reduce inflammation and improving blood flow. This suggests that CBD reduces inflammation in arteries and blood vessels, easing the strain on the heart, potentially preventing heart failure.
With more and more new CBD studies happening all the time we believe CBD will play a large role in the fight against heart disease in this great country of ours. Remember, If you’re just starting off with CBD, try a small dose first and work your way up from there. Just say to yourself, start low and go slow.