Cannabidoil (CBD) is being explored and used for the treatment of patients suffering from stroke and diabetes. But, in addition, CBD may also be able to provide daily protection from high blood pressure. Studies have shown that the endocannabinoid system (the system within the human body that acts very much like the cannabinoid system in plants to keep the cannabis plant healthy) is in large part responsible for the regulation of hypertension. This is a novel area of high blood pressure research. Cannabidiol has been known to regulate the activity of the endocannabinoid anandamide, which has been linked to the mediation of hypertension and other vasodilator activities. What much of the current cardiovascular research has in common, is that it mainly explores the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities of CBD. These are perhaps two of the most thoroughly explored areas of CBD research. In many cases, even outside of heart health, CBD is well known for its ability to reduce oxidative stress and target inflammation. If CBD is known for nothing else, it is known for its anti-inflammatory capabilities. While the majority of CBD research remains within the confines of the laboratory, the preliminary evidence overwhelmingly supports CBD as a safe treatment alternative. Especially do to the prevalence of heart disease, it’s important for all possible therapeutic options to be on the table. The more we discover about CBD,
Even though heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, women often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging. “They do this because they are scared and because they put their families first,” says Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. “There are still many women who are shocked that they could be having a heart attack.” A heart attack strikes someone about every 43 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque).. Many women think the signs of a heart attack are unmistakable, but in fact they can be subtler and sometimes confusing. You could feel so short of breath, “as though you ran a marathon, but you haven’t made a move,” Goldberg said. “Some women experiencing a heart attack describe upper back pressure that feels like squeezing or a rope being tied around them,” Goldberg said. Dizziness, lightheadedness or actually fainting are other symptoms to look for. “Many women I see take an aspirin if they think they are having a heart attack
Inflammation is common in patients with heart disease and those who have experienced a stroke, and is thought to be a sign or response to fatty deposits. It’s important to know what inflammation is and what it can do to your heart. In terms that we more easily understand, a splinter in your finger will cause the white blood cells and other agents in your blood to attack the damaged area to kill any bacteria, and rid your body of the intruder. This causes redness and swelling. Similarly, for the cardiovascular system, risk factors like cigarette smoking, high blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol can “injure” the heart. In turn, the buildup of fatty deposits in the inner walls of the heart’s arteries, can develop. This narrows the arteries and increases the risk they’ll become blocked. “Exactly how inflammation plays a role in heart attack and stroke remains a topic of ongoing research,” says Deepak Bhatt, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “It appears that the inciting event in many heart attacks and some forms of stroke is buildup of fatty, cholesterol-rich plaque in blood vessels.” “The body perceives this plaque as abnormal and foreign, it does not belong in a healthy blood vessel,” he said. “In response, the body tries to wall off the plaque from the flowing blood. However, under the wrong set of circumstances, that
CBD is being used today for the treatment of anxiety, diabetes, cancer and chronic pain, and it is also being explored for its cardiovascular protection. In study after study, the preliminary research shows the significant potential of CBD to stop the trauma caused by heart disease. Every year, heart disease in all its forms is responsible for an estimated one in four deaths in the United States. One theory as to why it accounts for so many deaths is because many people ignore or don’t notice the early warning signs of the disease. Nearly half of all deaths caused by heart disease happen outside of the medical system. This is where cannabidiol (CBD) is coming into play as a new viable alternative therapy. It seems to target many of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases. Through many channels, it offers a multi-prong supportive supplement to whole-heart health. More study is certainly indicated, but a couple of drops of CBD oil under your tongue every day will do you no harm and may even save your life.