CBD and Blood Pressure
These days, issues with blood pressure are among the most common medical problems around the globe. As statistics show, more than a billion people worldwide have hypertension, which means elevated blood pressure.
Today, we would like to explore the following question; is an interaction between CBD and blood pressure possible and, if yes, what are the potential effects?
What is hypertension?
Hypertension is when a person’s blood pressure is too high. The blood pressure itself is the force from the blood to the walls of blood vessels. So, the higher the force, the more chances the blood vessels are damaged. As a result, hypertension is accompanied by various complications and can lead to numerous other diseases like atherosclerosis, kidney issues, heart disease or visual impairments.
The normal blood pressure index varies depending on your age, but remains around 120/80 mmHg. If your index is very different from this, we recommend you to visit your doctor.
What causes hypertension?
There are several factors that can contribute to high blood pressure and you may be more at risk if:
- it runs in your family (heredity);
- you are over 65 years old;
- you drink too much alcohol or smoke;
- you eat too much salt;
- you are overweight;
- you experience excessive stress on a regular basis.
Can CBD lower blood pressure?
In one of our previous articles we told you about the interaction between cannabidiol and the endocannabinoid system. Regarding blood pressure issues, there are different studies conducted to research the possible effect of CBD to blood pressure. According to this one, CBD may improve a person’s blood flow as it dilates their blood vessels. Another study showed taking CBD decreased blood pressure in rest and blood pressure response to stress in individuals. This study said that it can help relax arteries and veins, however it is unclear whether CBD actually lowers blood pressure in humans.
Concerning dealing with causes of hypertension, CBD may assist combating with stress and anxiety. Additionally, you can read about how to deal with anxiety and stress as well as how CBD may be used if you want to feel relaxed and focused in our articles.
Are there side effects of taking CBD for lowering blood pressure?
Don’t forget that consuming cannabidiol can lead to different side effects and everyone can have different side effects.
CBD affects the same drug metabolism enzymes like a grapefruit does. In this case, before using CBD, please check if any of the medications or supplements you are using have a special “grapefruit warning”. Another article described that taking CBD can make your mouth and eyes dry. This article showed different possible side effects of taking CBD like reduced appetite, drowsiness, diarrhea as well as fatigue.
Other side effects of taking CBD depend on how it is consumed, (inhaling CBD, for instance, may lead to asthma or other lung diseases). Here, you can read more about possible side effects of taking cannabidiol.
This is the basic information on the interaction between CBD and blood pressure. Please, keep in mind that more research on the true effects of CBD is needed so have a consultation with your doctor or medical professional before taking CBD for blood pressure purposes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.