Heart Health

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

The cardiovascular system plays a vital role in the body. Comprising the heart, lungs, and blood vessels, this system is responsible for critical task of transporting nutrients, hormones, and oxygen to cells via the bloodstream. Due to the importance of the cardiovascular system, any malfunctioning or illness could have catastrophic consequences.

There are numerous causes of cardiovascular diseases, with lifestyle being a major factor.

A health diet and frequent exercise are effective ways to prevent conditions such as chronic rheumatic heart disease, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, and diseases of the arteries, arterioles, and capillaries.

Another solution to preventing and possibly treating cardiovascular disease may lie with the cannabis plant. Research is proving CBD to be an effective therapeutic agent for a whole host of health conditions, including cardiovascular diseases. Evidence suggest that CBD is beneficial to the cardiovascular system, due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects on the body.

CBD is well-known for its potential to reduce harmful inflammation. The 2-AG endocannabinoid binds to the CB2 receptor, and this causes the immune system to send out less immune cells to attack. Also, CBD has proven to reduce the number of cells that die in the heart during inflammation. This helps your heart muscle hold onto its strength.

One of the benefits of CBD is its ability to reduce resting blood pressure, as well as blood pressure when faced with stress. A 2017 paper published in the JCL Journal showed that CBD reduced resting systolic blood pressure and reduced the stroke rate. The study also demonstrated that CBD is capable of reducing the blood pressure response to stress. Although stress is often perceived as a mental health issue, it can have physiological consequences in the long run. Long term stress is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease due to the elevation in blood pressure. The chronic release of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, may also be contributing factors. Research has shown that stress can change the way blood coagulates, increasing the risk of heart attacks.

CBD may also have the ability to treat autoimmune myocarditis, a viral, bacterial, and fungal infection. The symptoms of the condition can manifest as pain and tightness int he chest, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, flu-like symptoms and heart palpitations. A 2016 paper publish with the journal of Molecular Medicine showed that CBD treatment markedly reduced autoimmune myocarditis and also improved myocardial dysfunction and heart failure due to its anti-inflammatory, and anti-fibrotic effects.

When it comes to the heart, ischemia, which is inadequate supply of blood to an organ or part of the body, especially the heart, can cause arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat. CBD appears to offer cardio-protoective effects when it come to ischemia and lack of blood flow to the heart. A paper publish with the British Journal of Pharmacology found therapy using CBD restored blood flow.

There have been plenty of studies done on CBD for heart disease. As we continue to explore CBD in numerous therapeutic and medicinal applications, the evidence that is emerging proves it may offer treatment against heart disease


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