The talk of the town is CBD cures it all. What about cardiovascular diseases? Can CBD have a role when it comes to our heart?/Let’s explore CBD’s heart connection with the human cardiovascular system.
What is CBD?
There are different compounds present in the cannabis plant. There are a type of chemicals called cannabinoids which are abundant in the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol or commonly known as CBD is one of the cannabinoids compounds present in the cannabis plant. Since they are present in plants, these compounds are called phytocannabinoids. CBD is one among the many phytocannabinoids present.
What makes CBD stand apart from other compounds is its medicinal value. CBD is helpful in treating a variety of health conditions.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body. This is a system consists of cannabinoids that are produced by the human body called endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and other enzymes. The endocannabinoid system is found to have an active role in regulating different physiological functions.
CBD being a cannabinoid doesn’t directly bind to any cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Rather, it helps to increase the number of endocannabinoids available in the human body. This indirect stimulation of the cannabinoid receptors brings changes which result in regulating different properties.
CBD is also known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. When it comes to cardiovascular diseases, anti-apoptotic properties of CBD also helps with treating the patients.
How Does CBD Affect The Cardiovascular System?
The cardiovascular system consists of the heart, lungs and blood vessels. This system helps deliver the nutrients to different parts of the body and take away the waste products from the cells and tissues. This nourishment and waste disposal process are done through the bloodstream and it is spread all across the human body.
Dysfunctioning of the cardiovascular system affects the functioning of the body as a whole. CBD can help regain the normal routine of the cardiovascular system. Fluctuations in blood pressure are one of the common reasons that lead to serious health problems. High blood pressure is found in most cases of stroke, heart attack, and other related heart issues.
CBD is a natural remedy that can help regulate blood pressure. In a recent study, CBD is administered to healthy human volunteers in order to study its effect on blood pressure due to stress. It was conducted to study the effect of CBD in a placebo-controlled group. Meaning, a group was given no CBD (placebo) and the other group is given CBD and studied for cardiovascular parameters.
The results showed a lowering of blood pressure in times of stress for the group administered with CBD. This effect may also be due to the anxiolytic properties of CBD. it is also noted this group shown a reduced blood pressure compared to the placebo group.
The research team suggests a more extensive study to learn about the effect of CBD for hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. However, their findings put light on the effect of CBD on reducing blood pressure in times of stress. This also accounts for the anxiolytic and analgesic properties of CBD.
This study also discusses about different parameters that can help understand the effect of CBD in the case of cardiovascular diseases. It gives insights on the effect of CBD in response to mental stress, exercise stress, and cold stress.
CBD, Stress And Cardiovascular Diseases
CBD is known for its anti-stress properties by interacting with the endocannabinoid system. It is shown to relieve stress and anxiety, bringing up the quality of life.
When it comes to cardiovascular diseases, Stress is an important factor that leads to increased blood pressure. An increased blood pressure is one of the major factors seen in many of the heart-related issues like stroke and heart attack.
Reducing the effect of stress hormones in turn help with the blood pressure and health issues caused by it. The anxiolytic properties discussed in these previous blogs is found useful when it comes to the related cardiovascular health issues.
CBD is known for its anxiolytic properties where it helps reduce stress and anxiety. Stress and related mental issues are one of the reasons on the rise today causing a rise in blood pressure. Cardiovascular diseases are caused by a variety of parameters. One of them is an elevation in blood pressure. CBD is shown to help with reducing blood pressure in times of stress, which in turn help smooth functioning of cardiovascular issues.
CBD also holds potential in treating inflammation, however, more studies are going on how this can help with the problems related to the cardiovascular system. Let’s hope the role of CBD in this area unfolds with more research and clinical studies.