People sometimes call high blood pressure the silent killer because it often has no symptoms, but it can lead to life threatening complications. High blood pressure usually has no signs or symptoms, so the only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have yours measured. But instead of going on medication for the rest of your life, what else can you do? Can CBD oil help high blood pressure?
What is High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is measures both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure.
You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected. And once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it.
How is High Blood Pressure treated?
There are many factors that can course high blood pressure such as:
- Alcohol consumption
- Ethnic Background
- Family History
- Salt intake
Most of them we can control but some, like age and family history we can not do anything about. So how is it treated?
There are different kinds of medications your doctor can prescribe – here we list a few:
- ACE Inhibitors
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers
All of these have bad side effects, and can cause health issues if taken over a long period of time. Then what can you do?
Can CBD Oil help High Blood Pressure?
Recent studies suggest that CBD oil may be beneficial in dealing with high blood pressure. The studies show how CBD is a vasodilator which means it allows a healthy flow of blood in the vessels to normalize blood pressure. CBD potentially provides neuroprotective effects that protect the heart against any cardiovascular conditions and even stroke. The studies also suggest that CBD can create normal heart rhythm and improve heart performance immediately after a heart attack.
Endocannabinoids could regulate blood pressure. However, they cannot solely provide the required effect. CBD also has anti-anxiety and pain relief effects which help reduce resting blood pressure and HBP connected to stress.
If you practice good health principles you will can some of these problems. Eating a healthy diet (low in salt) and some exercise can maintain the health your body needs for. There are two other ways that CBD may help reduce your blood pressure.
Eliminating any inflammation in your body is a common way of preventing high blood pressure. Over time, your lifestyle may cause inward swelling of arteries’ walls which then tighten the blood’s passages. Alcohol and drug abuse can increase this inflammation. CBD vasodilates the passages by relaxing and widening them. However, you still need to lead a healthy lifestyle while using CBD oil.
- Cardiac Contractility
Excessive work creates this other form of hypertension characterized by the heart pumping blood too fast. A neurotransmitter such as anandamide plays a critical role in the functioning of the heart. CBD oil controls the re-uptake of vital heart neurotransmitters that control the cardiovascular system.
CBD oil is, therefore, a more natural remedy for people with cardiovascular related problems.