Can cannabinol, (CBD) used to treat or lessen your risk of developing hearth disease?
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with over 610,000 deaths per year. There are a number of diseases that can affect the heart, and many of the medications cause problems down the line or interfere with the quality of life of those who take them.
Of course, one of the best ways to prevent heart problems is to not smoke, eat right and exercise, but can CBD also be part of the preventative regimen? Research seems to indicate that CBD could be effective in not only preventing heart disease, but also as possible treatment with fewer side effects than the medications currently used.
There are several diseases of the heart, but the most common killer is atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. In this disease, a buildup of plaque in the arteries narrows the passages and raises blood pressure. Good blood flow is also crucial to prevent clotting in the body. If blood gets too thick and too slow thanks to blocked blood vessels, stroke-causing clots could form. This is why stroke and heart disease are interrelated.
There are several studies that have shown that CBD oil is an effective treatment for lowering blood pressure. It also reduces stress and inflammation — two common triggers of heart disease and heart attack.
In addition to these findings, there’s even evidence that high doses of CBD might be useful to help with arrhythmia in heart patients. An arrhythmia is when your heart beats incorrectly, whether too fast, slow, or at the wrong rhythm. Rodent studies that use CBD to treat an arrhythmia showed promising results.
One of the latest studies on CBD for heart disease was carried out by researchers from Fudan University in Shanghai and published in Science Direct. It found that cannabis could be useful in the management of both stroke and cardiac arrest.
The study specifically showed that CBD could alleviate conditions that involve a deficiency in blood flow. However, it stated that findings are still in their early stages and more studies need to be done to confirm these results.
All in all, there have been plenty of studies on CBD for heart disease. However, more definitive data is needed before doctors can recommend CBD for specific cardiovascular conditions.
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