Cannabidiol (CBD) has been gaining momentum and popularity in mainstream media. Many celebrities endorse CBD, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, and Olivia Wilde. Everyone has their reason for taking CBD. However, a popular reason among these celebrities is tense muscles, aches, anxiety, fibromyalgia, arthritis, endometriosis, etc.
As we can see, CBD is becoming increasingly popular, and more research is being conducted to see what other benefits CBD can provide. One such reason to take CBD is to lower blood pressure. Let’s discuss.
What is CBD?
CBD has its roots in cannabis, but unlike THC, CBD does not provide you with the feeling of being “high.” Instead, CBD supports the endocannabinoid system to maintain homeostasis: a balanced and healthy state that the body strives to remain in. Many advocates and researchers agree that CBD has a plethora of benefits, as we mentioned above.
Blood Pressure Explained
Our blood pressure is based on two readings that measure how much pressure is exerted against our arteries. The top reading is called systolic, and the bottom reading is called diastolic. The systolic measures how much pressure there is when blood goes through our arteries. The diastolic measures the pressure when our heart relaxes.
Blood pressure numbers of less than 120/80 mm Hg are considered within the normal range. According to the American Heart Association, having your blood pressure tested is the only way to know if you have high blood pressure.
High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, is a risk factor for stroke and heart disease. High blood pressure occurs when our heart has to work harder to pump blood through the blood vessels.
How Can CBD Help?
A 2020 study found that CBD can have a very potent influence in regulating the vascular tone in the pulmonary circulation and that CBD can modify diseases, such as hypertension. The study also found that CBD can be used for therapeutic purposes, although responses can differ from individual to individual.
A 2017 study similarly found that the use of CBD reduces blood pressure and the blood pressure increases to stress in humans, associated with increased heart rate.
People are increasingly becoming interested in natural or organic remedies to treat illnesses or conditions. CBD can be a great addition to your daily regime, just like taking a vitamin. As always, consult your practitioner before starting anything new.