Cannabidiol (CBD) has gained momentum in the mainstream media over the past couple of years. CBD is the second most prevalent active ingredient of cannabis (marijuana) and is directly derived from the hemp plant. According to the World Health Organization, “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” There have been many reported benefits in regard to the use of CBD, such as relief from anxiety, insomnia, pain, and inflammation. A new correlation exists between CBD and cardiovascular health. Let’s discuss!
According to this study, “just more than an estimated 39 million people, including more than 2 million with established cardiovascular disease, using a substance about which we know very little: cannabis.”
The World Health Organization suggested that CBD may help to treat symptoms related to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and Alzheimer’s diseases.
According to Beat Heartbreak Together, “inflammation is part of the process that leads to many diseases, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, and there is some evidence that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. Other studies have suggested that CBD can have a protective effect on the heart: this has been proven in rats after a heart attack and in mice with some of the heart damage associated with diabetes.”
There is ongoing research into the use of purer forms of CBD for a variety of conditions, including heart and circulatory diseases and, in particular, diseases of the heart muscle, including myocarditis and some types of cardiomyopathy.
This study concluded that CBD can reduce the cardiovascular response to various types of stress. CBD also has a protective role in reducing cardiac dysfunction and can act as a protectant in reducing ischaemic damage in models of stroke. Hence, CBD helps in improving cardiovascular health.
Another study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that when rats were given CBD 10 minutes before a 30-minute coronary artery occlusion (partial or complete obstruction of blood flow in the coronary artery, which may cause chest pain, heart attack, and tissue damage) or 10 minutes before blood flow was restored, they experienced fewer arrhythmias and less tissue damage than rats not given CBD. Research in this area is still in the early stage, but it already shows great potential.