Can CBD Lower Blood Pressure? Here's What We Know
Nearly half of all US adults (47% to be exact) suffer from high blood pressure. So it's no wonder that folks are looking for alternative forms of treatment to lower their blood pressure once and for all.
- CBD has been studied for its anti-inflammatory effects as well as its potential to treat those with anxiety disorders
- New research into CBD's ability to lower blood pressure has revealed promising results, though further research is needed to determine whether CBD may effectively treat cardiovascular disease
- Preliminary evidence has identified CBD's ability to lower resting blood pressure in a study conducted among healthy volunteers
- Furthermore, studies have identified CBD to possess vasodilatory effects, potentially improving blood flow as it widens blood vessels
- While CBD is being studied for its potentially numerous cardiovascular benefits, it is still advised that you consult with a doctor before using CBD products, especially if you're looking to lower blood pressure
But an unlikely hero has stepped into the picture as studies have examined CBD's potential ability to lower blood pressure. While this preliminary evidence is still in its early stages of development and determination, the results remain promising.
Below, we'll go through everything there is to know about high blood pressure, and low blood pressure, and what the experts are saying about CBD's potential ability to interact with both. So keep reading to find out how CBD may alleviate your blood pressure concerns.
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What Is High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure, or hypertension, refers to the pressure of blood against the walls of the arteries. As you go about your day, it's normal for your body to either raise blood pressure or reduce blood pressure as needed.
But consistently high blood pressure can lead to other health issues and concerns. The optimal range for healthy blood pressure is anywhere between 90/60 to 120/80, measuring systolic blood pressure over diastolic blood pressure.
First, let's look at the two main kinds of hypertension:
Primary hypertension is the most common form of high blood pressure that develops gradually and without any discernible cause. Studies suggest that primary hypertension may be linked to genetics or physical changes in the body such as body weight.
Secondary hypertension, on the other hand, comes on quickly and can pose more serious threats. It is thought that this type of high blood pressure may be triggered by anything from kidney disease to congenital heart defects, thyroid issues to alcohol consumption.
What Contributes To High Blood Pressure?
While high blood pressure may be linked to genetics, there are certain activities and factors that may contribute to an increased blood pressure response. Such factors include:
- Eating a high-sodium diet
- Not engaging in enough physical activity
- Drinking an excess of alcohol
- Smoking tobacco products
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a therapeutic component found in large amounts in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and will not make you "high."
CBD products run the gamut from CBD topical roll-ons to CBD tinctures, CBD gummies to CBD flower for smoking. Within the last couple of years, cannabidiol (CBD) has been in the spotlight for its potential therapeutic effects.
So let's dive deeper and see what exactly those effects are.
The Effects of CBD
The effects of CBD oil have been widely researched and studied. That being said, research remains ongoing into how CBD oil truly interacts with the human body.
Even still, a 2015 study found that CBD oil may act as a potential treatment for those with anxiety disorders. Of these anxiety disorders, this particular study focused on CBD's effect on patients with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and PTSD.
Across all patients, this study found that the anxiolytic properties of CBD managed to decrease such anxiety symptoms, prompting further research to investigate CBD oil as a potential treatment going forward.
Beyond mental health disorders, CBD oil has also been studied for its anti-inflammatory effects, namely its potential ability to alleviate chronic pain from both inflammatory and neuropathic disorders.
These studies and more have made CBD products all the more desirable as users have flocked to see which forms of CBD oil may help alleviate their symptoms.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD oil is thought to work with the body's endocannabinoid system, a cell-signaling system that is in charge of a variety of regulating functions.
The Endocannabinoid System
The endocannabinoid system is thought to strengthen or reduce reactions of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, immune system, and endocrine system. That's why research into how, potentially, cannabidiol reduces blood pressure has been ongoing ever since.
In fact, a 2005 study was able to determine that cannabinoids exert powerful hypotensive and cardio-depressor effects. In other words, there is a clear link between cannabinoids and blood pressure, although that link is still being investigated.
CBD And Blood Pressure
The relationship between CBD and blood pressure is continually being researched. But here's what the experts have managed to determine so far.
What The Experts Are Saying
A 2017 study found that the administration of CBD to healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study effectively reduced resting blood pressure as well as the blood pressure response to stress.
Additionally, a 2020 study found that CBD may possess vasodilatory effects, suggesting that CBD may improve blood flow as it widens blood vessels. These findings were compounded with a 2021 study that similarly assessed the effects of CBD on individuals with high blood pressure, observing a significant blood pressure reduction after 3 months of use.
It is also significant to note that the American Institute of Stress issued a statement saying that stress may cause blood pressure to rise. With this in mind, data on CBD's potential ability to treat anxiety disorders may also play a significant role in the conversation between CBD and blood pressure.
While these preliminary findings are promising, further research is still needed to establish whether CBD oil may play a role in treating those with existing cardiovascular disease and other cardiovascular disorders.
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Best Types of CBD For Blood Pressure
At Clean Remedies, we pride ourselves on the quality of ingredients used. Below, you'll find only organic ingredients in our CBD products which may assist with the regulation of blood pressure.
#1. Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture
Our Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture offers you 3,000mg of Full Spectrum CBD. This tincture oil is ideal for those looking to get the most out of their CBD supplement routine.
Our decision to use full-spectrum hemp as opposed to pure CBD stems from research conducted on the entourage effect. This effect purports that all compounds found in the hemp plant effectively enhance one another's effect.
With this in mind, our Full Spectrum Hemp Extract contains less than 0.3% THC while retaining all additional cannabinoids and terpenes found in the hemp plant for maximum benefit.
#2. Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture
Those looking to experience the effects of CBD without the risk of THC involved will enjoy our Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture. Made with 1200mg of Broad Spectrum CBD Oil, this is our highest concentration of THC-free CBD.
While we removed the THC from this CBD product, we made sure to retain all additional cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant. This way, you can still reap the benefits of the entourage effect without worrying about testing positive on a drug test.
Made with only one other ingredient (USDA Certified Organic Safflower Oil), this CBD tincture is made with no fillers or fluff. This way, you only get the best organic ingredients that are meant to enhance one another's effects!
#3. CBG & CBD Optimal Wellness Tincture
Combining the effects of CBD with CBG, our CBG & CBD Optimal Wellness Tincture offers equal parts CBG and CBD, making a total of 1200mg of cannabinoid power.
CBG is known as the mother of all cannabinoids as it is found in the hemp plant in the early stages of the cannabis maturation cycle. Essentially, all other cannabinoids are broken down forms of CBG.
On its own, CBG is known for its potentially restorative and rejuvenating effects, thought to help maintain a balance between the body and mind. As a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBG offers similar effects to CBD oil while giving CBD an additional boost.
Preclinical data revealed that mice injected with CBG, or cannabigerol, saw a significant decrease in mean blood pressure. The study overall has proven new insight into the cardiovascular effects of CBG, namely how cannabinoids may assist in blood pressure regulation.
So if you're looking for CBD products that may lower blood pressure, combining the effects of CBG and CBD may offer you exactly what you're looking for!
Potential Risks of CBD
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), have both acknowledged the potential benefits of CBD. That being said, there are still some potential risks to be aware of.
Interactions With Other Medications
CBD may interact with some medications which may pose potential risks when using CBD products. These risks include:
- Drowsiness or sedation (especially if you're taking medication meant to treat anxiety, stress, or sleep disorders)
- Diarrhea and/or loss of appetite
- Mood changes, such as irritability and agitation
- Liver injury, and more
So if you're looking to lower blood pressure with CBD, it's important to consult with your doctor beforehand to ensure that no negative interactions occur.
Testing Positive On A Drug Test
If you're using CBD products with Full-Spectrum CBD, there is a chance you may test positive on a drug test. This is because full-spectrum hemp contains trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive compound that drug tests are looking to detect.
If you want to avoid this while still utilizing CBD products, you may want to change to a Broad-Spectrum CBD product or a CBD Isolate product. Broad-spectrum CBD retains all other cannabinoids from the hemp plant but eliminates any trace of THC.
To ensure your broad-spectrum CBD product contains absolutely zero THC, check the company's third-party lab results. This way, you'll know for sure what's in your product and what's not.
On the other hand, CBD Isolate is absolutely guaranteed to contain no THC whatsoever. It retains no other cannabinoids from the hemp plant. It's just pure CBD.
Some argue that you may not receive the potential benefits of the entourage effect with CBD Isolate. But if you're worried about testing positive on a drug test, this will be the safest CBD product for you to use.
Low Blood Pressure
As we've already determined, CBD has been shown to lower blood pressure. But this may also pose a risk for users experiencing low blood pressure.
Low blood pressure, or hypotension, can cause individuals to experience dizziness and faintness. While low blood pressure is less problematic than high blood pressure, symptoms like lightheadedness and fainting can pose risks in and of themselves.
So, if you're a person who already experiences low blood pressure, you will need to consult with your doctor before taking CBD in any form.
The Bottom Line
Promising evidence of CBD's potential ability to lower blood pressure is exciting. And at Clean Remedies, we like to keep our finger on the pulse of what new potential benefits CBD may possess.
That being said, we also like to arm you with the facts. So as you search for options that may help you lower your blood pressure or improve your body's response to stress, we encourage you to venture forward with an open mind.
Taking care of your health and wellness is crucial to living a happy life. But what are we saying - if you've made it through this whole blog post, then you're already aware of that!
Still, at Clean Remedies, we aim to produce the highest-quality products that can help you achieve your health and wellness goals. So we'll be sure to keep you in the know as soon as there are any new CBD developments you ought to be made aware of.
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