High blood pressure, a condition known as hypertension, can be a serious health issue. Consistently high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, strokes, heart failure, and heart attacks. Almost 50% of Americans have high blood pressure; many of them are not aware of their condition and are not taking any medication to lower their blood pressure and help keep their hearts healthy.
Several medications are available to help control blood pressure and bring it down to healthy levels. However, these drugs often have unwelcome side effects such as tiredness, difficulty digesting, dizziness, and headaches. As a result, researchers have started exploring Hemp Oil’s potential as a botanic remedy for helping maintain healthy blood pressure.
So, can Hemp Oil help maintain a healthy blood pressure?
What Is High Blood Pressure?
A person suffers from high blood pressure when the heart pumps blood more forcefully than necessary. Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. Simply put, the narrower your arteries and the more blood your heart pumps, the higher your blood pressure.
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a number of serious health problems such as heart failure, stroke, aneurysm, vision loss, dementia, and metabolic syndrome.
Damaged Blood Vessels
When the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough, it can damage the blood vessels, arteries, and veins.
Damaged blood vessels perform their task inadequately. The excess strain and resulting damage from high blood pressure cause the coronary arteries serving the heart to slowly build up fat, cholesterol, and other substances that together are called plaque. This causes the artery to harden and let less blood flow freely through; a condition known as arteriosclerosis. Hardened arteries are more prone to injury and blood clots, which can be deadly.
The Heart Is Overworked
When the blood vessels become too narrow, the heart has to pump harder to transport the necessary blood around the body. This puts extra pressure on the heart. When the heart is overworked, it grows in size and starts malfunctioning, which can lead to heart failure.
The heart may also be damaged if the smooth lining of the blood vessels ruptures because of the plaque buildup. This spills cholesterol and other substances into your bloodstream, potentially causing a blood clot. If the clot is large enough, it can block blood flow through a coronary artery and cause a heart attack.
Less Oxygen Around
Our blood—through the red blood cells—carries oxygen to all our cells and organs. When less blood is carried through the arteries, other organs start to suffer because of the diminished oxygen intake.
Our body is made to work optimally and efficiently with normal blood pressure. When our blood pressure gets too high, our body loses its homeostasis—its internal balance—and tries to find ways to regain it. High blood pressure medication is a way to help our body in this endeavor.
What Causes High Blood Pressure?
There are several causes of high blood pressure. It can be hereditary: if high blood pressure runs in the family, offspring could inherit this trait.
Other health conditions that can lead to high blood pressure are hormone problems and diabetes.
However, high blood pressure is also due to lifestyle choices: high fat intake, too much salt in your diet, lack of exercise and sedentary life, stress and anxiety, high alcohol intake, and poor sleep can all lead to high blood pressure.
How Can Hemp Oil Help with High Blood Pressure?
The Endocannabinoid System
The human endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining our homeostasis—the body’s internal balance. It is tasked with regulating and maintaining in balance several bodily functions such as the immune system, pain perception, motor perception, appetite, mood, and temperature perception.
The endocannabinoid system is also involved in regulating blood pressure. A 2008 clinical study surveyed this relationship and found that the endocannabinoid system plays “an important cardiovascular role not only in pathophysiological conditions associated with excessive hypotension but also in hypertension.”
The CBD in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil seems to interact with the human endocannabinoid system by gently nudging the system to make the most out of its own cannabinoids. Hemp Oil acts as a helping hand, making the endocannabinoid system work better and more efficiently.
The endocannabinoid system is also part of the body’s inflammation response to threats. However, our body sometimes misinterprets signs and creates inflammation without a real cause. This type of inflammation, which is the cause behind several auto-immune disorders, can affect your heart health.
Studies suggest that Hemp Oil may have wide anti-inflammatory properties. For example, a 2005 research study showed that “in the context of the pro-inflammatory function of mast cells, cannabinoids act as potential anti-inflammatory agents.”
A 2018 study showed that CBD was beneficial as an anti-inflammatory when it came to allergic contact dermatitis. A 2011 study found that CBD can regulate an inflammatory reaction in the gut. And a further 2016 study concluded that CBD could help with IBS-related inflammation.
While research is still ongoing about the effectiveness of CBD in fighting inflammation, it may help keep your body in balance and support your health.
Stress and Anxiety
Studies suggest that Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil may support your brain’s health and mental wellbeing. For example, a 2010 study showed that there is therapeutic potential for anxiety and depression as cannabinoids displayed anxiolytic and antidepressant properties.
A study undertaken in 2011 showed that CBD can reduce social anxiety related to public speaking. And a 2019 study analyzed the role of cannabidiol in anxiety and depression. The study concluded that CBD held promise as a tool for reducing anxiety and depression with fewer side effects than conventional medication.
Stress and anxiety can raise your blood pressure. By maintaining a healthy, calm, and relaxed attitude to life, you allow your body to decompress and feel at ease with itself.
Additionally, our body produces cortisol when we are stressed. High cortisol levels are associated with high blood pressure. Research suggests that the CBD in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil may help lower cortisol levels and let more blood flow through the vessels. This helps lower blood pressure, thus supporting a healthier heart state.
Good sleep allows us to enjoy an active and happy life. A good night’s sleep helps both our mental state and our physical well being. Poor sleep has been associated with a subpar immune system, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and tiredness.
When we go to bed, we want to feel calm and carefree to fall asleep. Hemp Oil may support our mood and help our brain stay relaxed and at peace.
Specifically, studies suggest that Hemp Oil may support sleep patterns by promoting a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. For example, a recent study found benefits for people suffering from anxiety-related insomnia. And a 2017 literature review concluded that CBD could have therapeutic potential for the treatment of insomnia.
Pain can lead to high blood pressure. This has been noticed in the case of acute pain, rather than chronic.
Studies suggest that the CBD found in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil may have analgesic (pain-relieving) properties that could help assist our body during painful times.
For example, studies in 2000 and 2013 showed that CBD may be effective in pain management. This is further supported by a 2015 study that examined how CBD affects inflammation and pain-related behavior in rats, while another randomized controlled trial in 2015 concluded that “cannabinoids are safe, modestly effective analgesics that provide a reasonable therapeutic option in the management of chronic non-cancer pain.”
If your body is pain-free, the risk of high blood pressure is lower.
CBD Can Interact with Blood Pressure Medication
If you are considering taking Hemp Oil to support your body’s health, you should discuss it first with your physician, especially if you are already on blood pressure medication.
The CBD found in Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil may interact with such medication and, for example, lead to your blood pressure dropping too much. Common low blood pressure symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.
Additionally, CBD may interact with other medications such as some antibiotics, antidepressants, and blood thinners because it is metabolized by the same liver enzymes they use.
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