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Can Marijuana Help With High Blood Pressure?

By Terry Hacienda, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

Cannabis has proven itself a vital and essential aspect of the health sector because of the abundance of medicinal properties it embodies.

Two things are rising at the same time in America: blood pressure and cannabis legalization. More states in America are legalizing cannabis because there is an increased amount of data on its benefits and medicinal properties. But hypertension is also increasing in America, with more people experiencing blood pressure issues yearly.

Does cannabis lower blood pressure? There are no definite answers to this question because there is so much to understand about the impact of cannabis on your blood pressure. High blood pressure issues The high blood pressure crisis in America is going through the roof. One survey shows that one in three adults in the U.S deal with hypertension. Do you know that high blood pressure contributes to cardiovascular disease if it is left unmanaged? A person could face the risk of stroke, heart failure, and heart attack. All of these risks explain why people are actively seeking solutions.

Unlike most health conditions, high blood pressure is caused by a variety of factors, including: A poor dietExcessive alcohol intakeStressPhysical inactivity, etc. Smoking a joint gives people a deep feeling of relaxation and calmness, which makes a lot of people wonder if it affects blood pressure. Can it lower blood pressure, or can it manage it? Does marijuana have an impact on high blood pressure?  As mentioned earlier, the answer is multi-faceted because there are certain factors to consider. Some important factors include: The kind of cannabis strain used.The person’s underlying health conditionThe person’s experience with THCThe way cannabis is administered A recent study was conducted to shed light on this subject. Two different strains were used: one strain was high in psychoactive cannabinoid THC while the other strain had higher levels of the non-intoxicating cannabinoid CBD.

When participants took the cannabis strains, the THC made them experience an increase in heart rate and a decrease in blood pressure. Some others used THC while lying down and had slightly elevated blood pressure, but when they stood up, their blood pressure dropped.

The low blood pressure that happened while standing is called “Postural hypotension which is not good as it can cause the individual to feel faint. So the study by Dr. Melanie Bone suggests that the positive impact of cannabis on blood pressure happens when the person lies down while taking it and lies for a while before standing up.

 

CBD also relaxes the blood vessels and decreases anxiety which ends up lowering blood pressure. This experience with CBD for lowered blood pressure is more favorable because it is connected with reduced levels of anxiety.

Both THC and CBD can lower blood pressure in different ways, but based on recent research, neither CBD nor THC is a medical treatment for high blood pressure. So what’s the difference?

Well, the difference lies in understanding one of the root causes of high blood pressure: anxiety. Some people experience heightened blood pressure when they are anxious, worried, or full of fear. In that anxious, worrisome, and frightful state, their blood vessels start to contract and tighten, which may lead to a heart attack.

Now when they take cannabis in that state, the CBD relaxes those blood vessels such that the person lies down and feels relaxed, thus preventing the potential for high blood pressure. But this realization doesn’t mean that someone who has a long history of high blood pressure can suddenly start taking cannabis for healing.

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