According to the CDC itself, about half of adults in America have hypertension, which means high blood pressure. This means their systolic is above 130 mm Hg and a diastolic of grater than 80 mm Hg. With that said, it can actually cause death, but not just that, stroke, heart disease, and I is something that isn’t very under control. This can be serious, but medical cannabis can play a role in this, and here, we’ll go over how that works.
The Heart and Endocannabinoids
There are studies that have been done that have found the CB1 and CB2 receptors can help to relax the arteries, reduce blood pressure, and reduce effort on the heart. When they’re activated due to a heart attack, or shock, this can offer protective means to help with other heart conditions too, including arrhythmia, or even progressive atherosclerosis. There is also evidence that it increases vasodilation to help with blood pressure too.
Within the 1970s, there was a lot of research done that showed the THC can naturally activate a lower blood pressure in certain lab conditions. The findings did pique interest in the idea of using medical marijuana as a therapy for regulating blood pressure, with a study in 1979 that showed that hypertensive subjects got THC, and they were able to have a small increase in their heart rate, and then a decrease in their blood pressure for about 3-4 hours, with more intensity happening the higher the hypertension was.
The enthusiasm for this was tempered, but due to conflicting options for the long-term effects of this, and some animal studies developing a tolerance for this, it was then negated to be hypotensive, while others did see a tolerance happen if you used this continuously. Another study showed that younger and middle-aged users did have an initial increase at the onset, but then there was no major increase afterward.
Some other studies have said that it didn’t totally increase their blood pressure, but the opposite where the heart rate slows, and the blood pressure gets lower too. Understanding the chemistry of the effects, there is definitely some interest in the types of ways that this can help with that problem. There is evidence that says when it binds to the cannabinoid receptors, there is a chance that it will work.
There is a bit of worry that it may actually cause issues with long-term effects of such, and there is still some debate on this for the long-term uses and safety. According to a study and analysis of users, there was frequent smoking which did associate with a higher chance of coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, and stroke as well. The problem with this though is that there isn’t an accurate picture of what happened and that there was a large group of different users, and it didn’t also look at the lifestyle aspects that come into this.
Some studies didn’t mention other major variables as well, such as consuming alcohol, weight, any unhealthy actions, or any other drugs that were used at the time. So right now, whether or not it’s totally good for you or not is still up for debate.
But there is a chance that it can help you with ensuring that there is indeed a lot of benefits that are there, and you’ll realize as well that, if you’re treating it for other conditions, sometimes treating this for heart conditions may also be a potential benefit, although, there are still different benefits to be had with this, and a lot of different ways it could help too.