High blood pressure or hypertension is caused by too much pressure given by your running blood in the walls of arteries. This happens because of a certain blockage or factor that makes the hollow of your arteries, narrower than normal. If this problem is not addressed, it might develop into something more serious in the long run.
Can CBD increase blood pressure? If yes, when does this happen?
Most literature explores the potential of CBD (cannabidiol) in decreasing hypertension. However, there are instances wherein CBD can increase blood pressure too.
Some research actually shows that CBD can increase blood pressure initially, within a short period of time. Most of the time, the increased blood pressure effect of CBD mellows out eventually. After some time of regular use, the blood pressure stabilizes.
The role of CBD in regulating the endocannabinoid system of patients with hypertension
The role of the endocannabinoid system or ECS in regulating blood pressure has been acknowledged since the 1970s. As early as the 70s, researchers already toyed with the idea that cannabinoids may be used to regulate hypertension. Cannabinoids are Phyto compounds found in the cannabis plant.
CBD, one of the most prominent cannabinoids of industrial hemp, binds to the human ECS’s receptors. Their binding ability is said to give them the ability to treat various illnesses such as hypertension.
CBD forms for patients with hypertension
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning it doesn’t make you high. Studies refer to CBD as a safe, natural, with little to no side effects compound. Depending on your hypertension symptoms or simply your administration reference, you could choose from the following:
The best CBD for hypertension
In purchasing the best CBD product for your condition, you would have to consult your doctor first if getting CBD is best for you. If your doctor agrees that CBD is a good thing to try, you have to put thoughts on the following:
- What’s the best form of CBD product for you? Choose between vaporizers, capsules, tinctures, edibles, and topicals.
- The dosage and concentration you’ll need.
- The CBD brand that you trust.
- The type of CBD product (Isolate, broad-spectrum, and so on)
To give you an idea on what’s the best form of CBD to try for hypertension, refer to the following thoughts.
Smoking and aporizing works on certain conditions but they are not the right fit for hypertension. Topicals also do not fit as the best administration for hypertension because they mostly cater to external issues like the skin.
Therefore, CBD tincture is one of the best CBD forms that you can try because your bloodstream easily absorbs it. CBD tinctures are often oral, meaning you’ll have to drop the product under your tongue for a few minutes before swallowing it.
Not all products are the same; hence, always check the back of the package or the pamphlet inside for instructions regarding dosages and administration.
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