After a quick read through its causes, it’s immediately clear that high blood pressure is a health condition of the modern world. A diet heavy with salt, a lack of exercise, and obesity are just a few of the environmental causes of high blood pressure. One look at the American lifestyle, and it’s easy to see why nearly half of the population suffers from the condition.
The Problem with Conventional Approaches
The problem with conventional approaches to treating high-blood pressure is that the commonly prescribed medications for chronic high blood pressure are beta-blockers, which reduce the heart’s overall workload. Other types of prescriptions open up blood vessels or prevent the production of specific chemicals that cause blood vessel restriction. There are more ways than ever before to treat high blood pressure, but they often come with a host of side effects:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Asthma symptoms
- Cold hands and feet
- Irregular heartbeat
Unsurprisingly, many choose to avoid the problems associated with daily hypertension medications. Instead, people focus on longer-term solutions, such as lifestyle changes and adding natural supplements to their diet, such as potassium. Cannabidiol fits perfectly into this all-natural approach, considering it’s widely understood as safe to use, even over the long-term.
Can CBD Lower Blood Pressure?
If the animal and small-scale human studies are to be believed, CBD can help reduce high blood pressure. In trial after trial, even a single dose of CBD was proven effective for reducing hypertension. In fact, according to the authors of a study published in the June 15, 2017, issue of JCI Insight, “Our data show that a single dose of CBD reduces resting blood pressure and the blood pressure response to stress, particularly cold stress, and especially in the post-test periods.”
The science behind many of CBD’s current medicinal applications remains poorly understood. For instance, although CBD has proven time and time again to treat drug-resistant forms of epilepsy in children effectively, the mechanism through which it does this remains a mystery.
However, CBD oil for treating high blood pressure is a bit different. Over the past two decades, a solid body of research presents an impressive scope of analysis and provides a more detailed understanding of CBD’s mechanisms.
CBD products are now available in our clinic!