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  • by Nicola Boulton January 17, 2023 5 min read

    CBD For Heart Disease: Can It Help?

    CBD can reduce symptoms of heart disease. This article explains what CBD is, CBD for heart disease, CBD and congestive heart failure, and the side effects of CBD.

    CBD has been gaining popularity recently, showing up in products such as lotions, gummies, salves, and oils. It has positive disorders such as heart health, chronic pain, and mental disorders such as anxiety, stress, and depression. Heart disease has led to more deaths in people suffering from it. CBD cannot cure congestive heart failure or heart disease, although it is being researched for ways it may help prevent or reduce the symptoms of heart disease. However, there is not enough research that CBD can prevent disorders that can result in heart failure.

    What Is CBD

    According to Liktor-Busa et al. (2021), CBD is a compound derived from cannabis sativa plants. It does not make individuals feel high since it does not contain THC, and if any, it is in small amounts that cannot alter the mental state of users. THC is legal in the UK due to its euphoric effects, but when it is used in small amounts, it is legal. CBD comes in different forms, including vapes, edibles, topicals, and drinks. They are all methods to deliver CBD into the body. The best depends on individuals' needs and preferences. They are consumed in different methods, and they have different bioavailability. There are three types of CBD, CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, and full-spectrum CBD. CBD is legal in the UK, with THC levels below 0.2%.

    CBD For Heart Disease

    CBD has antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce the factors that can trigger heart diseases such as stroke, coronary heart disease, and high blood pressure. It can minimize the size of blockages in the heart and increase the blood flow, possibly helping treat strokes and heart attacks.

    CBD And Congestive Heart Failure

    Congestive heart failure occurs after a long time of damaged chambers, high blood pressure, and blocked arteries. Various health issues can trigger this. Cannabidiol can aid in preventing congestive heart failure by addressing various disorders raised earlier. However, if these conditions can be regulated, the chances of heart failure can be minimized. Research recommends that a small dosage of cannabidiolreduces blood pressure. Pressure makes blood experience difficulties going through the body more easily, making the heart function harder. Although more information is needed, the cannabidiol may be important in reducing blood pressure to avert heart failure. CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which help decrease cholesterol levels in the body to maintain the heart's health. Cholesterol originates in the blood in lipid form. High levels of cholesterol maximize the chances of evolving heart disease. Low-density lipoprotein accumulates in blood vessels, triggering obstruction that can result in stroke or heart attack. CBD possesses effects that aid in arterial wall relaxation, which studies recommend is useful in reducing excess cholesterol and blood pressure. According toZorzenon et al. (2019),cannabidiolcan increase the levels of high-density lipoprotein and lower low-density lipoprotein within three weeks of consuming cannabidiol. According to Sunda & Arowolo (2020), CBD can reduce inflammation due to its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects. Studies recommend that inflammation might be atthe base of most chronic diseases. Cardiovascular heart failure is linked with inflammation. Blood vessels,particularly inflamed ones,make it difficult for the heart to transfer blood through the entire body. Cannabidioldirectly impacts the arteries, enhancing blood flow and reducing inflammation. This indicates that CBD helps reduce inflammation in blood vessels and arteries, alleviating the strain on the heart and possibly averting heart failure.

    Lavie et al. (2016) stated that obesity causes congestive heart failure. This is why individuals must sustain a healthy weightto prevent heart disease. There are some researches that cannabidiol can help in sustaining a healthy weight. CBD can help promote the browning of fat white cells. This assists in turning the white fats into fats that can be burned. This is important since brown fat cells possess many mitochondria compared to fat white cells, which aids in burning fats. White fat cells possess drops of fat that build up within the body and may result in obesity.

    Side Effects Of Taking CBD For Heart Disease

    CBD is safe for human consumption, but some individuals report side effects. CBD is known to interact with other medications. Individuals under medication should stop taking any CBD product. They should also consult the doctor if they want to consume CBD or are under other medications. Balachandran et al. (2021) showed thatcannabidiol might affect how the liver metabolizes some medications. This interaction may inhibit the liver from processing other medicines as it usually does, increasing the chances of liver toxicity and resulting in more concentrations of the drugs in the body.

    CBD For Heart disease

    Cannabidiol comes in various forms, such as vaporizers, topicals, edibles, tinctures, and oils. Consuming CBD oil sublingually is a simple method to experience the effect of CBD. It functions quickly and provides more effective results than other products like capsules and edibles.

    CBD vapes are the fastest way to deliver CBD into the body, although itisn't suggested for people suffering from heart disease. Smoking or vaping is linked with lung damage, and studies indicate that it can increase the chances of developing heart illness. There are three types of CBD that individuals can choose from. Knowing they differ can help users to select the best for their needs. They include; CBD isolate, full-spectrum CBD, and broad-spectrum CBD. CBD isolate contains only pure CBD, no additional substance. Broad-spectrum CBD contains all the cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, like terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids, except THC. Full-spectrum CBD has all the cannabinoids found in broad-spectrum, including THC. The accessibility of these products changes from country to country, especially those with THC. In the UK, CBD is legal as long as it has THC levels below 0.2%. New users should start with small amounts. This will help them to know if the body will be able to tolerate CBD. When the body responds well, it can then work its way up.


    CBD can reduce symptoms of heart disease. It has anti-anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation associated with heart disease. CBD can reduce blood pressure, making the heart function well. Individuals to always consult the doctor before consuming any CBD product for heart disease. Users should start with small dosages to see how the body reacts and increase gradually.


    Lavie, C. J., Sharma, A., Alpert, M. A., De Schutter, A., Lopez-Jimenez, F., Milani, R. V., & Ventura, H. O. (2016). Update on obesity and obesity paradox in heart failure. Progress in cardiovascular diseases, 58(4), 393-400.

    Liktor-Busa, E., Keresztes, A., LaVigne, J., Streicher, J. M., & Largent-Milnes, T. M. (2021). Analgesic Potential of Terpenes Derived from Cannabis sativa. Pharmacological Reviews, 73(4), 98-126.

    Sunda, F., & Arowolo, A. (2020). A molecular basis for the anti‐inflammatory and anti‐fibrosis properties of cannabidiol. The FASEB Journal, 34(11), 14083-14092.

    Zorzenon, M. R. T., Santiago, A. N., Mori, M. A., Piovan, S., Jansen, C. A., Padilha, M. E. P., ...& Mareze-Costa, C. E. (2019). Cannabidiol improves metabolic dysfunction in middle-aged diabetic rats submitted to chronic cerebral hypoperfusion. Chemico-biological interactions, 312, 108819.

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