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January 17, 2023 4 min read
CBD is known for pain relief and helping contain heart disease. This article discusses CBD and its administration to help with heart disease.
CBD has several health benefits, andproducts available in the market include topicals and oil, which offer relief for pain, anxiety and heart disease. Studies point to CBD being used to ease heart failure symptoms. Health experts are sceptical if it works. CBD products are not usually controlled or approved for heart disease treatment; however, some people seem convinced by the existing evidence and are open to trying out CBD.
What makes CBD so popular are the various benefits that it’s claimed to have, such as pain and inflammation relief. Many confuse CBD with THC, responsible for the 'high' effect most people feel when they smoke cannabis. As the popularity of the benefits of CBD rises, several companies have come up with many products such as CBD oil, topicals and vapes that people use for various reasons.
Cooray, Gupta & Suphioglu (2020) stated that CBD helps with some chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, although most of the research on CBD is still shallow, there have been major advances, as Epidiolex, a drug used for treating epilepsy, was recently approved.
According to Watt & Karl (2017), CBD has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. It reduces the risks that might lead to heart disease and related conditions, such as high blood pressure, sugar levels and obesity.
Inflamed blood vessels are usually associated with heart disease, which makes it harder for blood to pump throughout the body. High blood pressure is usually also associated with a rise in stress. CBD has some properties that reduce stress levels and have an anti-inflammatory effect. Therefore, it can help reduce the risk of having heart disease. According to Lu et al. (2021), CBDs' anti-inflammatory properties might be used to improve the muscular smooth muscle cells, increasing the arteries' efficiency.
CBD is usually known to reduce stress levels, and it might impact your blood pressure levels indirectly by reducing stress levels in your body. However, available research seems to offer positive results for lowering blood pressure and heart rate due to stress.
Diabetes usually affects how your body processes food into glucose, which is then released into the bloodstream. People living with diabetes usually don't produce enough or can’t utilise the available insulin in the body. When the body has problems with insulin levels and can’t function properly, there is the danger of sugar building up in the bloodstream. When left untreated, this can normally have catastrophic results.
According to Charytoniuk et al. (2021), CBD might help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce complications. Some researchers suggest that full-spectrum oil might be perfect. Lower blood sugar levels usually mean reduced damage caused by diabetes, which could help prevent some complications associated with heart disease.
Obesity is one of the causesof heart failure, so keeping a healthy weight is important. Researchers have shown that CBD helps in shading off excess weight and fat. There are two types of fat, good fat, also known as brown fat, which makes it easier to burn calories for energy and white fat, which is usually stored in the body. CBD has been found to help convert white fat to brown fat. This can be great for reducing the risk of getting congestive heart failure.
You can meet many CBD products in the market, including CBD oil, edibles and CBD vapes.
You can take CBD oil in several ways. They usually have higher bioavailability when taken under the tongue or sublingually. Taking CBD sublingually can usually take only about 15 minutes before the effects of CBD are felt. The best thing is that you can easily dose them using a dropper.
Taking CBD edibles means that you might have to wait a little longer before you feel the effects of CBD. This is because they usually have to pass through the digestive system and can be broken down in the liver, meaning less CBD gets to the bloodstream.
CBD vaping usually involves inhaling CBD vape through the lungs. However, this is the fastest way of taking CBD and can take only under 10 minutes before the effects kick in.
CBD products are all over the market, with various health benefits, including pain relief and inflammation. It also helps containParkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. CBD's anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects are helpful in effectively preventing heart disease risks. Furthermore, it has properties that might help maintain blood pressure, stabilise blood sugar levels, and help maintain healthy weights. Although much more research is still needed, more people are opting for this natural way to help them with their heart disease.
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Cooray, R., Gupta, V., & Suphioglu, C. (2020). Current aspects of the endocannabinoid system and targeted THC and CBD phytocannabinoids as potential therapeutics for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases: a review. Molecular Neurobiology, 57(11), 4878-4890.
Lu, X., Zhang, J., Liu, H., Ma, W., Yu, L., Tan, X., ... & Li, X. (2021). Cannabidiol attenuates pulmonary arterial hypertension by improving vascular smooth muscle cells' mitochondrial function. Theranostics, 11(11), 5267.
Watt, G., & Karl, T. (2017). In vivo evidence for therapeutic properties of cannabidiol (CBD) for Alzheimer's disease. Frontiers in pharmacology, 8, 20.
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