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Is CBD Effective for Lowering Blood Pressure?
Jan 17, 2021 | Posted by: GreenWay DNA

As with any medication or treatment, the most important aspect of what you take is the amount that you injest. With CBD, one of the most common mistakes made by people looking for relief is that they don't know their individualized dosage. 

With the CBD craze in full effect, getting true data and information out of the brands in the space is incredibly difficult and the reliability is highly questionable. 

The only science based and data backed way to know how much CBD or THC to be using is by taking a DNA based recommendation test. The GREENWAY DNA test kit gives you your own individualized dosage recommendations so you can take the guesswork out and optimize your wellness goals. 

New evidence suggests that even one dose of Cannabidiol (CBD) in the right dose can lower high blood pressure significantly. When taken, CBD actively relaxes blood vessels and in turn calms your blood pressure by letting your blood flow with ease. 

Arterial constriction is necessary to prevent bleeding and to limit your blood flow rate. During this process, blood flow is usually restricted, your body heat is retained, and vascular resistance increases. This, in turn, increases arterial pressure. For reference, a normal blood pressure is usually measured at 120/80 mm of Hg. Anything higher than this average constitutes hypertension and is likely a sign of persistent vasoconstriction. The malfunctioning of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAAS) hormone can also cause hypertension. To reduce blood pressure, the process of vasodilation needs to occur. This is where CBD might come into play.  Since it could act as a natural vasodilator, it might help relax your arterial walls, allowing blood to flow smoothly.

What is High Blood Pressure? (Hypertension)

Blood pressure is the force that is placed on your arterial walls when blood is pumped throughout your body. The amount of pressure rises and falls throughout the day, based on how your body responds to physical, environmental, and emotional stimuli. It also depends on your arterial diameter and flexibility. 

While small fluctuations are normal, high blood pressure (when the pressure level consistently stays above normal range) is problematic. This condition is also referred to as hypertension and it is a severe medical problem. Why? The danger with high blood pressure is that this chronic condition can lead to cardiovascular complications such as stroke, heart disease, heart attack, and even aneurysm. It also worsens with age; therefore, high blood pressure needs to be controlled. Additionally, when you have high blood pressure, your vessels may sustain damage by the constant onslaught. And these triggers may help us understand the connection between CBD and blood pressure. 

What is CBD? (Cannabidiol)

You've probably heard the terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all tossed around in relation to CBD. The plant Cannabis sativa has two primary species, hemp and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there's a much higher percentage in hemp, which also has very low (less than 0.3%) levels of THC compared to marijuana.

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Can you legally buy CBD?

CBD is readily obtainable in most parts of the United States, though its exact legal status is in flux. All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction, and while the federal government still considers CBD in the same class as marijuana, it doesn’t habitually enforce against it. In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. Currently, many people obtain CBD online without a medical cannabis license. The governments stance on CBD is confusing, and depends in part on whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana. The legality of CBD is expected to change, as there is currently bipartisan consensus in Congress to make the hemp crop legal which would, for all intents and purposes, make CBD difficult to prohibit. 


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(Source: Harvard Health Publishing)