As it has been proven to be a worthy companion of daily aches, pains, and mental duresses, can the effects of CBD go even further? Can CBD lower blood pressure? To understand this, we have to understand the main functions of CBD as well as its secondary effects caused by its molecular interference with your body.
CBD is known for its therapeutic effects, especially felt in isolation from THC, and has even been administered as a main ingredient for a prescription drug by the FDA. As research concerning CBD’s health benefits continues to unfold in droves, scientists have discovered that it has a much wider effect on your overall well-being than initially thought. The compound targets many pain-regulating receptors in your nervous system including serotonin, which is why users have recounted their reduced levels of stress, anxiety, and depression from the experience.
What can CBD do?
As mentioned before CBD has a wide variety of effects on your nervous system. It binds to a receptor that mediates pain perception and inflammation called TRPV-1. This means burning or shooting pain that you may feel around your body will be controlled and regulated by CBD. It also activates adenosine receptors, which are receptors that have significant roles in regulating oxygen consumption and blood flow as well as contributing to anti-inflammation.
In the brain, CBD works to suppress depression by activating a serotonin receptor called 5-HT1A. This plays important roles in processes that regulate anxiety, addiction, appetite, sleep, pain perception, nausea and vomiting. CBD therefore induces an antidepressant effect.
While it can stimulate many regulatory processes in your body, it also has the ability to inhibit certain receptors like GPR55, which in overactivity can lead to rapid increases in cancer cells and osteoporosis. GPR55 is a receptor that also contributes to the regulation of blood pressure. This is probably why certain studies have concluded that CBD’s effects on these receptors actually has a part in lowering blood pressure in a variety of stress-induced situations. Check out this blog to know more about the benefits of CBD oil on a stressful life.
Can CBD lower blood pressure?
Case studies from 2017 have conducted tests with a single dose of CBD oil on patients which were induced with different kinds of stress. The resting blood pressure in patients, as seen below, was reduced by the presence of CBD in the same person. This continued when patients’ blood pressures were subjected to mental, exercise, and cold stress.
Three kinds of blood pressure were measured with each kind of stress. One kind is the pressure your heart exerts on your arteries in between beats (diastolic) as well as each time it beats (systolic). The mean arterial blood pressure also decreases. The studies went further to show that CBD also has an effect on increasing the heart rate and cardiac output over time as well.
These dips in blood pressure stay consistent across the board meaning that these studies prove that CBD reduces the cardiovascular response to stress. These effects should be taken into consideration in users who have high blood pressure associated with kinds of stress, especially cold stress and even mental stress which can contribute to anxiety.
A more recent study in 2020 continues to demonstrate the relaxant effects that CBD has on the body, except this time on the circulatory system. The method they used was to constrict blood vessels using certain inhibitors, and then give the patients CBD to observe its effects. What they concluded was that CBD has strong vasorelaxant (vein-relaxing) efficacy and that these results heighten its potential to be used as a therapy for a seriously under-treated condition called pulmonary hypertension.
Both of these studies show that CBD still has more ability to benefit your health in many ways yet to be uncovered. Although they answered the question “can CBD lower blood pressure?” with a yes and then some, more studies need to be done to truly ascertain that CBD can treat serious negative cardiovascular conditions like hypertension. Make sure to be on the lookout for more recent studies about CBD because more CBD-infused treatments might be around the corner.
Safe use of CBD
CBD’s effects on your nervous and circulatory system are ample enough to show results of lower blood pressure, and in turn lower levels of stress, but you should still have some reservations about CBD products. CBD, like every therapeutic or medicinal substance, comes with its own side effects. There is also the chance that your CBD product has trace amounts of THC or other compounds and can react with blood pressure medications in an adverse way.
This is why you should not try to mix CBD products or medicines with anything else. If the individual is concurrently taking anti-anxiety or stress medications or even sleep medication, the addition of CBD can cause unwanted drowsiness or sedation. There is an increased risk of diarrhea and a subsequent loss of appetite. CBD’s effects on mood and perception receptors in your nervous system can also cause irritability and agitation, especially if combined with other medications. Since the liver is what breaks down cannabinoids, additional medication may overwork the liver and cause liver injury.
The FDA recommends that you see a doctor if you combine CBD with any related medication. However, if you understand that CBD is not particularly administered as a medication, but only produces certain effects on your body in isolation, you should only use it in isolation. Always make sure to check the label on your CBD product and take the right strength for your conditions.
Written by Gabriel Anton