CBD and Cardiovascular Health
The health benefits of CBD have been widely explored. At the time of writing this article, CBD has been identified to elicit a vast array of health benefits, including those relating to the nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system and musculoskeletal system. Several scientific and clinical research reports have reported on the antioxidant, antidepressant, anxiolytic, analgesic and anti-tumor activities of CBD all thanks to its interaction with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). These receptors are scattered all over the body and play critical roles in coordinating cognitive activities like appetite, pain sensation, hormonal and internal balance. In this article, we shall take a sneak peek into the health benefits of CBD for the cardiovascular system.
The cardiovascular system (circulatory or vascular system) is made up of organs and tissues such as the arteries, veins, and the heart. This system is responsible for permitting blood to be moved all over the body to transport blood cells, hormones, carbon dioxide, oxygen and nutrients to and from cells. The transport of these substances aids in the nourishment of the body and also play critical roles in maintaining internal balance, regulating pH, fighting against diseases and stabilizing temperatures.
The interaction of CBD and the ECS has come in handy in providing the following benefits.
1. Improved mental health and coordination
The brain is responsible for coordinating the activities of the body. A stable brain equals a better-coordinated system and activities in the body. Psychological stress can induce cardiovascular diseases like myocardial ischemia on patients who suffer from coronary artery disease. CBD plays a significant role in maintaining mental health and can interact with the ECS receptors in the central nervous system to trigger the production of new brain cells (neurogenesis).
2. It lowers blood pressure:
CBD can elicit both analgesic and anxiolytic effects on the body. These activities are significant in reducing stress and pain sensation. The anxiolytic effects of CBD have been recorded to check the prevalence of anxiety-induced high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be triggered by acute pain, most notably among the elderly and those with salt-sensitive hypertension. The analgesic effects of CBD can be useful in the treatment of control of chronic pain.
3. Stress reduction:
Most cardiovascular diseases are linked to the presence of stress, anxiety and depression. The interaction of CBD and the ECS receptors can trigger the release of feel-good hormones to keep the body relaxed. Its antidepressant activities also come in handy in relieving stress and replacement for common antidepressants. A single dose of CBD can reduce resting blood pressure (above 80mm Hg) and the blood’s response to cold stress.
CBD is essential in maintaining the overall health of the body. It is safe for use and does not elicit life-threatening side effects. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, thus warranting its use in several areas of human health.
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