CBD and Blood Pressure
Blood pressure is the third biggest risk factor for all diseases in the UK behind smoking and poor diet. It's estimated one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure, with 31% of the patients being men and 26% being women.
Also known as the "Silent Killer," blood pressure is responsible for the deaths of over 10 million people worldwide largely because, in most cases, it's not diagnosed since it rarely shows any symptoms.
In the UK, more than half of the people suffering from blood pressure have not been diagnosed and are not receiving any treatment, and in England alone, more than five million people remain undiagnosed.
Causes and Symptoms of Blood Pressure?
Numerous factors can lead to, or increase your chances of developing high blood pressure. Some of the most common include:
- Old age
- Too much salt in your diet
- Lack of physical activity
- Obesity and being overweight
- Sleep Apnea
- Thyroid disorders
- Family history of blood pressure.
The most frightening aspect of suffering from high blood pressure is the fact that you might not experience or exhibit any symptoms. In severe cases, some patients might show some symptoms:
- Nose bleeding
- Vision problems
- Fatigue or confusion
- Severe headaches
- Chest pain
- Blood in the urine
- Pounding in the ears, neck or chest
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
Can CBD Help in Lowering High Blood Pressure?
Preliminary studies indicate that CBD can help manage and lower high blood pressure when taken in high doses.
To achieve this, CBD impacts several factors in the body to help in lowering blood pressure levels. One of the ways that CBD helps in lowering blood pressure is by stimulating that calming effect. When you’re calm and relaxed, your blood pressure levels also decrease as your heart rate responds accordingly.
CBD is also a natural vasodilator that can help improve cardiovascular health and aid blood flow through the body by widening the blood vessels. Cannabidiol can aid in the smooth and easy flow of blood through the vessels while improving your heart's health.
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are well documented. Because inflammation and pain are some of the factors that can contribute to high blood pressure, having an effective solution to inflammation and pain can go a long way in helping to combat and lower blood pressure.
What are the Best CBD Products to Use for Blood Pressure?
One study conducted on the efficacy of CBD in managing blood pressure showed that CBD is effective when taken in high doses. As such, when choosing CBD for blood pressure products, opt for those with a high concentration.
- CBD capsules and tablets – capsules and tablets are a great way of taking CBD while observing the amount you take.
- CBD oil – High concentration CBD oil can be taken orally or sublingually. In its pure form, it’s one of the better CBD products to take for blood pressure.
For the best results, it's prudent to ensure you take your CBD simultaneously and in the same amount every day. To keep your CBD levels up, you can buy some CBD edibles like chocolates or gummies which you can munch on throughout the day. These don't have to have a high concentration just enough to top up every few hours.