Cannabis and CBD for Heart Diseases
‘Heart Disease’ describes a number of heart disorders including blood vessel abnormalities, such as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm issues (arrhythmia) and cardiac defects, such as congenital heart failures.
Cardiovascular disease generally refers to disorders involving smaller or blocked arteries that can cause a heart attack, chest pain, or stroke. The term cardiovascular disease is often used in an interchangeable way. Other heart conditions are also considered forms of heart disease, such as those affecting the muscle of your heart, valves or the rhythm.
What is a Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is sometimes referred to as the leading cause of death for adults in the United States. Heart disease occurs when plaque develops in the arteries and blood vessels that lead to the heart. This blocks important nutrients and oxygen from reaching your heart. Plaque is a waxy material composed of cholesterol, fatty molecules, and minerals. The plaque builds up over time when blood pressure, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol or triglycerides damage the interior of the artery.
Numerous risk factors play an important role in deciding if you are likely to develop heart disease or not. You have no power over two of these variables, age and inheritance. The risk of heart disease increases at around 55 years of age in women and 45 in men. Your risk may be higher if you have close family members with a history of heart disease.
Other risk factors for heart disease include:
- Insulin resistance or diabetes
- High cholesterol and blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
- Being physically inactive
- Eating an unhealthy diet
- Clinical depression
Symptoms of Heart Disease
It is reported that men are more likely to have chest pain; women are more likely to have further symptoms along with chest discomforts, such as breath loss, vomiting, and extreme fatigue.
Symptoms may include:
- Pain in the chest, pressure in the heart, and pain in the abdomen (angina), (angina)
- Shortness of breath
- Pain, numbness, weakness or coldness in your legs or arms if the blood vessels in those parts of your body are narrowed
- Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back
It is important to watch over cardiac symptoms and address issues with your doctor. Cardiovascular diseases can sometimes be found early with routine evaluations. You may not be diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease until you recover from a heart attack, Angina, stroke, or heart failure.
How Cannabis Can Help Relieve the Symptoms of Heart Disease
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the main cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Unlike the well-known cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is non-intoxicating, which means it won’t make you feel “high.”
Cannabinoids affect the endocannabinoid system to keep your body or your homeostasis equally. CBD will improve the endocannabinoid system’s ability to act as a regulator when the body is out of contact with inflammation or disorder.
CBD has recently been getting a lot of buzzes and has appeared in products such as oils, salves, rubbers, and lotions. It is considered to have a positive effect on conditions such as depression, chronic pain, and even heart diseases.
Medical Cannabis Treatment for Heart Disease
Inflammatory and antioxidant effects of CBD can reduce risk factors such as high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease. The risk of related conditions such as strokes may also be reduced.
Heart condition raises stroke risk. When a blood clot prevents blood flow into the brain, an ischemic stroke occurs. The brain can also break down a blood vessel that triggers a hemorrhagic stroke.
A 2010 study showed that CBD can help protect stroke patients from brain damage by improving brain function and even help recovery.
A review in 2017 also showed that CBD improved brain blood flow during a stroke. It should, however, be noted that the emphasis is on animal studies in these reviews. More research is required to decide if these results also apply to people.
Using cannabis products to help you with heart disease and stroke pain is a personal decision. You need a prescription from a health care provider to obtain cannabis for medical purposes.
If you are considering the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, we suggest that you address the effects of cannabis on your personal health with your health care provider – particularly if you have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.